CM Download (CMDM) - Moderation - User and Group Access

Moderation - User and Group Access

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With the pro version of the CM Download Manager plugin, you can create user groups that you can manage, moderate, and assign permissions to. 

The admin can decide which groups of users have full access to your downloads, who can upload without moderation, and which user groups need further review and moderation before being granted permission to download or upload files on to your WordPress website.

Creating User Groups

First, navigate to User Groups from the CM Download Manager dashboard.

This is the initial user interface:

Creating a Group

Under  Add group, the admin can create a new user group by giving it a name and assigning group members. To add existing users to the group, you can either search by their name or show all existing users and select which ones you would like to join the new user group.
Remember to click the (add) link after the user name, to make sure the users you selected appear as group members. 

Finally, click the blue "Add" button at the bottom of the form to create the new user group.

You will receive a message indicating that your group was added successfully and you will be able to view the group you just created in the list of User Groups. 

Viewing Members in a Group

The list of members inside the group includes the name of the user group, the number of users in the group, and action buttons that let you easily edit or delete the group.

Editing the Group

When you click on the "Edit" link, you can easily change the group name and add or delete users from the group. Make sure you click the blue "Update" button when you are done making changes. 

User Group Access Settings

After creating user groups, admins can then set the permissions for each of these groups. The admin can decide which user groups have permission to upload their own files and which user groups can view existing downloads.

Navigate to the Admin Dashboard → CM Downloads Pro → Settings.

Click the  Access and moderation tab.

After making changes to groups, you may need to refresh this page to make the changes appear in the tab.

Permissions List

  • Add new downloads
  • View downloads
  • Download files
  • Browse WP upload dir on the upload page
  • Create categories

For every action, these are the options:

  • All users (including guests) - Even anonymous users will be able to perform the action.
    Note that, if you want anonymous users to be able to add downloads, you require the Download Manager Anonymous Posting Add-on.
  • All logged-in users - The user has to be registered to the site in order to view the download.
  • Users with edit_posts / publish_posts / manage_options capabilities - The user has to be of a certain role in order to view the download.
    Learn more: General Support - WordPress - WordPress User Roles
  • Let download author decide - Every time authors create a download, he/she will be able to choose the permission (see below)
  • Users from specific user groups - If you choose this option from the dropdown menu, you can then select which user groups have that specific permission. 

Admin Access Only

You can restrict viewing subcriber's downloads by enabling the option Allow only admin to view subscriber's downloads - so, only admin can see all downloads, and every subscriber can see only his own downloads and noone's else.

If on some reason your admins don't have enough rights to to edit subscriber downloads, they still can be able to delete these downloads if the option  Allow admin to delete files even if he can't edit it is enabled. Note: this option was introduced in version 4.4.5.

Set Group Access Per Specific Download

In case admin granted the user the option to define which groups has access to downloads per each specific download, the download author can set the visibility of the download to specific user groups on the "New Download" form.

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