Best free download manager component for Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 2.5

Best free download manager component for Joomla! 3 and Joomla! 2.5

1. Phoca Download

Version: 2.1.9, 3.0.5
Developer: Jan Pavelka
Last updated: May 28 2015
Date added: Jul 27 2008
License: GPLv2 or later
Type: Free download
Uses updater: No
Includes: Component, Module,  Plugin
Compatibility: Joomla! 3.x. and Joomla! 2.5

Phoca Download is a Joomla! component. It displays sections, categories and files which can be downloaded from the site. Downloaded files are listed in Statistics View (administration).

Features

Phoca Download is a Joomla! component. It displays categories (subcategories) and files which can be downloaded from the site. Downloaded or uploaded files are listed in Statistics View (administration). Files or categories can be commented or rated. Files (pdf, images) can be previewed, other files (flv,mp3) can be played in the browser. File can be stored in external server. Phoca Download include ACL it means, files or categories can be accessed only for specific groups or users.

My Review :

Phoca Download is the best FREE Download Manager Component. Layout and interface are user frendly. Easy to install, Easy to setup and also it has many option in the global setting includes maximum file upload size etc.  This component does everything needed to manage all kinds of files ( video,Mp3, pdf etc).

To enjoy all the benifits in phoca download C,P,M you need to donate to the author or atleast active in supporting the phoca download forum. This extension inserts backlinks to the developer and may impact SEO.

Download Phoca Download : Here

2. JDownloads

Version: 3.2.39
Developer: Arno Betz
Last updated: Oct 13 2015
Date added: Aug 17 2007
License: GPLv2 or later
Type: Free download
Uses updater: Yes
Includes: Component, Module,  Plugin
Compatibility: Joomla! 3.x. and Joomla! 2.5

Modules and plugins provided by the jDownloads team are included in and are automatically installed with the jDownloads component.

jDownloads supports many languages. English and German languages are included with the component and many others are available on www.jdownloads.net or www.transifex.com. More will be included on the jDownloads web site.

Main Features

  • What is a Download?: Obviously it includes the file that is to be downloaded but in jDownloads there are many more optional features to show the user or potential customer. You may have a text description, multiple images, an MP3 or an MP4 preview complete with player. You can show size, author, price, rating, popularity, etc., etc. All of it configurable.
  • Unlimited Category Tree: The downloads can be organized by customised categories and subcategories. A folder is created for every category, usually the folder has the same name as the category, so you have exactly the same structure on your server as in your download area. There is an option to use a different folder name if desired.
  • Access Rights for Categories: You can set the ‘download’ rights for categories and downloads for every Joomla user group. So it is possible, for example, that all guests can view the category (and the files) but only registered users can download the files. And say users with Publisher or similar rights can create new Downloads including uploading the main download file, together with preview text, images, audio clips (MP3) and video clips (MP4).
  • User Groups: The latest versions of jDownloads, the jD2.5 and jD3.2 and beyond series, fully supports the Joomla Access Permissions and Access Levels for Categories and Downloads. This allows a wide variety of controlling user groups in who is able to see what, control download access and of course uploading of new Downloads.
  • User Groups Settings: jDownloads has the ability to set different download capability limits for each Joomla! User Group. Also for User Groups that have ‘create download’ permissions then each user group may have their individual selection of ‘questions’ asked by the creation/edit Downloads form the upload form may be set. Furthermore jDownloads resolves the ‘challenge’ of users belonging to multiple groups with an ‘importance’ value.
  • Frontend Edit functionality: You can define in the configuration, that particular user groups can edit/update/delete their own downloads from the frontend. Additionally you can select jDownloads user groups who can edit Downloads in specific categories from the frontend. … and many others.

My Review :

Phoca Download is the best FREE Download Manager Component next to phoca download. Layout and interface are user frendly. Easy to install, Easy to setup and also  easy to use. No  backlinks to the developer and also no donation required.

Download JDownloads :  Here

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