Easily set up an always-on video call, on your own company website or employee portal

3 simple steps to embed a live stream on any web page or app

We now offer another always-on option to better link your team across locations, whether you're supporting remote colleagues or connecting different offices. You can set up your own always-on web page, using our video chat API. You need a basic familiarity with HTML, but it’s pretty simple from there.

Just like teammates often walk into HQ with the company logo on the door, your team can load an always-on video call on your company website — on a secure page, for example, or in your employee dashboard — with our API.

Below we show the simple code you’ll use and customization options, as well as pricing.

What comes with always-on

Always-on is a video call that’s left open; the meeting link doesn’t expire or kick everyone out. Colleagues can gather or drop-in, no matter where they are — like a virtual water cooler.

There are different ways to set up and use always-on video conferencing. A key factor is whether you want to use a TV, or if you simply want to use the web.

  • Companies linking offices often prefer to use a TV; the big screen better fits the group setting. If your team has remotes, they also can drop by the always-on, if you use an integrated hardware/software system.
  • Or you might not have an HQ at all, and your team uses web links for your virtual office space.

We first built always-on for the TV use case. With our Daily.co TV hardware plugged in, a TV automatically loads a portal, with no typing or clicking. It integrates with our software so remotes also can join, but at least one location has a TV set up with our hardware. (You can read more about how the TV system works in our previous blog post.)

Since we launched the TV solution, customers have asked us for a version that works online, with just computers. Customers especially like the autojoin feature, where the screen just loads the portal — no typing or clicking.

Now with our video calling API, you can easily do this. With just two lines of code, you can embed an always-on stream in any web page.

  • The alway-on stream doesn’t expire or kick users out.
  • The live stream loads with the page — no download, no login required (though you can restrict access, too).
  • Because you've embedded the stream on your own page, your always-on stream is on your own domain. Your team is going to your company site or dashboard.
  • You can customize the always-on layout with just CSS, if you like.
  • You also can customize the call experience with our REST API.

3 simple steps to embed your always-on in any page

This is the simplest possible way to build the always-on.

  1. Sign and create a room in your Daily.co dashboard

As said, we’re walking through the simplest way to create an always-on. If you’re comfortable with APIs, you can programmatically create the link. Check out our API docs.

  1. Insert this code into the <head> of your web page:
  1. Insert these two lines of javascript code into the body of your web page, in a <script> tag. Use the link you created in step 1, instead of the placeholder link.

That’s it! Load the page. Your embedded always-on link is live.

Make the always-on full screen

The code above creates the always-on call in a window on your web page, near the bottom right corner. That bottom right can work well, if there only are a few participants in the live stream, and you're using the rest of the page for a dashboard, for example.

Alternatively, the live stream take up the full window area. That's easy too. You can use this code:

For more information about customizing the video call view, see our docs: https://docs.daily.co/docs/factory-methods-and-top-level-configuration

Tips, custom pages and more

🎙 Browsers have strict privacy requirements. (That’s good!) Before a browser lets the video call start, a user will have to give permission for the local camera and microphone to be used. If anyone has issues with allowing camera access, check out our help page or contact us. We often can quickly sort out camera issues.

✊ Don’t forget if you change the link's privacy settings to team-only or private, access to the room is restricted. Learn more.

📝 See 4 fast tips that solve 99% of video call issues. Or contact us for help!

🖌 Customize the web page itself! A big benefit of using our API is you’re embedding the stream into whatever page you want. So how the page looks is up to you.

  • Insert your logo
  • Use the code on a company page or dashboard
  • Overlay graphics, or emojis, or anything else you can think of on top of the iframe!

⚒ Customize the video chat UI. Our API is unusual in that you can customize the layout with just CSS. Read our designer Steve’s post on how to use CSS Grid Layout.

Pricing

You pay as you go, with our Daily.co API pricing. This is different from the per-user “seats” approach that SaaS tools — and many video calling programs — often use.

Specifically, our API costs are based on how many participant-minutes you use each month. The formula is N * minutes, where N is the number of people who’ve joined the call.

  • Let’s say you have 4 people in the link, for 4 hours a day (240 minutes), for 20 days a month. That’s 4 people * 240 minutes * 20 = 19,200 participant-minutes each month.
  • You could use our $9/month plan, which includes 2,000 free minutes. Each additional minutes (17,200) is $.004/min — that’s an additional $68.80.
  • Your total monthly bill is $77.80.

For comparison, a basic video calling tool can be $15/seat. For 4 people, that's $60/month for always-on that’s not embedded on your own web page. For about $18 more ($78/month), you can embed the stream on your own website or company page, and control how the portal itself works and looks.

Here’s our API pricing page. Also check out this blog post, which walks through pricing examples.

Your custom always-on, to reflect your team

Building your own always-on has two key benefits: ease and culture.

When you embed a link into a web page, with our API, your teammates just load the page. This is different from a lot of video call programs jerry-rigged for always-on.

Most video call apps require logins or downloads, or enforce time caps. The product isn’t optimized around the always-on experience. (Plus, your teammates can't use your own website or dashboard to stream.) 

We see these pain points with our free browser calls! Daily.co is our standard free product (and different from the API-embed you're using.) When you click a link to join, you then select if you’re joining on a computer or phone — the call loads after you indicate if you’re on a computer, phone, or TV. You also can't customize the video call layout. It's a standard video conferencing tool.

Certainly, even these basic Daily.co meeting links are faster and easier than other video calls. Still, power users can get tired of any friction and the locked-in screen layout.

Previously, the upgrade we offered to solve this was our TV hardware product. But now you can use the API on any web page. If you're comfortable with CSS, you also can control the video call layout, on your web page.

If you like, using our API you easily can customize the grid layout of your always-on web portal

A common goal of always-on is to help remotes feel part of a team. Because an API gives you complete flexibility, you can customize a portal page that ties into your team.

  • 5-minute customization: Embed the stream on a page, and then add your logo
  • More advanced: Work with your team to design the screen layout that’s best to your work flow!

We built our API to make it much easier to customize and build with video calls. Since we first started working with always-on customers, it’s been really neat to learn how they adapt their tools to benefit their own companies. Our goal with the API is for you to quickly build whatever always-on stream you need. Let us know how we can help!

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