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2013-05-23 1:20 pm EST

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I've just started building a Word Press website. I have a set of about 20 or so pdf newsletter files, each about 400-1000 kb. On my old site, I jsut uploaded these to a file section and had a document download table.
So how do I do something like that in inmotion hosting? I think I'm able to upload the files somewhere and then link from my WP site, but don't know how.

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So, I figured out how to upload the .pdf files from my computer to c-panel. I put them in a subfolder that I made in my public_ftp folder. I then went into Word Press, went to the page where I want the link, and tried to create a link to the file in my c-panel public_ftp folder. I obviously don't have the correct link.

Please help.
11 Points
2013-05-23 02:51 pm EST



42,973 Points
2013-05-23 3:09 pm EST
Hello Remwpgca,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with placing the newsletter files on the server. The best way to handle this is to simply use the WordPress structure, or create a brand-new folder under the public_html folder for your PDF files. It would probably be easier for you to create a separate folder under the public_html folder. The PUBLIC_FTP folder is used for reporting and not for customer use.

You can use the file manager in the cPanel to create the new folder and even upload the files. Just remember that the folder that you create should go under the public_html folder. The path that you will specify for the pdf file will look like something like this (note: I named my folder 'pdf'):

http ://domain_name/pdf/pdf-file-name.pdf

I hope this clears up the confusion. Let us know if you require any further assistance!

Arnel C.

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Basically a good answer, but I have a complication. I can't use my regular domain name yet because it points to an existing site while I'm building this one. So I have a temporary URL. Eventually, I figured out that I had to use that temporary URL in creating the link. Once I did that, the pdf loaded fine. But, what happens when I activate this new site? Will this link change automatically or do I need to manually change every link that I will have created to my files?

Also, I created the new folder in c-panel and moved the files just fine. But I CANNOT see how to eliminate the folder in the PUBLIC_FTP folder that I created in error. How do I get rid of that?
11 Points
2013-05-23 4:22 pm EST
A couple items. First, there must have been a temporary glitch in my c-panel file manager. I logged out, came back later and deleted the errant directory just fine. If anyone is using a temporary URL like me to create a new website, the correct text to put in your WP web page link is something like:
" " You can locate your temporary URL in your c-panel AMP under Account and billing details.
11 Points
2013-05-23 5:55 pm EST
Hello Remwpgca,

First - you do not need to worry about the temporary URL. It's a bit of a misnomer since the "temporary" url will not change.

I looked at your files, and I did not see any folders in the public_ftp folder (other than "incoming" - which is okay).

FYI - you can view this newly written article on adding media to Wordpress 3.5.1. I wrote it because we lacked some instructions on this issue in our Wordpress tutorials. If you review it, you can see that you did not have to make the directory outside of the Wordpress administrator dashboard. Also, if you changed it this way, then the URL link will be updated when update your WordPress configuration entries.

Hope that provides some further info! Thanks again for your patience!


Arnel C.
42,973 Points
2013-05-24 1:10 am EST
Hi Arnel,
The article you reference called "adding media to Wordpress" refers to linking media directly to there site from an external source. When I tried to do it, link to an MP3 file in my Dropbox folder, I got a "1 MB Limit" error. Cannot load files larger than 1 MB. So how is that useful if MOST MP3s are larger than 1 MB? Isn't it better for me to upload MP3s to a folder on my cpanel and then link to them from the website? I have having trouble with WordPress in doing this. I got it to work using Rapidweaver, but WP doesn't seem to want to cooperate. Any thoughts?
14 Points
2015-10-31 12:16 pm EST
You can certainly have the files on your server and link them. This does add to your bandwidth limit, but if you are on a shared server, that is unlimited so it would not be an issue.
43,761 Points
2015-11-02 4:02 pm EST
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