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, 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 blog.

Using Scribd

To get started, first create a Scribd account (it’s free) at You can then continue with the following steps:

  1. Once you have created and activated your account, login and click on the Upload button in your navigation.
    Upload button
  2. Select the file or files you would like to upload, or drag them into the upload window.
    Upload document
  3. When the upload is complete a screen will appear where you can change options for the document:
    Document Settings
  4. 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.
    Bad embed
  5. 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:
    Embed link

  6. Underneath the embed window, click the WordPress option and copy the resulting shortcode:
    Embed option

  7. Paste that shortcode into the editor for any post or page.

And here is your result:

View this document on Scribd

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.

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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: has no control over which file types Scribd chooses to support.

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