I’ve never actually tried to add a file for people to download on any of my WordPress blogs. Until today, that is. I guess there’s always a first time? I had a cat-themed template designed and I wanted to share it with site visitors.
Now, with HTML, it’s fairly simple. I have done that before. All it takes is linking to the .zip file and voila. But when I tried that on a WordPress page all that happened was an annoying 404 message.
Turns out, you can’t just allow people to download from anywhere on your WordPress installation. It’s not a matter of uploading the file anywhere on your domain names and linking to it.
Instead, you have to upload the file via WordPress, which will then make it available for download. The way to do that is using your “Add Media” button here:
I confess, with buttons there to add pictures, movies and audio files, I never quite understood what the “add media” was for. Now I know. It allows you to upload files to your upload directories and create a working download link for your visitors.
Gotta love WordPress – always a new trick up its digital sleeve!
Oh, and if you’re looking for a cat theme – you can find that one right here: