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Links

Of course you are welcome to put links to Universalis in your web site. You don't need to ask.

How to construct a link

When you are putting a Universalis link into a web site, you have to give some thought to exactly what the link should contain, to give the best possible experience to your readers.

Here is an article about constructing links to Universalis.

Linking back

If you let us know you have linked to us then we will link back to you through our Links page. It isn't curated, but being there may still help your visibility to search engines.

Banners

You can use a banner instead of a plain text link, like this:

Universalis

The banner will automatically update itself to show today's celebration.

Here is an article about banners.

Universalis content on your page

You can't copy and paste our pages directly into yours, for copyright reasons. Anyway, it would be terribly boring to have to do it day after day, every day for ever.

<iframe>

iframes are a way of creating a 'window' inside your own page through which another web site is visible.

This is quick and simple to set up but the drawback is that what people see inside the frame is the whole of our site (headings and all) and not just the liturgical texts.

You can read more about iframes here.

JSON (actually JSONP)

You can incorporate a few lines of Javascript into your web page which will retrieve specific pieces of Universalis content – for instance, the Gospel and readings at Mass – and place them into the text of your page. Here is an example of what the result looks like.

The advantage is that the text retrieved becomes part of your web page, so it has the same style and appearance as everythng else and doesn't have to live in its own separate box. For this reason we do ask that you also include an acknowledgement of the source on your page, with a link back to our site.

You need to be able to edit Javascript in order to use this method, but it isn't a sophisticated business at all, and it only ever needs to be done once.

You can read more about JSON/JSONP here.

RSS

Some web servers allow you to incorporate RSS feeds from other sources your page layout. Some blogging platforms have this ability.

Unless the RSS feed feature is already built in to your system, this is quite complicated.

You can read more about RSS feeds here.

Twitter feed

If your web page can show a Twitter feed then you will find the Universalis feed at @CatholicFeasts. The feed is quite limited (it only gives the names of the saints of the day) but that may be all you need.

You can read more about our Twitter feed here.

Further information

If you have any other queries please contact us, using the link at the bottom right of this page.