Feb 192015

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

Last Updated: June 28, 2019

Latest News: I updated the details below.

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

Add New WP Simple Download Monitor File

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

Step 2 ) The following image displays the options available for each of your download files. In some cases you won’t need to enable all the options.

Download Options

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


Title and Description

Step 3 ) 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 4 ) 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 5 ) 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).

Miscellaneous Download Properties

Step 6 ) The following feature Miscellaneous Download Properties allows you to enable the following option.

Miscellaneous Download Properties

  • Open download in a new window.
  • Hide the download button on the single download page of this item.
  • Disable the Single Download Page for This Download Item. This can be useful if you are using an addon like the Squeeze Form.

File Thumbnail (Optional)

Step 7 ) 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 8 ) The following image Statistics allows you to control the following options.


  • Offset Count
  • Disable download logging for this item


Other Details (Optional)

Step 9 ) The following features Other Details (Optional), helps you add extra details for the download items.

Other Details (Optional)

  • File Size:
  • Show file size in fancy display.
  • Version:
  • Show version number in fancy display.
  • Show download published date in fancy display.
  • Download Button Text:



Step 10 ) 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.

Clone Download Items

Step 11 ) The following image shows you an item added and a list of options you can carry out for each download item you add.

The image points to the Clone button. You can clone any download item you create. This is great if you are adding many download items with similar specs etc.

Change Publish Date

Step 12 ) The following image shows you the publish date. When you create a clone or edit the same file, you might want to edit the publish date as well. This is similar to when you create a post or page in your site.



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 Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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