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How to Embed Twine on Your WordPress Website

Update: Consider this article a basic tutorial for embedding Twine on WordPress. I have discovered a new better way to do it though!

Want your Twine iframe to automatically adjust its height for each passage? Read How to Embed Twine on Your WordPress Website with Responsive IFRAME and Autoscroll to learn how.

Original article:

Let’s jump right in!

Export Twine story to HTML

Create twine and export it to HTML file.

Publish to File.

twine_publish_to_file

Upload it

Upload HTML file on the server (eg. FTP with Filezilla).

twine_filezilla_upload

Create WordPress page

Create a new page in your WordPress where you want to embed the twine.

wp_newpage

Insert the code

Insert following code (be sure to switch to Text tab)

<div><iframe id="my_iframe" width="100%" height="400px" src="https://www.romanluks.eu/about/index.html" scrolling="no"</iframe></div>

Replace URL https://www.romanluks.eu/about/index.html with the path to your twine.

wp_aboutme_code

Now you have twine embedded on your website, however, it has the wrong size. Oh, noes! What now?!

Tweak the code

Let’s add some more code 🙂

<script type="text/javascript">
 //<![CDATA[
     var currentPassage = null;

    function CheckHeight() {

        if (currentPassage != document.getElementById("my_iframe").contentWindow.document.getElementsByTagName("tw-passage")[0]) {
            document.getElementById("my_iframe").style.height = "400px";
            document.getElementById("my_iframe").style.height = document.getElementById("my_iframe").contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight + 'px';
            currentPassage = document.getElementById("my_iframe").contentWindow.document.getElementsByTagName("tw-passage")[0];
         }
         setTimeout(CheckHeight, 500);
     }

//]]>
</script>
<div><iframe id="my_iframe" width="100%" height="400px" src="https://www.romanluks.eu/about/index.html" scrolling="no" onload="CheckHeight()"></iframe></div>

Firefox issue

Now the iframe changes the height according to the current twine passage. 

But, it does not work in Firefox. In Firefox you get a blank page. Yeah, kids. Always test your website in all browsers.

In Firefox add the fallback to fixed resolution and enable scrolling.
Like this:

 if(document.getElementById("my_iframe").contentWindow.document.body.scrollHeight == 0){
    document.getElementById("my_iframe").style.height = "1300px";
    document.getElementById("my_iframe").scrolling = "yes";}

WAIT! This tutorial is really complicated!!!

philome.la

Alright – just go here. It is a simple way how to get your Twine online for free.

http://philome.la/
twine_philome

Itch.io

You can also put your Twine project on Itch.io.

If it’s text-only, just upload the HTML file. If there are images and other files, pack it all together in a zip file. Just make sure to name your html file index.html.

This is how it’s going to look: https://lookshgood.itch.io/about-roman-luks?secret=gT6ocictrou4So0Ef3SEamFS0g

Misc

Does your twine contain external links?

eg. to google.com/wikipedia articles/any other website

Add the attribute target and set it to _blank. This forces browsers to open the link in a new tab instead of opening it right in the twine iframe window.

<a href=”https://www.example.com/” target=”_blank”>Link</a>

twine_ahref_blank

Are you making changes to your twine and uploading the new version on server?

User browser private mode/incognito mode. Or clear browser cache. Iframes are usually cached in browsers so you would only see a previous (outdated) version of your twine.

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This was really useful for me! Thanks!