How to Add a Private PDF to Your WordPress Website
Anyone who has tried to build a WordPress website knows that it’s not easy to find quality content that can be reused without copyright issues. That’s why many websites choose to repurpose existing documents or create new content entirely – it’s easier and less risky than trying to come up with unique material all the time.
However, there are some PDFs that you just can’t reuse without proper attribution or compensation. For example, Adobe Acrobat includes a Print version that you can use to create a high-quality and search-engine optimized PDF that will look like it was originally designed for a print publication. This is extremely useful when you need to quickly and easily create and distribute your organization’s annual report, magazine article, or any other business-related document. But if you try to re-create this PDF on your WordPress website, you’ll be met with an ugly notice from Adobe.
Fortunately, it’s quite easy to add a private PDF to your WordPress website that will be accessible only to your users. All you need is a free account on a service like Canva, which is a powerful tool for designing and publishing documents online. Canva offers PDF creation that is completely mobile-friendly and WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), so you don’t have to worry about formatting issues. (For more information on Canva, see our article here.)
Step 1: Select the Template
The first step is to select the template you want to use for your private PDF. Canva offers a free version that allows up to 3 users, so you can try it out without worrying about any restrictions. When you’re creating a new PDF, you have the option of selecting from a variety of templates. Simply click on the template you want to use and Canva will provide you with a short code that you can copy and paste into your WordPress content area to add the template to your website.
Step 2: Upload the Document
The next step is to upload the document you want to include in your PDF. Canva allows you to upload any type of document and sets the document’s default size to be the standard A4 size (210 x 297 mm). Make sure to choose a file that is a.PDF document (Adobe Acrobat accepts.PDF files as well). You can click on the file to select it, then click on the blue **Choose** button to start the upload process. When the upload is complete, click on the PDF icon at the top of the screen to see your newly created document.
Step 3: Add Additional Files
You can add additional files to your PDF by clicking on the **+ADD MORE** button that is located at the top of the PDF document. Simply navigate to the file you want to add and click on the **ADD** button. You will now see a list of all the documents that were attached to your original upload (if you uploaded more than one file). You can either choose to add the file as a new page or include it within an existing page.
Step 4: Add Footnotes and Quotations
The final step is to add footnotes and quotations to the document. Adding footnotes and quotations to a document is very useful for adding additional information or for highlighting specific details within the text. You can either add the text as an ordered list or a series of footnotes, then choose the option **Add Quotations**. You will now see a panel of quotation marks around the text, along with the option to add more quotation marks or an ordered list. If you decide to add an ordered list, you can add additional items (such as URLs or ISBNs) by clicking on the **+** icon after you add the first item.
Preview Your PDF
Once you’ve uploaded your document and confirmed it was successfully uploaded, you can preview your new PDF document. Simply click on the PDF icon at the top of the screen to see your new document. You can use the tool at the top of the screen to navigate to any page or item within the PDF, as well as zoom in or out to see more or less detail. Additionally, you can click on the **+** button to the right of the URL at the top of the screen to see more options. (For more information on the preview tool, see our article here.)
Don’t worry about the quality of the PDF you create – Canva will produce a crystal-clear and fully search engine optimized document that looks just like it was originally designed for a print publication. In addition, the templates and add-ons included with Canva make it easy to create high-quality documents even if you have little or no experience in graphic design. Plus, the platform is completely free, so you’re not going to have any additional costs other than the PDF itself.
WordPress is a popular choice among bloggers because it’s easy to use and has a large community of support. Canva integrates perfectly with WordPress, allowing you to easily upload your document and create a fully fledged PDF that can be used to send to customers and stakeholders.