Another vote for the above. It’s be a great feature to have built in to WordPress.
I’ve tried a few “solutions” in the past that never worked out for various reasons including the “WordPress Download Manager” plugin (which is out of date/broken…couldn’t get it to work), .htaccess files + web page logins (too confusing for some users) and paFileDB (which doesn’t restrict hot-linking and can’t deal with administrator-locked password accounts–i.e. shared logins). Two related additions to this request:
1) To avoid messing with .htaccess files and all that complication, it would be good if files could be encrypted or stored in a database or something so that they can’t be accessed by hot linking.
2) It would be nice to have a “locked” user that the administrator could control…so users will need a user name/password from the administrator, but not be allowed to change their password. Why? This feature would make a great “Press Center,” where I could post info for press that’s not ready for the public and search engines. Just send press an e-mail with name/login and they get the files in a few clicks.
BTW, I just noticed the “Drain Hole” Plugin. I’ll give it a try to see if it works…
yet another vote. HOWEVER! under most circumstances, with regard to commercial application whereby something is paid for, the transaction processor will refer the purchaser to a landing page. THAT CAN BE ANYWHERE. so actually building this feature into WP… that kind of thing is more for the shopping cart which does have the communication with the TP.
I’ve never been able to find such a thing for my web design site so I just use PHPCollab. It’s a click away in another directory, and you CAN style it so it integrates with the rest of your site design. My clients do seem to love its functionality. It’s got a built in forum, milestones, Gannt charts, etc. The problem is you can probably, via a plugin and/or some vicious hacking, get WP to accept logins and present a certain screen to the logged in user, but that’s where all the functionality that you want stops. So my recommendation is to save the headache and use a tool designed specifically to interact with your web design clients, PHP Collab. ActiveCollab is a great app as well, a friend of a friend developed it. I’m just so used to PHP Collab, been using it for years.
All though not the exact solution, you could always set up something like it with http://mu.wordpress.org/. I haven’t used it myself, but was considering it when I thought about doing something along the lines of what you made clear above. And then we can just hope that they upgrade MU to WP 2.5.
Hi, I am actually in the process of building something like this for my company’s wordpress site.
Currently we have four systems:
1) WordPress which manages all the pages.
2) Zen Cart for checkout/order processing.
3) VTiger for Knowledge base, order tracking, and support calls.
4) An internal system which manages support contracts, dynamic device updates, etc.
I have written a plugin which currently works with all three of them via WebService calls to determine what level of access the user has to our protect content areas. Each protected page is then assigned a “lowestLevel” and as long as the user has a level equal to or higher, they can view that page.
Currently it’s just static content, which is the same for all users, but the idea is there to make it dynamic, including file downlaods, based on what the user has purchased in the store and when support expires.
My next step is to build in a Knowledge base.
Just thought I’d put in my two cents and see if anyone has suggestions.
My name is Paolo and I’m a software / WordPress developer with SoftWUD. I’ve just started looking into something similar myself, so I was just wondering if anyone has found a good commercial grade solution to this problem?!
If not and there is enough interest in such a plugin, I would consider developing such a plugin for a modest price.
If you are interested for such a plugin, or any other WordPress plugins or services, you can contact me at email@example.com.