WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Getting Started - Quick Start Guide


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WordPress File Manager Plugin First Steps

Installation | First Steps

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After you install WordPress File Manager plugin, there are are some important steps to take to ensure the plugin will work properly.

Technical Set-Up 

1. Check Server Information

After downloading and installing the plugin on your WordPress site, on the WordPress Dashboard navigate to CM Downloads → User Guide. Scroll down to System Information.

Server Information - WordPress Document Management
Server Information

In order for the plugin to work properly, your server information should display the following information: 

  • PHP version greater than 5.4.
  • PHP cURL is On
  • PHP upload size greater than 1M

2. Set Permalink Structure

Next, set the permalink for the CM Download system. Navigate to CM Downloads Pro → Settings → General. Click on 'Navigation: permalinks, menus, searching'.

Then set the permalinks for the downloads index page. Then click the 'Save settings' button at the bottom.

Setting a permalink for the Index Page - File Manager WordPress
Setting a permalink for the Index Page

Learn more: WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Getting Started - Setting Up WordPress Permalinks


Plugin Set Up 

3. File Types

Next, define which file types are permitted in the Upload Page tab.Users will only be able to upload these file types. You should separate them by commas. 

Specifying a list of allowed files extensions - WP File Download Plugin
Specifying a list of allowed files extensions

Example:

zip, doc, docx, png, gif

Learn more: WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Downloads - File Extensions and Download / Upload Types

4. User Access Control 

Next, navigate to the Access and moderation tab. 

Access and moderation settings - File Manager Plugin for WordPress
Access and moderation settings

Here, under the Access submenu, you are able to define who is able to:

  • View downloads.
  • Add downloads.
  • Download files.
  • Create categories.
  • Use the server-side file browser when adding or editing a file.

Learn more: WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Users - Access Permissions

5. Adding Your First Download

You can now start to manage your downloads and add new downloads to the file management and file sharing system! 

From your downloads dashboard, you can add your first download by clicking the Add New button.

User Dashboard for managing downloads - File Download Plugin
User Dashboard for managing downloads

To upload your first download you need to fill in all needed information and upload the file.

Upload form for creating new downloads - WordPress Document Management
Upload form for creating new downloads

After you finish entering all of the information in the appropriate fields of the New Download form and you save the download, you will receive a notification of the successful upload. Click on the View link to see how your file will appear in the download and file manager!

Success message about creating a new download - File Manager WordPress
Success message about creating a new download

Below is an example of how your first download page will appear:

Download details page - WP File Download Plugin
Download details page

Learn more: WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Getting Started - Adding a Download and Customizing the Upload Form

Note: You can add images and additional information to customize each download!

6. Viewing The Downloads

Click on the Manage my Downloads button to view your downloads dashboard.

Viewing downloads - File Manager Plugin for WordPress
Viewing downloads

7. Front-End Access

Then, check out the link for the CM Downloads Front-End list. This link is located in the plugin settings, and will bring you to the main downloads page that users will see when they access your downloads manager. 

Links to the Downloads Index Page and Dashboard - File Download Plugin
Links to the Downloads Index Page and Dashboard

Next Steps

8. Handling theme-related issues

If the download page or the index page don't fit into your theme correctly please try to change the display template the file management plugin is using by going to the download page tab in the settings:

Specifying a template for a download page - WordPress File Manager Plugin
Specifying a template for a download page

The same applies to the index page as well. You can change the index page template in the plugin settings under the index page tab.

Specifying a template for the Index Page - WordPress Document Management
Specifying a template for the Index Page

9. Managing the sidebar widgets

If you want to add sidebar widgets please refer to the following article for information about the container you should be using based on the template you have chosen.

10. Using Shortcodes instead of the Index and Download Pages

You can turn off both the index page and the download pages by visiting  the plugin settings:

Disabling Index Page - File Manager WordPress
Disabling Index Page
Disabling Download Details Pages - WP File Download Plugin
Disabling Download Details Pages

And instead, use one of the many available shortcodes including the one page shortcode.

Learn more: WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Shortcodes - Available Shortcodes


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