How to set up Phoca Download, a Download Manager for Joomla

There are many Download Manager extensions for Joomla, a lot of which are outdated. Phoca Download is a fairly new extension and seems to have a well-rounded feature set

1) As with all extensions we'll be showing you, start by going to Then, navigate to the Directory & Documentation / Downloads category and find the Phoca Download page

2) Once there, click Download



This extension has a number of plugins and modules that you can choose to install. All you really need, though, is the component

3) Click the download link

4) Read over the License Agreement, if you want, then scroll down


5) Agree to the terms of the license

6) Click Download


7) Now, install the component as you would any other extension


For assistance with finding or installing extensions, watch the first two tutorials in this series


8) Once you've installed the component in Joomla, scroll down for one final step

9) Since this is a new installation, click the giant Install button to set up the database


First, let's go over some of the pages on the menu, starting at the end


Info provides you with some helpful links and some other general information about the extension. There's not really anything to do there


Statistics will really only become useful after your download system has been active for a while. You can keep track of how many times each file has been downloaded


Settings only contains a few options for you to configure. The defaults should work just fine for most purposes, but it's worth checking out this page at some point


The Licenses page allows you to add license agreements to the database that can then be added to files. Users must agree to the terms of a file's license before being allowed to download it


Now, let's explore the rest of the menu items, starting with Sections


10) Click here


The first form of organization used by Phoca Download is its sections


Let's create a new one


Scroll right


11) Click New


12) Give the section a title


The Alias and Date fields will be filled in automatically if we leave them as they are


13) Set a date, if you want

14) Change the Access Level or add an image to be displayed next to the section, if you want. Then, scroll down

15) Add a Description



Scroll up


16) Click Save


17) Next, go to Categories



Categories are contained by sections


Let's create a new category


Look right


18) Click New


19) Type the title

20) Choose the section we just created

21) Scroll down and enter a description, if you want


22) When finished, click Save



Finally, it's time to add a file to the download manager


23) Click Files


24) Click Parameters



The box that appears contains a number of global settings that can be customized, if you wish. Most of this component's settings are actually here, rather than in the Settings tab of the main menu


Most of the options are listed under Download Settings



Scroll down


There are a few other settings here that aren't directly related to the downloads


Scroll back up


25) When finished, click Save



The Text button allows you to intersperse blocks of text and other content throughout a category's file listing, as you'll see in a moment

26) Click Text


27) Give the block of text a Name


28) Select the Section



As we only have one category, it has been selected for us automatically


Scroll down


29) The Description field is where the text is stored


As you can see, all the content and styles you can put on a Joomla article can be added here


Scroll up


30) Click Save



The text pseudo-file has been saved


Now let's add a real file


31) Click New


32) Start out as before

33) To upload a file, click File



34) Browse for a file

35) Start the upload

36) When finished, the file will show up here


You can create a new folder in the downloads directory here


37) Click here to add the filename to the form and exit this window


The filename has been transferred over, as stated


If you want the download system to provide a direct link to the file, tick this checkbox. By default, the download will be routed through the download system


You can add an icon to display for this file, if you wish


Scroll down


38) Fill out the remaining details, or just leave it all blank


If you wish to instead link to an external file, do so here


When finished, scroll up


39) Click Save



Once some people have downloaded it, this direct link to its statistics might come in handy


All that's left now is to add a menu link leading to the download system


40) Go to Menus


41) Then Main Menu


Look to the right


42) Click New


43) Select Phoca Download


44) Choose this layout


45) Enter a title



Scroll down


46) Customize any of these settings you want


Then, scroll up and right


Here are some basic parameters that are fine left as the defaults


Expand the Parameters (Component) tab


These are the same settings, exactly, that are on the Parameters window of the Files page. If you change nothing here, the settings for this component will be exactly as they are specified there

47) When finished, click Save


At last, we can go view the downloads page on our Joomla site


48) Click Preview


49) Click the Downloads link we just created


Here is the Phoca Download component


Any sections you add will be displayed next to this one


50) Click the title to view the section's page, or click the category link below it to go directly to the file list


As you can see, here is this section's description

51) Click the category link


Here's the text block...


...and below is the file. They are in the correct order


That's it! You now know how to set up and use the Phoca Download manager on your Joomla installation

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