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    Embedding PowerPoints in WordPress using Slideshare

    By shuette | February 1, 2010

    Regardless of the effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations, they abound in the education and business environments. I know I have a dozen slide presentations I use in my classes, for better or worse. When putting together an instructional blog, I have found that these PowerPoints can be very helpful as resources to post on the blog. Which poses the question of how does one post PowerPoints to a WordPress blog in either a post or a page (NOTE: the process is essentially the same regardless of whether you are putting the PowerPoint in a post or a page.)

    These instructions are based on the installation of WordPress MU that we are using here in the Arts and Administration Program at the U of O. There are essentially two ways to place a PowerPoint in a WP post or page, the simple way and the cool way.

    The Simple Way

    The easiest way to add a PowerPoint to a WP post or page is to upload it to the Media Library of your blog and to insert a link to it in the post or page. Here’s how.

    1. While on the Edit screen for the post or page, click the Add Media icon above the Visual Editor. The Add Media icon is the one that looks like a star.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.28.17 PM
    2. The Add Media window appears. Click the Select Files button.Add Media -> Select Files
    3. Browse for the PowerPoint you wish to add. Click Select.Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.19.00 PM
    4. Edit the Title, Caption, and Description to your liking and then click the Insert Into Post button.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.39.46 PM
    5. That’s it! There is now a link to your PowerPoint in your post or page that your readers can download and view on their computer.

    The Cool Way

    Why is this way cool? Unlike the previous method, this Cool Way of adding PowerPoints to a WP post or page actually embeds a live version of the slideshow in the post or page. Viewers can interact with and view the slideshow right from your page. They do not have to click a link, download or have to have PowerPoint to view your slideshow. Granted there are more steps to follow in order to go the Cool Way.

    1. The first step is to create an account on SlideShare and then upload your PowerPoint. Creating an account is just like any other online service and uploading a PowerPoint to SlideShare is just as easy as uploading it to your WP blog. Here is a video tutorial on how to upload to SlideShare.

      Click here to view the embedded video.

    2. After you have successfully uploaded your PowerPoint to SlideShare you need to locate and copy the Embed Code. It will be located directly under your name in the right hand column of the SlideShare screen on the view page for you PowerPoint. Once you locate it. Select and copy the code.Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.57.01 PM
    3. Once you have uploaded to SlideShare and copied the embed code to your clipboard, you need to activate a plugin on your AAABlogs WP blog. Click on the Plugins menu in your Dashboard.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.51.06 PM
    4. On the Manage Plugins screen that loads, scroll to the bottom and locate the plugin called Additional Tags.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 3.53.53 PM
    5. Click the Activate link under the Addtional Tags title in order to make the plugin active on your blog.
    6. Go to the post or page you wish to edit and click on the HTML tab in the edit screen to switch from the Visual Editor to the HTML Editor.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 4.01.23 PM
    7. Click to place the insertion point in the text entry area of the HTML Editor. Paste the Embed Code from your Clipboard.
      Screen shot 2010-02-01 at 4.02.13 PM
    8. At this point, click Save Draft. You may switch back to the Visual Editor and add additional content. Publish your post or page when you are finished.
    9. You now have a new cool embedded PowerPoint in your post or page!

    Here is an Example

    Art and Human Values Topic Overview
    View more presentations from Scott Huette.

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    Topics: AAD Program, Support | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Embedding PowerPoints in WordPress using Slideshare”

    1. lhager Says:
      February 1st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      Ah! I like the two descriptors for decision-making…..!

    2. Embedding PowerPoints in Wordpress using Slideshare @ PODS Digital Portfolio Production Says:
      February 10th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      [...] at the U of O. There are essentially two ways to place a PowerPoint in a WP post or page, the simple way and the cool [...]

    3. GTA Workshop Fall 2012 | libraryglazed Says:
      September 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      [...] Teaching Graduate Students tips on teaching…hmmmmmmmmmmmm…I think it went well. Now how can I upload my PowerPoint? Oh WordPress. There is a way but so far the link above is the fastest way. To actually include the visual (from Slideshare) and make it all cool and pretty looking then I would need to install a plugin http://aaablogs.uoregon.edu/aad/2010/02/01/embedding-powerpoints-in-wordpress-using-slideshare/ [...]

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