How to Easily Add a Download Link in WordPress

How to Easily Add a Download Link in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

Last Updated on July 15, 2022 by Oluwatuyi

Do you want to learn how to add a download link in WordPress for your PDFs and other files?

Adding a download link to WordPress makes it easy for your readers to download guides, videos, images, and even paid products.

So, we’ll show you how to add a download link to your WordPress site, step by step

Why Add a Download Link for Files in WordPress?

By adding a download link for your WordPress files, you make it easy for your visitors to download eBooks, videos, images, plugins, and other media and documents you upload to your site.

This makes it easy to create exclusive content for your visitors to help build your email list.

You can also offer some of these downloads as a bonus for your most valued readers to help improve your relationship and strengthen your brand.

Plus, you can even create a simple membership site, where you can put your members-only guides and other content behind a paywall.

That being said, let’s show you how to easily add a download link in WordPress.

How to Easily Add a Download Link in WordPress

Add a Simple Download Link With Built-in WordPress Settings

The easiest way to add a download link in WordPress is by using the block editor. Simply open up a page or post where you want to add a download link and then click the ‘Plus’ add block button.

After that, search for ‘File’ and then click the block.

add file block posts page

Then, you can upload a file by clicking the ‘Upload’ button or choose one you’ve already uploaded to your media library.

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Once you add the file, it will automatically display with the download link. When your users click this, it will download the file.

To change the name of the link, simply click on the text and edit it.

edit download link

There are different display options that you can customize in the right hand panel depending on the type of file you added.

For example, if you upload a PDF file, then you can choose for the link to go directly to the media file, or open it on a separate attachment page.

You can also make the download open in a new tab by clicking the toggle.

Below that, you can also add a download button next to your link by clicking the ‘Show download button’ toggle.

change download link display settings

Once you’re finished making changes, click the ‘Save’ or ‘Publish’ button to make your download link live.

Now, you can visit your WordPress website to see your download link in action.

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Add a Simple Download Link by Uploading Files to Media Library

Another way to add a download link to a file is to first upload it to your media library by navigating to Media » Add New and then upload your file.

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Next, you need to click on the file to open it.

Then, copy the URL in the ‘File URL’ box.

Now, you can navigate to the post or page where you want to add the download link.

Then, add some text, click the ‘Link’ icon and paste the URL you just copied into the box.

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When you’re finished making changes, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to make your download link live.

Now, you can go to your WordPress blog to see your new download link.

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We hope this article helped you learn how to add a download link in WordPress. You can use our comment session or join our delegate on facebook to solve any issues related to WordPress and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials.

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