Frontend File Manager Plugin: The Ultimate Guide

Frontend File Manager Plugin

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use file management plugin for your WordPress site, then look no further than the Frontend File Manager plugin. This plugin allows users to manage their files and folders from the frontend of your site, without having to access the backend dashboard. In this guide, we’ll walk you through all of the features of the Frontend File Manager plugin and how you can use it to manage your files and folders.

How To Create A Frontend Page:

How To Create A Frontend Page

Creating a frontend page with Frontend File Manager is simple. All you need to do is create a new page or post and paste this shortcode: [ffmwp]. This will render an awesome responsive UI to upload and manage files.

Frontend View:

In the frontend view, there are a couple of buttons, like Upload Files and Create Directory, which allow members to upload files from their local PCs to your site and create directories and subdirectories. Each file shows as a thumbnail with a preview button and a delete button. The delete option can be disabled by the admin via settings. When a user clicks on the preview button, it displays the file details like title, description, and other meta data like file size and location.

Adding Extra Fields with File:

If you need to attach extra metadata like text or number inputs, it can be created from File Manager > Fields menu, and these will be added against each file.

Setting File Size and Types:

File type and size can be controlled via admin settings. We’ve also added the option to add restricted files as a security layer.

Upload Limits by User:

There are two types of upload limits: Files Uploads Limit and Files Limit. Files Uploads Limit means the maximum number of files a user can select in a single upload. Files Limit means the total number of files a user can upload. If you want to allow members to upload a maximum of 10 files, it will disable the Upload File button once it reaches 10 files. Another setting is ‘Guest Upload’, which allows guest users to upload files without being a member of your site.

Upload Limits by User Roles:

This is another strong feature that gives more flexibility to the admin to set file upload or size based on user roles. For example, if you want to set a per-role size quota, each user inside this role cannot upload files more than the allocated site. For example: ‘author|3mb’ means allowing each user in the author role to have a maximum of 3mb file size. Similarly, options available per role are:

  • Max. Upload File Size: Set max file size for upload for each role per line, e.g.: author|3mb.
  • Max. Files: Set the maximum number of files a user can upload for each role per line, e.g.: author|3.
  • Default Directory by Role: Set the default directory for each role where the files will be uploaded. E.g., subscriber|Projects – here, the Projects directory will be created for subscribers, and files will be uploaded in this. Each Role per Line.
  • Directory Create by Role: Enables users inside a role to create directories.

Email Notifications:

Email notifications can be enabled so that each time a file is uploaded, an email notification will be sent to the site admin and a list of recipients defined in settings with a custom message.

Enable File Groups:

This option allows the admin to create groups (like categories), and each file can be attached to different groups. Users can also filter files by groups on the frontend view.

Frontend Table View:

This setting turns the grid view into a table list of each file.


File Manager Addons

Frontend File Manager plugin also comes with various add-ons:

File Revision Add-on:

File revision is a powerful add-on that allows users to update existing files. Files history can be maintained, and you can keep track of all revisions made to a file. This add-on is the perfect tool for managing document history without deleting the current one.

Download Manager Add-on:

The Download Manager add-on enables you to create unlimited download pages. In the latest version, you can choose file sources, such as by group, member roles, or even individual members. Download page access can also be defined for member roles, individual members, or guests.

User Specific Add-on:

The User Specific add-on allows the admin to share files with specific users. For example, a manager or teacher needs to share some files with his client or student. This add-on will enable one-to-one file sharing. These shared files can be downloaded by users, but they can’t share them with others or delete them. Large files can also be uploaded into user directories and then easily attached to the user under Users page in the Dashboard.

AWS S3 Upload Add-on:

AWS S3 Upload add-on enables you to upload all files on Amazon Bucket. It’s an ideal solution for sites or companies accepting large files, and it won’t overload your local server. Files are arranged in Buckets in directories.

BuddyFiles Add-ons:

BuddyFiles Add-ons enable users to upload and manage files inside BP. All privates are private or can be shared inside a group.

WaterMark Add-on:

The File Manager Watermark add-on adds a watermark on every image uploaded by users. This add-on is the best way to protect your images uploaded on your site.



In conclusion, the Frontend File Manager plugin is an amazing tool for WordPress users. It provides a user-friendly interface for managing files and directories from the frontend of the site. The plugin also offers numerous features that can be customized to fit any user’s needs, such as upload limits, file size control, and email notifications. Additionally, the various add-ons for the plugin make it even more powerful, providing features like file revision, download manager, user-specific sharing, AWS S3 upload, BuddyFiles add-ons, and watermarking. The Frontend File Manager plugin is a must-have for any WordPress site that requires file management capabilities.

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