Creating Download Links in Website Tonight

This tutorial will show you how to create a download link in Website Tonight. Your download can be a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, MP3, or any other type of file that meets the Website Tonight Upload Requirements.

If the download is a file type that can be displayed by the browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc) then there is a high probability that the browser will choose to display the file rather than making the user download it first. For example, a browser can display a PDF file but not a Word document, so the PDF file will be opened online and the Word document will be offered as a download. See examples below.

Step #1: Add Your Download to Website Tonight

  1. Log in to your Website Tonight account.
  2. Click the Site tab (upper left).
  3. Use the Manage drop-down menu to select Upload Files.
  4. Click the browse button.
  5. Find the file on your computer that you want to offer as a download and click on it.
  6. Click the Open button on the popup.
  7. Click the Upload button.
If the file you want to offer as a download is an image then make sure that you put a check mark in the box labeled Place images in files folder before you upload the file. If you don’t then the image will not be uploaded to the correct location which can cause errors later.

Step #2: Create the Download Link

You can make your download link from text or from an image.

How to Make a Download Link from Text

Example Download Text Link >> Download Now << It works, try it!

  1. Log in to your Website Tonight account.
  2. Go to the page you want the download link to be on.
  3. Click on the content block you want to add the link to, so that it is in edit mode.
  4. Type the text you want to use for the download link (ex. “click here to download”).
  5. Use your mouse to highlight the text you want to turn into a download link. For example, if you wrote “click here to download now” and you only want “download now” to be the link then click your mouse and drag over the words “download now” so that only those words (no blank spaces) are highlighted.
  6. Click the Create link icon (upper left – to the right of the bold and italic icons).
  7. Click the dot next to Upload and select the file you uploaded in step #1.
  8. Click OK.

How to Make a Download Link from an Image

When you make an image link to something you are turning the image into a button, even if it doesn’t look like a button. Just to make sure that this isn’t confusing I will be using two examples. Example #1 is a random image that most people would not consider a button, and example #2 is what most people think of when they imagine a download button. Whether you choose to use an image that looks like a download button or not the instructions are the same.

#1 – Random Image Download Link
Funny Monkey Facial Expression
#2 – Button Image Download Link
Example Download Button

Are you wondering what will happen
if you click these example links?
There’s only one way to find out!


  1. Log in to your Website Tonight account.
  2. Go to the page you want the download button (image link) to be on.
  3. Click on the content block you want to add the link to, so that it is in edit mode.
  4. Click the Insert tab (top center).
  5. Use the Images icon drop-down menu to select Images.
  6. Insert the image to use as the link.
    • If you have already uploaded the image to your Website Tonight then click the My Images tab (top center), select the image, and click the OK button.
    • If you have not already uploaded the image to Website Tonight then click the Upload Image tab (top center), upload the image, then select the image, and click the OK button.
  7. Use your mouse to highlight the image (only the image).
  8. Click the Create link icon (upper left – to the right of the bold and italic icons).
  9. Click the dot next to Upload and select the file you uploaded in step #1.
  10. Click OK.
To remove an unwanted border from around an image link double-click on the image, click the Properties tab, put a 0 (zero) next to border, and then click the OK button.

It’s a good idea to offer your download in multiple file types because some people may prefer one type over the other. If you only offer PDF downloads, for example, then some people will not be able to view the download because they don’t have a PDF reader installed. You can offer multiple download file types by saving your download in the separate file types and creating a download link on Website Tonight for each one. Like this…
Download Now:   .TXT Download  |  .DOC Download  |  .PDF Download

5 Replies to Creating Download Links in Website Tonight

  1. mark cobrin says:

    Hello,

    I am still building my site and am trying to have a download button for people to
    download a ringtone (.m4r file.) I followed your advice and for a .mp3…no problem, but not
    for a .m4r file. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Mark

    • Kirkland says:

      You can call your Website Tonight provider and ask if they now accept .m4r files, but if they don’t then sadly you’re out of luck. If they do then let me know so that I can update my list of accepted file types in Website Tonight.

      Alternatively you can create a link to the file hosted somewhere else online. If doesn’t need to be uploaded to your Website Tonight account for you to create a download link to it.

      Good Luck,
      Kirkland

  2. Markus says:

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    I have just come across your site by searching around for ANSWERS, for questions, I could not find answers for so long.

    I don’t care so much, that I can’t access ftp directly, hence having the chance of tweaking the site nicely with custom HTML and JAVA scripts.

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    Best wishes and thanks once again,

    Markus

  3. Trying to add a download link to the Sermon online page, so the MP3 file can also be downloaded. The MP3 files are online, they are being played in the audio player. But, when doing a the “Create Link”, then “Upload” there are no files listed. What am I doing wrong?

    • Kirkland says:

      Hi Mark,

      I can confirm that if you upload an MP3 you can create a link for users to download it just as you described. Just to be certain I just went through the steps and it worked for me. I see the MP3 file when I select the Upload option after clicking the “Create a Link” icon.

      It possible to use an MP3 file in an audio player on Website Tonight without uploading the MP3. When you insert an audio file it allows you to upload the file to Website Tonight or provide the URL of the file if you do not want to host it. Perhaps your audio players are using MP3 files hosted elsewhere.

      To be certain check the audio players by opening the content block in the page designer (edit mode) and double clicking on them. This will give you a popup that shows you where Website Tonight is getting the file from. Also follow the instructions in Step 1 above and look through the list of files you have uploaded to make sure its there. If it is then I recommend calling your Website Tonight provider and showing them the problem. In the mean time you can always just put the code for the download link in using the HTML editing option. The code looks like this…

      <a href="wstxuploadlink:uploads/YOUR-FILE-NAME.mp3" rel="nofollow">THE_LINK_TEXT</a>

      Obviously you need to replace YOUR-FILE-NAME and THE_LINK_TEXT with something appropriate.

      Hope that solves the issue for you,
      ~ Kirkland

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