Create a password-protected download in WordPress
As the trend of websites is increasing day by day WordPress establish itself as one of the strongest platforms to build your website. As the use of WordPress is increasing day by day, demand for some more plugins and features are also increasing in WordPress. These features include variety of features such as social media sharing, connecting, interactive web designing as well as password protection over downloads from your website. Here in this post we will share techniques that will help you in creating password protected WordPress download. Password protected WordPress can be used for the variety of reasons such as protection of data, to collect the details of users, to provide data to premium users etc.
Here in this post we will discuss few tricks that would allow you to help in uploading password protected document on your website and anyone who want to access it needs to provide a password to access.
Google Docs Upload
This is one of the simplest technique that most of the bloggers follow to make their document password protected. Under this process, you need to do one thing that upload your document on google drive using google docs facility and click on options button available on right side corner of your google docs. It provides you the option of sharing and you can select your readers manually and you can share the link of that document over your blog. The main reason to use this process is it’s easy to handle and simple to setup. You don’t need to create any cumbersome setup. Bloggers who hosted their websites on blogger can also use this method since it is completely based on link sharing. Not only blogger you can use this method anywhere for password protected sharing of data on your website or on your blog. Google Docs also provides you the option of public sharing where you can share any file up to 15 GB with a simple link and the best part is it never includes those downloads in your website memory and always treats as a separate file.
WordPress Plugin for Upload
Another method that you can follow for providing password protected download is the use of WordPress plugins. With the help of plugins, you can set up password protected downloads on your website. You need to install any password protected plugin and need to activate it on your website. After installation, customize it and check your privacy settings and enable password protection and save the password. You can also allow feeds in some plugins though most of the plugins does not provide the option of feeds for password protected pages of your website. After that whoever wants to open your website once have to go through password protection of your website and should provide the password to access that particular page.
There is one plugin that is available in the market known as Password protected Plugin and you can use that plugin too. That plugin option allows to access feeds and you can protect your complete website with the help of the single plugin. Though, this plugin has one drawback that if you are using it for different users then you need to change the password every time as password remains same for all users.Though this plugin has one drawback that it does not protect any media file available on your website, in that case, you can do one thing that keep that media file on a single page of your website and do protect it with the help of password
Private Access of Page
Another method to password protects your download is private access to your website. Yes, WordPress provides you the option of keeping the pages private. In the publishes box there is an option of keeping your post as publish, draft and private. Keep that post as private.Though this method has drawbacks too. You need to create users for your website. It is the very hard cumbersome process to do so. For every access, you need to create separate user ID and password. This option has some plus points also like every user has the different password so you can identify which user is accessing the website.
Download Monitor Plugin
There is one more plugin that you can use for providing password protected downloads and the most famous among all plugins are Download Monitor. Download Monitor helps you in providing password protected downloads. It is very simple to setup that plugin. Install it like other plugins at your WordPress dashboard and activate. Once you complete its activation.
- To make any file password protected just follow these simple steps:
- Click on Download and select add new option from option appearing in left side menu,
- After that enter the required details and edit visibility settings and enable password protection.
After following this procedure, you made your document password protected..
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