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Custom URLs for my media

  1. I wish to provide a PDF file for users to download from my blog. This PDF will be updated by myself every few months. I would like to provide a canonical (or standard) URL for the PDF but instead WordPress provides me with a URL based on the date uploaded.

    For instance, I might have a file "manuscript.pdf" that I would like people to access from:

    http://shlens.files.wordpress.com/manuscript.pdf

    But instead WordPress provides:

    http://shlens.files.wordpress.com/05/01/manuscript.pdf

    This is not great because I will be uploading a new version of "manuscript.pdf" periodically and the corresponding URL where people would download this file would change each time I upload it. I would prefer to point users to a single URL and never have to change it to tell users that a new version has been uploaded.

    Is there any way for me to edit or customize the URL from which a media file is accessed? Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is shlens.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi there,

    I would like to provide a canonical (or standard) URL for the PDF but instead WordPress provides me with a URL based on the date uploaded.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to customize the URL of files uploaded to your media library.

    I would prefer to point users to a single URL and never have to change it to tell users that a new version has been uploaded.

    One thing you may want to try is embedding your PDF into a page on your site, so the contents of your PDF can be viewed directly on that page, rather than needing to prompt visitors to download an updated copy. That way the link you would give to someone would be a link to your page (which would never change) and you could just update the content on that page.

    You can do this using Scribd, a free publishing service that allows you to quickly and easily share writings on the web, and embed them directly into your WordPress.com blog.

    Steps on how to embed a PDF in this way can be found here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/scribd/

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  3. I use a Post or Page that has a link to the PDF file on it. The URL for the Post or Page becomes the "Standard URL" then if I update the PDF file I just change the link to the new PDF file and put a note to the effect "Revised Dec 5, 2013" - then visitors know if the file has been updated and when, they can compare the file name to what they have saved and if the file name has changed they know the file has been updated. That also helps them to keep the updated files sorted.

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