WordPress tip 32

Adding downloadable documents

Login to your Dashboard, under “Dashboard”, click once on “Pages”, then once on the page title of the page you want to add a downloadable document, such as a pdf or Word doc file.
In the editing box that contains your page content, place your cursor where you want to insert the document, then choose the “Add Media” button (above the content editing box). Select your file from your local computer and insert.

Then click the “Update” button to update the page.

To make the document open in a new window, double click (or select) the hyperlinked document link, choose “Insert/edit link” from the icons above editing box, then choose/checkbox “Open link in new window”  (or from the “Target” options in older software), then “Update” to update the link, then “Update” again to update the page.

To insert that document link into a widget
While on the page and in the editing box, switch to the “text” (html in older software) tab (top right of editing box), and copy ALL of the html code for that document, from <a ………. to </a>.

Then go to Dashboard/Appearance/Widgets, and insert that code into a Text widget in one of your Widget areas and save. The html code must be EXACTLY correct. If not correct, go back to your page, double check that the link on the page works correctly first, then copy ALL of that code and insert into your widget again. Save and test.

 

Tip 1
It’s always handy to have another browser window open to view the “public” side of your website to see the changes without having to log in and out of your Dashboard to see the public website. The changes will be live immediately. Use CTRL+F5 in your live website browser window to force a refresh of the web page you are viewing to see the updated link.

Tip 2
Always backup your website before doing any updates until you are very familiar with updating pages and images etc.
See backing up your website.

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