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How to Add a New PDF

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Begin by logging into the backend of your website, accessed via yourdomainname.com/admin. Enter your username and password to get in.

Once inside, you'll land on your Dashboard. Refer to the long, vertical toolbar on the left. You should see a button that says Modules. Upon clicking this, a drop-down menu will appear. From here, you can modify and tinker with many different aspects of your HDM custom website, such as your blog, photo gallery, news updates, and so on. For now, click Media Downloads.

Here you'll be taken to a page that shows you a comprehensive list of all the downloadable media content currently in your website's infrastructure. Near the top of the page, click Add Media Download

Then next screen will give you have the option to name your file. This is the name that will be seen by the public on the frontend of your website. The next option is for File Type. You'll notice that you have a lot of options from what that type of file to choose. From mp3's to PowerPoint files, you have incredible flexibility – something to keep in mind for the future as your custom website continues to grow and develop. For the purpose of this post, select Adobe Acrobat as your file type, as this is the free software used to view PDF files.

Important Tip: After you name your file and select the file type, you'll have to save the information before you can actually upload the file.

Once saved, click Upload, and select the file from your hard drive. It's important that the name of the file you select does not have spaces in the title so you'll want to add dashes (-) between words if your file name has more than a one word title. Click Save one more time, and your file is officially in the backend of your website.

Now you're just a few clicks away from making that content downloadable from the frontend – the part of your custom website that your visitors see. Look again to the long, vertical toolbar on the left, and click Site Manager. From the drop-down that appears, click Pages, and then click on the page in which you want to make this content available.

In the content editor of the page you've selected, move the cursor to where you want the download link to be on the page. Once you have it right where you want it, refer to the toolbar just to the right of the content editor, and click the button that says Media Downloads.

In the window that appears next, click the box that says Please Select, and choose Individual Item. Then, simply find your file under Choose Item, and click Insert on the bottom right.

Here in the backend of your custom website, you will notice a placeholder tag. After saving the changes, the placeholder tag will be replaced with the media on the frontend of the website.

A Portable Document Format, or .pdf, is now one of the most commonly used documents throughout the Internet. This type of document has become preferred for a number of reasons. For one, it provides the user with an exact idea of what the document will look like when printed. Unlike other file formats, there are never any discrepancies between what you see on your screen and what you hold in your hands. Best of all, this image will remain consistent across all devices – you may rest assured that no matter the hardware, it will be seen the same every time.

When it comes to your HDM custom website, a PDF can serve several functions. When you need information from a client, you can have them fill out a questionnaire and send it back to you. Or, if you have basic information that you want your clients to be able to keep with them, you can have them download a file from your website. With your HDM custom website, uploading a PDF to your site's infrastructure couldn't be easier.

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