Andrew Hill

CartoDB embeds brought to you by Embedly


Have you ever wrestled with iframes in responsive websites? What about resizing them after the page is loaded? Or maybe your site relies on consistently themed embeds from multiple services? If any of those or any other challenges of using map embeds on your platform sound challenging to you, look no further - CartoDB is now a supported Embedly endpoint.

##What is Embedly?

Embedly is a service for embedding rich media in your website with a simple API. It wraps up a lot of the unpredictability across platforms (e.g. dimensions, URL endpoints etc.) in a simple-to-use Javascript library that makes the content integration easy.

##Why use Embedly?

If you are using our normal embeds, nothing has changed, you can still use them! Embedly is an alternative if you want some cool added functionality.

Embedly is really focused on making content integration on your site consistent. It integrates CartoDB through a supported API and makes it so that no matter what CartoDB URL you share, it will give you back the correctly formatted embed map for your site. This makes it really useful if CartoDB isn’t the only content provider you are embedding on your site. Take a look at how it works over here.


Embedly also handles responsive embeds really nicely. If this has ever been a problem on your website, take a look at this demo, just paste in the URL of spencer the cat to see how it works with CartoDB.



Another interesting service that Embedly offers is the ability to generate beautiful and consistent content Cards for your website. CartoDB is also supported in the Embedly Cards service.

####Much more

There are a ton of other things that the Embedly API and Javascript library can do, head over to their documentation to learn more. Hopefully this helps you out in your mapping adventures!

About the author
Andrew Hill

Formerly head of Research & Data at CARTO, Andrew now serves as CARTO’s Scientific Advisor.

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