Today we’re happy to announce the release of the EDD Member Downloads add-on. This free add-on connects Restrict Content Pro with Easy Digital Downloads and lets you sell subscription download packages to your members. This allows the members to have a set number of free downloads each subscription period based on their subscription level. This is great for sites that want to offer a fixed number of downloads to their members, like stock photography sites do. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Setting it up
To include free downloads as part of your subscription plans in your Easy Digital Downloads powered store, you need to define the number of downloads members receive with their subscriptions. To do that, go to Restrict → Subscription Levels, and add a new subscription level or edit an existing one. From there, you will see an option to define the number of downloads allowed.
Once you’ve set everything up, save the subscription level. That’s all there is to setting it up!
How it works
When a member with a download-enabled subscription visits an EDD product page, the Add to Cart button will turn into a Download button to indicate to the member that the item is available for download. When the member clicks the Download button, the file attached to the product is automatically downloaded.
Behind the scenes, a payment is recorded in EDD for the amount of $0 and added to the member’s account. A note is added to the payment record to indicate that it was created due to the member downloading the item allowed by their membership.
This creates a record for both you and the member, and it allows the member to visit the product page and/or the EDD Purchase History page later to download the item again if needed.
For more information about how it works, please see the EDD Member Downloads documentation.
How can I get it?
EDD Member Downloads is available today to all active license holders. If you already have a license, you can download it from your account dashboard. If you don’t yet have a license, what are you waiting for? Get one today!