“The Content cannot be displayed in a frame” – Display another SharePoint WebApplication inside an iFrame of our SharePoint Site

Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
October 27, 2014
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We faced an issue with the Authentication while working with the Cross Site Publishing. The problem statement is something like the below.

1. 2 Web Applications. Authoring and Publishing.

2. On the Publishing Site, render some of the Contents from the Authoring

3. The Publishing Site is authenticated while the user logged in.

4. But the Authoring Site was not authenticated at that time.

5. Hence, the contents will not be rendered properly on the Publishing Site.


To overcome this, we thought of having a hidden iFrame in the master page of our Publishing portal, and inside the iFrame, let us load the Authoring Web Application silently. We were on the process of this. But in that also, I faced some problem.

Let me explain that with the help of a sample page itself.

Let us have a Page and add a Content Editor WebPart on it. On the Content Area, I am rendering the iFrame as below.

 <iframe id="test" src="http://c4968397007:1001/sites/assets/Pages/default.aspx" style="width: 1260px; height: 150px;"></iframe>

Then the screen renders like below.


The error message, we will be getting is like

“The Content cannot be displayed in a frame”

As part of fixing this, issue, I was tracing this response on the Fiddler and on the fiddler report, there is an attribute called X-FRAME-OPTIONS and by default it was like SAME ORIGIN.


Then, we identified that, because of this only, the page is not rendering inside an IFrame.

Now, there nothing to do with the Publishing portal. We need to make the Content Site to render inside an IFrame. Hence, the following change needs to be done on the Master page of the Content Site Portal.

 <WebPartPages:AllowFraming runat="server"  />

Just Add the above mentioned tag above the head Tag of the Master Page. The best way is, download the Seatle.Master page file. Rename it as Seatle_Custom.Master. Add this line. Upload back to the Master page gallery. Map this new Seatle_Custom.Master file to the Content Authoring Site Collection.

Now, coming back to our publishing site and do a refresh. Now, the site loads inside the iFrame.


Though it is very simple, it took some long hours to identify and fix this.

Hope this will be helpful.

Find the modified Master Page Here.

Happy Coding.

Sathish Nadarajan.

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Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
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Sathish is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint (Office Servers and Services) having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Aided Design and Business ...read more

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