File Access Manager – Getting Started

Getting Started

An overview of the steps to get File Access Manager working.


1) Activate the File Access Manager

Make sure the main Simple File List plugin is active, then activate the File Access Manager extension plugin. Go to the File List Pro settings menu.

2) Select the Mode

First Run Screen

You will see this dialog asking you which type of mode you want to apply to your current list. Click here for a definition of the mode types.

For existing users, it is recommended to choose Normal Mode if you do not want any access restrictions added at this time. If there are external links directly to files in your list, then be sure to choose Normal Mode.

For new users, it is recommended to choose Restricted Mode. This ensures that your root files are protected. The Main File List can then act as the Administrator’s file list. Next, create additional file lists intended for the front-side of your website.

  • Administrators, and users given permission, can freely move files and folders between file lists.

3) Save Your Choice

You will then see the File Operations Permissions inputs. For each operation choose from these permissions:

  • Nobody – The feature is disabled.
  • This User / This Group (For User and Group modes)
  • Minimum Role – Only logged-in user with this role or above.
  • Match role – Only for users with this specific role.
  • Anybody – Everyone, including public users.

4) Define the Other Settings

Be sure to go through the List, Uploading, Display and Notification settings tabs. Remember, each list has its own unique settings.

File List Settings Tabs
  • Once you create a file list, the directory location cannot be changed. Create a new file list using the new directory location.
  • Note that your existing list is now titled Main File List.
  • Any new lists created will use the settings of the Main File List. If you need to create many similar lists, first set the Main File List’s settings as needed.

5) Get the Shortcode

To display the list on your website, you simply add the list ID to the shortcode:

[eeSFL list="2"]

This shortcode snippet is displayed at the upper right of the Admin Menu. You can also get shortcodes using the List Manager and Shortcode Builder.

[eeSFL] will display the Main File List

Use the settings tabs to define the list operation. If you need to place this list in an additional location, you can use Shortcode Attributes to over-ride the list settings.

6) Place the Shortcode

Place the shortcode snippet into any Page, Post or Widget. As Administrator, you should see all options available for all lists. Be sure to test the file list visibility and operations permissions using a separate login.

File List modes can be changed at any time using the settings tabs, as well as any other setting besides the directory path.

That’s all that is needed. Do you have questions?

Common Questions

Q: What happens if I deactivate the File Access Manager plugin?

A: Only the Main File List will appear. Shortcodes using additional list will show as blank.

Q: What happens if users click on an external link if my list is set above Normal?

A: Currently, on common Apache servers* the user will see an Error 403 page, or Forbidden. If this is a problem, change the list mode to Normal. Create a new list for more private files.

* Windows and Nginx server users need to take extra measures to prevent direct-linking.

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