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File Downloads in Weebly

Weebly is unavailable on new Shared (SW) accounts; however, WordPress is an excellent alternative to these builders. The instructions on how to install WordPress are discussed in the article: How to Install WordPress With Softaculous.

To confirm if you are on a new Shared (SW) package, please see this article, How to Tell if You Are on a New or Legacy Hosting Package, for more information.

With Weebly, you can link to any content that you upload to your website and allow your visitors to download it. Pro and Business users have the option to embed a document, so it is directly visible on a page.

Link to a File for Download

Note: While all of the plans can upload files, Basic users are limited in the file size they can upload. Basic users may only upload files of up to 5MB in size, and Pro users may upload files of up to 100MB.

You can create a file download on either a text element (with selected text) or on an image element. To do this:

  1. Select the object on your page (text or image) to which you'd like to link the file.
  2. Click the link button on the toolbar.
  3. In the link dialog box, select File.
    • If you have not previously uploaded a file, or if you wish to upload a new one, click Upload New.

Once you have uploaded your file, it will be available to download from your published site. If you click on the link within the editor, you will be presented with the following popup, which will allow you to make changes to the link:

Embedding a Document in a Page (Weebly Pro)

Weebly's Embedded Document element is a premium feature that is only available with the Weebly Pro or Weebly Business plans. For more information on how to upgrade, please see:

As a Weebly Pro user, you have the option to embed a PDF, Word file, or another document directly into the context of a page. Your users will be able to interact with the document as if it were in its original program on their computer. To embed a document on a page:

  1. From the Multimedia section of the Builder sidebar, drag and drop the Scribd Document element to the page.


  2. Click the center of the viewer to upload a new document.
  3. Select Upload File from the popup.
  4. Select the file you want to upload from your computer.
  5. Give the file time to upload, and you're all done!
Note: The Download link in the file viewer does not work. This is an issue with Scribd and not with HostGator or Weebly. Weebly is currently working with Scribd to resolve the issue.

For the time being, if you need to create a download link for the file, you should use the Link to a File for Download instructions above ⤴.