How to Upload a PDF to a Web Server

By Isaiah Turning

The Adobe PDF format is a file type that allows you to view and share information in a format that will be consistent across platforms. According to Adobe.com, PDF is now a formal open standard know as ISO 32000, which means that the PDF format will continue to grow as a standard for sharing information. For that reason, you may want to upload and share an Adobe PDF file on your web server. Luckily, you can upload a PDF file just as easily as any other file type.

The Web-Based Method

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and navigate to your web server's address. This is usually provided to you when you sign up for any web-hosting service.

Step 2

Provide your login credentials to access your web server's administration. Input your user name and password, and click "OK."

Step 3

Locate your server's file manager page. In a cPanel environment, you can click "File Manager" and select "Upload."

Step 4

Click "Browse" to select the PDF file that you would like to upload. Once you select the correct file, click "OK." Depending on your platform, you can press "Enter" or click "Upload" to upload the file to your web server.

The FTP Method

Step 1

Open your favorite FTP program. Filezilla is a good free standalone FTP client. There is also a free Mozilla Firefox add-on called Fireftp.

Step 2

Enter your FTP server name as the host. Your hosting service usually provides an FTP host address and tells you your user name and password.

Step 3

Input your provided user name and password. Click "Connect" in your FTP client to connect to your web server. You will see the web server's file directory on the right hand side of your screen.

Step 4

Navigate to the folder or directory you would like to upload the PDF file to. Select the file you would like to upload from the left side of your screen, under the file listings for your computer. Some FTP clients may have a "Browse" button that you can click to locate your file.

Step 5

Double-click the PDF file on your computer that you would like to upload. Most FTP clients will automatically begin the uploading process. Your FTP client will tell you when the upload is complete.