How to Upload a Document to a Website Using File Manager and WordPress

Learning how to upload a document to a website is important, especially when you want to offer exclusive content and downloadable files.

In this article, we will explain how to upload documents to a web page using Hostinger’s File Manager or WordPress.

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How to Upload a Document Using Hostinger File Manager

When building your site, you may need to upload files to share with your audience, such as exclusive eBooks, forms, and cheat sheets.

If the files are smaller than 100 GB, you can add them to the site using the file manager in hPanel. This feature accepts several file types, including Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft Excel sheets, and JPEG images. Additionally, it supports compressed archives, such as .zip, .tar, and .tar.gz.

Here’s how to upload files using it:

  1. Log in to your hPanel. Go to Websites and click Manage.
  2. On the hosting dashboard, select File manager.
The hPanel's hosting dashboard, highlighting the File manager option
  1. Go to the directory where you want to store the file – in this example, we’ll use public_html. Click the Upload button in the upper-right corner.
hPanel's File manager with the Upload icon highlighted
  1. On the Upload pop-up window, click File.
  2. Choose a document and select Open. For this example, we’ll upload Microsoft Word documents.
  3. That’s it. The Microsoft Word files you uploaded will be listed in the public_html directory.
The public_html directory on hPanel with Example doc and Example file highlighted

How to Upload a Document in WordPress

While WordPress accepts several file types, the preferred file format is PDF. That’s because users can view the content without having to download the document.

There are two different methods to add files in WordPress – by editing a page or post or transferring it directly to the Media Library. Depending on your WordPress hosting provider, the maximum file size ranges from 5 MB to 500 MB.

Uploading a Document to a WordPress Page or Post

Follow these instructions to upload a PDF file from your computer to a WordPress page or post:

  1. On your WordPress dashboard, create a new page or post. Alternatively, open an existing one.
  2. Click the Block Inserter + icon to open the menu.
The WordPress Gutenberg top bar with the Block Inserter icon highlighted
  1. Under the Media section, choose File.
The Media section in WordPress Gutenberg, highlighting the File block
  1. Click the Upload button, choose the desired document, and click Open. In this example, we’re adding a PDF file.
The File block on WordPress Gutenberg with the Upload button highlighted
  1. A preview of the uploaded document will appear.
The .PDF file on WordPress Gutenberg
  1. To change the file’s anchor text, click the hyperlink next to the download button.

Uploading a Document to the WordPress Media Library

Here are the steps to add documents to your WordPress Media Library:

  1. Open the WordPress Dashboard, go to Media, and click Add New.
The Media menu on WordPress Dashboard with the Add New option highlighted
  1. Choose Select Files, select the documents to add, and click Open.
The Upload New Media page on WordPress Dashboard with the Select Files option highlighted
  1. Go back to the WordPress Dashboard, and create a new post or page. Or open an existing one.
  2. Click the Block Inserter + icon.
  3. Under Media, click the FileMedia Library.
The File block on WordPress Gutenberg, highlighting the Media Library option
  1. Select the documents to insert and click Open. For this example, we’re uploading a PDF document to a WordPress post.
  2. On the Attachment Details section, fill in the Title, Caption, and Description and click Select.
The Attachment Details on WordPress Gutenberg, highlighting the Select button
  1. The hyperlinks containing the uploaded files will appear. Click them to modify the anchor text.

Conclusion

There are two common ways to upload documents to a post or page – using Hostinger’s File Manager or WordPress options.

With the first method, you can upload files directly from your web hosting account. The second requires you to open the WordPress dashboard and use the File block or the Media Library.

We hope this article has helped you learn all about uploading documents to a website. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments section below.

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Noviantika is a web development enthusiast with customer obsession at heart. Linux commands and web hosting are like music to her ears. When she's not writing, Noviantika likes to snuggle with her cats and brew some coffee.