Scribd.com is a free publishing site where you can upload and share files of many types.  What’s great about the site is that it provides an interface that generates embed codes that you can paste into your WordPress pages and posts, and your files appear, beautifully formatted.  Goodbye download links.  Here are some of the file types supported by Scribd:

  • Microsoft Office: doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, xls, xlsx
  • PDF: pdf, ps
  • Open Office: odt, odp, sxw, sxi, etc.
  • Text: txt, rtf

Scribd Plugins on the Commons

To embed a document on your Commons WordPress site, you’ll need to install a plugin.  We suggest “JetPack” which includes a new and improved Scribd embedder that works without Flash.

Activating JetPack for Scribd

Three steps are necessary (you just have to do these once):

  1. Activate JetPack on the Commons like any other plugin.
  2. Connect to WordPress.com.  JetPack was developed for WordPress.com and you’ll need to connect to it for JetPack to work.  At the top of the JetPack main page, click on Connect to WordPress.com, and sign in.  (If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, simply register here.  You do not have to set up a blog – you just need a account.)
  3. Activate the “Shortcode Embeds” plugin.  This plugin is one of the 16 plugins bundled up into JetPack.  It contains a bunch of embed shortcodes, including the one for Scribd.  (If you have Simpler IPaper activated, you will probably get an error.  Go to the Plugins and deactivate it.  And then go back to JetPack and activate “Shortcode Embeds.”)

And that should be it.  You are now using JetPack “Shortcode Embeds.”  Now you should be able to see your Scribd content on all platforms, including the iPad.

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