Using Flash With The Doodlekit Website Builder
|So you want to insert some flash into your Doodlekit website? No problem! The following tutorial will show you the basics of how to do this. There are more advanced coding options you could use, but you will need to research and implement these yourself if you wish to use them.|
1. Create a Flash File - You will need to create the flash file. Whether you do this yourself or pay someone else to do it, is up to you. You might try www.istockphoto.com to find some already made flash files or if you have a more specific design you want created, you could create a contest on www.99designs.com and pay the best entry a prize of $200+ (the more money you're willing to pay, the more entries you will get to pick from, as well as higher quality entries). Make sure that the flash file is no wider than 420px - 450px. Anything wider than this will be 'chopped off' at the end because it will exceed the page width.
2. Upload Your Flash File - Once you have your flash file, you will need to upload it to the web server. If you are using a FREE plan with Doodlekit, you will NOT be able to upload it to Doodlekit. You will need to use a file storage service that will allow you to upload your flash file to a web server so that you can access it on the web. You might try www.filedropper.com or www.fileqube.com. If you have an upgraded Doodlekit plan, you have the ability to upload files. Login to your website, go to the Admin Tool and click on the 'add-ons' menu. There you will see the 'File Uploader'. Click on this and upload your file.
3. Get the URL to Your Flash File - Once the file is uploaded to your Doodlekit website, it will be listed as a link. Click on this link, and it will open a new browser session for your flash file. Depending upon your browser, it may or may not show the file, but this is not important. What you want to do is COPY the URL at the top of the page. This is the path to your file. If you have a FREE Doodlekit account, you will need to find out how to do this with whichever file storage service you have used. Once you have the URL, open a text editor (like Notepad) and paste it into here so that you can copy it out later.
4. Modify the Following Code - Copy and paste the following code onto a new page in whatever text editor you're using so that you can modify it:
<object width="450" height="200"> <param name="movie" value="http://doodlekit.com/media/mymovie.swf"> <embed src="http://doodlekit.com/media/mymovie.swf" width="450" height="200"> </embed> </object>
Because web browsers all handle flash code differently, there is some redundancy in the code. You will need to change everything twice (in two different locations) - once for the 'object' tag and once for the 'embed' tag. Change the height in both places to the appropriate height of your flash file, and change the width in both places to the appropriate width. Then copy the URL you pasted in earlier from Step 3 and put it in as the value for both 'src' file locations. Now highlight all the code and copy it.
5. Insert the Code into Your Doodlekit Web Page - Login to your Doodlekit website and go to the page where you want to insert the flash file. Edit the page. Place your cursor in the page where you want the file inserted. Now click on the 'Insert Object' button (it looks like a little red gear). Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off. A small pop-up window will appear where you can paste in your code. Paste your code into here and click 'Save'. This will bring you back to the editor. Now click on the 'Save' button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
6. Done - If you did everything correctly, you should see your flash file inserted where you want it. Enjoy!