How to Post a Slide Show to WordPress

The free version of WordPress allows users to create a slide show using three programs — Slide.com, Slideshare.net, or Rockyou.com. If you are using Blogger, you can also use these programs — or you can use something like Picasa.

I am suggesting that you use either Slide.com or Slideshare.net. They are both free and fairly simple to use.

The slide show format is different from just posting images on your blog. It provides a structure for presenting images. It allows you to tell a story, one image at a time. And it makes your audience to focus on one image at a time.

Here is how to do it…


STEP ONE
Optimize your photos, which means saving your images file in a smaller file size that can be quickly uploaded to the Web. You can do this in iPhoto, Windows Picture Editor, or Photoshop. You are looking to save your images for the Web. (For instructions on how to do this, see  How do I optimize my photos? or read chapter 8 in the Journalism 2.0 book.) Make sure your images are saved in .jpg format.

STEP TWO
Edit and arrange your photos so that they tell your story. Rename your image files so you can quickly select them and put them in order.

STEP THREE
Pick your slide show program. I suggest either Slide.com or Slideshare.net. Check out the Web sites of each before you start and get a sense of how they are different. They are both free to use after you sign up with your email address.

Slide.com
This is one of the the simplist ways to get a slide show on your WordPress blog. You can skip all of the crazy special effects, unless crazy special effects will help you tell your story. This is a two-step process. You upload your image to Slide.com. Then you post the code they give you to your blog on WordPress.

SlideShare.net
This is a good option if you are comfortable with Power Point or if you want to have more control over exactly how your images are displayed. It is a bit more complicated and takes a bit longer. And it has no effects (like a fade or zoom). It is a three-step process. You have to make a slide show using Power Point. Then you have to upload your Power Point presentation to Slideshare.net. Then you post the code to your blog on WordPress.

See the step-by-step instructions for each program below.

STEP FOUR
Sit down and do it.

Using Slide.com

1. Go to Slide.com. Sign up for a free account.

2. Select “Click here to make your slideshow.”

3. Click on Upload Images.

4. Select your images.

5. Select your Style. I suggest “Gallery” or one of the less crazy ones possible, but it depends on your subject.

6. Select a Skin, Theme, Music/Video, Background, and Effects – or keep it simple by making sure that none are selected. Remember, this is a journalism class and you are trying to tell a story with your images.

7. Under Size, save as Medium.

7. Create captions if you want them.

8. Click “Save, Get Code.”

9. On the Share Page, look in lower left hand list for WordPress. Click on WordPress.

10. Skip the “Automatically add this Slide Show to WordPress.com” option. Instead use the “Copy this Code” option.

11. Copy the code.

12. Go to your blog and write a new post.

13. Paste the code into the body of your post.

14. Save. Preview. Publish.

Using SlideShare.net

1. Create a slide show using Power Point.

2. Save it as a .ppt file. (This is the older version of Power Point 1997-2004).

2. Go to SlideShare.net.

3. Sign up for an account. They want some basic info. Unclick newsletter if you don’t want them sending it to you. Skip sending the “find your friends” and “send invitations” options.

4. Go to Upload.

5. Browse and Select Your File. Fill in the title, tags, and description if you wish.

6. Click on Publish All. You want to publish it as PUBLIC.

7. You should get the message: “Your slide show ‘THE NAME YOU GAVE IT’ is being converted and will be published shortly.”

8. It takes a while to load your files to the Slideshare Web site. Sometimes a few minutes. Sometimes 15 or 20 minutes. In the meantime, check you email. They will send you an email to confirm your account. You must approve your account for it to work.

9. When it is uploaded, click on the My Slidespace Tab. Click on your slideshow.

10. You will see what it looks like. If you don’t like it, you can go back and fix it in Power Point. Then upload your new file (follow the same steps above).

11. When you have your finished slide show, click on the Post to option for WordPress.

12. Copy the code from second box — the one that starts with [slideshare id

13. Write a post. Paste the code into the body of your post.

14. Preview. Publish. Visit your site.

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One Response to How to Post a Slide Show to WordPress

  1. lymessenger says:

    you’re amazing! I thought posting a slideshow would be really difficult, but you made it seem so easy. Thank you for your incredibly easy simple instructions.

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