5 Ways to Share Your PowerPoint Presentation Online

There are many great uses for a PowerPoint presentation, the problem is, they can be a bit tricky to share online. Fortunately, there are actually many ways to go about it, you just have to consider the pro and cons of each method.

#1 Direct Upload

The first and simplest method of sharing your PowerPoint templates online is to simply upload it to your website and provide a download link to your visitors. If you run Wordpress or a similar Content Management System (CMS), you will be able to upload the file in the back-end and get a download link in a matter of seconds.

On the other hand, if you don’t edit your website yourself, or if you don’t have a website at all, you can upload the presentation to a file sharing service that will host a download link for you. The biggest con with this method? The end user will have to download the file and have a device with PowerPoint (or an alternative like Pages) installed in order to view your presentation.

#2 Slideshare.net

Slideshare.net is kind of like YouTube for slideshows and presentations. There are some other sites like it, but this is certainly the most popular platform if you want to make your presentation viewable online. However, this site does not support animations or multi-media files. Your presentation will be converted to a literal slide show, with each slide converted into a still image.

If you have a simple presentation, of course, that won’t be a problem. Plus, Slideshare.net will make your presentation viewable on any computer, without the viewer having to download anything.

#3 Wondershare PPT2Flash

You can get Wondershare PPT2Flash as an add-on for PowerPoint. As the name implies, this tool allows you to convert your presentation into a Flash file, which allows your presentation to be viewed on any computer--so long as the user has Flash installed.

This method will also reduce the file size of your presentation by up to 90%, which is especially beneficial for longer presentations. Hyperlinks, animations, and multi-media files will also be retained in the Flash conversion, which makes this one of the most functional and practical options.

#4 Record the Presentation

You can use a screen recording software, such as Camtasia Studio, and record the presentation as a video file. This will retain animations and other visual aspects of your presentation just as you intended for them to be seen, and also enables you to narrate or add music or sound files to the presentation.

Camtasia, specifically, will even allow you to add links and other special effects to the video, but be mindful that these features will only be available under certain circumstances. For instance, if you use YouTube to host your video, all of those special effects go away. Of course, you could add links back using YouTube’s native tools.

You can also save the video and upload it directly to your site or a file sharing service, but be sure to test any links or special effects you add using Camtasia’s tools to ensure they are compatible with the software your average user will be using to view the presentation video.

#5 Publish as HTML

When viewing your PowerPoint, Office gives you the option to save it in another format by going to Save As > Other Formats. You can select HTML, which will allow you to upload it to your website as its own web page. However, this is possibly the least favorable solution due to the following reasons:

  • Each slide will be exported as its own page, meaning you have to upload a folder of files to your website's servers. This does take some know-how.
  • The presentation will only display correctly if your viewer is using the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE), which is unlikely today when Safari and Chrome are the most popular of all browsers.

An alternative option that can allow you to utilize this method is to use OpenOffice Impress to make your presentation and then export it as HTML. That’s because OpenOffice Impress is compatible with more browsers.

In any case, there are instances where this method will work--like if you’re uploading a presentation for staff training or organizational use and you know your viewers will be using the required browser to view it.

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