Home >> All Products >> WordPress Plugin

Secure Client Download Zone for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Our Best WordPress secure download zone allows your users to manage files in a secure client area of your site.

Show more

This WordPress client portal plugin for WordPress can be used to transfer files to and from your customers or to support documents exchange inside a learning environment.

Show less

Secure Client Area Download Zone Description

The Secure Client Area Download plugin for WordPress creates a secure customer restricted area on your site to easily manage files which belong to users. Site users can view, upload, or download their own files and administrators can monitor when files are added.

The Download and Upload Zone comes packaged together with the Download Manager plugin premium edition which makes it a robust tool for managing files

Admin Dashboard

This lightweight WordPress secure client portal plugin notifies both admin and users when new files are uploaded to the customer’s dashboard. Admin can upload files to individual client zone (single-user access zone) or to a group of users.
Admin Dashboard with view of Controls
Admin Dashboard with view of Controls

This WP customer area plugin makes it simple to manage a user friendly client area on an exclusive dashboard and streamline things like document transfers, videos or payment. All client file downloads are secure and access to them is completely manageable.

WordPress Customer Area Dashboard

Client Secured File Upload

Client dashboard includes a secure clients only area where each client can only see their own files. The client can log into their area using WordPress secure client login area. This private files area acts as a WordPress secure client portal for file sharing, and more.
Client Dashboard showing file upload process
Client Dashboard showing file upload process

Secure Client Zone Statistics and Reporting

User Download Reports

The download zone plugin includes a detailed stats management console for the admin to see which users have uploaded files and when.
Dashboard showing log files with users downloads
Dashboard showing log files with users downloads

Packaged with the CM Download Manager

When you purchase the client dashboard plugin, you receive Download Manager as a base, to be installed on your site and to be used alongside the plugin.

Watch our online WordPress directory plugin tutorial.

Using the Secure Client Download Zone Plugin for WordPress

  • Files Exchange Portal – Exchange private files or private content with customers and employees
  • Private Files Management – Create a vault for users to exchange files
  • Let your Customers Send you Files – Build a box for users to drop files for the site manager to review
  • Share With Multiple Users – This easy-to-use plugin allows site managers to share files with specific users or groups of users

Client Area Localization and Supported Languages

Easy Localization

All frontend labels can be easily changed to any language so the user interface will speak your language. Beside's this we already have PO/MO files for many languages covering all plugin frontend interaction.
Plugin Labels Settings
Plugin Labels Settings

Supported languages includes: Polish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese.

We will be happy to assist building other PO/MO files upon request.

Secure Client Zone Additional Resources

Secure Client Only Download Zone Plugin Features

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

  • Customer Dashboard – Build a personal download zone for each customer
  • Admin Dashboard – Allow site admin to transfer files to a specific user or to a group of customers
  • Password Protection – Allow the admin to protect downloadable files by restricting the selected files using a password
  • Reports and Statistics – Manage statistics on downloads by customers
  • Notification – Supports notifications so customers and admin will be made aware of new files added to the download zone
  • Customer Groups – Admin can create a group of customers to be able to quickly transfer documents to all customers at once
  • Privacy – Each customer can only see their own files and files which admin transferred to them at their “personally restricted customer area”. They can upload and download files according to the client permissions they have given.
  • Categories – Files can be placed within categories.

CM Downloads Manager Plugin – Is bundled with Secure Client Area Download Zone Plugin

  • File Access Control – The admin can set access settings to grant permissions for individual users or user groups to view or upload files.
  • 1 – 1 File Access – Restrict access so users can only see their own files and files the admin shares with them.
  • Audio Player – Embed an audio player for previewing audio and mp3 files prior to download.
  • BuddyPress – Integrated with BuddyPress to display profile information and download stats according to a user’s BP profile.
  • File Categories – Support for multiple level browsing categories.
  • Download Zone Customization – Easily customize the look & feel of the digital downloads template page with your theme.
  • File Manager Disclaimer – Include a disclaimer requiring users to agree to your terms when visiting a download page for the first time.
  • Geolocation – Track where your files are being downloaded via a free Geolocation API key.
  • Instant Preview – Integrated with Google Docs allowing easy file preview before download (supports all main document and spreadsheet file extensions).
  • Download Index Page Views – Choose from 3 different templates to display the Digital Downloads Index page.
  • Localization UTF-8 characters are supported, allowing text translation into multiple languages.
  • Download Log & Statistics – Generate a detailed report from the download log with file specific stats based on download date, user, and location.
  • User Moderation – Moderate user posts and permissions on the support forum or choose to pre-approve posts and uploads by specific users.
  • Email Notifications – Send custom email notifications to download authors when their file upload has been approved or support questions are posted. Notify users of file uploads to categories they follow. Notify the admin when uploads are pending approval.
  • File Password Protection – Password protect file downloads you want to restrict.
  • Search Downloads – Use the internal search engine on your site to quickly search downloads and find files of interest.
  • Download Manager Shortcodes – Embed a specific download or list of digital downloads on any page or post using a shortcode.
  • Social Login – Users can login to the file sharing directory with their social media accounts from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
  • Support Forum – Includes a support forum for downloads that lets users post questions or support answers for each download.
  • Download Page Templates – Customize the style of the CM WordPress Download Manager page template and adjust the plugin’s look and feel.
  • User Dashboard – WordPress clients or users can manage their downloads on the frontend dashboard that lists information about each download.
  • User Gravatar – User profiles can include Gravatar icons.
  • User Groups – Create user groups to control access to specific files and download permissions.
  • User Profile – Each user has their own profile that contains information about their downloads.
  • Video Player – Embeds a video player to preview video of mp4 and other video files prior to downloading.
  • WordPress Multisite – Supports WordPress Multisite functionality.
  • Image Gallery Slideshow – Display an image slideshow for each download.
  • Download Payments – Additional “Download Payments addon” supports payments for specific media and file downloads using the EDD (Easy Digital Downloads) or WooCommerce cart system on your WordPress website.
  • CM Micropayments Integration – Allow site visitors to earn a virtual currency for file uploads and require visitors to spend their virtual currency to download files.
  • ZIP File Management – Compress all files or select specific files or file categories to download as a zip file.
  • GDPR Compliant – Provides tools that let users have full control over their data, assisting the admin with data regulations compliance. Learn more.
  • CM Answers Pro Integration – Add the enterprise message board to each download.

Secure Members-Only Download Zone Additional Addons and Modules

The following is a list of additional modules and addons which when installed together with the Secure Client Download Zone plugin add additional functionality

Download Manager PeepSo Integration
Allow PeepSo members to share files with specific users and groups within their social network. This add-on integrates Download Manager with the PeepSo social network community plugin, enabling a rich filed directory right within the free social media platform.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
User Registration for Downloads
Adds a user registration form to support automatically assigning new registered users to CM Download user groups and applying access restriction to downloads.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Download Anonymous Posting
Allow users to (anonymously) uploads files to CM Download Manager Plugin without the need to login to your wordpress site.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Download Visual Widgets
Add-on for the CM Download Manager Plugin. Offer a set of six visualization tools that will enhance your WordPress downloads by highlighting their tags and categories throughout your website. The visualization tools comes in two forms, widgets and shortcodes
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Download BBPress Integration
CM Downloads bbPress Addon allows you to integrate your download page with a bbPress topic. The bbPress topic can replace the built-in CMDM support forum.
[ Userguide]
MicroPayments PeepSo Integration
Add virtual wallet functionality to a PeepSo social network. Enables a tab on each user profiles to show the wallet and transaction history. Admins can define a bonus currency or charge for posting and other PeepSo related actions.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Download Payments
Charge users for downloading or uploading files. Supports both EDD and WooCommerce cart systems. The admin can set a different price for each download and users will only be able to complete the download after payment.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]

Secure Client Zone Related Plugins and Integrations

Registration and Invitation Codes
This plugin adds a registration and login popup to your WordPress site. This plugin supports invitation codes, email verification, reCaptcha and more. Wordpress login and email registration uses Ajax for on page support.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Micropayments Virtual Wallet
Add your own “virtual currency“ and allow in-site transactions without having to process each payment externally. Can integrate with many other WordPress plugins, including WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, CM Answers, CM Download Manager and more.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
Questions and Answers Forum
A powerful WordPress plugin for creating mobile responsive discussion forum that allow members to post questions, answers and comments. Includes advanced admin moderation, access control, social media login, user profiles and user votes for best answer.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]

Secure Client Download Zone Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Can I create groups of my restricted users?

Yes. The plugin supports group settings and management. You can create any number of groups you wish. Each group can contains any number of users listed on your WordPress site. You can use the group to add a specific file to a group. This means that each group member will be able to view the file in his restricted client download zone.

What kind of files can be uploaded?

The plugin support any type of file. You can define the supported file extensions in the plugin setting and restrict the upload of certain file types.

Do I have to manage downloads (as Admin) from the WordPress dashboard?

No! We’ve included a dedicated Admin Dashboard for the Plugin so you can manage your downloads without having to log into WordPress. We’ve found some of our customers prefer this rather than getting distracted inside the WordPress back-end when they just need to manager their downloads.

To learn more about setting up and using the Downloads Manager Admin dashboard see this Help article.

Can I cluster or group users to distribute different downloads to?

Yes our Plugin can handle this. Downloads don’t have to be sent or assigned on an individual basis they can be distributed to defined user groups.

To learn more about how this works see the documentation article by clicking here

Is there any risk that my files could just be accessed and bypass the permissions?

To increase the security of the paid content the directory where it is stored can be protected using the .htaccess file.

To learn more click here.

Can I get notified of new downloads being added?

If you want to stay as up to date as possible and know when new downloads have been added to your site it is possible to configure email notifications to be sent to the Admin whenever new downloads are added.

Not only that but email notifications can be sent to users in groups to which the download will be available informing of the new content.

Learn more about the Plugin’s email notifications by reading this documentation article

Still have questions? Send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours.



Secure Client Download Zone Video Gallery

CM Client Download Zone Plugin for WordPress Client Download Zone Customer Area Plugin for WordPress Tutorial

Secure Client Download Zone Image Gallery

Back-end Gallery

Secure Client Download Zone Online Demo


This demo shows how a logged-in user can upload files for admin to view. They can also view file sent by admin to them

Go to Live Demo

Version 1.3.8 26th Dec 2018

  • Added an option to enable form for sending files among users

Version 1.3.7 22nd Nov 2018

  • Fixed custom denied access page issue
  • Added an option to show only user’s downloads in files list by default
  • Fixed an issue with denied for guests page

Version 1.3.4 31st Aug 2018

  • Fixed user page visibility bug

Version 1.3.3 30th Aug 2018

  • Fixed bug in shortcode attributes

Version 1.3.2 25th Aug 2018

  • Solved problems with new option which allows to show admin and user downloads in one list

Version 1.3.1 31st July 2018

  • Added new option to allow to show admin and user downloads in one list
  • Fixed “Missing files” Error on front while adding a new download.
  • Fixed the bug with the client filtering not working on the Index page
  • Updated the licensing Package

Version 1.3.0 10th May 2018

  • Added admin notice telling to activate the menu widgets.
  • Added new option to allow guests to download the files.

Version 1.2.1 5th Feb 2018

  • Fixed problem with displaying the menu widget on the sidebar area on the standard WP pages.
  • Updated licensing library.

Version 1.2.0 12th Sep 2017

  • Made possible to use shortcodes in the “Access denied” page content.

Version 1.1.3 8th June 2016

  • Updated licensing dashboard.

Version 1.1.2 11th April 2017

  • Fixed not showing visibility field on the upload form for customers.

Version 1.1.1 27th July 2016

  • Updated licensing api support.

Version 1.1.0 17th Jun 2016

  • Added shortcode information on the settings page.
  • Added Access denied label.
  • Added Access denied page content setting.
  • Added setting to define a content to put before the downloads list.
  • CSS improvements.

Version 1.0.5 24th May 2016

  • Updated licensing dashboard.

Version 1.0.4 20th March 2016

  • Updated licensing api support.

Version 1.0.3 25th Feb 2016

  • Added automatic updates from plugin dashboard
  • Replaced plugin admin interface including license activation and userguide

Version 1.0.2 08th Feb 2016

  • Updated licensing api support.

Version 1.0.1 21st Aug 2015

  • Added widget areas in the content area.

Version 1.0.0 20th June 2015

  • First Release