The new year has started and it’s time to get down to some serious blogging business. I know I have a lot of things on my list to learn, and I bet you do too. So, I wanted to start a series showing the cool things I’ve learned about blogging that have helped me make my blog what it is so far and might be helpful to you all too (sharing is caring, after all).
This first post will show you how to add a PDF(or any document) and make it a clickable JPEG that your readers can click on to get through to download the PDF/printable. I’ll use the printable I made for my “Resolutions” post as an example.
I use Microsoft Publisher to create printables a lot, so there might be another method for your program to save it as a JPEG…..but then you can follow instructions #3-5 below to make the JPEG click through to the document in your post.
This is what it would look like if you just added the document to the post using the “Add Media” button.
Boooooooooring! Just highlighted text! And nothing to draw your readers in and make them want to download it (and therefore, and come back for more cool printables later)…..
Here is what it looks like when you make it a click-through JPEG. Awesome! And your readers can see the beautiful printable you slaved over a hot computer to make for them to download and love.
This is good for all the sweet printables you make and want to show a preview of so your readers will know what it look like before downloading.
Here’s how you do it (the way I do it anyways).
1. I made this with Publisher….so after the magic is finished, I go to the top left corner and click on “Save as.”
2. It will bring me to this menu and: 1. I Name it, 2. Choose JPEG as the type of file, and 3. then choose “high” for the quality. Then save. Now you have a shiny new JPEG of your document. I will then go back after this and also click on the “publish as a PDF” under “File” as the type of document I will finally upload to the WP post since PDF is just more universal since most peeps can access that type of file.
3. Once you have your JPEG and your PDF, upload them both to your WordPress library.
4. Now, (this is where the magic comes in) go to the document in your library and open it. Copy the URL as like I did in this pic.
5. Then, after you add the JPEG to your post, click on it to edit and then paste that URL here. That way, when someone comes along and clicks on that JPEG, it will open up to the PDF for them to download instead of the JPEG.
This will help dress up your posts and show your readers exactly how super awesome your printable is so they will be excited to download and use it! Hope this helps you out and little, and please let me know if you have any questions about this post. Also feel free to share this if you found it useful.