Sometimes, words just do not suffice to deliver a message. Sometimes you need to go beyond images and venture into file territory. WP File Download makes it easy to include any type of file with your WordPress audience, regardless whether the file is stored on your blog or remotely.
Setting up file sharing - though relatively simple - can be daunting or complicated, especially if you only want to share files sporadically. Perhaps you use a different file manager that does not support repote downloads, or you do not control the files that you want to share.
For when all else fails, WP File Download is making it convenient to share these files by introducing remote file downloading. Before you can offer remote files for download on your WordPress website, you will need to activate a single option.
To do that, navigate to the main setting tab of WP File Download’s configuration and look for the add remote file switch. Flick it on, save changes and head back to WP File Download’s file manager to start adding remote files.
To add a remote file to WordPress through WP File Manager, you will need to create or choose an existing WP File Download file category - note that you cannot add a remote file to a cloud folder. Once you activate the remote file management option, you should notice that a new button has appeared in the file manager - add remote file.
To upload files hosted remotely, you will need to specify three things:
That’s the start and the end of the process - press save and the file will immediately appear in your WP File Download.
You're done!, your file can be managed like any other local file.
For a long time, our WordPress file manager has permitted you to connect with cloud services, facilitating sharing files that are stored remotely on Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive or Dropbox. In all cases, the setup is a simple one-time procedure that starts in the cloud connection tab of WP File Download’s configuration.
You have the option to make a full automatic synchronization between cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive) or use a simple public remote file link.
To connect WordPress with the remote file managers, you would need to obtain a client ID and client secret from the providers. Then, you would connect them with WordPress, configure their behaviour - such as the synchronization periodicity - and WP File Download handles the rest itself.
Bringing your remote cloud files to WordPress does not only bridge the gap between the services. In doing so, it also facilitates file management and sharing, with WP File Download ensuring that files remain synchronized between the cloud services.
The other option is to use the file public link (needs to be public in this case even if the file only accessible by an URL) and use the remote download feature mentioned on the previous chapter. In this example we generate a public link from a google Drive file we can then use right in WP file Download.
From then on, the files appear in WP File Download’s file manager right alongside the rest of your WordPress-hosted files to embed and share as you please. However, sometimes files do not reside.