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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Well that’s for wordpress.COM, you have WordPress.ORG 🙂

    However the directions are the same for both.

    If you want a link, just copy the URL and then insert a link as usual.

    I know how to make a link, and where to get the url for it.
    Having the library open in another window and dragging the urls to the current post editor will save me from going to the library back and forth, but what I want is…

    …Clear documentation.

    so I won’t waste hours of research 🙂
    I’d create the proper tutorial… if I knew how it works!

    I think I’d need a plugin like “links to pages/posts.”

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    The directions are clear (and actually 100% correct), you just misread/misunderstood them.

    To insert a link using a document from your blog’s Media Library, follow these steps:

    See the bolded bit? Document. NOT an image. That means PDF, DOC, DOCx etc.

    There is no direction written on how to create a link to an image file, since no one has seen the need. If yuo want to write one, please feel free to add it to the Codex –

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    The meaning you are giving to “document”, i.e. .DOCument, for MSword, excludes PDF and every other “document” other than MSword documents.

    So you are mixing up .DOCument with document (any file that an app saves) , and even using the later in the explanation.

    An image is a type of document ( filetype: image ), a PDF is another type, and all of them are documents.

    So the documentation should not be presented as a feature, but the fall-back by the lack of support of placing a document other than images in a post. (it could read the pdf and display it online, or parsing a word file as some sites do)

    It should be part of the “placing documents into posts”, under “other documents”, below “images”, since it’s the less supported.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    No, not confused at all.

    Notice how image gets it’s own type? That’s why (in part) we separate images from videos from audio. Strictly speaking document is an application MIME, but now we’re gone into the head-banging daffy definition land 🙂 If it’s not an image or a video, then it’s a document. It’s not the best use of the word, but we’re a bit crippled by English. – That URL is on This is .org. It does matter. Feel free to suggest to .com that they need to re-word that, but it’s their documentation for

    Well, you’re right. I have to let THEM know, not YOU, that it should be under “placing files”, under “images” as “this is the most it can do with files not image-type. Anyway, this post well works here since that’s the only “official” documentation, for those who look for that answer here. Better a plain “NO” than hiding the answer 🙂

    Yes, I noticed how “image” gets its own type.
    Notice, though, there’s no “document type” in the page you referenced.

    You must be talking about File Formats,
    where many image (actually “raster” graphic) formats are “documents”.
    Oops! what happened with “if it’s not an image it’s a document”?

    I partially agree that since many applications open the same file format, the documents are not called documents anymore, at least they are natives from the only app that opens them.

    Anyway, the whole play looks like “feature” when it’s just the way placing a non-image falls back.

    If you are visiting this post because you found out linking a jpg just places the image, your answer is no, wordpress can’t link an image. That explanation was only for the formats non-supported for inline placement (some day PDFs)

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    No, WordPress CAN link to an image. There is no automated feature to do insert an image as a link only. (But yes, that explanation was only for the formats non-supported for inline placement, which today means doc, docx and pdf).

    To link to a image, simply upload the image, copy the URL to the full size, and insert as a link manually.

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