Feb 192015

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Create New File shows you how to add a new download and add the shortcode to a page or post.

Last Updated: January 5, 2018

Latest News: I have updated an image and some details.

For this example I did not set up any fancy display or any other settings. I just wanted to show you how simple and easy it is to add a download file to your website using this plugin.

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Tutorials

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Create New File

Step 1 ) Go to Downloads -> Add New to create your new download file.

Step 2 ) The following image Add New allows you to set up the following options.

Title and Description Options

  • Add title to the download file.
  • Add a description to the file.


Step 2-a ) For this tutorial I have added the following title Download PDF. Always add a title that describes your download file. The permalink of the file is http://localhost/wordpress361/sdm_downloads/download-pdf/.


Step 2-b ) The following image displays all the extra options available for each of your download files.

Download Options

  • Downloadable File (Visitors will download this item)
  • PHP Dispatch or Redirect
  • File Thumbnail (Optional)
  • Statistics
  • Other Details (Optional)
  • Shortcodes


Step 3 ) Go to Upload File to upload the file that will download or open up in the browser when they click on the download button. See image below.

  • Click on Select File button or you can type the File URL if you know the path. The file can also be located in another server.

Important: The file path should be a full path to avoid issues for example it might start with http:// or https://.


PHP Dispatch or Redirect

Step 4 ) The following PHP Dispatch or Redirect option allows you to control how you want to dispatch the file . The file can be dispatched via PHP directly instead of redirecting to it. PHP Dispatching keeps the download URL hidden.

Note: Dispatching works only for local files (files that you uploaded to this site via this plugin or your media library).

File Thumbnail (Optional)

Step 5 ) The following image File Thumbnail (Optional) allows you to set up and manage the following options.

  • Enter the files full path URL in this field
  • Select Image
  • Remove Image



Step 6 ) The following image Statistics allows you to control the following options.


  • Offset Count
  • Disable download logging for this item


Other Details (Optional)

Step 7 ) The following features Other Details (Optional), helps you add extra details for the download items. (Added in version 3.3.2)

  • File Size:
  • Version:


Step 8 ) The following two shortcodes is added to a page or post. An id has also been added to the download file id=”4129″.


  • [ sdm_download id=”4129″ fancy=”0″] = Remember your id number will be different.
  • [ sdm_download_counter id=”4129″] = Remember your id number will be different.


That is how simple it is to set up your download files in the plugins admin panel.

Click on the following URL Create New Post to insert the shortcode into the post.

I will be updating this tutorial from time to time. Make sure you come back for the latest updates.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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