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File Download Component

Provide a way for visitors to access files like high-resolution images, PDFs or Word documents.

This component as it is first displayed on the page.

This component as it is first displayed on the page.

Using This Component

Add the component to the page. There is one, un-named tab.

For common formats, an icon will automatically be added in front of the filename (doc/x, ppt/x, txt, xls/x, pdf, jpg, gif). See examples in the right sidebar.

For files that are located in the UBCMS, their size will also be provided, in parentheses after the filename.

No Super-Sized Files

Please do not embed files larger than 50MB in size.

Settings Tab

Link text: Label the file download link. Leave the field blank to use the file's name; e.g. 'Org-Chart.pdf.'

File Location: Choose between 'UBCMS file' and 'External link.'

For a UBCMS file, select the file you wish to be downloaded. UBCMS files can be uploaded just to the current page, but for site maintenance purposes, it is often better to put them in the Digital Asset Manager (DAM) first, then pull them onto the page.

  • For a file in the DAM, locate it using the Content Finder and then drag it across into the rectangular area (delineated by a dotted line) that says Drop an asset or click to upload.
  • For a file on your desktop, click within the rectangular area and then click the Browse button to select the file and then upload it to the UBCMS. (Your file will not be stored in the DAM if you choose this method.)
  • Because these files are located in the UBCMS, their size will also be provided in parentheses after the filename.
The component opened for editing showing the default UBCMS file option.

The component opened for editing showing the default UBCMS file option.

For an External link, a new field appears.

External link: Provide the complete URL to your file, including the http:// or https:// prefix; e.g. http://www.example.com/my_document.pdf.

The component opened for editing showing the External Link option.

The component opened for editing showing the External Link option.

Restrictions

  1. You are not able to upload multiple files at once with one File Download component. If you would like to add multiple files that your visitors can download, you must use a separate File Download component for each file.
  2. This component will not play multimedia files: use the Audio Player or Video (YouTube) component instead.
  3. All file types are accepted but only common file formats will have matching icons.
  4. An icon will automatically be added in front of the filename, to indicate the format of standard file types: doc/x, ppt/x, txt, xls/x, jpg, gif. (See examples in the right sidebar.)
  5. For files that are located in the UBCMS, their size will also be provided, in parentheses after the filename.
  6. Do not add files over 50MB in size.

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July 19, 2017