How to Create a WordPress Download PDF Button (2 Easy Ways!)

Want to create a WordPress download PDF button but don’t know how? This guide will show you how to easily add a PDF to a button in WordPress.

Create a WordPress Download PDF Button

Approximate read time: 5.5 minutes

Who would have thought adding a WordPress button to download a PDF would be so complicated? There are long guides and other plugins involved.

Most people don’t want that. They want a simple solution, not a bunch of headaches. And we assume you’re the same way.

But, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. In fact, it can be very easy to create a button for your PDF downloads.

Let’s show you 2 easy ways to create a WordPress download PDF button in WordPress so you can use it today!

How to Create a WordPress Download PDF Button

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How to add a download PDF button in WordPress

You came here for answers, so we’ll get right to it to give you what you need.

And this process is much easier than it seems. There are two easy steps:

  1. Upload PDF to WordPress
  2. Display the button on your page/post

Step 1: Upload PDF to WordPress

To start, locate the PDF you want to make available for download. Once you have it, go to your WordPress admin and navigate Media → Add New.

You can use WordPress' media library to store PDFs, images, and more

Next, drag your PDF to the file upload box. Once it’s finished uploading, click the Copy URL to clipboard button to get your download URL. It should look similar to this: “Download URL: http://URLHERE.com/.”

Remember that you don’t have to upload your PDF to WordPress. Sometimes file sizes are too large, and you don’t want to slow your website down. 

You can also upload it to Google Drive or a similar service where you can provide a download link to the PDF file.

Step 2: Display the WordPress download PDF button on your page/post

Okay, you’ve got your PDF ready, so now we need a way to show it.

First, navigate to your page or post where you want your PDF download button in WordPress.

On the page, add a new block and search for Button. Select the Button block to create a download button, then adjust the button position.

Choose the buttons block in the WordPress editor

Last, click the Link button on the toolbar, and paste the URL you copied in step one.

Update your page, and you’re set! When visitors click the button, it’ll direct them to a PDF reader for a printer-friendly version.

From here, they’ll have all the standard PDF and print buttons. They can use their download manager to download it, save parts of the PDF document, and more.

It’s almost like having a WordPress print PDF button!

How to add a download PDF button with a WordPress plugin

You may wonder why you need a plugin when we just showed you how to do it. The method above is excellent, but what if you want more out of your PDF button?

Maybe you want to capture subscriber email addresses in exchange for the PDF? Or you could want the user’s entries to convert to a PDF (like an order form or survey).

The method above doesn’t help with that. But, you know what does?

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With Formidable’s PDF add-on, creating and downloading PDFs is simple. Whether you want to show a PDF or email it, it’s easy with our add-on. Plus, it looks great with any theme (like Elementor).

But, let’s show you how to display your PDF button.

How to link a PDF to a button in WordPress

There are a couple of easy steps here:

  1. Create a WordPress download PDF button
  2. Display the WordPress download PDF button

Step 1: Create a WordPress download PDF button

For this example, we’ll use the PDF URL we created in the method above. To start, you want to install and activate Formidable Forms.

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Once you’ve done this, navigate to the form builder by going to Formidable → Forms

Then, click Add New at the top and choose Blank Form.

Once you give your form a name, you’ll see our form editor. This simple drag-and-drop builder has many options, but today we need the Hidden field. You don’t have to type anything here.

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So, drag that onto the builder canvas, then click Update.

Next, we want to go to Settings → General. Find the On Submit section and change the Show Message dropdown to Redirect to URL.

Choose redirect to URL then paste your PDF URL

Paste your URL from step one into the URL field, then update your form.

The last thing we need to do (for styling issues) is turn off the Start Over button, which is enabled. To do this, go to Settings → Styling & Buttons. Uncheck the Add start over button checkbox.

Turn off the start over button for better layout options

Click Update, and that’s it.

Now, you may wonder, “How do I add a download button to my WordPress site?” 👇

Step 2: Display the WordPress download PDF button

For the last step, navigate to the post/page where you want to show your button.

Click the Add Block button and search Formidable. Add the Formidable block, click the dropdown and select the “form” you created.

Choose the Formidable block and then select your form on your post or page

Your button will show on your WordPress post or page as soon as you update it. 

Now, when they click the button, it’ll direct them to another webpage where they can see the PDF in their PDF viewer.

Which method do you prefer for your WordPress download PDF button?

Using WordPress alone gets you the basics of what you need. If you want a simple button for a PDF download, then it’s perfect for you.

But, if you want a bit more, that will be out of WordPress’ abilities.

It’s not out of Formidable’s abilities, though. In fact, it’s exactly why we created Formidable Forms.

So, today, you learned the different ways you can create a WordPress PDF download button and put it on your website.

Don’t miss out, though! Check out our complete list of features with Formidable to see how it can serve all your WP content upload needs.

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