How to Upload a PDF File to Your WordPress Blog

by on July 14, 2009 · 8 comments

Adobe PDF File IconHave you ever wanted to make a PDF file available for download on your WordPress blog or website?

For example, maybe you want to make your patient pre-visit form available on your website so new patients can print it off at him and fill it in before coming to the office.

This video shows you how to use the “Add Media” button in the WordPress editor to upload an Adobe PDF file and link to it from a WordPress Page or WordPress Post.

You could also do this for a Word document, Powerpoint presentation, or any other type of file you want to make available on your blog.

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Don Campbell July 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm

One of my readers sent me a note that I thought would be good to share here. She said there is a 2MB limit on file uploads. What if you have a PDF file that is larger than that and you want to link to it from one of your posts or pages?

Here’s how I handle this situation:
1) I create a new directory on my server called downloads.
2) Then I upload the PDF file into that folder using an FTP client program
3) Then I’ll end up with a link like: http://mydomainname/downloads/mypdfname.pdf (this link is just an example and doesn’t work.)
4) Then I create a blog post or page with a link to to this in it.


eileen September 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I followed this video and posted a pdf in under 1 minute!! Thank you!


Don Campbell September 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Thank Eileen – I like your website!


Stacy August 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Thank you so much for this video! It helped me out so much!


Kathy Van Pelt February 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I just helped one of my students create a link to an Excel file in WordPress. I will be sharing your post with my students. Thank you!


Eric March 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm

All I want to do is simply upload an article I wrote to my category, “The Work,” so that potential customers can come out and read the article and see I know my stuff. So far I can get the Title posted under the work, with a big blank picture frame next to it and NO ARTICLE. By the way, the article is on my desktop and not a link to the actual magazine but one I scanned and saved as a pdf.


Taylor Harris November 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Very helpful! Thankyou!


Tom Minkler June 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

How about EMBEDDING the .pdf in the page, like “normal” websites do (is that what Eric is asking)? 🙂 Couldn’t find how in WP, I’ll look in your index to see if i can find it. This one is helpful though; thanks.


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