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Setup

  • Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 14.22.56Install the plugin as outlined below.
  • If needed, adjust the settings in the Groups > File Access section.
  • If your setup is adequate, you can manage files controlled by the plugin on the Groups > Files page.
  • Use the shortcodes provided by the plugin to embed download links for group members on your pages or posts.

Groups File Access is recommended to be run in a *nix environment on an Nginx or Apache HTTP Server. Other setups are possible, but may require additional manual configuration.

Installation

  1. Backup – Back up your WordPress installation files and database.
  2. Install and activate the Groups plugin.
  3. Install and activate the Groups File Access plugin.Add the new plugin you have received and activate it:

    Go to Plugins > Add New > Upload and click the “Browse…” button to select the plugin’s zip file, usually groups-file-access-x.y.z.zip (x, y and z are the plugin’s current version numbers). After that proceed to activate the plugin.

Updates

If you have received or downloaded an updated version of the Groups File Access plugin, follow these instructions to update it:

1. Backup

Back up your WordPress installation files and database.

2. Upgrade to the new Version

The plugin must be updated manually:

On your WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New and click Upload Plugin. Choose the new release’s zip file and click on the Install Now button. WordPress will ask you to replace the old version with the new one, confirm this and wait until WordPress has done the replacement.


Legacy update process …

With WordPress versions prior to WordPress 5.5, to update you first need to remove the old version of the plugin.

IMPORTANT! Make sure that none of the data deletion options are checked on the “Groups > File Access” page:

  • DO NOT CHECK “Delete plugin data when the plugin is deleted?”
  • DO NOT CHECK “Delete all Groups File Access plugin data when the plugin is deactivated?”

To update, the plugin must be deactivated, deleted and the new release uploaded and activated. These are the steps involved:

  1. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins, click “Deactivate” on the “Groups File Access” plugin, then click “Delete” to remove it.
  2. Go to Plugins > Add New > Upload and click the “Browse…” button to select the new release’s zip file, and click on the “Install Now” button. After it has been installed, activate the plugin.