What is an iFrame?

The term iFrame stands for an inline frame inside of HTML.

In essence, an iFrame is an HTML tag that allows a completely different web page to load inside a frame that is displayed inside of the original web page.

iFrames use HTML in order to display content as well as possibly executing JavaScript files and/or custom CSS styling.

The most common way that WordPress administrators interact with iFrames is when they want to embed external content.

For instance, if you want to display a YouTube video in a post, the video that plays in the post is contained inside an iFrame that then displays the content (in this case, the video) directly from YouTube. The iFrame also contains information such as the height and width of the iFrame as well as any border, etc.

WordPress allows you to easily embed popular kinds of content, including YouTube and Vimeo videos, directly into a post without having to understand or code any iFrames. In order to embed a video from one of these sites, simply add the video’s URL to a new line in your post in the Text Editor window. You can also use WordPress’s built-in shortcodes to embed content without having to use an iFrame.

In other cases, the third-party website will usually have the complete iFrame information that you can then copy and paste without needing to modify it.

Note: Because iFrames run code that is sourced from a third-party website which could be malicious or cause problems, the ability to use iFrames is not available for websites hosted on WordPress.com.

You can, however, embed content from trusted sources like YouTube, Twitter, and SoundCloud using the Text Editor.

iFrames are also often used to display advertisements in the sidebar, footer, header, or other locations on your website.

Always be extremely careful when using an iFrame, and make sure that you are not opening a security vulnerability that could be exploited by malicious hackers to take over your website.

Advantages of using iFrames

  1. Isolation: iFrames keep the embedded content separate from the main document, preventing any potential conflicts with your site’s CSS or JavaScript.
  2. Flexibility: You can embed various types of content, such as web pages, videos, and social media posts, all within a single iFrame.
  3. Ease of use: iFrames are relatively simple to create and use, requiring only basic HTML knowledge.

Disadvantages of using iFrames

  1. SEO: Search engines might not index iFrame content as effectively, impacting your site’s search engine ranking.
  2. Responsiveness: iFrames may not be responsive by default, which could lead to display issues on different devices.
  3. Security: Cross-site scripting and clickjacking are potential security concerns when using iFrames.

How to create an iFrame

To create an iFrame, you’ll need to use the <iframe> HTML tag. Here’s a basic example:

<iframe src="https://www.example.com" width="300" height="200"></iframe>

This code will create an iFrame with a width of 300 pixels, a height of 200 pixels, and display the content from https://www.example.com.

iFrame attributes

The <iframe> tag supports various attributes, some of which include:

  1. src: Specifies the URL of the content to be displayed.
  2. width and height: Define the dimensions of the iFrame.
  3. frameborder: Sets the border around the iFrame.
  4. allowfullscreen: Allows the iFrame content to be displayed in fullscreen mode.

Embedding content using iFrames

To embed a web page, simply set the src attribute to the URL of the desired page:

<iframe src="https://www.example.com" width="100%" height="600"></iframe>

Styling iFrames with CSS

Setting dimensions

You can set the dimensions of an iFrame using CSS:

iframe {
  width: 100%;
  height: 600px;

Adding borders

You can also add or remove borders using CSS:

iframe {
  border: none;

Responsive iFrames

To make your iFrame responsive, you can use CSS to maintain its aspect ratio. Wrap the iFrame in a container div and apply the following styles:

<div class="iframe-container">
  <iframe src="https://www.example.com"></iframe>
.iframe-container {
  position: relative;
  overflow: hidden;
  width: 100%;
  padding-top: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */

.iframe-container iframe {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  border: none;

Tips for using iFrames

  1. Always use HTTPS: Ensure the iFrame src attribute uses HTTPS to prevent mixed content warnings and potential security issues.
  2. Consider accessibility: Add a descriptive title attribute to your iFrame to improve accessibility for screen readers.
  3. Test on multiple devices: Verify that the iFrame displays correctly on various devices and screen sizes.

Alternatives to iFrames

Sometimes, iFrames may not be the best solution. Here are some alternatives:

  1. HTML Imports: Import HTML documents using the <link> element with rel="import".
  2. Web Components: Create reusable custom elements with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  3. JavaScript: Use JavaScript to fetch and display content dynamically.
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My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 10 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.