Discussion on Groups File Access WordPress Plugin

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rednig Purchased

Hi,

Ive just installed it and Groups and everything looks fine, ive added a Group and a user ind it, uploaded a file and added the Group to it.

Then under the file it says “Link” ”?gfid=1” if i click that link it just give me a error 403 side is forbidden?

Then tried to take the Shortcode “[groups_file_link]” and instead on a Page but nothing shows, have i got it totally wrong or how do i get my user to see the file?

itthinx

Hi rednig,

Are you a member of that group? If not, you get that error because you’re not a member of the group that you have assigned the file to.

Same thing with the shortcode, if the user viewing the page doesn’t belong to a group assigned to the file, it won’t show it.

Also see the documentation for more details http://www.itthinx.com/documentation/groups-file-access

BTW the support page for the plugin is http://www.itthinx.com/plugins/groups-file-access – although I try to get back to questions here as well, we usually are much quicker responding to questions posted there. In any case, if you need further help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Oh and please rate the plugin :)

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Hello,

I have LearnDash and members belonging to particular groups. When they access their area they can click links to pdf documents etc. If you type the link directly from any browser the pdf document can be downloaded. So… Will this plugin stop that? and… Will it work with the group control in wordpress or does it use its own group control? For example I have a group called “Subscriber”, will this plugin share that or do I have to make another “Subscriber” and assign the user to there?

itthinx

Hi, they use their own way to manage groups which is independent from the Groups plugin, so GFA won’t be appropriate for what you need, sorry. Thanks for asking though :)

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  • Poland

Hi, would it be possible to assign the access to the file to speciic user role from the backend? Eg. I’ve got 1 shortcode, eg. [display-all-attachments] at the post. And I show up files, assigned to the user role at the media panel.

itthinx

No, it’s meant to work with groups, not with roles.

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Hi, i am using this theme shoppest.samathemes.com.. Wp 3.6.1 , Wocommerce installed . My question is can i give my client a role to access permission to woo commerce section only . Means he can only upload produts , their images , view orders , shipping details , Approve Comments , Registrerd users details etc. Now the shop manager role in woocommerce can edit the web pages also . So i cannot give him that shop manager role , because i cannot allow that . Can i create a role – For eg :staff , and restrict the editting web pages. ? pls send ur timezone ?

itthinx

Hi,

It doesn’t sound likely that you would need to use GFA for that.

I would advise to try out the free Groups plugin and have a look at its documentation, you can assign needed capabilities to a group and grant access instead of using roles.

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TehStig Purchased

Hello, Thanks for the awesome plugin. I know it’s a small request, but I was just curious if there was a changelog for this so when you update I can see how critical it may be etc.

WP 3.7 came out and I’m always trying to prioritize all the changes I need to do to many websites I manage.

itthinx

Hi,

There’s a changelog.txt file included at the plugin’s root folder with details on what has been added and fixed in each version. For this release, there are some useful additions but it’s not a ‘mandatory’ update.

Thanks for using the plugin, please rate it if you haven’t already :)

TehStig
TehStig Purchased

thanks I just noticed that usually I find it on the item page, also I gave it 5 stars

itthinx

Great, thank you very much :)

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afid Purchased

Hello What has changed in new version?

Regards

itthinx

Hey,

A changelog.txt is included at the plugin’s root folder. It indicates the changes according to version.

Thanks for using the plugin, please rate it if you haven’t already :)

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  • Poland

Hi, does it work with ACF?

I just need to control and display at the post type certain attachments assigned to the specific role.

itthinx

What’s ACF?

itthinx

I can’t really say, haven’t tried them together. But I don’t see where the connection between that and GFA would be, maybe you can use Groups alone to achieve what you want?

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Hi there,

1 year ago you wrote about some updates in a new release of the plugin, like a drag-and-drop interface and the possibility to add files into categories. Can you give an update about those new features? Are they already added to the plugin? If not, could you maybe give an indication about the time until those features are added?

Thanks!

itthinx

Hi,

Thanks for asking, drag&drop hasn’t been added yet and regarding categories it would depend on your use case I suppose, as the files are already assigned to groups.

Cheers

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Hi, I wrote two comments here because i am needing help and still got no answer. Please can you answer me? Thanks!

itthinx

Hi, sure. Your comments should be in moderation queue, we usually respond within a day although sometimes it takes a bit longer. Will post responses there.

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Hi Kento

Your plugins look great – I wasn’t sure if GFA will quite do what I need though, so I thought I ask you here and on your website.

I use Download Monitor (1) and it’s companion plugin, Page Add On (2), to easily create a series of download pages (3), each of which link to a download file (4) and list stats such as links to previous file versions and number of times downloaded. These pages use the custom post type dlm_download.

I would like to restrict access to download pages (e.g. 3) and download file URLs (e.g. 4). I would like to do this by specifying groups users with different levels of access.

Is this possible with Groups and Groups File Access? If not, is it possible with some modifications by you? If so could you put together a quote for such modifications?

I use the webserver nginx – does your plugin require apache?

Thanks very much and apologies for the long comment. :)

(1) http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/download-monitor https://github.com/mikejolley/download-monitor (2) https://github.com/mikejolley/download-monitor/wiki/Page-addon (3) http://vps01.gunyon.co.uk/downloads-area/download-info/pig/ (4) http://vps01.gunyon.co.uk/download/pig/
itthinx

Hi there,

The problem I see with that approach is that GFA handles files itself and your scenario involves another plugin that takes a different approach. Those working together won’t be possible I’m afraid.

What you can do to a certain extent, is to use Groups to protect access to the CPT defined by Download Monitor. Note that if a page is protected and the plugin serving the files does not protect access if someone knows the URL of the file, then your files are not fully protected.

Regarding nginx and GFA, please see http://www.itthinx.com/documentation/groups-file-access/setup/ – a rule must be added to protect the files managed by the plugin in this case.

Summing it up, if Download Monitor is essentially a good match for your requirements, you most probably don’t need GFA and can use the protection to the CPT with Groups alone.

Default-user

Hi

Understood – thanks for the reply.

Sorry I didn’t see that section on nginx – thanks.

Perhaps I’ll have to move away from DLM then. That’s a shame, but I really do need to control access to download URLs too!

Out of the box, Download Monitor can restrict download file URL endpoints (4) so that they are only accessible by users who are logged in. It does this by using the is_user_logged_in function (5), which is exposed by the dlm_can_download filter (6).

Is it something that you could quote for as a plugin modification, or is it fundamentally incompatible idea?

(4) http://vps01.gunyon.co.uk/download/pig/

(5) https://github.com/mikejolley/download-monitor/blob/aec479abb5c37dca6b864157e05920f4db336b49/includes/class-dlm-download-handler.php#L39

(6) https://github.com/mikejolley/download-monitor/wiki/Action-and-filter-reference

Thanks again

Alex

itthinx

Hi Alex,

That dlm_can_download filter could easily be hooked into using a group membership check, I wouldn’t discard DLM, but rather use the example provided here http://www.itthinx.com/documentation/groups/api/examples/ to check for the group.

I can’t really give you an estimate on that because these things are really impossible for us to schedule (it would really be wayyyyyyy to expensive) but a decent freelancer could give you a budget-efficient estimate on that.

Cheers

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Kento,

I’m a developer working on a pro-bono website for a Scout Troop based in the Midwest. They want a file share/downloads system that allows them to control who can upload and download files based on groups. So far the free Groups plugin has been very helpful in allowing me to delegate permissions and control over various parts of their WP site. I had though the Groups File Access plugin would fit for their document management needs. However, your document, website, nor settings (that I can figure out) allows me to set what groups can upload files and which can’t.

How do I go about restricting or adding a capability to allow different groups to upload files? Is it possible to set up a moderated upload queue for certain groups?

Thanks,

Andrew

itthinx

Hi Andrew,

> They want a file share/downloads system that allows them to control who can upload and download files based on groups.

GFA isn’t intended for that, it’s rather intended to control file access through admins who can handle the files through the back end.

> How do I go about restricting or adding a capability to allow different groups to upload files?

A user needs to have the groups_admin_groups capability but this opens up administration functions to Groups itself, too.

> Is it possible to set up a moderated upload queue for certain groups?

Not yet, although there are plans to allow this.

I can think of an alternative for you though. If it’s documents, you could use the Documentation plugin along with Groups to handle access to the documents. And you can use GFA to embed links within the documents if there should be protected downloadable resources.

Default-user

Hmm, I’m looking into Documentation now. I was thinking GFA would allow moderated and user-to-user sharing of files. It just seems like the natural use of such a plugin with the Groups plugin. Sadly, the current implementation is almost identical to Delightful Downloads (URL: http://wordpress.org/plugins/delightful-downloads/) except DD doesn’t support Groups and doesn’t even have any custom capabiilities (it only allows Administrator role members to manage and upload files).

itthinx

Andrew, GFA isn’t identical to Delightful Downloads at all. The latter seems to be defining a CPT and has its own section, it rather reminds me of Easy Digital Downloads. GFA is tightly integrated based on and for Groups, using a different approach.

I still think it’s worth to consider enhancing GFA’s capabilities, even integrating it with WordPress’ attachment post type would be an interesting option.

Default-user

Okay, I’d be interested in seeing enhancements to GFA’s capabilities. Ideally it would be great if we can allow other users to upload files and set up a upload moderation queue of some sort. As you already have thought, something along the lines of how Wordpress does posts (or attachment posts), “Pending” would equate to a file upload being held for moderation, and “Published” would be a file already posted.

I’ll keep an eye out since I already bought the plugin extension for Groups. I thoroughly enjoy using Groups for a few projects, but GFA isn’t suitable to this one in particular. I’m sure there will be ones down the road that are suitable for GFA use.

itthinx

Thanks, yes I agree that would be an interesting enhancement, i.e. to allow users to upload files and have the option of making these moderated. It’s not what the plugin has been designed for initially, but I think it’s still flexible enough to be able to consider adding that feature.

I also appreciate it that you’ll be considering to use it for another deployment instead of your current one. That kind of support for Groups and its extensions is really important and helps making the stuff better. Thanks! :)

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Hello, I am evaluating the purchase of the plugins, but I have the following questions?

1 -. Users who register with the wordpress system, can upload files?

2 – What size is the maximum file to upload?

3 -. Has some integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.. or use the wordpress hosting?

4 – You can get an email when any user upload any file?

5 -. Works from mobile devices?

Thanks for help.

itthinx

Hi, thanks for your questions, I think you have a user-to-user file sharing system in mind but GFA is not intended for that. At least not currently. You have to have groups admin privileges to upload files and it isn’t integrated with DropBox etc. So I’m afraid this isn’t what you’re looking for :)

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Hey itthinx! Do you plan an extension for the groups file access plugin, so that it is possible to upload files in the frontend which can also taken by the user itself? Thanx a lot!

itthinx

Hi there, actually yes I’m planning on having that added :)

I’m getting more requests recently to have the plugin support that, it really seems to be getting a ‘must have’ feature. Can’t promise an exact schedule, but certainly have it on the @todo list and right on top of it.

Thanks for suggesting that addition as well!

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Hi, is it a way to upload by FTP all the files to your plugins folder and protect them? or have to upload 1by1 thru the plugins file uploader? Can I have multiple folders inside your groups_file_access folder? example: groups_file_access folder/course1/my.mp4 groups_file_access folder/course2/my.mp3

Thanks a lot

itthinx

Hi,

Please see http://www.itthinx.com/documentation/groups-file-access/ and especially http://www.itthinx.com/documentation/groups-file-access/usage/ regarding FTP uploads.

It currently uses a single folder, i.e. you can’t have a folder hierarchy within it’s context.

Cheers

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kaixer Purchased

Hi,

How to make image/css button instead of text link? I want to make ‘DOWNLOAD FILES” button instead of download text link.

thank you

itthinx

Hi,

You will find a full CSS example on the Shortcodes documentation page.

Cheers

kaixer
kaixer Purchased

Hi,

I tried to change

[groups_file_link group=”*” description=”yes”]

to


[groups_file_link file_id=”2” description=”yes”]

but the CSS/Button not appear.

any idea? I don’t want group download.

Thank you.

itthinx

The double quotes you are using could be the cause. They must be plain normal double quotes like this ” not the ones you’re indicating above ”

And a simpler cause why it won’t appear is because the user doesn’t have access to the file or the file has no group assigned.

itthinx

Looks like the quotes are converted by the comment system here automatically, just make sure the ones you are using are straight double quotes, not the ones that are slanted.

kaixer
kaixer Purchased

Hi,

this is what will you see if I use your code. I’m selling membership and I want ONE item download on every product page, not all items in single page.

http://i.imgur.com/wUUm64y.png
The code here:
http://i.imgur.com/D4PQ89c.png

if I try to add file_id=”1” it will look like this

http://i.imgur.com/olVZoOx.png
http://i.imgur.com/vEpDIyQ.png

The plugin is good, I have no problem except CSS button.

Thank you. :)

itthinx

Hi,

Ok I see, there is a difference when you provide the file_id compared to when you provide the group. When you provide the group, it is rendered as a list, when you provide the file_id, it is rendered as a simple link. That’s why the appearance is different.

You need to add CSS rules that target the link in that case.

Cheers :)

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How do we give access to only one file to a specific user instead of a group? this is good for individual purchases

itthinx

This is based on groups, not on individual users. You would need a group per user.

Default-user

thanks. I purchased your plugin affiliate share links. It is require Affiliate pro. I am also looking for a feature such as “sponsor a friend”. How does affiliate pro or any other from you handles this? Finally I would like to be able to set up different % commissions per product instead of a generic one

itthinx

Affiliates Pro related questions are handled on the site. Please post a support topic for that question here http://www.itthinx.com/forums

If you want to ask a question about Affiliates Share, you should either post it on the plugin page http://www.itthinx.com/plugins/affiliates-share/ or on that plugin’s comment board http://codecanyon.net/item/affiliates-share/3888085/comments

Default-user

I went to your site, it does not allow registration on forums. I have pre-sales questions. I purchased affiliate share plugin

itthinx

Ok, but you’re posting in the comments section for Groups File Access :)

If you want to ask questions in general for the Affiliates Pro plugin, you’re welcome to post them on this page: http://www.itthinx.com/plugins/affiliates-pro

And for Affiliates Share, you should either post it on the plugin page http://www.itthinx.com/plugins/affiliates-share/ or on that plugin’s comment board http://codecanyon.net/item/affiliates-share/3888085/comments

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