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  • This plug-in delivers the rights management system a platform like WordPress should have as a standard feature. Powerful, but easy to understand, and with a clean interface. The only thing it does not provide (Or am I missing something?) is the option to limit access to media objects, so you can not protect images or PDF documents like posts or pages.

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  • Plugin Author Justin Tadlock


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    Thanks for the review.

    Protecting media files is not currently possible, which is something that’s a little bit easier said than done. I might visit that as an add-on plugin at some point. Off the top of my head, it’d require a custom “protected” upload folder with its own .htaccess, which is a can of worms in and of itself.

    I use Easy Digital Downloads for protected files. But, that may be overkill for someone just wanting some basic media file protection. It’s something worth exploring for some folks.

    Thanks for your reply.

    I don’t know Easy Digital Downloads in detail, but I don’t think it fits the use case I had in mind. With EDD the user has to go through a checkout process, even if the file is free of charge, only protected. And as a website admin you have to package each protected file into a download and link it manually. It’s an overkill for both parties, as you said.

    Imagine an organisation. On the website there is a password protected area with information for the board members only. And in that section there are a bunch of PDF documents plus some images (presented in a standard image gallery on a protected page). All I want is to make sure that nobody can access these PDF documents and images directly through the file URL directly without being logged in. And it would be helpful to set this protection right in the media library, so it works even if the files are used somewhere else on the website accidentially.

    However, I totally understand that protecting files is technically a completely different story than protecting posts or pages. I was just mentioning this because it’s a common mistake that people protect their posts/pages but forget to protect the files as well.

    For me, the best solution I found so far is Media Vault, but this plug-in hasn’t been updated for three years now, so I don’t know if it’s reliable.


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