The plugin is called WP Download Manager by InteliSoft Solutions
I found it while searching for alternative methods to managing the free graphics I provide on the site. There’s a wide array of other plugins out there that do the same thing, most of them for free or at least very cheap, but this one appeared to have some really nice features that definitely apply to my needs. After spending a good chunk of time browsing the details of the features and the prices for everything on their website, I decided to install their free version to see if it would be worth the $45.00 for the Pro version.
Like most plugins for WordPress, the installation is a no brainer and only takes a few seconds. Figuring out how it works is no major ordeal either. Like a pair of shoes, or any other product, the best way to find out if it’s a fit is to try it on. In this case, I spent some time reorganizing a few of my downloadable graphics files and folders and used the plugin to revise several of my existing posts with the new download links provided by the plugin’s shortcode. Overall, it worked well from what I could gather using the free plugin.
The free version lacks much of the functionality of the Pro version obviously, but what’s there is enough to give us the general idea. I compared the free version as I used it to the Pro version features they boast about on their website and was able to get a pretty good impression of how much extra functionality you get with the paid version. I pondered, considered, tested, and finally came to the conclusion that the $45 price tag was high for a plugin, but would eventually pay for itself if it saved time and made life easier. I made the purchase, and this is when things get interesting, but not in a good way.