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TechTool: Getting information onto your blog or website – Embedit.In

Embed and share information using Embedit.In

If you have your own blog or website, you may have included an image, a video, a Powerpoint presentation, a .pdf file, a WORD, EXCEL document. It is often a messy, convoluted process. Do you need a more efficient process?

This is the first in a series of posts on tools you can use to embed information onto your blog post / page or web site.


What does embed mean?

In computer jargon, it means to insert something into something else. For example, you can embed an image into an email. When the recipient opens the email with an embedded image, the image shows up inside the email (as opposed to being a separate attachment to that email). On a post or web page, an embedded document or video will show up on the page without being stored on your server.

Incorporating media into your site like documents, images, presentations and  .pdfs   can eat up much of your bandwidth or storage space on your server. If you have limits on how much data you can upload to your server, then this becomes a problem.

A solution is to have the files hosted on some other server – using the cloud and embed the file onto your site using html code. The code can be placed into  a text widget or directly into a post in the HTML view. In my post WDYTYA Live 2012, I wantted to have available for download all the speaker notes and presentations. I didn’t want to upload these files to my server and so  all the files were uploaded to Embedit.In and embedded using the Link option. When you click on a link the  document opens where it can be printed, viewed or downloaded.


What type of files can you embed?

Pretty much any kind of document, image, or text file. To be specific:

  • Documents: Word (DOC/DOCX), Excel (XLS/XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX), WPD, ODT, ODP, ODS, PDF
  • Images: GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PSD
  • Text: TXT, RTF, CSV
  • Code: HTML, SQL, JS
  • Web: Web pages or other URLs

You can embed files up to 20 MB.

Using Embed it.In

To use Embedit.In, you sign in using an online ID – like Twitter, Yahoo, WordPress, Google or AOL and select the file(s) you want to embed.

Sharing the file using a link

Sometimes , embedding a series of documents on a page may take up too much room. Embed each document as a link to the file. Clicking on the link will open the file where you can view, print or download it.


Sharing the file by embedding it

If you want the file to appear on your page / post / web site, embed it. You can change its size or background colour according to your needs.

Sharing the file using a thumbnail

Clicking on the thumbnail will open the file full size. The thumbnail view can be embedded within a post, for example, and aligned with your text.



About the author

Michele Berner

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1 comment

  1. Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

    Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories” and family saga novels:
    “Back to the Homeplace” and “The Homeplace Revisited”

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