Adding PowerPoint presentations to WordPress posts



It has been quite a while since I’ve written here. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to a group who developed a PowerPoint (PP)presentation and presented it to a group live. It was masterfully done, well received and amplified the community served by that group… The credit for this post goes to Volunteer Prince George and the Handy Circle Resources Society.

Before the presentation, they presented the PP to our governance board at Volunteer PG. At the wrap up meeting after, I suggested perhaps we could place the information on our website in a post. It is a WordPress built website, way more active than mine and built for community. To that they asked me ‘How on earth do we do that?’. It’s simple, truth be told. I hope I can explain with this post I will share with them.

First, I went to my plug in directory and installed the plugin ‘Embed Any Object‘ and activated it. This put an ‘add document’ button above a draft post. It’s not limited to PowerPoint files. Enter the ‘Text’ area of the draft. It opens a set of code. Go to the location you wish the document to go. Then press ‘Add Document’. Browse to the document’s location, likely ‘upload’. Find the file and add it to the code section. Return to Visual, you’ll still see the code.

This code is visible in both Visual and text views

You can view before posting to ensure the document displays as intended. When finished writing the post, publish live. That’s the simplest way to put a PP presentation online. Alternatively, the user can upload the PP to an FTP site and embed the post with a specific line of code. As well, but with almost the same amount of technical knowhow, you could upload to YouTube and embed that with yet another plugin. Good luck!

Update: VPG’s dashboard and draft area for posts is set up differently from most WP Dashboards I work with. Likely because they use the new editor of WordPress using a newer style of WP writing blocks. It does not show the buttons on top for plugins. I’ll try to see why, as it’s a basic WordPress thing.

Top row of buttons for activated plugins
When some editing plugins are activated, this row becomes visible, on Edit or new post windows in the original WP Window

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