How to Use the Download Manager (archived)

When the Download Manager is installed on your site, you will see a Downloads option in your dashboard.

downloads dashboard


Enter a new category for every type of pdf you would like use within your site. A category is used like a folder when you have a number of similar pdfs.
(Examples: Policies, Newsletters, Annual Reports, Benefits, Forms, etc.) 

To add a category

  • Click Categories from Downloads.
  • Add the name of your category and add a slug name (WordPress will auto generate a slug name if you leave it blank).
  • You can select a parent if you like. This is a good way to organize your pdfs.
    (Example: Parent Category could be Newsletters, subcategories could be September, October, November, December) 



Each individual file is added to a package and given an assigned category.

To add a new file

  • Click Add New from Downloads.
  • Enter the title of your file.
  • Attach File one of three ways. Upload: drag and drop your file onto this box or click the select file to grab it off your computer. Browse: allows you to search within the file storage of your website. URL: allows you to enter a url address for the file.
  • Your file will appear in the Attached Files box. You can change the title to be what you want to appear on your webpage next to it’s download button. (Example: if your file is named something unrecognizable to the reader like R3_Newsletter_10-14.pdf, you could change the title to appear on your web page as October 2014.)
  • Categories. Select the category/categories you want your file to be assigned to.
  • Click Publish.

Add New Package

Adding Download to A Page

When you are ready to add your downloads to your content, click on the Download Manager icon in your toolbar to get a popup window.


The popup menu allows you to choose if you want to add an individual file (called a package) by selecting from the Insert Package tab or you can select to have all the files in a category to appear on your page by selecting the Insert Category tab. Select the specific package or category you want to display and click the Insert Into Post button.


The Download Manager will insert a short code into your editor but it will display fine on your page when you preview or publish the page.


downloadable files displayed on the page

*The Download Manager can be styled to match the design of your site. Talk to your Account Director if you want to know more about styling options.