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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: August 14, 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 3.4.5 Changelog

  • Updated the slug of the new stats menu in this plugin so it doesn’t conflict with jetpack’s stat menu.

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 on the admin menu to set up and view the following.

Downloads Admin Menu

  • Downloads
  • Add New
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Logs
  • Stats (Added in version 3.4.4)
  • 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 Upload File 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 File Thumbnail (Optional) 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 -> Stats to view the statistics for all the downloads in your site. See image below.

Choose Date Range

  • This Month
  • Last Month
  • This Year
  • Last Year
  • All Time

View Stats By

  • Date
  • Country


Step 10 ) 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.

  2 Responses to “WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin”

  1. Good day to you, please i found this plugin really helpful and i have been using it for over a year now, but yesterday, i was about uploading a file, and any time user clickes download, it says “Error, unable to Log download request”please what can i do, i have tried all i could do to no avail Please i need the solution as soon as possible, thanks

    • Hi Timzzy, sorry to hear you are having issues with this plugin.

      First thing to do is find out if there is a plugin or theme conflict. Can you disable all of your other plugins except this one and carry out a test? If that does not work can you test one of WordPress default themes like Twenty Fifteen or Sixteen? If that does not work do you know if your host updated your server? Can you speak to them and ask them if they have made any changes to your server. If you have a cache plugin make sure you delete the cache and carry out another test.

      Let me know how you go.

      Kind regards

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