After I dispensed some advice (the solution is spelled out below), I realized that this may be a common problem for many genealogy bloggers. The PDF format is preferred by some genealogists when posting documents since it not only greatly reduces the file size but it also can be formatted so users cannot alter, copy or even print the document.
Here are ways to use PDF documents in both Blogger and WordPress:
PDF Documents on Blogger
You cannot store PDF documents directly on the Blogger server. The solution is to store the PDF using a service such as Google Docs and then providing a link to the document on your blog post.
- Go to Google Docs and login. If you do not have a Google account, go to https://www.google.com/accounts/ and create an account.
- Click Upload.
- The Upload screen appears. Click Choose File to locate a file on your computer and then click Open. Enter an alternate file name in the What do you want to call it? field. Then click Upload File.
- The PDf document will appear on-screen. In the upper-left corner click the Share drop-down menu and select Get the link to share.
- The Get the link to share dialog appears. Mark the Allow anyone with the link to view checkbox.
- The link will appear in the Share this link via email or IM: field. Highlight the link and right-click with your mouse. The shortcut menu appears. Click Copy.
- Now paste the link in your Blogger post.
PDF Documents on WordPress
Fortunately, it is easier to store and link to PDF documents if your blog is either hosted at WordPress or you are using the WordPress software on your own hosted site.
- Create a new post. On the editing toolbar click the Add Media icon.
- The Add Media dialog appears. Click Select Files. Locate the file and click Open.
- Once the file is uploaded, enter the title in the Title field. Click Insert into Post.
- The link will appear in the post.
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