Example of a Downloadable Word Document Resource

This is the new format for downloadable resources. All they are as posts that you have marked with the category “Resources”. Each resource download page is now manually created with a graphical editor, just like any other post. But you can use existing resource pages as templates, simply duplicate them and begin editing.

Make sure you take care to set up your preview image appropriately.

The block that shows the title of the document and the download button is a media block. It takes care of all the hard work for you, just select the media file using the block controls. On the front-end, the Download text turns into a Download button in the stye of the theme.

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Example Downloadable PDF Resource

This is another example of a resource post using the media block. With PDF files the Media block provides a preview of the PDF as well as a download button. Be sure to set up the Featured Image for the post so it shows up properly. You do have to upload this image manually. This is one disadvantage of this new approach. The old method used the PDF preview that WordPress automatically generated. But there were cases where the automatically generated preview would have errors. So this gives you more control over the images that show up as a preview in listings and search results.