My last post was a bit of a headache … not the content, the construction. The kinda cool thing though is that I learnt how to do something new. Cool for me cos I like to learn.
If you want to show people a document (like a Word doc or PDF) you’re best to embed it into your post. I have seen this done in other posts and really liked the effect – no need to download the file, just scroll and read. Neat. It’s the same with slides from a PPT – these can really support the ideas of a post, especially if you’re sharing a presentation you’ve done (no duh! haha).
So here’s my little tutorial on how to embed word docs and PPT presentations into a blog post when using a free wordpress.com site.
EMBEDDING A DOCUMENT FROM SCRIBD INTO A WORDPRESS.COM BLOG POST
The first thing to do is decide on your tools. I asked twitter which to use and whilst most said ‘scribd’ one said ’embedit.in’ because scribd might charge you to access your files later. Cos I’m a DIY kid I went for ’embedit.in’ (http://embedit.in which does look very cool and I will use it for edmodo embeds in the future!) but after a bit of annoying trial and error, I opted fro scribd which I found very user friendly.
1. Go and sign up at http://www.scribd.com/ and follow the prompts to upload your first doc (this is pretty straight-forward so I won’t go into specifics). Once it is uploaded, you need to find where it says ’embed’ – you’ll have to scroll down a bit and look to your right-side.
2. Click ’embed’ and you’ll get a pop-out window like the one below.
3. Select ‘wordpress.com format’ and then copy the code you are given.
4. Go back to your blog post and click ‘HTML’ – you’ll notice that your font changes a little. Now go to the spot in your post where you want to see your document appear. Paste the code.
5. Now you’re ready to hit ‘publish’ and you’ll see your document beautifully embedded into your blog post.
EMBEDDING A POWERPOINT INTO YOUR WORDPRESS.COM BLOG USING SLIDESHARE
I wanted to share the PPT slides I’d uploaded to SlideShare as part of my blog post but struggled to embed it into my post. Why? Because common-sense says to click on ’embed’ right after you upload the PPT and just grab the same code that I use to embed in edmodo. Wrong! Because WP is different (somehow, don’t ask me how though!) in its code and stuff, you’ve got to make sure you use the correct code for wordpress.com blogs. Thanks to twitter, specifically @alivicwil I worked out how to do this.
1. You need to sign-up to use slideshare. Do that here: https://www.slideshare.net/signup
2. As with scribd, just follow the prompts to upload your PowerPoint. (pretty much as simple as clicking on the word ‘upload’). You’ll need to give a bit of a description to your PPT etc but that’s easy enough to do.
3. Once you’re PPT is uploaded and looks beautiful, you need to follow the instructions outlined in this post: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/slideshare/ To help get a visual of this, I’ve taken a couple of screen shots.
Click on ’embed’ as shown at the top of this screen-shot:
Click on ‘customise’ as shown in this screen-shot:
You will see a sub-heading ‘Shortcode for WordPress.com blogs’ – click ‘copy’ next to the code under this sub-heading.
4. Go back to your blog post and click ‘HTML’ – you’ll notice that your font changes a little. Now go to the spot in your post where you want to see your slides appear. Paste the code.
5. Click ‘publish’ and you’re done!
Please let me know if this helps you to successfully embed your docs and presentations into your wordpress.com blog posts!
HOW TO EMBED A PREZI INTO A WORDPRESS.COM BLOG POST
If you would like to embed a prezi into your wordpress.com blog post, then follow the instructions on comment #3 here cos they really work: