You want to make a document like the noticesheet or Church magazine available for people to download.
First things first, make sure the document is in a suitable format. Most people can probably open a Word file (although it might not display as you intended on their computer if they aren’t using Microsoft Word) and many people will not be able to open a Publisher file. The easiest way to avoid problems is to create a PDF file of your document, programs like Word and Publisher usually have the facility to do this built-in (Usually under ‘File > Export’ or ‘File > Save As’). If not you can use a free online PDF converter, try searching google for such a site.
Create or open an existing page or post from your dashboard. Now click ‘Add Media’
From the resulting lightbox that appears, upload your file which should lead you to a screen like this:
The options selected by default are probably fine but for clarity:
- ‘Title’ is the name of your document that will appear in the link on your page
- ‘Caption’ and ‘Description’ are not required and will not normally be displayed anyway
- ‘Link to’ should be set to ‘Media File’ if you wish for people to be able to download it as a file straight from the link in your post.
Now click ‘Insert into post’ and a link to your file will be inserted into the post, you’ve managed it!
Making downloads stand out
If you want to make your download stand out there are things you can do, how about placing it inside an info box?
Simply use the ThemeBlvd shortcode generator (TB icon in the editor menu) and select the colour of your choice. Now replace the ‘Content…’ placeholder between the shortcodes with the link you’ve just created.
You can even add a download icon to your download box, just type ‘download’ into the icon field when creating your info box, it should look just like this: