Media

Uploading Documents

You can upload the documents to your WordPress.com blog using the Add Media icon. For a list of filetypes we support, see Accepted Filetypes.

Note: The following processes are outlined particularly for users who wish to upload a document and add its download link to a blog post or page. If you are seeking to simply upload a document to your blog’s Media Library (no download link), you can check out Media → Add New in your dashboard.

From Your Computer

The following process describes uploading a document from your computer to your blog’s Media Library and inserting a download link into a post or page.

  1. Go to Posts → Add New or Pages → Add New.
  2. Click on the Add Media icon found directly above your editor.
  3. Simply drag and drop your files into the box that appears, or click Select Files to choose a file from your computer to upload.
    Add Media
  4. Once the file has finished uploading, make sure to select Media File from the Attachment Display Settings drop down menu. This ensures that text added to your post will actually link to the file you have just uploaded
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  5. Click the Insert into post button.
  6. You should now have a working download link to the file in your new post or page.

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From URL

The following process describes inserting a download link to a file which already exists on another web site. This method will not upload the document/file to your blog’s Media Library; as such, if the file is removed from its location, your link will appear broken. This is not recommended unless you know the file will always be available at the specified location.

  1. Go to Posts → Add New or Pages → Add New.
  2. Click on the Add Media icon found directly above your editor.
  3. Click on the From URL tab.
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  4. Enter the URL of the file and the Title (i.e. the link text).
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  5. Click the Insert into post button.
  6. You should now have a working download link to the file in your new post or page.

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From Media Library

The following process describes inserting a download link to a file which already exists in your blog’s Media Library.

  1. Go to Posts → Add New or Pages → Add New.
  2. Click on the Add Media icon found directly above your editor.
  3. Click on the Media Library tab.
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  4. Locate the file you wish to add and click on it once.selectdoc
  5. Select the Media File option under Attachment Display Settings (the type of link you choose will be saved for next time).
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  6. Click the Insert into Post button.
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  7. You should now have a working download link to the file in your new post or page.

Note: If you would like to embed an actual document into a post or page, you can use Scribd.

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Sometimes you need to dress up a download link with an image like this:

With just a couple extra steps you can upload an image and a document, like a pdf, and link your image to the .pdf. When your users view your page they can click on the button to grab your .pdf download.

  1. First, you’ll want to upload your document to your Media Library as directed above.
  2. Then, select the document from the list of uploaded files, choose “Media File” from the Link To drop-down menu, and you’ll be able to copy the file’s URL.
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  3. Finally, follow the Image Links guide using your newly acquired file URL.
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