Unless you are reading or adding a text to an existing Manifold instance, you will need to install the software on a server to publish texts.
The current, stable version of Manifold is v2.1.1.
Currently, the simplest way to host your own instance of Manifold is to utilize our Ubuntu or CentOS package installers.
In the future, we will be offering package installers for Centos/RHEL, and Docker. The Docker images are currently in-progress, and should be made public in September 2018.