When you build a website – what is your goal? Most of us want to get visitors and provide a product that our readers and visitors will enjoy. One of the ways you can add some value to your website is to offer downloads. These downloads an be pretty much anything you want them to be – the goal of course would be having something that people want.
So whatever that download is you certainly want to keep track of it and see how many people are finding value in your provided download.
Once you have installed the plugin from the WordPress Plugin directory – head into your Admin panel and activate the plug in.
You will now find a menu option at the bottom of the left hand column that looks like this:
Click on the Downloads button and get the Downloads specific menu:
- Edit – Work on any downloads you have already setup
- Add New – This is where you would start setting up new downloads at
- Add Existing – To add a file that is already uploaded or remotely hosted
- Configuration – Main config page
- Log – Tracks downloads, dates, times, etc.
Edit Downloads Page
Add New – Use this page if you need to also upload your file.
Add Existing – this is the page you need to use to setup a download that is already hosted on yours or a remote server.
Main Configuration Menu
Download Categories – Create categories to help your visitors identify downloads they want to peruse.
Custom Output Format – Create and format your own output using shortcodes or use the default format.
Custom Download URL – Use either a URL with the filename or the download ID number.
General Options – Set your public and members only redirect pages here.
Recreate Download Database – Always back up your data when your working with databases, etc.
Main Admin Menu – Logs. Shows when and where (IP address) your files were downloaded.
Bottom Line: This plugin is easily customized to your liking with tons of options or left at its defaults settings (the way I use it) and it gets the job done as advertised. For detailed instructions on customization I highly recommend you head over to Mike Jolley’s documentation web page for this plugin as he provides perfect instructions for putting this to work for you the way you want it.