I would like to offer an embed code on my WP blog allowing users to re-publish recent posts on their websites using HTML/ Javascript code snippet that they can copy from my WP site and paste into their non-WP site.

Can you guys help?


You basically need to create an area outside of your current theme in which to create some content that you can stick into an iframe.

You just give your user something like this:

<iframe src="http://yoursite.com/iframe/"></iframe>

And they have your posts on their site!

Step one is going to be creating a URL end point for your iframe. First you need to add a rewrite rule for the iframe, then filter the query variable to make sure WordPress recognized your new iframe query var and doesn't strip it out.

add_action( 'init', 'wpse32725_add_rewrite' );
 * Adds the rewrite rule for our iframe
 * @uses add_rewrite_rule
function wpse32725_add_rewrite()

add_filter( 'query_vars', 'wpse32725_filter_vars' );
 * adds our iframe query variable so WP knows what it is and doesn't
 * just strip it out
function wpse32725_filter_vars( $vars )
    $vars[] = 'iframe';
    return $vars;

Next up, hook into template_redirect and "catch" whenever the iframe query variable is present. If it is, you can do whatever you want. Eg. get a list of posts and display them.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse32725_catch_iframe' );
 * Catches our iframe query variable.  If it's there, we'll stop the 
 * rest of WP from loading and do our thing.  If not, everything will
 * continue on its merry way.
 * @uses get_query_var
 * @uses get_posts
function wpse32725_catch_iframe()
    // no iframe? bail
    if( ! get_query_var( 'iframe' ) ) return;

    // Here we can do whatever need to do to display our iframe.
    // this is a quick example, but maybe a better idea would be to include
    // a file that contains your template for this?
    $posts = get_posts( array( 'numberposts' => 5 ) );
    <!doctype html>
    <html <?php language_attributes(); ?>>
        <?php /* stylesheets and such here */ ?>
            <?php foreach( $posts as $p ): ?>
                    <a href="<?php echo esc_url( get_permalink( $p ) ); ?>"><?php echo esc_html( $p->post_title ); ?></a>
            <?php endforeach; ?>
    // finally, call exit(); and stop wp from finishing (eg. loading the
    // templates

All that's left is to create some place for your users to get the iframe code. You could use a shortcode to do that, or just create a function (like the one below) to stick into your theme some place.

function wpse32725_iframe_code()
    return sprintf(
        '<code>&lt;iframe src="%s"&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</code>',
        esc_url( home_url('/iframe/') )

Here's all that as a plugin.

  • Damn kool! +1 - should be a built in feature ;) - (sidenote: kool coding style). – kaiser Feb 23 '12 at 5:45

I understand that you would like to present your users a JS file that they can embed in their websites to get the latest posts from your WP blog. I'd try a RSS parser :)

Check this out: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/226663/parse-rss-with-jquery

Quoting an answer from the linked question, the easiest way to do it with jQuery is, https://stackoverflow.com/a/7067582/807101


You simply have to take the third-party code, and wrap it inside a WordPress Widget, using the Widgets API.

Regarding the Twitter Widgets you mentioned specifically, I've already gone to the trouble of wrapping the Twitter code in a WordPress Widget and released it as a Plugin, so perhaps my Plugin will serve as a useful guide for using this method for other third-party scripts.

  • My bad, I would like to re-create the functionality of the Twitter widget, but instead of publishing tweets, I wish to publish my WP posts. I think I need to revise the question. – jnthnclrk Nov 2 '11 at 17:02
  • My use of "3rd party widgets" was confusing, I've edited the question to refer to "embed codes" instead as this seems more suitable now. – jnthnclrk Nov 2 '11 at 17:46

... this functionality already exists by default.

Any WordPress site can publish an external RSS feed in a widget on their site. So long as you are producing an RSS feed of your content, other WP sites can re-publish that content through a widget.

If you want to write a custom plugin to do this (i.e. create a single, installable system that doesn't require end users to know or understand RSS), it's actually pretty easy.

I actually publish a plugin that allows WP site owners to re-publish content from a WordPress site in their sidebar. It's a specific site, and I only publish the results of a specific search query.

Here's roughly what it does:

  1. Pull the RSS from the remote site
  2. Parse the RSS feed for the latest post (I'm only listing the most recent one).
  3. Output the latest post as a widget in the sidebar

Widget Code:

class My_Widget extends WP_Widget {
    function My_Widget() {
        $widget_ops = array(
            'classname' => 'my_widget',
            'description' => 'Add the latest post from My Blog to your sidebar.'

        $this->WP_Widget( false, 'My Widget', $widget_ops );

    function widget( $args, $instance ) {
        extract( $args );

        // Get the feed
        $feed = fetch_feed( "http://myblog.com&feed=rss2" );
        $post = array();

        if( is_wp_error( $feed ) )

        $latest = $feed->get_item();

        $post = array(
            'title' => esc_attr(strip_tags($latest->get_title())),
            'excerpt' => str_replace( array("\n", "\r"), ' ', esc_attr( strip_tags( @html_entity_decode( $latest->get_description(), ENT_QUOTES, get_option('blog_charset') ) ) ) ),
            'content' => str_replace( array("\n", "\r"), ' ', $latest->get_content() ),
            'link' => esc_url(strip_tags($latest->get_link()))

        echo $before_widget;
        echo '<div class="inside">';
        echo '<div class="overflow">';
        echo '<span class="top"></span>';
        echo '<h2><a href="' . $post['link'] . '">' . $post['title'] . '</a></h2>';
        echo '<p>' . $post['content'] . '</p>';
        echo '<p class="credit">Powered by <a href="http://myblog.com">MyBlog.com</a></p>';
        echo '<span class="bottom"></span>';
        echo '</div>';
        echo '</div>';
        echo $after_widget;

The advantage here is that fetch_feed() will cache the feed with a transient, so I'm not hitting the remote site on every page load. It's fast, efficient, and pretty easy to do. The plugin I linked to above pulls the latest post from a site that offers daily spiritual meditations, and I republish the latest meditation on my own site.

You can see it in action on the sidebar of one of my blogs, Grounded Christianity.

  • That's awesome, and very close to what I want to do, however I would like my "subscribers" to be able to publish my content via an HTML snippet that I provide. – jnthnclrk Nov 2 '11 at 17:40
  • My use of "3rd party widgets" was confusing, I've edited the question to refer to "embed codes" instead as this seems more suitable now. – jnthnclrk Nov 2 '11 at 17:47
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    Yeah ... and that makes this a completely different question ... – EAMann Nov 2 '11 at 23:21

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