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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: August 15, 2019

Latest News: I updated the documentation below.

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 3.8.1 Changelog

  • Added a new tab in the stats menu to list/show the download by country in a table.

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

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


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. 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.

Download Logs

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

Download Logs

  • Export Log Entries to CSV File
  • Reset Log Entries


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.


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


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.


Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  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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