Sep 182017

Create New Post For WP Simple Download Monitor shows you how to create a new post and add the shortcode for your download products or files.

Last Updated: May 30, 2020

Latest News: Updated the documentation.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a new post and insert the shortcode using the download button on the visual editor for your downloads. You can also choose to copy and paste the shortcode created by the plugin when adding your download files.

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Tutorials

Create New Post For WP Simple Download Monitor

Step 1 ) Go to Posts -> Add New to create your post.

Step 2 ) For this tutorial a post with the title Bonsai Trees was created. A description for the download file was added and the shortcode was copied and paste into the post.

Note: You can click on the SDM Downloads Button in the Visual editor to insert the shortcode.

  • [ sdm_download id=”4129″ fancy=”0″ ] = The spaces are added so the code does not execute. You can see the id=”4129″. For this example I did not add any fancy settings.


Step 2-a ) The following image shows you the window that opens up when you click on the SDM Downloads Button in the Visual editor. In most cases you would use the button instead of copying and pasting to prevent errors occurring in the process.

Inset Shortcode Options

  • Download Title
  • Include Fancy Box
  • Button Color
  • Open New Window = When  this  feature  is  enabled  the following parameter new_window=”1″ will be added to the shortcode as illustrated below. 
    [sdm_download id="20" fancy="0" new_window="1" color="green"]
  • Click on Insert SDM Shortcode button when you are finish selecting the options.


Final Download Result

Step 3 ) The following image shows you the post Bonsai Trees with the description and the Download Now! button.


Note: Your download file URL path will be different from the one displayed below.

Step 4 ) The following image shows you the download file full URL viewed on the browser address when I clicked on the Download Now! button above.

Full URL address of the download file.

  • http://localhost/wordpress361/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/bonsai-list.pdf


Note: In version 3.3.3 a new security feature was introduced to protect the URL file path in your site.

Step 4-a ) When you enable the following feature PHP Dispatch or Redirect in the download file, the full URL path will be hidden.

  • The new hidden URL path will become [http://localhost/wordpress/?smd_process_download=1&download_id=4129]. This is great if you want to hide the URL path for the download file in your site.

Step 5 ) When you enable Only Allow Logged-in Users to Download in the plugin settings, an error message will be displayed if someone tries to download a file while they are not logged in. This is a great security feature added in version 3.4.2 that will help you protect the URL path of important files.

The following image shows you the error message displayed = You need to be logged in to download this file.



That is how simple it is to set up your download files.

Click on the following URL Troubleshooting Tips to troubleshoot issues you might run into.

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.


I have been working in IT since 1999 and I enjoy the challenges it brings me. I love developing websites with WordPress. I spend a lot of time helping out in forums. I have been writing tutorials since 2011. Now I am learning how to manage my own VPS "Virtual Private Server.

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