How Can I create a free Pdf download? (11 posts)

  1. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I want to create a pdf download to offer for free for a limited time on my site. Let me know if anyone knows how to do that?
    Thanks it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. michael.mariart
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's easy to do.

    1. Create the PDF file
    2. Upload it to your site
    3. Add the link on your post/page
    4. When the time is up, edit your post/page to remove the link
    5. Delete the PDF file from the server

    That's all ther is to it, unless there's something else that you need to do that you haven't mentioned?

  3. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    thanks for responding!
    I actually wanted it in the form of a widget that they could have. Or have it as a widget on my site that they can click on it and download the pdf. Is that possible?

  4. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What do you envision the widget looking like? The functionality?

    Just a picture or text to click, or what? Depending what you are looking for, it could be simple....

  5. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What I imagined was a picture and below it say "free download click here" and then when they click on it they get the free pdf

  6. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, you can do that with a simple text widget really!

    Upload your pdf to your server - by FTP if you want to keep it somewhere in particular, or through the media uploader (Note the URL to the PDF)

    Do the same for your desired image

    Now you can use a simple text widget in your sidebar

    <a href="http://www.link.com/to/your.pdf">
    <img src="http://www.link.com/to/your.img" alt="image title" />
    <span class="something">Free Download Click Here</span>

    That would put the image and words, and make it click to download

    That span wrapping the text isn't necessary, just put there in case you wanted to style your text through css

  7. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    That sounds technical, but I'm confident I can do it. I first would have to create the pdf. It's just like 4 or 5 post i've done already that I'm going to put together, so I guess I can create it in WORD? and the picture I'd do the same? OH wait, when I actually looked at the text above it looks like all i need to do is create a links. The picture I can upload to photo bucket, but how would I do the pdf?

  8. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    the pdf can be uploaded right through your wordpress dashboard really, like an image

    Just go to media->add new, and upload it - you will get a Link to it
    You could do the same thing with your image, that way you don't have to rely on an outside site like photobucket

  9. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    O.k :)
    but turning my posts into a pdf is the only thing I'm puzzled on now. I downloaded Kalin's PDF Creation Station plugin. I'm hoping that would help. but are you saying that i could just put in all the specific links to the blog post I want to offer in the free pdf download and that's it?

  10. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh no... I missed that part

    I have no idea how to turn a post into a PDF.... other than completely manually

    I mean ... there might be plugins...
    Here's one - but I honestly can't speak to the quality or functionality of any such plugin

  11. qinnc
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think I have the right idea what to do now. I'm going to try something. I will let you know how it goes by coming back to comment.

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