What website should I use to host a large manual online?

Wyn Miller May 1, 2013
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I am looking for the best way to host a large manual online and allow the public to browse different sections, as well as individual figures and tables. It is already in a digital format. I also need to be able to cross-reference between different parts of the document with active links for keywords.

Any ideas?

  1. jack_cola
    May 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I recommend http://www.similarsites.com/ or Scribd as mentioned previously.


  2. Rob H
    May 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I suggest a good starting point might be http://www.scribd.com/

    If that's not what you need then...
    You need to be more precise about "large" and "digital format".
    You also need to think about popularity and budget. That's to say a very large document that might prove seriously popular could cost whoever was hosting it a lot (unlikely).
    Possible solutions might be to turn it into web pages or PDF format.

    As regards "cross links and keywords" - if it's digital format don't forget that CTRL-F pops up a "Find" search box in many digital formats/products (e.g. web page, MS Word document, Adobe PDF). Other than that inserting links can be a tedious manual process - you might find a tool to automate it but then you'd lose some control over link quality.

  3. Paul Pruitt
    May 1, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Try scribd.com.

  4. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 1, 2013 at 1:41 am

    What do you want to do? File hosting or web hosting? I would recommend you to incorporate all the features you want in the file itself, probably as a PDF and then do a file hosting, with shared link to download. Then you can file host in any of these free services : http://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.com/web-hosting-shopping/file-storage-hosting/

    There are also out file hosting services too and most provide 5GB free storage.

  5. Paul Pruitt
    May 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Is Scribd what you want?: http://www.scribd.com/.