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Downloads Box


Traffic is god, content gets traffic and downloads are hot content!
One of the Marketing techniques to increase traffic and authority is to offer goodies for your visitors to download.

Downloads Box increases your blog interaction by forcing visitors to register to your site before to get the goodies.
Downloads Box adds a box for your downloads and takes care of the formatting, automatically adding the proper icon to the links, even if the file is compressed, and redirects visitors to the registration page if not logged in.

The intention of this plugin is not to prevent piracy but encourage visitors to register, to maximize social interaction.


  • Adds a new button on the post editor’s toolbar for page or post downloads box.
  • Adds a new widget to your dashboard to put a downloads box in your sidebars.
  • New since 2.0 Allows the same widget to show per-page downloads.
  • Scans a folder for files at the specified path (widget version).
  • Adds an icon for different filetypes based on file extension, even if compressed.
  • Redirects user to the register page if user is not logged in.
  • Shows a popup to let users they’ve got access to the files once logged in.
  • Option to waive registration

Future features

  • Option to bypass email confirmation (first time only) to encouraging signing-up)

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  • Here are the two different ways yo can display the Downloads boxes: inline with the content and as a sidebar.
  • This is a view of the widget options


Just install the plugin or download it and FTP it to the plugin folder, and activate it. That will add an icon to your post editor’s toolbar (visual view), and a new widget to be used in the sidebar.

Contributors & Developers

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New feature added to waive registrations -defeats main purpose of this plugin: get registrations. In this way the plugin will work just as a way to format the box and downloads, which will be available to visitors right away.


MSWord and generic icons fixed. I raised version up to 2.1 because I mistakenly increased the wrong digit for the previous release. This way you WILL be notified of the new version.


Fixed nocredit variable for shortcode that made impossible to remove credits from post (not widget). I’ve messed the code up when I added the per-page feature a user requested. I had tested it for the widget only and assumed the shortcode kept working fine as before. My apologies. If you have xml codes appearing anywhere it’s not mine. Your WP-installation has been hacked and probably all your plugins have been infected. Contact your hosting company!


Option to have the widget displaying general or per-page files. See instructions.


References to plugin folder changed to dynamic to prevent errors when WP renames the plugin folder (e.g. plugin uninstalled but WP not forgetting it)


jquery jumpy behavior on callout
Scripts Properly linked to header and removed when not needed


Included a sidebar widget to parse a folder and show a list of files to download.
Fixed call to a wp-login file only I have
Added callout when user is logged-in


Downloads Box Release.