WordPress File Manager Plugin (CMDM) - Theme - Changing the CMDM Display Template

Theme - Applying Custom CMDM Display Template

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Use Child Themes Or Changes Will Be Overwritten

When you update a parent theme, the folder with template files created for the CM plugin will be deleted.

However, if you are working with a child version of that theme and update it, the files will not be deleted.

Learn more: WordPress Video Lessons Manager Plugin (CMVLM) - Creating Custom Template

Advanced Process

Editing or creating a template can be complex and requires some CSS and JavaScript knowledge.

Learn some general tips: General Support - Advanced - Creating and Editing Custom Templates

The WordPress File Manager plugin allows you to change your theme while you continue to upgrade to newer versions of the plugin. 

To do this, you need to have some basic HTML/PHP knowledge in manipulating template files.


First, create a sub-directory named “CMDM” in your current template directory. 

Inside this sub-folder you can place the directory structure, similar to the one that is inside the plugin folder “cm-download-manager/views/frontend/”.

Plugin folder with front-end files - WP File Download Plugin
Plugin folder with front-end files

Important: copy only those files which you want to modify and override.

Copying plugin front-end files to your theme - WP File Download Plugin
Copying plugin front-end files to your theme

Then go to the plugin settings General tab and enable the option "Support template overriding by theme dir: Yes".

Support template overriding by theme dir - File Download Plugin
Support template overriding by theme dir

Once WordPress File Manager plugin finds your CMDM sub-directory inside your template directory, it will be given priority over other files stored in the plugin directory under “cm-download-manager/views/frontend/”.

If you would like to change the look and feel of the plugin or if you want to incorporate it into your custom theme, start by editing one of the following files: index.phtml (for an Index of all downloads) or single.phtml (for download page). 

Editing the plugin template file - WordPress Document Management
Editing the plugin template file

Both files can be found inside the “CMDM/cmdownload” folder.

Notice: view files are often updated in the plugin releases so you need to compare the changes with your modified files in the theme directory after every plugin update.

Front-end files - File Manager WordPress
Front-end files

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