Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post

While it may seem like a lot of steps, adding a PDF to Your Page or Post can be pretty painless.  The process is similar to adding a photo and will get easier after each time you successfully upload a PDF.  Here are the steps:

Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post

  1. Navigate to an existing Post or Page or create a new Page or Post.
  2. Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post - Insert Media screen image.Click into your Page or Post where you want your PDF link to go.
  3. Click on the Add Media button above the toolbar.
  4. In the Insert Media screen choose Upload Files.
  5. Navigate to the PDF you want uploaded to your site and click Open on the bottom right of your screen.
  6. Once the PDF has been uploaded, click on the blue Insert into post button on the lower right of your screen.
  7. The link to your PDF will be inserted into the Page or Post.
  8. Remeber to Save Draft or Publish your changes.

To Upload a PDF to Use at a Later Time

  1. From the Dashboard menu, click Media >> Add New or click Media to go to the Media Library and then click on the Add New button.
  2. Click the Select Files button to access the files on your computer.
  3. Select the file you want to upload.
  4. Click the Open button.
  5. When the upload is complete, you will see the new file in your Media Library.

Note: If the file does not open, then the file type is not supported.  There are file types WordPress won’t upload.

Cropping an image

You upload you image to the Media Library.  You realize your image needs to be cropped.  Ugh.  In the old days, you would have to crop that image in your photo editing software and upload the image again. Good news . . .you can now crop your image from the Media Library.

Cropping an Image

Start in the Media Library.  Select the image you want to crop.

The Edit Media or Attachment Details page is next screen.  Click on the Edit Image button below your image.image-editing-01

To start cropping an image, click and drag over the area you want cropped.  The cropped area will become darker.  The area to preserved will be brighter.  Move the crop square as needed to get the crop you want.  Click and hold on any of the little squares (in the corners, center top, bottom, left and right area of the image) to lengthen or shorten the crop.  To scale smaller or bigger, click and drag a corner square.

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Happy with the the new look?  Click the crop button above the image.  The cropped image will replace the original image.  When you are done editing your image:

  • click  the Save button below the image
  • AND THEN click the blue Update button in the right sidebar to update the image.

Adding photos to your page/post

Adding images to your page or post will make the page/post more engaging.  When creating or editing a page or post, you can add images using the Media Uploader tool. Here’s how:

1. Put your cursor where you want your image

Before you add an image to your page or post, first insert your cursor in the place within the text where you want the image to appear.  By placing the cursor (and then the image) within your text, you can later set the alignment of the image so that the text will wrap around the image.

Place your cursor on the left margin of your text, even if you want the image to appear on the right. There is an Alignment setting that lets you control the alignment image to appear on the right or the left side of the text.

If you want the image to be on a line without text, place your cursor on a blank line.

Adding images to your page or post.

2.  Click the Add Media button

Once your cursor is where you want your image to appear, click the Add Media button.  This will launch the media uploader.

Adding images to your page or post.

Click on Upload Files to upload new image or images.

Adding images using the Media Uplaoder.

This is the screen for the image uploader:

Adding images - uploading to the Media Uploader.

When the image is uploaded,  choose the image  from your media library by selecting that image.  Click Insert into Post in  the lower right corner to add the photo to your page.

Adding images - using the Media Uploader.

Editing a Page or Post

You’ve created your first page or post and you’d like to do more than have a bunch of text on your page.  Here is an intro to the WordPress editing bar. When you look at the tool bar, you may have one line of tools or two.

The Editing Bar

If you only see one line of tools there is a quick way to open the second row toolbar. Click the Toggle Toolbar button:

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You can click this toggle button to close the second row of the toolbar, too.

The Top Row

Also in the first row tool bar are the Bold, Italic, Strikethough, Unordered (Bulleted) and Ordered (Numbered) Lists, Text Alignment for Left, Center and Right Alignment, adding a Link or Breaking a Link and Spell Check.

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The Second Row

In the second row you’ll find Paragraphs (and Headings inside the dropdown menu), Underline, Justify, Text Color, Paste as Text, Clear Formatting, Special Characters, Indent (Decrease and Increase), Undo/Redo and Keyboard Shortcuts.

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If you are just starting out with WordPress and discovered this post, I hope you’ll find it helpful.

Creating a New Page in WordPress

With sufficient administrative privileges, WordPress gives you a couple of ways to create a page from the Dashboard.

Create A New Page

Creating a new page from the left and side menus.
By clicking on the New link at the top of the page in the black menu bar or by clicking on Pages in the left sidebar, you will have the option of creating a new page.

In the top menu bar, you are automatically telling WordPress to create something new.  In this case, it’s a new page.  With the sidebar, when you click the Pages, you get two choices, see all your pages or create a New Page.

Adding the Title

By choosing the new Page from the top menu or the side menu, you will create a new page that will look like this:

Creating a new page - adding the title.

Adding the Content

When this new page is created, your cursor automatically lands in the first box under Add New Page.  This is where you put the title of your page.  Below the text editing tools is where you add your content.

Creating a new page - adding the page content.

Pages are used for content on your website that doesn’t change too often, your About, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Directions and Contact information.

You can also organize your pages by topic or category.  For example:

  • Trees
    • Birch
    • Fruit
      • Apple
      • Pear
    • Maple
    • Oak
    • Pine