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Your First Downloads Section

Introduction

In this guide, we are going to show you just how easy it is to get up and running, with your own downloads section, using the downloads application on the IPS application.

This guide is intentionally built to show you only the basics of how to get up and running. You will see further guides within the 'Suite Applications>Downloads', which show more in-depth detail.

First Open

On first installing the software, the downloads area will show with no categories, and look blank similar to the below image. The first thing we are going to want to do here, is to decide on what categories we need for our downloads area, and get them created ready for our users.

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First Install

 

Our PSD Area

Our Aims

For our downloads area, we are going to set up the "Our PSD Area", as our site is related to digital artists. Our aim will be to add sections for the following items

Funny Art
Wallpapers
Misc Art

Creating Categories

Now we know what we want to see, we can go ahead and get the 3 main downloads categories created. To do this, we need to first head over to the following location in our AdminCP

Community -> Downloads -> Categories

Click on the "Create New" button in the top right to create our first category

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Create New

Add the name of the category, and a simple description, then click on save to create your category.

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New Category Screen

Once you have done this, you can create the rest of the categories we discussed in the same manner. On clicking save of each category, we are shown the permissions that can be applied. We are happy with the defaults for now, but you can change these to suite your own needs.

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Category Permissions

If you have changed any other settings, and don't wish to have to change those settings every time, you can copy the category you just created, to save duplicating work. To so this, you would select the copy option from the drop down, at the side of any existing category

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Copy Category

Rearranging Items

Once you have done, you may wish to rearrange some of the items to better suit your needs. This can be easily done by clicking and holding your mouse button over the anchors on the left, then dragging to the position you wish.

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Moving Categories

Summary

If you now go to the front end of the site, you will see you now have the downloads area we set out to create. 

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Ready to Go!

You will see more guides available under Suite Applications>Downloads on the left, for this application. These contain more detailed guides on specific settings, along with some more site specific examples and tips.

As with all areas of our suite, if you are unsure where to find something, and cannot find how to do this in our guides, please feel free to submit a ticket to our support team. We are always happy to advise you on how to get the best from your Invision Community Suite.

Edited by Marc Stridgen

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