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Gecko Designs
523 N Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802

(406) 662-1123

How to Upload & Link to a PDF file in WordPress

Written by tim on October 7, 2013

Uploading a PDF into WordPress

The first step in getting your PDF Files onto your WordPress site is to add them to your Media Library.  Once you have upload your PDF files it is easy to place links to them on your desire desired page or pages.

First things first you need to login to the back end dashboard of your WordPress site.  Once logged in, simply follow the steps below.

  1. In the left menu section hover your mouse over the Media section and Click Add New.  You can upload images, audio files, videos, and other types of documents such as PDF this way, without having to start a new post.
  2. Once your on the Add New screen it provides a list of the accepted file types allowed to be uploaded as well as the remaining upload space available for your site.  To Upload your PDF files you can either click the Select Files button and browse to and select the files you wish to upload, or you can simply drag and drop the files you want from your finder or explorer window into the drop files here section.
  3. Once a PDF file is selected for upload it will display a process bar while it is being uploaded that disappears once the upload is complete. Once fully uploaded it will be located in a list alongside any other files uploaded to your media library.
  4. You now can click the small blue Edit link to set the files Title, Caption Text, Description, and view the Attachment Page Content.  It also provides you with the URL to your PDF as well as a red link to Delete Permanently the file from your Media Library.
  5. If you make any changes to these settings click the blue Update button to retain your changes.
  6. All uploaded media files are then located in your Media Library.

Linking to a PDF file in WordPress

Now that we have  your PDF uploaded to your WordPress site the next step is to insert it onto your desired pages.

  1. First, in the left menu click the Pages section.  Next either use the Add New link to create a new page or select one of your other pages listed you would like to add your PDF to.
  2. Place your curser where you would like the PDF to go and click the Add Media button.  This will bring up a popup screen where you click to select your desired files from the Media Library.  Once you select a file it will appear with a blue check box on its top right corner. *You can select and insert multiple media files if desired at once.
  3. You can now view its Attachment Details on the right side of the screen and also edit these fields here if necessary.  Note that the Title field is what the text that the link to your PDF will be displayed as on your site.
  4. Next review the Attachment Display Settings below the details area where you decide if you want your PDF to link directly to the PDF with the Media File setting selected or if you want it to link to an Attachment Page that you then click again to view the PDF.  Typically the we suggest to use the link to Media File option.
  5. Once you have it set to your desired settings click the blue Insert into page button in the bottom right corner.
  6. The link will be displayed as the title of the PDF being underlined and referencing to your uploaded file.
  7. To save your changes to your page click the blue Update button and then view your page and click the new PDF link to verify its working correctly.
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Gecko Designs, LLC
523 N Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802

(406) 662-1123

523 N Higgins Ave, Missoula
Michelle Levitus 5 months ago
Gecko Designs was a pleasure to work with while building out a brand new website. They understood what we were after and had creative and useful ideas to help us reach our goals for the website and for our organization. Communication was friendly and reliable throughout the process and they were available to troubleshoot any issues that arose before we went live, and after. Highly recommend!
Eric Halverson 3 months ago
Gabriel at Gecko Designs has proven over and over again that he and his team offer an incredible product to their clients (me!). I've been thrilled by his communication, the products they offer, and their responsiveness to my requests. Anyone looking for a website, logo, etc.. would be making a no-brainer decision to do business with Gecko Designs.
Martin Judnich 7 months ago
From intro meeting to final website, this was a great experience. Gecko created exactly what I was looking for, and was very timely and affordable. Great collaboration, lots of changes, and they made me feel comfortable every step of the way. I could not recommend more.
Lincoln Mansch 10 months ago
Our non-profit organization can't find enough adjectives to describe the top-notch, professional, and amazing work Gabe and his team provides. They have been amazing supporters of our organization from answering simple quick questions, to volunteering at our events, to helping us with graphic designs and website updates for our biggest event, to helping us with the mother of all projects....redesigning our very outdated website. We are always amazed at how quickly and efficiently they work despite us coming back with little nit-picky changes and requests. We often wonder if we're their only client because they are so quick to respond....but that is exactly how they want you to feel - as if you are their only/most important client. They are always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done right by taking very careful consideration of their clients' needs, wants, and desires, and end up producing work that is nothing short of brilliant.
Jaycie Loney a year ago
Gabe and his team did a great job helping us with our fundraiser. They were the most affordable, easiest to work with place in town! We couldn't have been more pleased with these guys!! Highly Recommended!