Printables are hot right now. A lot of bloggers are creating activity sheets, checklists, tutorials and more for their readers that can be printed out or saved on their computers for a later date. Many bloggers are stumped about how to go about making an upload a download in WordPress, or even the best practices. Here are a few ways to make your next printable or tutorial freebie easily accessible to your readers.
From Within a Post
In most cases, the link to the download is going to be located within a post or page. Therefore, it may be easiest to simply upload your file and attach it while creating your post. This is really no different than adding an image to your post. You are simply uploading a .pdf file instead.
Upload the .pdf just as you would an image.
Make sure it is linked to Media File in the Settings.
A link with your file’s name will be automatically inserted into your post.
From the Media Library
A lot of bloggers, myself included, like to make subscriber-only content available to their email newsletter subscribers. In this case, you are going to need to upload the .pdf to your blog through the Media Library and grab the File URL. You can then share the link in a post, an email, a linky, etc.
How to Protect an Upload
A couple of problems that occasionally arise with the above methods are when:
- You don’t want the file sharable with others
- It’s a tutorial that includes links to outside resources
In case number one, if you are simply uploading a .pdf and sharing the media link with your readers. That link can also be shared easily with the rest of the world without those parties ever needing to visit your main post.
In case number two, if you have ever tried to follow an uploaded .pdf tutorial that links to necessary resources you know that it can be a pain. In most cases the links do not open in a new window. Your reader may have to do a lot of Back and Forward, or Googling or they may simply click away and never return.
In these instances, it may be best to make your file an actual download. When the reader clicks the link, the file is downloaded to their computer as opposed to opening a URL. To do this, you are going to follow the same steps as above but this time you need to save it as a .zip file instead of .pdf before uploading.
As you can see, it is rather simple to make your uploads available as downloads, printables or savable files. If you want to track the number of downloads, there are free plugins available like Download Monitor that will provide you with stats and other useful tools.
Do you make printables or other downloads available to your readers? Any tips or cool tools we should know about?