Composr Supplementary: Build a Download Library in Composr

Written by Steve Jarvis, Sponsored by Arvixe hosting

Viewing the download link and meta details for a published download

Viewing the download link and meta details for a published download

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Composr offers a fully equipped and well-rounded system for uploading your files and sharing them with your website visitors. Being able to add files to your pages for users to download rather than adding the file by FTP and linking the file allows you more freedom and makes the process easier for everybody.

The system comes with all of the features you would expect which include:
  • A tree structure for creating sub-sections
  • Ability to upload files and also get a file from a URL
  • Assign authors to downloads so you can find other files by the same author
  • The ability to limit downloads of files by using Composr's point system to "sell" the downloads
  • Protection to stop users leeching your files
  • Allows for comments and rating for files
  • Assign Licences to files which users must agree to before being able to download the file
  • Attach a representative image for the file
  • Basic support for file versioning

Adding a file in Composr for download is a simple process and the following step by step process will guide you through that process.

How to add files to a download category

  1. Go to the Admin Zone
  2. Navigate to the Content section of the Admin Zone menu
  3. Choose the Downloads icon
  4. (If you haven't already created a category go to Add category and do that first)
  5. Choose the Add download icon
  6. Give your download a name which makes it easy to understand what the file is
  7. Choose the category the file will be uploaded to
  8. In the next section click Upload and select the file you want to upload
  9. Add any notes or information which is necessary in the description field
  10. You can upload an image to represent the file if you like below the description field
  11. If required fill in the additional information
  12. Add any notes for staff and choose whether you want to allow users to rate the file in the Feedback and notes section
  13. Fill in the Search engine optimisation information
  14. If you are using the awards system you can choose whether to give the download an award
  15. Click the Add download button
  16. Repeat from step 5 for all the downloads you have for this category

How to link files to your pages

The downloads system is linked to the default menus.

You can also use a block to display downloads on your website. Blocks can be added to your Comcode pages via the Block construction assistant.
Possibilities include:
  • A listing of the most popular downloads from the ratings given to them from your website visitors
  • Embed a specific category onto your page
  • List the most recently added downloads
  • List all of the available downloads listed in order of the most time downloads order
All these are via the main_multi_content block, which is highly configurable.


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