The File Download Element lets visitors download files, photos, videos, and other types of content directly from your website.
You can add a File Download Element directly from the Elements Menu, after clicking Additional Elements:
Once you add the File Download Element, follow these steps:
- Click Upload to choose a file from your computer. You can also add a file from your Dropbox account.
- Enter a Title for your file into the title text field.
- Enter a Description of your file into description text field.
- Click Save.
Here's an example of how a completed File Download Element will appear on your page:
You'll need to create a File Download Element for each file you'd like to share—you can't upload multiple files to the same File Download Element. However JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness customers can upload .zip files if they'd like to make multiple files available at once.
Linking to a file from another page
JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness customers can link to a File Download Element from other places on their websites. The download will start when someone clicks the link.
For example, you could use this feature to link to hi-resolution versions of photos from a Photo Gallery Element. First, create a hidden page of File Download Elements. Then, link photos within the Photo Gallery to their respective File Downloads.
Supported File Types
JimdoFree users can upload the following types of files (up to 10MB each):
images (gif, jpeg, png, svg)
fonts (ttf, woff, eot)
JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness
JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness users can upload just about any non-executable file to a File Download Element (up to 100MB each).
avi => Video File
doc => Microsoft Word Document
docx => Microsoft Word Document
htm => HTML Document
html => HTML Document
mdb => Microsoft Access Database
pdf => Adobe Acrobat Document
ppt => Microsoft Power Point Presentation
psd => Adobe Photoshop File
txt => Text Document
xls => Microsoft Excel Sheet
zip => Compressed Archive in ZIP Format
mp3 => MP3 Audio File
wav => Wave Audio File
wma => Windows Media Music File
pps => Microsoft Power Point Presentation
bmp => Bitmap Image
css => Cascading Style Sheet File
eps => Encapsulated PostScript Imageformat
fla => Macromedia Flash Format
gif => Grafik Interchange Format
mov => QuickTime Video Format
png => Portable Network Image Format
ps => PostScript Imageformat
svg => Scalable Vector Image
svgz => Scalable Vector Image compressed
tif => Tagged Image File
pgp => pretty good privacy
wmv => Windows Media Video Format
asf => Advanced Streaming Video Format
csv => Comma Separated Value File
gz => GNU compressed File
tar => Tar Archive File
jp2 => JPEG 2000
jpeg => JPG Image
jpg => JPG Image
m3u => Music playlist
m4a => Advanced Audio Coding (MP4)
m4v => I-pod video Format
mp4 => Audio-File (MP4)
mpeg => MPEG Video File
mpg => MPEG Video File
ogg => Audio File
sit => StuffIt File Mac
rp => Real Player File
ram => RealAudio Metafile
rar => Compressed file archive
rm => RealMedia Streaming Media
rtf => Text Document
divx => DivX Movie Format
kml => Google Earth Placemark
gpx => GPS eXchange File
flv => Flash Video
tiff => Tagged Image File
xml => XML Document
Linking to a file hosted on Dropbox or Google Drive
In cases where the file type you're trying to upload is not supported, we recommend uploading the file to a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive and then linking to it from your Jimdo site. This is also a good option if you've run out of storage on your Jimdo site or your file exceeds the file size limit.
Share a Dropbox file
To share a Dropbox file on your Jimdo site, log in to your Dropbox account and click on the Share button next to a file you'd like to share.
In the popup window, choose the option "Anyone with the link can see it." Add the link to a Text, Photo, or Button Element as an external link. Visitors clicking on the link will then be redirected to Dropbox, where they can choose to download the file. You can modify the link and make it a direct download by replacing the ?dl=0 at the end with ?dl=1.
Share a Google Drive file
To share a Google Drive file, click on that file in your Google Drive folder and open the Share option. Select "Get sharable link," then select "More" and choose the "Public on the web" option. Save those settings and copy the link.
To turn the share links into direct download links, replace the /edit?usp=sharing part with:
- ?format=doc or ?format=pdf (for shared Documents)
- /export/pptx or /export/pdf (for shared Presentations)
- ?format=xlsx or ?format=pdf (for shared Spreadsheets)
Add the link to a Text, Photo, or Button Element on your Jimdo site to make the download available to visitors.