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2.1 Installation Options

OnlyOffice can be used as mobile, desktop, or online software, and can be self-hosted or used via an established cloud host. In this video we’ll look over the various installation options you have and what their primary strengths are.

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2.1 Installation Options

Hey, I'm Kezz Bracey for Tuts+. And this is the Getting Started section of Up and Running with OnlyOffice Presentations. OnlyOffice Presentations is part of the OnlyOffice suite, which also includes a program that you can use for spreadsheets and one for word processing. Of course, we're focusing on the presentation software, but you get all three together in a bundle, you don't need to download them separately. And with OnlyOffice, there are several different ways that you can get hold of the software. So, we're gonna go through what those different ways are because there's a bunch of different information on this website, and it can be a little bit difficult to navigate when you first come here, so I'm going to give you the bullet point of what the different options are, show you where you can find those different options on this website, and let you know who each of these different options is a fit for. So OnlyOffice is actually web-based software. You can use it in the browser, but you can also use it on the desktop and on mobile devices. If you do want to use it in a browser, there are two ways, you can use a cloud hosting service that's provided to you or you can self-host. If you don't want to use it in a browser, then you have the options to use it on mobile devices or on desktop. So let's quickly go through the information that you need to be aware of for each of those options. Alright, so first off, if you are interested in signing up for OnlyOffice's own hosting service then head to So all of these links will be in the notes below this video. And the page will show you the pricing. By default it's showing you how much it will cost for 20 people to use the software. If you're just using it by yourself then you can drag this down all the way to the bottom and then that shows you the price just for you. So to give that price a bit of context to help you figure out if this is gonna be good value for you. If you compare it to Microsoft offer, that's about the same as this offer here, which is $70 a year. So $2 in difference or roughly the same sort of ballpark. If you do sign up for the service, you will get something that looks like this. This is my own hosted account that I'm gonna be using to show you through some of the features of Presentations. So, that is what you'll be looking at if you go with the cloud hosting service option. Now where this does differ from Microsoft Office or some other comparable services is that OnlyOffice is free and open source, and because of that you can also completely self-host if you would prefer to. And if you are experienced with managing servers and setting up servers, then you can handle the whole hosting process yourself. Or if you want to self-host but you want to have a bit more support rather than being just sort of completely do it yourself then there is also the Enterprise Edition for self-hosting. So among self hosting, there's two options. You've got Enterprise Edition, which will give you a bit of support, or you've got Community Edition, which you can pretty much just handle everything yourself. And the other difference between the Enterprise versus the Community version is that with the Enterprise version, you can use it with a team of 20 people or more. So if you've got a really large team you need to work with, then Enterprise is the way to go, whereas the Community Edition is designed for 20 people or fewer. And also with the Enterprise Edition you can add your own branding. If you're interested in the Enterprise Edition then you want to head to And then you can see the pricing here for different types of service that you might want to set up. And the pricing scales based on how many simultaneous connection you want to have allowed through your OnlyOffice server. If on the other hand you want to use the community edition, so that's the free open source self-managed version, then head to And here you can find different ways to set up OnlyOffice on your own hosting. You've got options for Windows Server, you've got a Linux Docker image, and you've got some pretty much plug and play options to just get OnlyOffice set up on Digital Ocean. So go ahead and check these out if you have some experience with setting up servers yourself and you want to take advantage of the fact that OnlyOffice is free and open source and allows you to handle everything yourself. Now if you don't want use OnlyOffice in the browser then your next option is to use one of the mobile apps. They have mobile apps for iOS and for Android and to find links to both of these options head to only And then your other option for using it offline is the desktop editors. There are desktop editors for Windows, Linux, and Mac. To download these head to And just as an extra note, when considering the desktop versions, the cool thing is even though they work offline on your desktop, you can actually connect them to your own self-hosted cloud. So for example if you're running a Nextcloud instance or an ownCloud instance, then you can be storing all of your documents online in your own self-managed cloud and edit them directly on your desktop. For the purpose of this course, I'm going to be using both the online version and the desktop version. So I'm gonna be showing you some things in this online version. And this is the desktop version, and I'll be showing you some things here just so you get to see the small differences between the two. To follow along with this course you can use either one, although there are a couple of features that as far as I'm aware only work in online version. But they're not mission critical features. So if you want, you can do everything in the desktop version. And just as a reminder, you can download the desktop version for your operating system on Or if you'd rather work online then you can get yourself a free 30 day trial of the online version. To sign up for that just go to and hit this button here, try in the cloud, to get that 30 day free trial. So whichever option you want to go with, go ahead and set that up now and then we'll be ready to get started with an overview of the interface in the next lesson. We're just gonna have a very quick touch on each of the major aspects of the interface so that you know how to navigate your way around the software. So we're gonna do that in the next lesson. I'll see you there.

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