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WordPress Download Manager Plugin

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WordPress Download Manager is known as one of the best download managers available for WordPress. I tested the free version of the plugin yesterday. It’s very limited compared to the full version of the plugin though I’m sure it’s more than capable for most WordPress users.

The free version only has a few basic settings. You can set the minimum user access level to authors, editors or administrators. The download icon can also be changed in this area.

WP Download Manager

Adding a new package (file) is very straight forward. The plugin uses custom post types so the title and description of the file are entered using the normal WordPress editor. This allows you to add images to the description area and make it more presentable using tables or CSS.

The file can be uploaded directly from your computer or from a URL and you can categorise files too. If you want to change the link text ‘Download’ to something else like ‘Download Now For Free’ or ‘Click Here’ you can do so by modifying the link label. Files can be password protected if you wish and you can make limit the number of times a file can be downloaded.

You can also publish a download counter with your files and files can be restricted to members if you wish.

WordPress Download Manager

Once you have added a package you will be taken to the manage files page. This lists all of the files that you have uploaded and displays the password, access level required, counter status and number of downloads at the right hand side.

WordPress Download Manager

An embed code is displayed for each file. All you need to do is copy this code and paste it into one of your post or pages. Once you do this, the download link will be added to the post.

WordPress Download Manager

When you click on the download link a pop up box will appear. This box shows the name and description of the file. A password field will also be displayed if the file is protected.

WordPress Download Manager

I was very impressed with how easy WordPress Download Manager was to use. There are two versions of the plugin. The version that I downloaded for this review was Download Manager Free. It is a great solution for those who want to offer downloads to their visitors but if you are looking for more features you should consider the pro version of the script.

Retailing at $30, the pro version comes with a lot of additional features such as an upload progress bar, multiple files in a single pack, password protection, bandwidth control, improved download counter and tracker and much more. It’s a bargain when you consider the functionality that it offers.

WP Download Manager

There are additional add ons available for the plugin too such as the premium package ($15) add on that adds shopping cart functionality so that you can sell files directly through your site. An advanced user access add on is also available for only $5 and there is a WPDM directory add on that places all categories and downloads in a single page (this also costs $5).

I recommend checking WordPress Download Manager out if you are looking for an easy to use download manager for WordPress. The free version is perfect for basic download setups however the feature rich premium version won’t break the bank.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Comments (6)

Comment by Private says:

The old & simpler free version used to work great. I have not been able to get the newer free version to work on any of my sites. After installing, I try and save PDF files but they will not save. Have given up and am now using a different download manager plugin.

Comment by sivareddy says:

Hello,
Sir,
I have small doubt in download manager plugin.
How to set minimum manage level to contributor.

Thank you,
Siva.

Comment by Shaon says:

[email protected] we always said that we will refund, but we need to be sure, is not that more plain and simple? you said, you don’t want to waste your time, but what are you doing here! LOL, search blogs and forums all over the internet and writing comments! Do you thing this will bring bad impact on wpdm pro? man,  many hundred thousands users can’t be wrong, all they are using this happily. What we said, “we just need to be sure that, what you saying is correct”, as it is fully functional plugin. plain and simple :)

Comment by dmcguffin says:

[email protected] Again, we are beyond that.  The investment of time and resources by our company to try and make this plugin work is now beyond it’s value.
Also, this has more to do with just good customer service now then anything else.  We are not happy with the plugin.  Plain and simple.  The right thing to do is simply make the customer happy and refund their money so they can move on.

Comment by Shaon says:

@dmcguffin,
— If you really facing any issue, certainly you are missing something that need to do to make it work. But matter is we even don’t know what you missing without checking that as the plugin is working great for us and every other users.
“This was completely unreasonable to us as it is a well know fact you NEVER give your WordPress login details to a third party.”
 
— actually it’s totally depends on your mentality! as for many other high traffic and sensitive sites, they trust us doing their regular upgrade of wpdm pro.
 
— up to now 300,000+ installation of wpdm pro, they are using it happily
 
— support team replied, they will refund you but they need to be confirm. Now, even not seeing anything, who will even know that, what you are saying is true. But we’re sure, its certainly will be working fine in your site.
 
— we have full open demo to test/check every features and functionality.
 
— a few of highly reputed sites here who are using wpdm pro with their full satisfaction: http://designzzz.com http://iso.uni.lodz.pl/ ( University of Lodz ) http://www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/ http://makeuseof.com http://webdesign.com and many others…
 
— you could at least make a test environment and send access to support team if you were honest with your word, if we see its not working for you what will we do with your money? you just said it’s not working and give me refund!!!
 
Man, try to be reasonable, at least, to prove your own words. @dmcguffin 

Comment by dmcguffin says:

We spent $210 for the developer version of this plugin.  From the start we had issues with getting it to work correctly.  Namely it was not properly saving settings in the admin, it was sporadic when rendering packages on the front end, and we were repeatedly getting a “link expired” error after using  a download  link despite not setting it to do so.  We attempted several “fixes” provided by the author’s support team, including the immediate updating of the plugin during all this due to a bug we discovered.
After 3-days of trying to get the plugin to work we decided to go with another solution, and requested a refund.  After a considerable amount of back and forth emails from the company that developed this plugin, we were told the only way they would issue a refund is if we provided them access to our admin control panel to see if they could determine what the issues were.  This was completely unreasonable to us as it is a well know fact you NEVER give your WordPress login details to a third party.
I would highly recommend only using the free version of this plugin, and do NOT pay for the Dev or Premium versions of this plugin.  If you have compatibiality issues, and do not wish to allow them access to your admin, they will REFUSE to give you a deserved refund.

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