So I had a client recently ask me which plugin will allow for her to create a form to capture email addresses for her list and then give an automatic download of her freebie. Ya’ll, I have some great news, you dont need a plugin for that. Nevermind how extra plugins can slow down your site, but this will make it super easy for you create a link. Best news, they will never see google drive and they will not have to have a google account. Watch my video and lets create a download from google drive link together!
How to Create a Download from Google Drive Link
Once you create a google drive file, you will want to make it shareable. To do this you will click on the blue share button at the top right corner. Then this screen will popup and you will want to make sure that the get link section says “ANYONE on the internet with this link can view“
Then you will want to click on the copy link in blue.
So, in this example, my sharing link is https://docs.google.com/document/d/19R6IA87LZaVCkK5q6Hw3CIZ8NNRiySTRBAzf-mC5EU8/edit?usp=sharing
- Take note of the “file ID” that directly follows the part of the link that reads “file/d/”. In this example it is: 19R6IA87LZaVCkK5q6Hw3CIZ8NNRiySTRBAzf-mC5EU8
- Determine what type of file you’re sharing (is it a doc, PDF, JPG, spreadsheet, presentation, etc) and use the chart below to determine which link you need to use as a template:
|Doc (.docx, etc)||https://docs.google.com/document/d/FILE_ID/export?format=doc|
(You can also use this link to turn a DOC file into a PDF on download)
Will download as a spreadsheet
|Spreadsheet that will download as a PDF||https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/FILE_ID/export?format=pdf|
Will download as a presentation
Will download as a PDF
- Replace the very end piece of the link above that reads “FILE_ID” with the FILE ID you copied in step #2.Your link will now look like (using the doc example link):
Thats it! You are done and can now add this download from google drive link to any button or text you would like. Super easy, right?!
When will this come in handy when delivering files to your audience or clients?
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