What is an embedded file?
"When designing a web page, an embedded file refers to any type of multimedia file that you might insert, or embed into the web page. This includes files like graphics and sound files." (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/E/embedded_file.html)
Why embed a file rather than just upload it?
Embedded files are nice for two reasons. Viewers can actually see the file itself, rather than an icon, and viewers do not necessarily have to download a file in order to view it.
Embedded files make your web page look more interesting and many objects can be embedded. YouTube videos, TED talks, documents, and PowerPoint presentations are just a few.
How do I embed a file on my web page?
There are several ways to embed a file which depend on where the file originates. If you are using Weebly, you can actually embed a file by using the "document" element under the "media" tools.
Usually, documents have to be hosted somewhere before they can be embedded so that a web page can "find" them somewhere online. First, upload the document using an online "cloud" system like Scribd, Box, or Google docs. Then find the document's embed code. Copy the code. Paste the code into an HTML element on your web page. (Wix users can add an HTML element by going to Add -> Apps -> HTML and then pasting the code in as HTML code in the drop down menu.)
Example of an uploaded document
Example of an embedded document
Tools & Resources
- "How to Embed Videos on a Webpage" by Ashley Poland
- Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8165874_embed-videos-webpage.html
- Read about basic embedding: "How to Add HTML Embed Codes to Your Website [Quick Tip]" by Ginny Soskey
- Turn any URL into and "embed-able" image using Embed.ly. See the example below of my own teaching website as an embedded picture.