Free Christian Content for your Website
The following script is made available for free to Christian organizations wishing to display a Proverb on their website. The Proverbs selected for this are limited to the shorter ones, to minimize the amount of space needed on your site. Currently only the NIV version is available. If you would like to contribute additional versions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copy and paste this code to use it right now!
<img src="http://www.wireddisciple.org/proverb.php">Please keep the credits in your souce code. You do not need to show a visible link unless you choose.
<!-- Get these proverbs for your own website at http://www.wireddisciple.org/proverbs -->
The default font is a calligraphy font (Lucida Calligraphy).
Customize the Appearance
To modify the appearance, first add a "?" (question mark) to the end of the URL, then add any of the following selections. If adding multiple selections, you'll need to insert an "&" (ampersand) between them in the URL.
To change the language to use Spanish-language Proverbs, add the following code: "v=Spanish". If you would like the Proverbs available in another language, please contact me at email@example.com to discuss.
To change font, add the following code: "ft=5". Choices for are fonts 1-16. The default font shown if no ft specification is included in the URL is Lucida Calligraphy, font #1. If you have a particular font you would like to use that is not currently available, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. It's easy for me to make available any TrueType font (TTF) file if you can send it to me.
NEW! Font size is now configurable! Most fonts are set by default to something around "15". You can change your font size by adding fs=12, where "12" is the size you define.
To change the font color, set fc= RGB hex value, e.g., fc=FFFFFF.
To change the background color, set bc= RGB hex value, e.g., bc=000000
To change the width of the image, set w= your size in pixels. For instance, w=400 will set it to 400 pixels wide. It's best to not go less than 250 pixels in width, as you'll begin to get just one or two words per line and it looks funny. The height will automatically adjust each time the image is loaded, but typically shouldn't be more than 150 pixels when the width is set to 250. The wider you make it, the shorter it will be.
Putting it all together
Any combination (or none) of the variables can be included. If you use all of the above examples, the image displayed on your website would be this:
How do I make it work?
There is one customizable line of code you insert into your website as an image tag. The script randomly picks one Proverb and returns it in the font, color and image width you configure, displaying the Proverb as an image on your site. Each time your page is viewed the image tag/script displays a different Proverb, giving the impression of dynamic content to your site.
Can I use typical image attributes?
You can use the standard image tag elements as you see fit, setting the border to zero if you prefer, and aligning to the right, centering, adding hspace or vspace, etc. DO NOT set the height in the image tag. You determine the width in the URL, the script automatically adjusts the height of the image to fit the length of the Proverb, and may change from one Proverb to another.
What type of web page do I have to you use?
Any type. It works on .htm, .php, .asp, etc. You don't need any special privileges such as Server Side Includes enabled. It's just an image tag, as with any other image you display on your page. It can go anywhere a regular image can go: in a table, in a file include. It can be set up as a link. Whatever you can do with a typical image you can do with this.
Why isn't the text or background showing on my site?
Double check your image URL. The "fc" and "bc" values cannot be the same values. (Well, they can, but white letters on a white background aren't legible.) Make sure the "bc" color isn't the same as the background color of your page if you want a different image background color to be visible. When using a transparent background, be sure your "fc" value isn't the same as your page background color. A quick way to test what your image will look like is to type the full image URL into a browser, without the <img> code, for instance: http://www.wireddisciple.org/proverb.php?ft=9&w=500&fc=000099&bc=FFFFCC
Can I use a different font or format the font?
No. The only fonts available are the ones shown in the table above. If you would like a different font, or would like a variation on one of these fonts (such as bold, italics, or a different size), please contact me at email@example.com with your request. I can easily create new font choices, just let me know what you want. Please be sure to include your e-mail address, as I may need your assistance in determining which font you need and where to get it.
Do I have to include the commented credit to the Wired Disciple Project?
No. This script works fine without the comment. But since you're getting this for free, please consider including the comments in your code for other webmasters who wish to use this free service as well.
The words on the right get cut off. Why?
They shouldn't! I think I've corrected this problem, but if you notice it, please contact me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your image URL in it. I need to know which font you are using in order to fix the problem!
How is this different from other free content?
Why did you do this?
One of the gifts God has given me is the ability to do cool things on the Internet. He plants ideas in my head, I do them. This was one of them. Please use the Wired Proverbs to help spread His word. One of the biggest concerns among Christians today is their lack of knowledge about the bible. Hopefully this will help.
Visible credits are not requested. However, if you would like to acknowledge the source of this script, we recommend the following placed immediately beneath your proverb: