Viewable and printable PDFs are always the best options, especially for a class website, in comparison to printed hangouts, which would ultimately have its fate ended in the trash bin. Further, the idea of copying and pasting the PDF content into a blog post is a formatting and printing nightmare.

So, PDFs are undoubtedly the best for every situation. Also, a PDF plugin enables the user to embed a full WordPress PDF viewer into a WordPress page. The utility provided by this is that the readers would be able to read this like a real document and take the notes even while zooming in and get a print out of the document whenever needed.

Further, some of the PDF plugins offers other essential tools for the conversion of a blog post to a PDF or generating a cover image for a PDF, which the users might upload to their WordPress blogs.

In clear words, a perfect PDF viewer allows a user to view a PDF as if the file is getting saved on their computer. They also get the capabilities expected out of a PDF in addition to some handy features that the WordPress plugins have developed and thrown in there.

Now, the next section states about the top 10 best PDF plugins for WordPress Site.

1. PDF Viewer:

PDF Viewer

The PDF Viewer enables the user to display PDF files inside the WordPress posts and pages, but without using the Flash plugin. It actually relies upon Mozilla’s PDF.js script only to set the PDF documents beautifully with enhancing tools to scroll, search, jump between pages, print, and download PDF files. Thus, making the website HTML5-compliant.

2. WP Booklet:

WP Booklet

The WordPress PDF Plugin mainly focusing on refined magazine-style displays, with the help of flip animations and page pop-ups to mimic the reading of a pamphlet or magazine in real life. It might be a watered down version of Real3D FlipBook, but it does the job accurately without having the users to pay anything. It is further available in built-in themes for casual users and also enables the more advanced users to add their own. The plugin supports both PDFs and images, so a photo flipbook is also possible as well. They even might throw in some templates initially to get you the users started.

3. PDF Image Generator:

PDF Image Generator

This PDF Image Generator creates the perfect cover image for PDF Files that have been added in the WordPress posts for download. The plugin generates the cover image either by using the first page in the PDF or featured image. After this, the downloaded icon would display the thumbnail image linked to the PDF file.

PS: For this plugin to work, the WordPress hosting provider should have the ImageMagick and GhostScript installed on their server.

4. FlowPaper:


This PDF viewer Plugin enables the users to embed the PDF catalogs, magazines and brochures as flipbooks on the website in the HTML5 format for free. But, even if it looks good, the back-end controls are far from being user-friendly. This is just the perfect PDF viewer for an advanced developer, but beginners might face difficulty due to the code customizations and storage limits.

5. PDF Embedder:

PDF Embedder

Just like the images are automatically sized or shaped as per the requirements, this PDF viewer uploads PDFs and embeds straight on to the site, adjusting them as per the requirements. Optionally, a width and the correct height can be calculated automatically. The shape can be recalculated whenever the user would resize the page. Further, it uses JavaScript to embed files with a fully functional toolbar allowing users to zoom, navigate, and even download the PDF file.

Get your eyes glued on The Top 10 best WordPress PDF Viewer Plugins – Part II

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