Downloads which are not products
You may wish to simply provide files (such as PDFs or zips) on your site without requiring the registration and purchase steps associated with paid downloads.
For example, you may wish to provide:
The recommended method of doing this is as follows:
- Create a new folder at the top level of your cart. Remember that Zen Cart already comes with
/downloadfolders, so choose another name. Common choices are
/manuals, but use whatever makes sense for the content you are providing.
- Prior to populating the folder, create an
.htaccessfile that limits access in the folder. You can copy these files from the
/downloadfolder and customize if needed. (For example, you may need to add filetypes to the
.htaccessfile if you are serving files other than the standard ones listed.) Note: If you are using Ngnix or another webserver other than Apache, you will have to make the appropriate security changes for that system.
If what you want to do is associate PDFs with specific products, look at the PDF Attachment in Product Description plugin.