How do I post a file on my website for visitors to download?

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Here are instructions to add a downloadable file to your website.

  1. Click Websites Manager in the left navigation menu. Then, click Edit Site.




  2. Click Insert button in the top toolbar, select More from the drop-down menu, and click on File.




  3. Choose Upload from Computer and locate the file on your computer or browse your file manager if you have already uploaded it.


  4. On the right, in File Settings customize the Link Text and Icon of the file.


  5. Drag the file to where you would like it on your webpage.


  6. Save and Publish your website to see the downloadable file on your website.
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Hi,

Here are instructions to add a downloadable file to your website.

  1. Click Websites Manager in the left navigation menu. Then, click Edit Site.




  2. Click Insert button in the top toolbar, select More from the drop-down menu, and click on File.




  3. Choose Upload from Computer and locate the file on your computer or browse your file manager if you have already uploaded it.


  4. On the right, in File Settings customize the Link Text and Icon of the file.


  5. Drag the file to where you would like it on your webpage.


  6. Save and Publish your website to see the downloadable file on your website.
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I am new to sitebuilder, but once I know which questions to ask, answers are really helpful. This answer helped me a lot.
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Hi Martha3938,

We're glad it helped! And by all means, feel free to search the community for questions already asked or post new ones.

Thanks,
Ehsan
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This instruction did not result in a downloadable file, but rather simply displayed the file in the browser. I need to protect a copyrighted digital product. This did not do the trick.
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Unfortunately, the url of the file (in my case, a copyrighted work) is displayed in the browser window--easy to copy and distribute to friends, etc. There goes any profit. I need a better solution!
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Nicole, I need the same functionality and am looking at a way to integrate the Microsoft File Download Manager into my Homestead site.
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If I'm not mistaken, the MS File Download Manager is simply a desktop application that you install on your comoputer, and not something designed to be integrated into your website. However, it's not our software so I'm not super familiar with it. You may want to direct this question toward MS customer support.
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Mike,

I think you're right, but after a little bit of testing, I discovered the recommendation above does work. However, if you simply click on the link and the file extension is one which the OS recognizes, it tries to open the file from the URL, not download it. For example, if it's a PDF file and you have Adobe reader on your computer, it will open (not download) the file from the website URL. In this case you would need to right click the link and a context menu would allow you to save it to your local computer. On the other hand, if the file type is not recognized by the OS, you will be prompted to open or save the file. If you try to open it, you will get a "cannot open" error. If you choose save, it will download the file to your My Downloads library.

This works for me

Thanks,
Jeff
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Jeff is completely right. When you post e.g. a PDF and the save and publish. It attempts to open it with no option I can see to download. My 11 MB did not open either after 10 minutes. All other files (html, etc.) open but not download. Not sure how I will sell a digital book without adding Store Front or Simple Store. Ideas?....Bob
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Well, what confused me was the language when I right clicked the file "save link as", rather than "save file as". Indeed, if you tell people to do that it should work. I also found that if you zip a file, the only choice is to download. Thanks.....Bob
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If you do plan on selling an ebook, the Storefront is definitely the best option for that. This way nobody can access the download link until after they've paid for it.

Mike
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I have just placed aPDF file on my website and as you guys have explained it opens it on screen, because I have adobe reader installed. Its not a problem but I do get the option in Win8 to Save File as... Anyway my problem is the file looks neat and tidy on preview but once published have four long dashes under the file which is a bit annoying. I am assuming it i because the file holds four pages but it doesn't look very professional. Any ideas how to get rid of them...

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Which site and page? We'll take a look
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http://www.homesecuritysurveys.uk/HS-Surveys.html    Half way down the page. I can live with it but it does take away from the look of the page. Appreciate any suggestions
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That is the display name for the link. If you click the file, you should be able to edit the display name to remove the underscores. Then you change the text color to something visible and you can improve the way it displays.
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Ah....spot on Drew... all sorted, I didn't consider there may be text on the black background. Thank you once again..
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Have created a "fillable" application form in PDF format for "paperless" functionality. How do I make it available for site users to either print the application for conventional mailing or fill the application online and email it to our business email?

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How to add/attach a fillable PDF form to the site?.
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Hello Nancy: I was just going through message & came across yours. Were you able to attach a fillable PDF form to your site? I need something like that as well & I'm not having any luck getting it done.....Thanks, Teri
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If you'll follow all of the above instructions, you can either right click on the file to save it to your desktop or simply go to your browser window under "File" then "Save As" and that will download it to your desktop or where ever it needs to be.
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Sorry, I couldn't open the saved file on my desktop so am still trying to figure it out.
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Hi folks, These instructions should instruct you how to add the pdf to the website. As far as I know you need Adobe Acrobat Professional to create a pdf that can be filled out electronically.

Drew
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Ken Tuna, If you couldn't open a saved copy by double clicking it, do you receive an error?

Drew
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
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What is the best way to load a document on the website with multiple pages

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Hi tim3498,

Using the steps above will allow you to add a document (doesn't matter if it is multiple pages or not) to your site that your visitors can download/view.

Hope this helps, thanks!

Ehsan
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I just sent a questions about this but forgot to mention the problem is that I uploaded a 20 page word doc and it just shows an icon but when I click/double click it will not open. Thank you
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I have a word document that I want to have on our site and I need to have them fill it out and send it to our email. How do I put that on our site? They can type right on the form.

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Hi Diane1030,

Welcome to the community!

Using the instructions above will allow you add the word doc to your website so that your visitors can download and edit it, they could then email it as an attachment to you.

You can also build a custom form in sitebuilder:
+insert > More > Build a custom form

*if you're going to ask for sensitive information, you may want to look into using a secure form from a 3rd party and adding that to your site.

hope this helps, thanks!

Ehsan
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i unintentionally moved folders around and now i can't get the files back to their original locations. I can't upload pdf files. help?

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Hi landingsyc1398,

Welcome to the community!

Please use the instructions above to add a document to your site.

Let me know if you need further assistance, thanks!

Ehsan
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When I try to download a Word doc to my website, the "paint brush" item comes up. What can I do to get my Word doc uploaded??

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Hi Sue4874,

Welcome-- Using the instructions above will place a link on your page that your visitors can click to download/view the word document.

Let me know if I can offer further assistance, thanks!

Ehsan
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None of these answers how to post a PDF NOT ON A PAGE. FACEBOOK IS LAME and won't accept PDFs only JPGs. PDF converts into multiple pages. GEEZ!

So I would rather use Homestead and not SCRIBD to do this.

HELP
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I don't necessarily want to place a link on my page for downloading. What I want is to place the Word doc itself on my page but everytime I try to download the file onto my page the "paint brush" shows up instead of my Word doc. What can I do to make my document download?
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How long do I have to wait for a reply to my ?. Since I can't ever reach a person on the Intuit phone #, is there anyway to get some response from Intuit. Hello???? Anyone home????
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I am trying to upload a file I saved in msword as a web file. The file contains text and graphics. How do I do this? I am trying to edit my Home page

Harry

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Hi Harry,

You can only add a document as a downloadable file on your site, you cannot import a word (or any document) and have it open in Sitebuilder.

If you'd like your document to be visible on your site, you can do this by taking a screenshot of your document and adding it as an image.

Hope this helps, thanks!

Ehsan
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May 11, 2013 - These instructions worked fine a month ago when I uploaded 9 .pdf files and a .wma file using the "insert file" function. A few days ago I checked my site and tried to open these files. The .wma file was okay, but with the .pdf's, instead of opening, as they did before, I'm now asked where I'd like to save the file on my computer ... What gives? I uploaded a few of them again to my site, but they still won't open. I really need an answer to this as this situation makes my site practically irrelavent... Thank you. I await your reply.
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Help: I built a print & fax form to add to our website. I can't get it to post now to our website. How in the world do I get that done? I tried to build a form directly, but it doesn't come up in the order that I built it.

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Hi Teri0820,

You can use the instructions above to add a document to your site. This will add a link to your site which the visitor can click to open and view/download to their computer.

Please let me know if you need further assistance, thanks.

Ehsan
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Please help to clarify: I created a 20 pages guide for people to open and read from a page on my website. The document is currently in Word. Is this possible? If not, what can I do? Convert it to another format? Were you saying to the person above that the whole document would be pasted, like a picture, to the webpage? Don't get how that would work.  Thank you!
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I would suggest saving the document as a pdf file, and then adding the link.
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I am not able to see the file (powerpoint) when I go on the site and click the content still
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Hi Philip1852,

What page is the powerpoint file located on? I saw the 2 pdf files on the About page. Please let me know if you're still unable to view the file and where it's located.

Thanks,
Ehsan
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Wanting to upload our church bulletin to the website....don't see anything that shows.

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gimana nih kk katanya error pas upload format php ??
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Hi freedomaintwo3772,

No other language/scripts are supported by our servers other than html and javascript. Php and other languages will not work with our service.

Thank you,
Ehsan
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I guess my real question was more of how do I POINT a file (PDF) to my "domain?"
I don't want the file on a page. I want to post the "link" to my Biz FB page pointing one to my domain but NOT any particular page.
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Hi Carlos3296,

Unfortunately, what you're asking is not possible. The domain has to be associated with at least one page which needs to be named index.

What I'd recommend doing is taking a screenshot of your PDF and adding it as an image to your home page.

If it's a large file and you'd prefer to not add it as a screenshot (image) or by adding the content of the PDF to the page, then you may just want leave the entire index (home) page blank and have just a link to open/view or download the PDF.

Hope this helps, thanks.

Ehsan
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Add a price sheet to our website for our dealers, in an excel format, but I would like to have it accessed by a password, only. Possible? Thanks

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Hi mark5840,

I'd suggest password protecting the excel file before uploading it that way you can give the password to whoever you want.

If you just upload the document without a password, the only way to password protect it would be to put a password on that specific page.

*Anyone with the specific url to that file would be able to download it

Thanks,
Ehsan
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I would like to put a coupon on my site for a free oil change so my customers can print them off

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You can create a link to a pdf document as shown in this thread, but a pdf file is not a website compatible file format, so it would have to be converted or saved as another format. Depending on the size and how many pages you might consider changing it to an image file and then just import the image.

If this post helps, please give a "Star" and complete this survey to rate me.

Thanks!

Mike
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Can I upload some PDF files to my website?

Tell me how?
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Viewers must "click here to view form"
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How can I insert/import a sound file without the player (like Sitebuilder did)?.


I need to insert a sound file (mp3) that people can right-click on and save to their desktops as a file. I don't want automatic playing or a player. Just text with the audio file name and perhaps an audio symbol.

I've seen the checkbox for hide player and play automatically, but these don't seem to have an effect. With Hide player checked, it still shows. With the play automatically button UNchecked it still starts automaticlly when i navigate to the page. Please advise
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You can use the method here, or if you just want an ordinary text link, you can upload the file directly into the file manager and create a normal text link to the file. You could even add an image to the page and create a link from the image.

Mike
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Hi Paul,

Wondered if this worked for you? I need to do the same, for airplay submission purposes. Would love to hear from you, thanks.

 - Suz.

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Hi Suzanne9528,

What exactly do you want to do? Maybe we can offer some suggestions.

Drew
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Hi, thanks.

To provide songs to some radio stations, they require a link to a file on my site, per these instructions as provided by 2 different stations:

"Also, all music must be in mp3 format, and must be available for download via a link (Dropbox, Google Drive, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, etc)."

"you may direct us to a .wav format download of your music"

 - Suzanne.

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If you aren't playing it from your site, you can simply upload the song via the file manager and publish it. The link you would provide them would be http://www.yourdomain/mediafilename.mp3

Drew
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Ok thanks Drew.

I'm not positive but I think they like to be able to extract a file to download from a link I send them. Not sure if possible here.

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It should be possible. Once you place it on the site, it can be linked to.
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Ok found the solution is to do the Dropbox links - they can be inserted anywhere, works great.

 - S.

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Excellent