Create Downloads in a Fixed Category
This is different from the situation through User Group Settings where the Download 'creator' may select a category but when editing that category cannot be changed.
- in Joomla! backend create a User Group;
- then create a View Access level;
- in jDownloads backend create a jD Category and set its Permissions;
- in Joomla! backend construct a Menu Item to allow creating new Downloads from the frontend;
- set up the jDownloads User Group with relevant options.
Create a User Group
So in the Joomla! backend go to and click on to create a new User Group called for example 'FixedCatUG' and set its parent as Registered.
Then from the Joomla! backend Users tab add the relevant users to that User Group.
Create a View Access Level
So in the Joomla! backend click on
and then on the button and then the tab. Set the name of the level approriately, such as FixedCatLevel' as shown in the first image opposite.
Next on the click on
Tab and 'tick' the the relevant user group, which in this example is 'FixedCatUG'.
It may also be convenient to join the Super User to the view level.
If we now look at the Access Levels it will be like the image opposite.
That is if we set the viewing acccess level on a Category or Download to 'FixedCatLevel' only members of the FixedCatUGand Super User groups will seem them.
Create a jD Category
Here we create the jD category as a top level category, that is one with no parent Category. This is the simplest situation as it is straight forward to set up the Joomla! permissions. There could of course be subcategories and these and their Downloads will inherit the same permissions from their top level category.
Note When creating a Category it needs to be Saved before you can set the permisions
After selecting 'Allowed' in the relevant permissions box for user group FixedCatUG then tick marks appear.
After clicking on Save the green ticks disappear indicating that the permissions have been set and have propagated.
Create a Menu Item
Set the Access level to 'FixedCatView' so that only members of the 'FixedCatUG' will see the create menu item. Most importantly in the the Options tab set the Default Category to Yes and from the 'Choose a category' option pull down select the relevant category, such as 'FixedCat' in this example.
Setup the User Group Settings
The Ranking is immediately after theGroup Title. Obviously one needs to set the Ranking to a sufficiently high level, say 135.
The Display Add/Upload icon may be selected as required as it will produce the same result as the menu item when a member of the 'FixedCatUG' is logged in.
The 'May select a different Category' option can be set as either Yes or No as it is overruled by the menu setting.
But in case the menu option gets 'unpublished' I would suggest you set this option to 'No'.
The Create Download menu item, or the button, will now show the name of the fixed Category as illustrated below. The field is not editable so members of the 'FixedCatUG' cannot change it.