Download links are great, but embedding and publishing an actual document into a post or page may be much more valuable to you and your readers. To use this functionality on WordPress.com, you can upload your documents to Scribd, a publishing service that allows you to quickly and easily share writings on the web, and embed them directly into your WordPress.com blog.
To get started, first create a Scribd account (it’s free) at http://www.scribd.com/. You can then continue with the following steps:
- Once you have created and activated your account, login and click on the Upload button in your navigation.
- Select the file or files you would like to upload, or drag them into the upload window.
- When the upload is complete a screen will appear where you can change options for the document:
- When you’ve added the details, click Save & Continue in the bottom right corner, and you’ll be given some sharing options. Do NOT use the embed code on this screen. Rather, click You’re done. View document on Scribd.
- When you view the document, you’ll see a Share on social networks icon to the top right, which, when clicked will give you an Embed button:
- Underneath the embed window, click the WordPress option and copy the resulting shortcode:
- Paste that shortcode into the editor for any post or page.
And here is your result:
You can embed any Scribd document in the same way — simply click Share on social networks→Embed→WordPress and copy the WordPress-specific code.
Note: If you are experience any problems when uploading or managing your documents on Scribd, please contact Scribd Support.
Supported file types
Scribd supports most common document formats; if you’re not sure, try uploading it, and see if it works.
- Microsoft Office: doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, xls, xlsx
- PDF: pdf, ps
- Open Office: odt, odp, sxw, sxi, etc.
- Text: txt, rtf
Note: WordPress.com has no control over which file types Scribd chooses to support.