How to Upload a File to Your WordPress Site

Upload a File to Wordpress

In our last post we talked about creating a pdf. Now, it’s time to upload the file to WordPress. We’re going to show you how to do this in WordPress 3.5. If you haven’t updated yet, we recommend doing so.

Note: in your website, this is going to look like a hyperlink. It may either open the file in a new tab/window, or it could start the download process.

If you get stuck, feel free to leave us a comment.


1. Open the page/post you want to edit.


Or, create a new post/page.

2. Click “add media”.


Location of Add Media button in WordPress

It’s right above the content area on the right-hand side.

3. In the pop-up window, click the “upload files” tab and then click “Select files.”

Upload Media in WordPress 3.5

4. Upload your PDF.


5. Insert into post.

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This is done by clicking the blue button in the lower left-hand button. The text in the “title” field is what will show up in your post as hyperlinked text, so choose it carefully. (In WordPress 3.5, the title often won’t save the first time you insert the file. If this happens to you, just edit the title after you insert it.)

And you’re done! :-)

Feel free to leave a comment if you have a question.

4 Responses to How to Upload a File to Your WordPress Site

  1. Teena February 7, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Thanks for the helpful tips!!

  2. Cathryne Stein February 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Everything else about your site is wonderful and enormously helpful. Thank you!

    But this process didn’t work for me (WordPress 3.5.1). After 5 tries, focusing on the specific directions – laid out in beautiful detail – it just didn’t work, so I cut & pasted from Word, which worked fine. But I’d like to be able to use this in the future.

  3. Catherine S. Cornwell March 19, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Very good post.. Simple and precise..

  4. Chris July 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    I’ve got an image in our catering website on our “menus page” that has a PDF link to it and I’m trying to upload a new PDF that I would like the link to be directed to. Can anyone give me any tips?