If you’re a blogger and have thought about creating a private digital resource library for your readers, but are unsure where to start, this post is for you! I’m sharing easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on How to Create a Private Digital Resource Library in WordPress.
Why create a private digital resource library?
I created a private digital resource library as a simple solution for my subscribers to find all my downloadable files in one place on my blog. If you subscribe to my blog, you know my library is filled with tons of freebies (if you’re not a subscriber, go here to get free access!).
If you offer several printable files for your subscribers, an easy solution is to offer a private library rather than setting up and sending PDF files to subscribers. Let’s get started so you can see how easy creating a digital library in WordPress really is!
In your WordPress account, go to Pages and choose Add New.
Name your new page and under the Publish section on the right, select Visibility and choose Password Protected.
Enter a password and select the OK button underneath it. Add your files to your library and Publish the page. You can add the page to your menu or leave it off, it’s up to you. I provide my subscribers with the link and password once they confirm their subscription. The page will look like the below picture when they click on the link.
How to add digital files to your library
My library currently has a column/row (formula) and I use thumbnail pictures that link back to the original post (for more instruction) and the actual PDF file (to download) displays underneath each photo.
In my opinion, it is helpful to have visual elements so your subscribers know what they are downloading so I suggest adding images above your PDF files on your assigned digital library page. To add a PDF file to the page, you will need the file code once uploaded to your WordPress account. I use a plugin (Download Monitor) which makes it easy to track and analyze which of my printable files are performing best and it supplies the code.
If you are using the Download Monitor plugin, go to Download, Add New, name your file, and take note of the shortcode for the file (download id). FYI, the name that you give the file is what will appear on your site when you insert the code.
Scroll down until you see the Add File button and click on it. Then click on the Upload File button and upload your PDF. Scroll back up and select Publish and your file will be added to your WP account.
You can insert the shortcode for the PDF file anywhere on your site including your private digital resource library 🙂
Creating a private digital resource library is easy than you think! By following these simple steps you can increase your subscribers while storing all of your digital files in one easy to find space on your website.
INTERESTED IN STARTING A BLOG?
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Be sure to check out my Resources page for all of the blogging resources that I used to turn my blog into a money-making business!
Make sure you have a host with enough space/speed…
Like I mentioned above, BlueHost is great if you are just starting out. I switched to WebFaction with the recommendation of my IT support team but I’ve also heard great things about WP Engine. If you plan to have tons of pictures (like me) then you should check out hosting providers with more storage and speed, in which case, WP Engine or WebFaction are the way to go. Go through this link to get 2 months free at WP Engine when you pay annually. You can check out their plans here.
Add a theme to make your blog stand out
When starting to blog, there are many free themes (designs) that you can choose from, which is how I started. Although it didn’t take long for me to want to have more control over my design and stand out. That’s why I highly recommend purchasing a theme through StudioPress. Here’s the SMP blog theme (Modern Pro Blogger by Pretty Darn Cute) if you like my theme. My theme has 5 different color options, patterns, etc to personalize and make it your own. I highly recommend a theme with the Genesis Framework!
Create a blogging time management schedule
Time management is a struggle for most bloggers (especially newbies!) and finding the perfect work-life balance will make or break your success. Since I like helping my readers (that’s you!), I’m going to share my time management process for your blogging journey and give you my Blogging for Business Time Management Guide for FREE!
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You can always send me an email if you have blogging questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. I’m not a technical person and do not consider myself a WordPress pro, but I’ve taught myself A LOT through this blogging journey of mine!
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