Media

Uploading Documents

You can upload documents like PDF files to your WordPress.com site. For a list of file types we support, see Accepted File Types.

Do you want to embed a PDF file instead? See Embedding a PDF File.

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Whether sharing a meeting agenda, school policy changes, sermon notes or other important documents, you can upload files to share with others. There are several ways to add files.

From Your Computer

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

  1. Go to My Site(s) → Media.
  2. Click on the Add New icon found in the top left corner:
    Add new Media button
  3. Choose a file (or multiple files) from your computer to upload.
  4. Once the file has finished uploading, click the Edit button.
  5. Click the ‘Copy‘ button to copy the file URL to your clipboard:
Image showing how to Copy the file URL
Copy the file URL

Now that you have the URL, you can insert this as a link or a button on any post or page. You can also use the File Block.


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From a URL

The following process describes inserting a download link to a file that already exists on another web site. This method will not upload the document/file to your site’s Media Library. This means that 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 My Site(s) → Media.
  2. Click on the chevron symbol next Add New and click Add via URL (found in the top left corner):
    Image of Add new Media via URL option
  3. Enter the URL and click Upload.
  4. Once the file has finished uploading, click the Edit button.
  5. Click the ‘Copy‘ button to copy the file URL to your clipboard:
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Copy the file URL

Now that you have the URL, you can insert this as a link or a button on any post or page.


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

If you are using the Classic Editor, you can upload an image of a button and link that image to a PDF or other file. When your readers view your page, they can click on the button to grab your .pdf download.

Using the block editor? Use a Buttons Block instead!

  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 and choose Edit. There, you’ll be able to copy the document’s link.
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  3. Upload an image of a button and insert it into any page or post.
  4. Finally, follow the Image Links guide using your newly acquired file URL to link the button image to the file URL.

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