Get Ready to Be Perplexed: Uploading Downloadable Files to WordPress
If you are a WordPress user, there is no denying that you might be feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to uploading downloadable files on your website. Whether it’s an image, PDF or audio file, knowing how to manage and upload your downloads is essential to your website.
Step 1: What Kinds of Files Can You Upload?
Before you take the plunge and start uploading files to your website, take some time to determine what type of files you might want to share with your audience. In general, WordPress supports the following file types:
- Documents: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx
- Images: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif
- Audio: .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav
- Video: .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .wmv, .avi
Note that these are only the most commonly used and supported file types by WordPress. However, you can manually add other file types to your media library.
Step 2: Access Your Media Library
The media library is the tool that allows you to manage and upload files on your website. Here’s how you access it:
- Click the ‘Media’ tab on the left-hand side of the dashboard, before clicking ‘Add New’
- If you have files already stored in your media library, select ‘Media Library’
- On the ‘Add New Media’ screen, click on the ‘Select files’ button to pick the file you want to upload from your computer.
Step 3: Upload Your Files on the Media Library
Now that you have access to your media library, here are the steps to upload your downloadable files:
- Click the ‘Select files’ button in the middle of the screen, or drag and drop the file you want to upload into the area provided.
- If you are uploading multiple files, hold Shift or Control on your keyboard and click all the files you want to upload.
- Once you’ve selected your file(s), click ‘Open’ to start uploading them. The upload process might take a few minutes depending on the size of the file(s) and your internet speed.
Step 4: Adding Downloadable Files to Pages or Posts
Now that you have uploaded your files in the media library, you can add them to your website’s pages or posts:
- Open or create the post or page where you want to add the downloadable file.
- Place your cursor where you want to add the file, then click on the ‘Add Media’ button located at the top left-hand corner of your screen.
- Select the file you want to add to your post or page from the media library.
You can customize how your files are displayed on your page by adjusting settings such as alignment, size, and link settings. Finally, click on the ‘Insert into post’ button to add a link to your downloadable file within your content.
Step 5: SEO Optimization for Downloadable Files
Lastly, if you want to get the best performance out of your downloadable files, consider optimizing them for SEO:
- File Name: Save your file with descriptive file names to help search engines identify the contents of your file and improve your rankings.
- File Size: Keep your file sizes as small as possible to improve your website’s load speed and your search engine rankings.
- Alt Tags: Including relevant keywords in your alt tags can help boost your rankings.
- Meta Descriptions: Give context for search engines by creating relevant and compelling meta descriptions to make your files more enticing to users who may encounter them in search engine results.
Uploading and managing downloadable files on WordPress is an essential skill for every website owner. With the easy-to-use media library and user-friendly upload process, you can quickly add downloadable files to your website, display them on your content, and optimize them for SEO to improve your website’s rankings.