Working with PDFs in WordPress

Did you know that you can use the “Media” section of the WordPress dashboard to upload PDFs just like you use it to upload photos?  It’s true.  And once a PDF is loaded into your media library, it’s very easy to link to it in a WordPress page or post.  You can link to reports, applications or eBooks.  The possibilities are endless.

Here’s how you do it:

Step One:  Upload the PDF

Log into your WordPress dashboard.  You’ll see “Media” in the menu on the left side of the page.  Click on that and then select “Add New”.

Select the PDF you’d like.  It operates much the same as loading a photo.  The only difference is that once the PDF is uploaded you’ll see an icon where ordinarily you would have seen the photo.

The important thing to note is the “File URL”.  That’s where the uploaded PDF file is stored in your system.  Copy the file location.

Note: You can also upload the PDF from the regular image uploader when you’re working on a page or a post, but it can be a little confusing.  I like to get all the PDFs uploaded first and then work on the post or the page.

Step Two: Link to the PDF

Now make a page or post just as you would normally.  Type the words that you’d like to use to link to your PDF.  Select the words to be linked by highlighting them and then click on the link icon.

Then, and this is where the magic happens, paste the file location of the PDF into the “Link URL”.  I also open up links to PDFs in a new window.  You don’t have to do that, but I think it’s a nice touch.

Click on “Insert” and you’ve now linked a PDF document to text in your WordPress site or blog.

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