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  • I would like to put files on my site for folks to download – can you get me started on this perhaps reccomend a plugin?

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  • esmi


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    First make sure that the files are in a format than can be used across Windows and Mac. For examples, Microsoft documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) should be converted to PDFs; images should be JPEG or PNG; and compressed files should be ZIP.

    Second, if you have an idea of how many people will be downloading your files, then you can make some basic decisions. Less than 100 downloads a day can be done from your WordPress site. More than that and I would use either a file transfer service (like Dropbox), or a Content Distribution Network (CDN) such as Amazon S3.

    If you have less than 100 downloads a day, simply use the Media button in your post editing toolbar to upload the file to your website. Grab the URL of the uploaded file from the media library when it’s done and create a link with it in your post.

    For Dropbox or a CDN, upload the file, grab the file URL that you’ll be given and create a link with it in your post.

    There’s one more thing to think about, and that’s whether you want to protect someone from ‘stealing’ the links to your downloads and placing them of a site that isn’t yours. If you don’t min, then the above works fine. It you don’t want anyone else to have these links, then you’ll need to install a plugin that protects the link.
    There are a whole bunch of these plugins to choose from here:

    Kevin, Thanks for your reply it’s very clear and much appreciated. It will be small numbers for a specialist audience so adding links to my posts will work for me.
    regards and thanks

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