How to Password Protect a Download in WordPress?

If you want to offer important downloadable files only to your special readers, you can either create a Membership site or password Protect your file. I have already provided a tutorial for creating a Membership site with WordPress for free. Today I am providing a tutorial to password protect your downloads in WordPress.  For doing this, you can use a free plugin called “Simple Download Monitor“.  Using this plugin, you can password protect your download and also count the number of downloads.

In this tutorial, I will deal below given steps:

  1. Installation of Simple Download Monitor plugin.
  2. Uploading of your files and Password Protecting it.
  3. Using the password Protected document in your Post or Pages.

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How to Password Protect a Download in WordPress?
Follow below explained 3 steps.

Step 1: Installation of Simple Download Monitor Plugin

  • Log into your WordPress Admin Panel through http://yourblog.com/wp-admin.
  • Navigate to Plugins>>Add New. See below given screenshot.

Add New Plugin in WordPress

  • Type “Simple Download Monitor” in the search box and hit the “Search Plugins” button.

password protect a document in WordPress


  • You will see “Simple Download Monitor” at the top of search results. Just click on “Install Now”  link.

password protecting a download in WordPress


  • After the installation, Activate it.

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Step 2: Uploading of Files and Password Protecting it

  • After activating the plugin, you will see a new option “Downloads” in your Dashboard. Just click on it. To add a new file, Click on “Add New” option.

password protect a download in wordpress


  • Give a Title for your File . Also add a description about that file. Once done, click on Edit link which appears next to Visibility. You would be able to add a password through this option. See below given screenshot.

password protecting a download in wordpress


  • After clicking the Edit link, you will see three options : Public, Private and Password Protected. Choose Password Protected option and enter a Password. See below given screenshot:

password protect a download in WordPress


  • For making your download more user friendly, you can attach a thumbnail of your file as well. The recommended dimension is 75 x 75.  Once published, you can use shortcodes for adding the download to your posts or pages and also for counting the number of downloads.

password protect a download


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Step 3: Using the Password Protected Downloadable File in your Posts and Pages

  • As i informed you earlier, you can use Shortcodes for using the Password Protected Downloadable files in your Posts and Pages. For adding these shortcode, simply click on  download icon in WordPress Post Editor.

password protect a download in wordpress for free

  • It will show you the list of your uploaded files. Just choose the file of your choice and click on “Insert SDM Shortcode”. If you want to include Fancy Box as well, simply check the Fancy Box option. See below given screenshot:

password protect a document in wordpress


  • That’s it. Just Publish your blog post or page and enjoy.

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Video Tutorial by Author
If you are still facing any difficulty, just watch the tutorial video.

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Live DEMO of Password Protected Downloadable Files
There is no need to go anywhere to see the Live DEMO. I am using the password protected download files here. Just use the password “Genesis_Ravi_Pass” and download the file. After entering the correct password, you will be redirected to the attachment page where you will have to click on attachment link to download it.
[sdm-download id=”746790″ fancy=”1″]
Still have any Issue? Contact Me
Using Passwords, you can protect your important files from other people on this internet. Send the password to those users who are important for you and you want to give them an access to your downloads.
Just use this plugin and Password Protect your Downloads in your WordPress blog. If you still have any issue or query, feel free to ask me through comments. It would be my pleasure to help you.
Ravi Kumar

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