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Inserting a PDF into WordPress - A Simple How To

Updated on May 16, 2013

In addition to Internet marketing, I also develop websites and do a lot of technology training, particularly in WordPress.

One thing I see over and over again is confusion about how to insert a PDF into WordPress. I wrote this quick tutorial that shows how easy inserting a PDF into WordPress really is. Enjoy!

PDFs and WordPress: Inserting vs. Embedding

There are basically 2 ways to deal with PDFs in WordPress. You can either insert a link that points to the PDF document, or you can embed the PDF directly into your WordPress page or post. Inserting a PDF can be done in WordPress by default and requires no special functions.

This Hub is about inserting a PDF, NOT about embedding it. I'll cover how to embed a PDF into WordPress in a different Hub.

OK, let's get to it!


Step 1: Create a PDF

We're going to need a PDF to work with, so I created one via Microsoft Word. It's very simple with just one line of text. This PDF is my masterwork, so please don't make fun of it! ;-)~

PDF for inserting into WordPress
PDF for inserting into WordPress

Step 2: Create a WordPress Post to Insert the PDF

Next, create a new WordPress post or page to insert the PDF into. To illustrate, I created a test post on my website about driving anxiety. You can also edit a pre-existing page or post and insert the PDF into that if you want.

Now click the Upload/insert button to upload the PDF into WordPress. See the screenshot below.

Click the upload/insert button to upload PDF to WordPress
Click the upload/insert button to upload PDF to WordPress

Step 3: Upload the PDF to WordPress

Clicking Upload/insert brings up the Add Media dialogue box. Choose "Select Files" and browse to your local folder that contains the PDF you're inserting.

Add media files from your computer
Add media files from your computer
Browse to the folder that contains the PDF you want to insert into WordPress
Browse to the folder that contains the PDF you want to insert into WordPress

Step 4: Give the PDF a Title & Link URL then Insert into WordPress Post

Once the PDF has finished uploading, make sure you give it a title. The title will automatically default to the name of the file, so change it if necessary.

IMPORTANT: Whatever is in the Title field becomes the text for the link to the PDF.

Make sure the Link URL field isn't blank. Click the "File URL" button if it is.

Finally, click the "Insert into Post" button and viola - you've successfully inserted a link to your new PDF document into your WordPress post!

Fill in Title, Link URL fields - then insert PDF into WordPress
Fill in Title, Link URL fields - then insert PDF into WordPress
View the WordPress post to see the successfully inserted PDF
View the WordPress post to see the successfully inserted PDF

Most people know how to insert image files into a post, but there's lingering confusion about how to insert a PDF into WordPress. I hope this short tutorial has cleared up that confusion!

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    • DrivingPeace profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Weber 

      5 years ago from Montana

      Great tip! Thanks Tom.

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      Tom 

      5 years ago

      Another variant to insert a PDF file into wordpress is ...

      1. Upload the PDF file on www.yumpu.com

      2. then you linked your Epaper on Yumpu.com on your Wordpress page

      That was all. It's very simple.

      Tom

    • bpradit profile image

      Bradit 

      6 years ago from Jakarta

      that is great

    • DrivingPeace profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Weber 

      6 years ago from Montana

      Thank you kind sir

    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks. Now I know what to do if ever I should put a PDF on my WordPress site. Voting this Up and Useful.

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