Upload a Document

Please Note:

Currently, the maximum size permitted for a single file is 8MB and you are limited to a small set of file types for security reasons. Want more options? Check out Large File Storage or Storing Files on Google Drive.

Uploading your file

  1. Open your page/post for editing in the WordPress dashboard.
  2. Place your cursor in the visual editor where you would the image/file to appear in your content.
  3. Choose interface A or B to upload the file.

A. Drag & drop interface

Find the file on your computer, and click & drag it directly into the WordPress editing interface. Your editing area should flash blue, like the screenshot below, as you are dropping the file into place. You can upload multiple files at once this way.


B. File upload interface

Click the “Add Media” button (red arrow, below), which will launch a popup/dialog window.


Click on the “Upload Files” tab  (red arrow below) if it’s not the selected tab, then drag and drop your file(s) into the popup dialog, or click the “Select Files” button to browse for files on your computer.


Assign Options

upload-docOn the right are the options you'll see for your file. You can ignore all of them except title.


The title is used as the text label that users will click to view/download your file. The title starts out as the file's name, minus the file extension (e.g. .pdf). File names are rarely good link names. In the example to the right, we'll change the title in the red box from "Undescriptive Filename Jan 2014" to "Survey Results."

You can also use the title to search for your files later, so include memorable keywords.

After entering a new title, click the blue "Insert into Post" or "Insert into Page" button in the lower right of the popup.

After saving the page/post, you'll end up with a link like the one below:

Survey Results

Allowed file types

  • pdf
  • microsoft: doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx
  • .csv
  • .rtf
  • .txt
  • .xml
  • several formats used by math, statistics, and computer science software at Williams.

All other file types should be shared from Google Drive. Please see Storing Files on Google Drive for more information.