The download library is a very useful functionality, providing the ability to distribute documents, presentations, media and even purchased content. Finalweb's Church & Ministry package provides a way to organize files neatly while enabling users to conveniently sort and page to find just what they're looking for.

First, let's have a look at how to build the library. Adding a new library is easy; just create a new dynamic page using the "Add Webpage" link in the Admin Toolbar, or from the Menu Builder. Add a new section and then select "File Download Library" from the list of available components. The ensuing configuration page affords many options to help customize the library's use and layout. One helpful option is the library type field, which determines whether the library is a stand-alone instance, is connected a main site master library, or is an E-commerce library, used for presenting media files which can be purchased by visitors.

After configuring the library, you'll be able to add specific files to it. An "Add Record" button opens a new windows which contains fields for creating a new library item. Not every field is required, but they are at least provided so that you can enter as much data as you like. These data are used to display file information in the library as well as to keep a podcast which can be referenced in iTunes (or any other reader). One helpful field is the category entry. Once a new category is entered, the system knows to provide it as a choice in subsequent file entries. The categories are then used on the library display view to give viewers an option for category sorting.

Depending upon file size, the upload can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. After the upload completes, the file name with appear along with an icon representing it's format. Continue filling out the rest of the form fields and then press "save" when done. Your newly-created item with then show up in the library, sorted by date by default.

We find that this tool is one of the most important and well-used features of our system. If you have any problems in setting it up the way you like, please feel free to contact one of our representatives for assistance.

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