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WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin by Tips and Tricks HQ helps you to control and monitor all your downloads from your website.

Last Updated: June 27, 2017

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If you are thinking about adding download files to your website or blog then this is the plugin for you. It is simple to setup and great to manage and monitor all your downloads. Most important it is Free.

Simple Download Monitor 3.4.3 Changelog

  • The [sdm_search_form] can take the fancy template as a shortcode argument to display the search result using that template.

What you need:

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin Tutorials

Available Shortcodes

  • [sdm_download_categories_list ] = This shortcode will list all available categories in your site. (Added in version 3.3.4)
  • [sdm_search_form ] = This shortcode displays a search form for searching SDM downloads only. (Added in version 3.4.2)

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin Steps

Step 1 ) Go to Downloads to set up and view the following.

  • Downloads
  • Add New
  • Categories (The name changed in version 3.2.9 to Download Categories in the backend)
  • Tags (The name changed in version 3.2.9 to download Tags in the backend)
  • Logs
  • Settings


Step 2 ) Go to Downloads -> Downloads to see all your downloads. You can sort your downloads by the following fields.

  • Image
  • Title
  • ID
  • File
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Downloads
  • Date Posted


Step 3 ) Go to Downloads -> Add New to create a new download. This is very similar to adding a new Page or Post.


Step 4 ) The following image allows you to set up the following options.

  • Select Upload File
  • Select File Thumbnail (Optional)   wordpress-simple-download-monitor-plugin-upload

Step 5 ) The following image allows you to set up the following options.

  • Enter the full path URL in this field (Optional) (Added in version 3.2.0)
  • Select File Thumbnail (Optional)


Step 6 ) The following image Shortcodes displays the shortcodes you can use.


  • [ sdm_download id=”2986″ fancy=”0″] = Remember to change the id number to your number
  • [ sdm_download_counter id=”2986″] = Remember to change the id number to your number


Step 7 ) The following image Statistics allows you to control the following options.


  • Offset Count
  • Disable download loggin for this item (Added in version 3.1.7)


Download Logs

Step 8 ) Go to Downloads -> Logs to control and view the logs. See image below.

Download Logs

  • Reset Log Entries (This was added in version 3.1.6)


Step 9 ) Go to Downloads -> Settings to setup the following options.

General Options

  • Hide Download Count (This was added in version 3.3.1)
  • PHP Dispatching (This was added in version 3.3.3)
  • Only Allow Logged-in Users to Download (This was added in version 3.4.2)

Admin Options

  • Remove Tinymce Button
  • Log Unique IP (This was added in version 3.1.7)
  • Disable Download Logs (This was added in version 3.1.7)

Step 10 ) The following image Color Options allows you to select from the following colors.

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Teal
  • Dark Blue
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Ping
  • Orange
  • White


That is all you need to do to add and monitor your download files.

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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