Add a PDF in WordPress

For some websites, it is necessary to add documents for users to download or view online. We always recommend saving that document as a PDF. This is a relatively simple process and prevents users from editing and using your document for another purpose. If you need any help making changes to your website, call Techno Goober for help at (302) 645-7177 or contact us online

Quick Access: 



Save a Document as a PDF

Step 1: Locate the document on your hard drive. Right-click on the document and select Convert to PDF.

convert to pdf

Step 2: Alternatively, you can open the document and select File -> Save As. Then ensure to change the file type to PDF

save as pdf



Add PDF to Page

To beginlog into the content management system, and open the page or post or content block that you would like to add the PDF.

Step 1: Click the area inside the page where you want your link to appear. Click the Add Media button at the top.

wordpress add media

Step 2: Click Upload Files at the top of the new window.

Media Gallery

Step 4: There are two methods for uploading PDF documents to WordPress. The first is to drag your document into the designated area “Drop files anywhere to upload.” This will automatically add the document(s) to the Media Library. 

Step 5: The second method for uploading PDF documents to WordPress is to manually choose the image. Click Select Files, locate and click on the PDF document on your hard drive, then select Open

Step 6: Once you are finished adding the document to your Media Library, click the document. You will need to change some settings before adding it. Ensure you select "Link To" Media File.

pdf media file

Step 7: Click Insert into page

Step 8: All PDF document should open in a new window. This will ensure that your users don't leave your site accidentally. To add this option, click the link you have just added, and select the Pencil. Then, click the Gear

click the pencil 

click the gear

Step 9: Select Open in a New Tab, then click Update

Open in a new tab

Step 10: Click Update on your page to save your changes to the page

update page

Step 11: Go to the front-end of the website to check out your work. To do this, you can right-click on the name of your website in the top left corner select Open in a new tab.

open in new tab

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