How to Embed a PDF in WordPress
WordPress allows us to embed numerous types of content into our posts and pages, including audio and video files, tweets, content from Reddit, Amazon Kindle, and much more. But, one thing we cannot do in WordPress, at least not out of the box, is embed a PDF file.
PDF is one of the most popular file types and a universally accepted format. It’s used for various types of content, most notably for eBooks, travel brochures, restaurant menus, and course materials. So when you want to embed this content in a PDF format in your WordPress website, how do you do that?
Sure, you can embed PDF in WordPress by selecting the Add Media option in Classic Editor, or by adding the File block in Gutenberg and then uploading the file to it. But, in that case, users can only download the file or view it in a separate tab, away from your website. And that’s not what embedding is about. The goal is to keep the visitors on your page.
In this article, we’ll dive further into this subject and we’ll show you:
The fastest and easiest way to embed a PDF to a page or a post is by using a plugin. The one we’d recommend using is PDF Embedder.
It currently has over 200,000 active installs, an average rating of 4.6 stars on the official WordPress plugin repository, and it’s regularly updated.
This plugin makes embedding PDFs to your pages and posts very simple. It displays files in their original size, but you also have the option to modify the width and the height of the file (more on that a bit later).
Now let’s see how to embed a PDF in WordPress using PDF Embedder.
Activate PDF Embedder
First up, let’s install and activate the plugin.
To do that, select Plugins > Add New and type PDF Embedder in the search box at the left-hand side of the screen.
Once the plugin appears in the search results, first click on Install and then Activate. And that’s it, the plugin is now active on your WordPress website.
Next comes the plugin configuration. Go to Settings > PDF Embedder.
The free version of the plugin allows you to:
modify the width and the height of the file
choose the toolbar location
select if the toolbar will appear only on hover or if it’ll be always visible
add the link to the plugin author’s website (if you wish to promote and support them)
The Mobile and Secure options are for premium users only. You can purchase the premium version of the plugin on the wp-pdf official website, with the prices starting at $20 for a single site license.
But the free version of PDF Embedder already comes with the features you need to embed a PDF in WordPress, so if you’re cash-strapped, there’s no need to spend money on premium plans.
Embed a PDF File
Upon altering the plugin settings to your liking, it’s time to upload a PDF file to your page.
Go to Pages > Add New. If you’re using Classic Editor, click on Add Media.
Then, select the PDF file and press the Insert Into Page button.
The PDF shortcode will now appear in your text editor.
If you’re using Gutenberg, upon installing the plugin go to Pages > Add New. Then, click on the “+” symbol to add a new block and look for PDF Embedder.
Once you’ve added the block, all that’s left to do is upload the PDF file to the page.
Et voilà, that’s all you have to do to embed a PDF in WordPress with PDF Embedder.
The first thing you should do is upload a PDF file to Google Drive. To do that, go to your Google Drive account, click on New in the top left corner of the screen, and select File Upload.
Locate your PDF file and upload it to the drive.
Next, click two times on the file to preview it. In the top right corner of the screen, you’ll notice the three vertical dots symbol which stands for More Actions. Click on it and select the first option – Share.
We now need to make sure that everyone with the link can see your PDF file. To do this, in Anyone with the link filed select the can view option.
We’d also advise you to click on Advanced options and check the box that prevents visitors from downloading, printing, or copying your file.
Once you’ve saved your changes, click again on the three dots and select Open in New Window.
When the file opens, the three dots will be visible again. Click on them, and from the dropdown menu select Embed Item.
The iframe code to your PDF file will now appear.
Copy the link and go to your WordPress dashboard. Select Pages > Add New and paste the link in the text editor.
To do this in Gutenberg, you should first add the Custom HTML box to your page and then paste the link into the block.
The iframe code may not allow for too many customization options, but you can at least alter the size of the preview according to your requirements by modifying the width and the height parameters at the end of the code.
And with that, you’re done! You’ve successfully embedded a PDF file in WordPress using Google Drive.