Question: How do I link to a PDF on my website or blog?
Creating a link to a PDF on your website or blog is pretty straight forward as long as you are able to upload files to the hosting server. Once the PDF file has been uploaded it’s simply a matter of linking to where the PDF is located and your web browser will take care of the rest, there is no magic trick to it.
If you have your own domain then doing this is relatively simple — just upload the PDF to your root directory or a sub-directory and format your links like the below, depending on where the file is located:
root directory —> http://www.mydomain.com/mytodolist.pdf
sub-directory —> http://www.mydomain.com/files/mytodolist.pdf
The biggest problem with linking to PDFs from blogs is that not all blogging services allow you to upload files, but if they do, it’s simply a matter of linking to wherever the file has been uploaded to. You should also take into account the usability aspects of linking to PDFs on your website — read one of my previous posts about putting PDF links on web pages.
As for what happens when a user clicks on one of these links, that depends on which PDF reader they have installed. If they have Adobe Reader installed then the PDF will by default open in the browser (which can be a bit of a headache), but if they have something like Foxit Reader, or no PDF reader installed, then they will simply be prompted to download the file to their desktop.