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Essentially I would like to have a section of a site, separate from the WP admin, that can hold documents for registered users of a certain group to view accessible only by user/password. It would really be nice if the documents themselves could not be linked to or accessed by URL unless logged in. Please let me know of any suggestions!

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Hello Maxwell and welcome to WPSE :)

I want to believe that when you talk about:

  1. an "application" on a site about WordPress, you most likely refer to a "Plugin".
  2. "a section of a site, separate from the WP admin" you probably mean "A page or Post in the front-end (site/blog)"
  3. "the documents themselves could not be linked to or accessed by URL unless logged in" you mean that they are "Password Protected" with a "URL that is NOT traceable".

If my assumptions are (hopefully) correct then you are looking for a Download Manager. There are a few in the WordPress Database and these are the links to a couple of them.

WP-Filebase Download Manager, very well supported with a sync feature. !!

WordPress Download Manager, never tried it but looks quite simple and very user friendly.

WordPress Download Monitor - we use it and are very happy with it. :)

Please have a look and see which one meets your needs.


I hope this helps. Let us know how you do,

marikamitsos

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I've never used, but maybe this plugin can be modified to protect other file types: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/secure-html5-video-player –  brasofilo Jul 6 '12 at 6:37
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