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WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin post shows you now to control and monitor all your downloads from your website and more.

Last Updated: November 12, 2020

Latest News: Updated the documentation.

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.

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Simple Download Monitor 3.8.9 Changelog

  • WordPress 5.5 compatibility.
  • Added sanitization to the “User Agent” field.

To Do List:

  • Is it possible to change the default location for files uploaded via the plugin? = Check the following forum post for more information.
  • Are you going to add invisible Google reCAPTCHA? = Check the following support thread.
  • Will you be adding a sharing option in the fancy display template? = The developers will be adding this feature in the future. Check the following forum post for more information.
  • Is there a way to display tags for individual files on the download page as with the optional size, version etc? = The developers have added this to the to do list. Check the following support thread for more information.

What you need:

Premium Addons: (Optional)

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Tutorials

Available Shortcodes

  • [sdm_download_categories_list ] = This shortcode will list all available categories in your site.
  • [sdm_search_form ] = This shortcode displays a search form for searching SDM downloads only
  • [sdm_show_download_info id=”123″ download_info=”file_size” ] = This shortcode will display the file size for a download item.
  • [sdm_show_download_info id=”123″ download_info=”file_version” ] = This shortcode shows the file version for the download item.
  • [sdm_popular_downloads ] = This shortcode displays popular downloads.

WordPress Simple Download Monitor Plugin Steps

Step 1 ) Go to Downloads on the admin menu to set up and view the following options. See image below.

Downloads Admin Menu

  • Downloads
  • Add New
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Logs
  • Stats
  • Settings
  • Add-ons

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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

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Step 3 ) Go to Downloads -> Add New to create a new download. This is very similar to adding a new Page or Post. Click on the following URL Create New File to learn more.

Step 4 ) Go to Downloads -> Categories to create new categories for your download files. This is similar to adding new categories for posts.

Step 5 ) Go to Downloads -> Tags to create new tags for your download files. This is similar to adding new tags for posts.

Logs

Step 6 ) Go to Downloads -> Logs -> Main Logs as illustrated in the following image. This allows you to click on Export Log Entries to CSV File button to export your log entries into a CSV file and save in your computer / laptop.

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Step 6-a ) The following image allows you to control and set the following options.

Reset Download Log Entries

  • Reset Log Entries
  • Delete Log Entries Older Than X Days
  • Click on Trim Log Entries button to trim the log entries.

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Step 6-a ) Go to Downloads -> Logs -> Specific Item Logs to control and view the following logs. See image below.

View Specific Item Logs

  • Enter the Download ID of the item:
  • Click on View Logs button.

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Step 7 ) 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
  • Once you have selected the viewing method click on View Stats button.

Different Download Viewing Tabs

  • Downloads by date
  • Downloads by country = Note: You need to enter your Google Maps API Key in the Advanced Settings tab to properly display the chart.
  • Downloads by country list

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FAQ

Q1 Is there any way to hide the columns: file, categories, tags, downloads based on a specific user role?

Answer: This is not possible at this stage. If the user’s role has permission to view the admin interface of the “Download Item”, then he/she can see the full download details. Check the following link forum post to learn more.

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Q2 Is there an option to integrate the plugin with google drive?

Answer: There is no integration at the moment. Check the following link forum post to learn more.

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Q3 How can I use a shortcode syntax to obtain the download count for a given item?

Answer: Someone in the forum provided a solution. Check the following link forum post to learn more.

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

Click on the following URL Settings to adjust the settings.

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.

Enjoy.

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 wordpress.org forums. I have been writing tutorials since 2011. Now I am learning how to manage my own VPS "Virtual Private Server.

  4 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

      • Hi there.

        Has there been any solution or advancements on this topic. I am having the same issue. When I don’t use Squeeze Form and just use Simple Download Monitor but as soon as I use the Squeeze Form Add on, the files cannot open after submitting details. Please help!

        Many thanks

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