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I am a teacher, currently working in Banton Primary for North Lanarkshire Council. I also act as Product Owner/provide support for Glow Blogs. I like Blogs.


you can embed content created on another Glow Blog with the H5P plugin. There are more details of how to get the embed code on the H5P example sharing page.

[h5piframe url="" width="1198" height="699" ] give you this:

You can also embed content from an external h5p site, or by pasting in the url.


You can bring in a list of posts from another blog or site via RSS. If you are using the block editor you can use the RSS block, if you are using the older classic editor the RSS feed can only go in a Widget in the sidebar or other widget area.

Below we have used the RSS block to show the latest posts from the H5P examples glow blog site.

For glow blogs the RSS feed is just the sites URL with /feed/ at the end of it so this sites would be:

The display can be customised by using the Blocks more settings to sho the author, date or excerpt. You can also display news from other sites in this example we use the feed from BBC Scotland news on this one we are showing the date & an excerpt:

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has a huge collection of digital resources of all sorts. It supplies an embed code to embed them on your blog.

You need to have activated the Jetpack Plugin and the shortcode module.

for example:

[archiveorg 78_boum_charles-trenet-trenet_gbia0122226a width=640 height=50 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]

gives you:

[archiveorg HowtoUse1927 width=640 height=480 frameborder=0 webkitallowfullscreen=true mozallowfullscreen=true]

A book example:

To embed any content click the Share link

Share icon
Share Icon

and then copy the WordPress shortcode:

Embed code on Archive Org
Embed code

images too:


You need to activate the WordPrezi plugin.

For a prezi with a url of

you need to use this shortcode

[prezi url="" width="550" height="400" zoom_freely="N" ]

You can generated it here: WordPrezi · Embed Prezi into WordPress using the option. 13 Jun 2023, the site seems to be down at the moment, you can copy the above shortcode and change the url.


Update June 2023, the ThingLink embed have been updated and improved. You now paste in the embed code from ThingLink and it is turned into the correct shortcode. This means any setting you make in ThingLink are respected.

paste in the embed code:

On paste the code will change into a shortcode:

[glowthinglink width="960" height="720" data-original-width="1024" data-original-height="768" src="" type="text/html" style="border: none;" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen scrolling="no"]

Which will  display the content as above.

If you are using the new block editor, you can add a classic block and paste the code in there.

Here is a video example (it only has a couple of hot-spots):

Information about ThingLink accounts

In the past ThingLink had free limited account. This has recently changed. If you have an existing account it will be honoured.

ThingLink Education Accounts and Pricing Update

Quite a few Scottish Local authorities have ThingLink accounts so can use all the features.

Legacy ThingLink accounts

It is worth noting ThingLink puts some limits on embedding  with an old legacy free account. Sharing 360 videos is not available and free accounts can only have 1000 views on shared content (more details below).  This functionality is dependent on ThingLink and may change.

Sharing 360 videos is available only under the School & Districts plan. Please upgrade your account to share the link or embed the content onto a website, LMS, and social media.

ThingLink put limits on the number of views your content can have when embedded. For example a free account only allows 1000 views. After that the embed is replace with a link.

Views are counted when a direct link or webpage with ThingLinks embedded is loaded and each load counts as one view.

We limit the number of views for each user with a view quota calculated based on the total views during the last 12 months. We do not increase the view count when you view your own content (as long as you are logged in).

Your current number of views and the view limit is displayed in your Profile settings -> Billing tab:

from: Views: what are they & how to purchase more – ThingLink
A free account is limited to 1000 views, this is total views not views of a single piece of content.

Thinklink screenshot text: Views: 328 / 1K Add more views Your account has a total view limit. If you run out of views, embedded content will be shown with an overlay. Learn more.

Here is an example of a ThingLink account has run out of views.

Some ThingLink like functionality is available by other means in Glow Blogs. The Draw Attention plugin can make interactive images like the one above and H5P can produce 360 tours.

microbit instructions

You can show different views of a published microbit project in the code view, editor or simulator (links to more example embeds)

Glow blogs uses a special shortcode to show the code:

[glowmicrobit url="_MicrobitCode" code] where _MicrobitCode is the last slug of the url. To get the code you need to:

  1. Share your microbit project,
  2. Publish it
  3. copy the url  for example:
  4. use the last section in the glowmicrobit shortcode: [glowmicrobit url="_gww1kCPdL5od" simulator] adding simulator,  code or editor depending on which url you want to show.

Here is what you will get:

[glowmicrobit url="_gww1kCPdL5od" simulator] gives:

[glowmicrobit url="_gww1kCPdL5od" editor] gives:

NB there is a problem with the micro:bit embed code for the editor. We are awaiting a fix from micro:bit.

[glowmicrobit url="_gww1kCPdL5od" code] gives: