Plugin Reviews

WP-Filebase Download Manager

Adds a powerful download manager including file categories, downloads counter, widgets, sorted file lists and more to your WordPress blog.


126 reviews
Average Rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Download Manager Admin Interface
By , for WP 4.0

Nice admin controlled download plugin.

Many of the other Download Managers are poorly designed with many missing functions, they just don't get it. This one is logically put together and works very well.

Thanks for this one.

I might even purchase the PRO version for its ability to index the content PDF, ODT and DOCX files at...

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great plugin
By , for WP 4.0

Thanks for this great plugin! This is the only free WP downloader plugin with bulk file management.

Works, up to a limit
By ,

I have used this plugin on two sites, and at first been satisfied. But when I wanted to extend it I ran into problems.

I bought the Pro version, which solved some issues, but not all, and had some bugs. I posted to the pro support forums. No reply from the author after four months. So, no support, even for the Pro version

Categories are not implemented as taxonomies and Files are not a custom post type, meaning that we cannot use the standard WordPress methods to build custom functionality.

Nice downloader
By , for WP 4.0

Nice admin controlled download plugin.

Wrong Plugin!
By , for WP 4.0


Waste of money
By , for WP 3.9.2

Don't waste your money on this. Doesn't work and no support whatsoever.

Good Plugin/Bad Support
By , for WP 3.9.1

I've found the plugin very useful since I installed it. It is a great feature to auto generate the PDF preview thumbnail provided your server has the required modules installed. I would recommend the plugin.

The one thing I can't give my recommendation on and thus reduce my rating of the plugin is the support from the author. I purchased the Pro Version of the plugin and came across a couple questions that I was hoping to get resolved before I turned over a project to a client.

After entering the two separate tickets, I patiently awaited a response. A response for which I am still waiting on almost a month later! This is unacceptable to not even get a short response acknowledging that you have even read the question.

If you are going to charge for an item still and offer support, you should follow through.

Just thought everyone should be aware.

This is a superb plugin.
By , for WP

I was looking for a plugin to manage the upload of files to my server, and allow users to manage only the files that they uploaded - thus protect everyone else's content. I also needed something that would then display the uploaded files onto my website. So far this is on my development site, and I am testing several features - but I highly commend the work that has been done so far.

Simply Great!
By , for WP 3.9.1

I have tried most of the other Download Managers for WordPress and this is simply the best one of the all! Many of the others are poorly designed with many missing functions, they just don't get it. This one is logically put together and works well, try this before going anywhere else.

By , for WP 3.9.1

Had to abandon WordPress Download Manager in favor of this plugin. I have come to the conclusion that this is the best plugin to use when dealing with very large file systems.

Filebase has the best back-end file management around, allowing you to manually copy/paste an existing file/folder system into the filebase directory on the server. Hit the file sync button, and you're in business. Similarly, large-scale reorganization can be done without opening WordPress. Just open the filebase folder on the server, and move things around. Although moving folders will break any shortcodes you have pointed to those folders.

The templating system is great as well. Took me 5 seconds to add a "date created" timestamp to every single filebase file link on my site.

This plugin fails--as most do--when it comes to visually displaying your file hierarchy in the WordPress admin dashboard. I was hoping to find a list of top level folders which I could then expand and explore individually, but instead, the Filebase file list (in the Filebase admin dashboard) is just that; a list of every file you have uploaded. No folders, no organization. The category list does provide some organization, but it doesn't nest folders, it just lists every single folder it finds in the Filebase directory. I would be so lost if I didn't have the ability to make changes to the file structure through Finder/Windows Explorer.

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