Tip: Embed external content into your start.me page

Did you know that you can use the Embed widget to easily embed content (widgets, images, videos, etc) from external services to your start.me page?

Instructions to add the Embed widget to your page:

  1. On your start.me page, click on the “+” in the grid
  2. Select “Embed webpage” in the list of widgets
  3. Copy the “embed code” (provided by the external site) or URL (to an image/video or HTML web page) into the Embed widget
  4. Done!

To give you some examples of content that you can add to your start.me page:

Example #1: Weather Forecast

Forecast.io provides a great free weather widget that provides you with a 7-day weather forecast for any location in the world.

Embed code:
<iframe id="forecast_embed" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="245" width="100%" src="https://forecast.io/embed/#lat=42.3583&lon=-71.0603&name=Downtown Boston"> </iframe>

You can change the following parameters in order to retrieve weather data for another location:

  • lat – Latitude
  • lon – Longitude
  • name – Name of the location (you want to display inside the widget)

If you don’t know your Latitude/Longitude, you can use another online service – like mygeoposition.com – to retrieve it for you.  For more information about this Weather widget and additional configuration options, see blog.forecast.io.

Example #2: Youtube

Saw an interesting video on Youtube that you want to post to your start.me page? Simple copy the Youtube URL of the video into the embed widget and you’re done.

Example #3: Website performance chart

Compete.com provides many website performance data tools. They also provide a chart widget that lets you display the performance for a specific website over the last 13 months.

Simply go to compete.com, enter the URL of the site you want to follow and then click the “Embed” button inside the graph to generate the embed code that you can paste into your start.me page.

Some other tips about the Embed widget

  1. You can add multiple embed widgets to the same start.me page, allowing you to create a full fledged dashboard with information pouring in from various sources.
  2. In the Embed Widget settings you can configure the height of the widget and the suppressing of borders.
  3. Make sure to embed content served over https:// as the Embed widget may not work otherwise. Read more about this here.

Questions or suggestions for widgets?

Please drop us an e-mail at [email protected] or leave a comment, if you have any questions about the embed widget. We also love to hear from you what kind of external widgets you use on start.me, so we can look into providing these widgets by default in our widget library.

 

 

Collaborate on pages

Almost a year ago, we launched a beta version of start.me for Organizations. Since its introduction, more than 1,000 organizations have signed up. Generally, we get favorable feedback. But one thing users really missed: to be able to collaborate on pages! Today we introduce a cool new feature that allows team members to work on a page together.

Who can edit this page?

By default, pages can only be edited by the user who created it. In an organization context, this may not always be ideal. To allow team members to edit a page, they can be assigned to it in the Share tab of the page’s settings. Pages that belong to an organization now show an extra option ‘Who can edit this page?

Assigning collaborators to a page is really simple. Just click the button and select the team members you would like to give edit rights to your page.

People you select as editors of your page can do almost the same you can. They can add widgets and bookmarks, rename and reorder stuff. But they cannot remove the page, nor can they change the sharing settings. Those privileges are reserved to a page’s owner.

Working on a page at the same time

To prevent collisions when working on the same page together with somebody else, we added a cool new collaborator indicator to pages. Whenever you are working on the same page as somebody else, you are warned about this by a small icon, indicating the number of collaborators currently working on the page. Hovering over the icon will even show you which team members are currently working on the page.

Sharing pages with only some team members

One good thing to note: whenever you choose to add one or more team members to a page, they will always be able to see your page, even if you set sharing to ‘Only me‘. This is a thing you can use to your advantage. Say you would like only you and one other team member to be able to access an organization page, perhaps because it is not quite ready or it contains sensitive information. As long as you leave the sharing setting on ‘Only me‘, nobody in your organization will be able to access your page, except for those you explicitly appoint as collaborators.

Try it!

You may already be using our organizations feature, but if not, why not give it a try? Organizations are free to use (up to 3 team members) and an upgrade to our Professional plan is easy and inexpensive.

Please let us know about your experiences with this cool new functionality. We are curious to hear about ways you intend to use it. And of course, if you find something that seems odd or broken, let us know!