How to Add a Download File to Your Website

How to Add a Download File to Your Website
In the last tutorial, we discussed ways to create a PDF to offer as a free download from your blog or website. Now that we have the download PDF created, how do we get it to the web? That's fairly easy but you do need a website, blog or other place on the web. There are two methods, depending on the setup of your website or blog.

Self Hosting
If you host your website or blog on a service such as HostGator.com, you will have FTP access to your website. For example, with my business website, dCipolloDesigns.com, I can use the FileZilla app to upload a PDF file directly from my desktop computer and place it into a special folder on my account.

Blogger and Other Services
However, if you are using Blogger or another system for your blog, you won't have FTP access. In this case, you will need to upload your PDF file to a third party file hosting service. Google Drive is very popular for file sharing because it's free. Once you upload your PDF to Google Drive, you will create a link to post into your blog or website, which will let the reader download the PDF.

Google Drive
  1. Go to drive.google.com.
    https://drive.google.com/

  2. Choose "My Drive" from the side menu. Open the My Drive menu and click "New Folder" to create a folder for your free downloads (see screenshot).

  3. Give the folder a name such as "downloads" and click Create (see screenshot).

  4. You will see your new downloads folder listed (see screenshot).

  5. Click the folder icon to open the folder.

  6. Drag your PDF file into your folder (see screenshot) or click the New button to upload your file (see screenshot).

    You should see your PDF file listed in the folder (see screenshot). Now we need to generate a download link that we can put on our blog.

  7. Right-click on the PDF file and choose "Get Shareable Link" (see screenshot).

  8. In the pop-up window, copy the link URL code (see screenshot).

The Download Link
Now, paste this download link into a page on your blog. You can add the link to a regular blog post. It will look something like this (see screenshot).

However, it would be nice to create a thumbnail image for the download link, instead of just the "Download" text link. In fact, if you will be offering several downloads, you can create a special page to contain all the thumbnail download links.

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