Download Manager Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

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File Download Manager Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

The Best Secure WP File and Download Management Solution

The CM WordPress File Manager Plugin is a superb solution to build a file sharing directory similar to Google Drive or Dropbox on your WordPress site.

Securely upload different file types, give file access based on user permissions, create payment plans to access file downloads, and much more!

Secure download zone for file transfer (FTP) File size, download rating, download views, and download quantity are all listed Use Google Reader to preview files prior to download Feature Rich Plugin Testimonial

Internal file search, file tags, and categories make it easy to locate just the file you need Choose from a large list of download manager widgets and shortcodes Manage files on your unique user dashboard Flawless Plugin Testimonial Social login and BuddyPress integration make user account setup a breeze Keep each file secure Restrict user access to specific files Wonderful Plugin Testimonial Get detailed statistics and reports on download activity File support forum Charge membership fees for access to your online library

Searchable Database

The plugin creates an index page listing all downloads by category, allowing multi level browsing and easy filtering by topic.
Index Page Showing All Available Downloads
Index Page Showing All Available Downloads

File downloads can be located by searching for keyword or tag, letting your users quickly find what they need. Users can search files, preview and download files, compressing multiple files associated with one download into a zip file.

Unique File Download Page

The WordPress File Download Manager plugin lets you generate a unique landing page for each downloadable file that can easily be customized by the user.

Password Protected File Download Page
Password Protected File Download Page

The download landing page contains such valuable features as:

  • Customizable file description
  • File preview, with an embedded video or audio player if needed
  • File download specs including: download counter, page views, file size, and download rating
  • File download button or download link, with ability to link to external downloads
  • A dedicated file specific support forum

Downloads Access Settings

Thanks to a highly detailed access permissions infrastructure, the document management plugin lets you choose whether a file will be password protected, restricted to specific users, or user groups.
Global Plugin Access Settings
Global Plugin Access Settings

The CM File Download Manager plugin is integrated with other CreativeMinds plugins, so you can easily add other major features.

These include charging payments per download (via a virtual wallet with CM Micropayments Plugin or EDD payment platforms with the CM Payments Addon) and allowing anonymous users to upload files (via CM Anonymous Posting Addon).

Using the WordPress Download Manager Plugin

  • File Sharing Dashboard – Create a file sharing directory where users can upload and download files to and from your site.
  • Unique Download Landing Page – Every file uploaded will create a unique landing page with single file preview, support forum, download links and the ability to monitor the file’s download activity.
  • File Password Protection – All downloads can be password protected or made accessible to specific user groups, letting you easily control who has access to which files.
  • File Sharing Access Restrictions – The site admin can manage member access permissions, moderate uploads, and restrict permitted file types to make sure your online library stays free of spam.
  • Multiple Shortcodes – Embed downloads using shortcodes on any post or page.
  • User Dashboard – Provide a user dashboard from which users can manage their own downloads.
  • Download Stats and Reports – Track which users download which files using a detailed download log system.
  • User Verification – Choose whether to require users to enter their name and email before downloading.
  • Email Notification – Notify file authors when uploads have been approved or a comment is posted to their file’s forum. Send email notifications to users when a category they are following has new uploads.

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Localization and Supported Languages

Easy Localization

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

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

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

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Additional Resources

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Features

Please see the Plugin User Guide to learn more about this plugin.

File Access Control – The admin can set access settings to grant permissions for individual users or user groups to view or upload files.
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.
Google Viewer – Integrated with Google Reader allowing easy file preview before download (supported file types only).
Download Index Page Views – Choose from 3 different templates to display the Digital Downloads Index page.
LocalizationUTF-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 – Users can manage their downloads in a 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.
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.
CM Answers Pro Integration – Add the enterprise message board to each download.
ZIP File Management – Compress all files or select specific files or file categories to download as a zip file.
GDPR supportGDPR Compliant – Provides tools that let users have full control over their data, assisting the admin with data regulations compliance. Learn more.

Download Management Edition and Pricing

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Download Manager Plugin Image Gallery

Back-end Gallery

Download Manager Additional Addons and Modules

The following list is additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Download Manager plugin and provide additional functionality

CM Download Manager Peepso Integration Addon
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]
CM User Registration for Download Manager Pro
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]
CM Anonymous Upload for Download Manager Pro
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]
CM Download Widgets
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]
CM Downloads bbPress Addon
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]
CM MicroPayments Peepso Integration Addon
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]
CM Client Download Zone for WordPress
Secure Client Download Zone
This plugin creates a restricted area which users and site managers can use to share and manage files. File downloads support user notifications and statistics. Admins can share files with groups of users and password protect specific files via the download manager.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
CM Download Manager EDD Payments Addon
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]

Plugins Integrated With CM Download Manager

CM Answers Pro
Questions and Answers Forum
A powerful WordPress plugin for creating mobile responsive discussion forum where members post questions, answers and comments. Includes advanced admin moderation, access control, social media login, user profiles and user votes for best answer.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
CM MicroPayment
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]
CM Video Lesson Manager Pro
Video Lessons Manager
Manage video lessons & online video courses as well as allow users and admin to track progress. Lets users leave notes and mark their favorite videos within Wordpress. The plugin supports adding a pay-per-view fee for your courses and video webinars.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]

Download Manager Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do I upgrade CM Download Manager?

To upgrade from the free version to the pro you need first to deactivate and delete the free version. All terms that have been created with the free version will be automatically transferred to the pro. You can them download the pro edition from CreativeMinds customer dashboard and install it. For the plugin to work you need to activate the license. Here is a video explaining this

Is it Possible to localize the forum for languages that don't appear on the list?

Language files are located under the /lang directory in the plugin. You can take any existing .po file and change the non English description to your custom language. You can then use a po to mo converter like in here to create the mo file. Here is an example of how the original English text and the translation look in the po file

forum localization with CM Download Manager can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin

forum localization with CM Download Manager can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin.

After creating these two files, copy them to the language directory. You are also welcome to send them to us so we can include them in the plugin pack.

Is there a way that users can download files without logging in?

Sure. Only users who need to upload files or users who want to post a support question in the downloads dedicated forum need to log in. All other users can download files without logging in. You can define access permission for each download or for all downloads in the plugin settings. Access permissions can limit which download is visible for which user.

Can I add custom CSS to my downloads landing pages?

Yes. In the plugin setting you have a tab for custom css where downloads landing pages as well as the general downloads directory can be customized to suit your theme. This will enable you to change css on the fly. You can also rewrite css in your theme css using the same classes and making sure it loads after the plugin css. The last option is to edit the plugin css located in /view/resources but this is not recommended since each time we update the plugin you will need to review your changes.

Is it possible to upload zip folders to the downloads directory?

Absolutely! If you want to allow users to upload multiple files to your downloads directory, for example a bunch of software files or musical tracks, zip folders will provide the ultimate solution. They will save you and your users both time and storage space. Zip folders can easily be created on your computer and then uploaded and downloaded either individually or in bulk.

example of zip folder download type- CM downloads manager plugin for wordpress

How does the BuddyPress integration work?

Performing the CM Downloads Manager and BuddyPress integration allows your users to quickly login to your file sharing directory using their BuddyPress profile. This is recommended for site that use the BuddyPress forum system and want to add a file sharing option.

How do I restrict downloads access to specific user groups?

The first thing to do is to adjust the plugin to support logged in users only. Then, under user groups, you can create different groups and specify which users belong in which group. Next, when creating a new file for download, you can assign each file to a specific user group. Users in that group will be able to view and download the file, while all other users will be denied access.

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WP Explorer: "Download Manager Review by WP Explorer - I got my hands on CM Download Manager Pro and two things impressed me straight away: It’s intuitive and it’s compatible with the other CM plugins I’ve tested."

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