Simple Download Counter

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Simple Download Counter (SDC) provides a simple yet powerful way to count file downloads. Works with any file type that’s supported by WordPress (e.g., JPG, PNG, ZIP, MP4, TXT, and many more).

How it works

Visit the plugin settings to add a download file. Then use the shortcode to display a download link on any post or page. The plugin will then count every download and display it in the plugin settings. You can also display the download count on the front end using a shortcode.

Features

  • Simple and powerful download counter
  • Supports local and remote file URLs
  • Supports any file type supported by WordPress
  • Lightweight – entire plugin size is < 160 KB
  • Super fast and built for optimal performance
  • Clean code tightly integrated with WordPress
  • No Apache/.htaccess required

Check out the screenshots below to get a better idea of the plugin settings and more.

How is this better?

There are numerous “download counter” or “download manager” plugins available, but none of them satisfy all of my specific, stringent requirements:

  • Current with latest WordPress
  • Clean and simple code using WP APIs
  • Lightweight with minimal useless features
  • Supports all local and remote downloads
  • No automatically created posts or pages
  • No advertisements or weird admin notifications
  • No obtuse styling of default WP Admin elements
  • Download posts are visible only in the Admin Area
  • Descriptive error handling for upload files
  • No redundant or sloppy coding practices
  • No requirement for cookies or sessions
  • No requirement for Apache/.htaccess
  • No weird database shenanigans

So I decided to build my own. Let me emphasize the utter simplicity of this plugin. It does one thing and does it well: counts the number of downloads for your files. And makes it easy to display download links and download counts anywhere on the front end.

Privacy

This plugin does not collect or store any user data. It does not set any cookies, and it does not connect to any third-party locations. The only thing this plugin does is count the number of times files are downloaded. So 100% privacy friendly for everyone.

Simple Download Counter is developed and maintained by Jeff Starr, 15-year WordPress developer and book author.

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  • View Downloads screen
  • Edit Download screen
  • Plugin settings

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Installing the plugin

Activate like any other plugin and done. For usage instructions, continue reading to the “How to use” section below.

More info on installing WP plugins.

Uninstalling

To uninstall/remove the plugin, visit the Plugins screen, deactivate and delete the plugin. When the plugin is deleted in this way, the plugin options are removed from the database automatically.

Note that any defined downloads/files that may have been added will NOT be removed. Those are left in place in order for the site admin to decide whether or not to delete.

How to use

After activating the plugin, visit Downloads in the WP menu. There you can click “Add New” to add a download file. Here are the steps:

  1. Visit Add New
  2. Give the download a title
  3. Upload your image by clicking “Upload File”
  4. Optionally set the starting count and version
  5. Publish the post and done!

After adding a download, you can display a download link on the front end. Here are the steps:

  1. Visit Downloads to view a list of all downloads
  2. In the “Shortcode” column, click button to copy shortcode
  3. Visit any post or page and paste the shortcode
  4. Save changes and done!

To display the count (number of downloads) on any post or page, follow these steps:

  1. Add the count shortcode [sdc_count id="123"] to your page
  2. Change the id attribute value to match your download ID
  3. Save changes and done!

Alternately you can display the download count (and other file information) next to the download link. To learn how, check out the next section on shortcodes.

Shortcodes

Description of shortcodes. Currently there are two shortcodes available: one to display download links, and another to display download counts.

Display download link: [sdc_download]

Attributes:

id      (required) the download ID
wrap    (optional) element to use for markup (p, div, span, none)
text    (optional) download link text
title   (optional) download link title
before  (optional) content to display before the download link
after   (optional) content to display after the download link
class   (optional) custom class for markup (separate multiple classes with commas)

For example, a shortcode configuration that includes some possible attributes:

[sdc_download id="123" wrap="div" text="%title%" before="Download " after=" %size%"]

That will display a download link that says, “Download {download title} 64 KB”. And you can customize further with shortcut variables. Notice where it says %title% and %size%. Those are dynamic placeholders that output the download title and file size, respectively. You can use any of the following shortcuts for the text, title, before, and after attributes:

%id%       displays the download ID
%count%    displays the download count
%title%    displays the download title
%version%  displays the download version
%type%     displays the download type (local or remote)
%ext%      displays the download file extenstion (e.g., JPG)
%size%     displays the download file size

Using these shortcut variables, it’s possible to configure your download links however is desired.

Display download count: [sdc_count]

Attributes:

id      (required) the download ID
wrap    (optional) element to use for markup (p, div, span, none)
before  (optional) content to display before the download count
after   (optional) content to display after the download count
class   (optional) custom class for markup (separate multiple classes with commas)

For example, a shortcode configuration that includes some possible attributes:

[sdc_count id="123" wrap="div" before="Download count: " after=" - Version: %version%"]

That will display a line that says, “Download count: {download count} – Version: {download version}”. You can customize further with shortcut variables. Notice where it says %version%. That outputs the download version. You can use any of the following shortcuts for the before and after attributes:

%id%       displays the download ID
%title%    displays the download title
%version%  displays the download version
%type%     displays the download type (local or remote)
%ext%      displays the download file extenstion (e.g., JPG)
%size%     displays the download file size

Using these shortcut variables, it’s possible to configure your download counts however is desired.

Display total download count: [sdc_count_total]

This shortcode simply displays the total number of (published) downloads.

[sdc_count_total]

No attributes for this one, just add to page and enjoy results.

Display the number of downloads: [sdc_downloads_published]

A simple shortcode to display the number of published downloads:

[sdc_downloads_published]

No attributes, just grab gulp and go.

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24.11.2022 1 reply
Yes, I wanted to keep track on my downloads. Not manage them. Not a special download page. Not all other features. Perfectamente.
25.10.2022
I just found it and started testing, I totally agree with Jeff's text in "How is this better?". I have already tried several "download managers" they are totally bloated with "features" that I don't need. Hope many people find this plugin and adopt it! Thank you!
12.10.2022
Good plugin to provide and count downloads! It's a clean and simple plugin without useless features, ads and disturbing admin notifications (like in DLM since they where aquired). I like it.
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1.4 (2022/10/01)

1.3 (2022/09/29)

  • Removes before and after spans when empty
  • Adds support for multiple class names in shortcodes
  • Adds id attribute to download and count shortcodes
  • Adds total download count shortcode [sdc_count_total]
  • Adds downloads published shortcode [sdc_downloads_published]
  • Improves loading of Quicktag script on post screens
  • Adds link to documentation in Download meta box
  • Adds custom footer text to plugin settings
  • Adds language translation support
  • Improves plugin documentation
  • Tests on WordPress 6.1

1.2 (2022/09/20)

  • Fixes bug with download title placeholder

1.1 (2022/09/16)

  • Improves sanitization

1.0 (2022/09/15)

  • Initial release