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CM Download (CMDM) - Categories - Overview


Categories - Overview

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The CM Download Manager comes with some handy features that allow downloads to be categorized into different groups allowing you to set different kinds of restriction to your files, and notifications.


Adding a Category

To add a new category navigate to  Admin Panel → CM Downloads Pro → Categories and fill up the form and options: 

  • Category name
    The name is how it appears on your site.
  • Slug 
    The “slug” is the URL-friendly version of the name. It is usually all lowercase and contains only letters, numbers, and hyphens.
  • Parent CMDM Category
    Choose the parent category in the list if you want to create a hierarchy.
  • Description
    The description is not prominent by default; however, some themes may show it.
  • Password for downloads in this category:
    If a password is set, all downloads in this category (without child categories) will be protected by this password.
    Note: If a download has been protected by the individual password then it will have a higher priority than the category password.
  • Restrict access to chosen users groups:
    Choose the user's groups which will have access to this category. If no groups were chosen, then every user can view it.
  • Allow uploading to this category only for chosen users groups:
    Choose the user's groups which will be able to upload files to this category. If no groups were chosen, then every user can upload.
  • Notify chosen roles or users groups about new downloads:
    Chose if you want to the user's groups to be notified when new downloads are available.
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    Chose an icon for the gallery

Managing Permissions For Each Category

Starting from version 3.17.7, it's possible to configure permissions for each category. To do that, simply edit a category and check the permissions settings.

There are three actions you can configure:

  • Allow chosen roles to view files in this category.
  • Allow chosen roles to edit files in this category.
  • Allow chosen roles to delete files in this category.


Allowing Users to Create Categories

It's also possible to let users create categories when adding a download.

You will find the settings under Admin Dashboard → CM Download Manager Pro → Settings → Access and moderation → Allow users to create categories.

If the setting is on, users will see new options on the upload form, which include a text field to add the category name, an optional dropdown menu to set a parent category, and the add button.


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