Use the File Download element to allow your visitors to easily download files, photos, videos, and other types of content directly from your website.
To add a File Download element on your site, follow these steps:
- Click Upload to choose a file to upload from your computer. You can also add a file from your Dropbox.
- Enter a Title for your file into the title text field.
- Enter a Description of your file in to description text field.
- Click Save.
Some file types are not allowed (e.g. .exe files). In this case, you can first Zip these files and upload the .zip file to the File Download element. You can see an exhaustive list of file types supported by the File Download element at the bottom of this article.
This is what the File Download element will look like on your page (the download button will differ depending on your layout):
Each File Download element displays a file icon and the following information:
- File name
- File type and file size
- A download link
The File Download element can be used to upload one file at a time. There is no way to upload multiple files at once.
JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness include a file size limit of 100MB per File Download element. JimdoFree has a 10MB file limit.
Linking to a File from Another Page
You can link directly to a File Download element by following these steps:
- Switch to View mode by clicking the View link in the bottom right corner of your page.
- Right click on your file's Download Link.
- Click Copy Link Location or Copy Link Address.
- Paste this into the External Link text field when creating a link in a Text or Photo element.
Linking directly to a File Download element is a feature only available to JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness customers.
Supported File Types
Here is an exhaustive list of the file types that the File Download element currently supports.
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
JimdoFree users can only upload gif, jpeg, png, css, pdf, ttf, woff, and eot files.
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.
To share a Dropbox file on your Jimdo site, 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 on your Jimdo site and turn it into a hyperlink. 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.
To share a Google Drive file, click on that file in your 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 and turn it into a hyperlink to make the download available to visitors.