EDD Recently Viewed Downloads Documentation

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Once you acquire a copy of this plugin, just follow the steps below on how to set up and install properly for it to work on your web store. Moreover, it is very simple and fast, so you don’t have to worry!

Plugin Setup & Installation

Before proceeding with the installation, you must by now have configured WordPress and installed Easy Digital Downloads in your website. Next steps are:

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard. Select Plugins on the left and Add New.
  • Select Upload Plugin
  • Select the Browse Button to install the zip file with the plugin
  • Activate the plugin if needed

EDD Recently Viewed Downloads Plugin InstallationEDD Recently Viewed Downloads Plugin Activation

Widget Configuration

To start configuring your widget, you need to go to Appearance > Widgets. Then, add the Recently Viewed Downloads to any of your chosen sidebar.

Locate the EDD Recently Viewed Downloads widget.Drag the widget to your chosen sidebar and start configuring its available settings.
  • Title: Determine the Widget Title
  • Set the maximum number of recently viewed downloads to show.
  • Choose whether to Disable the Add to Cart button, in which it will turn to a Purchase button which takes you directly to the checkout page. If unticked, it adds the item to your shopping cart instead.
  • Select the orderby downloads to show. The options are: last_viewed, price, title, sales, earnings, id, random and post_date.
  • Select the display order of the downloads. The options are: Descending (DESC) or Ascending (ASC).
  • Choose whether to disable the featured images.
  • Choose weather to exclude the downloads already purchased by the visitor.
  • Choose whether to enable the downloads description.
  • If the downloads description is enabled, you can determine the length of download description per number of words to display.


You can also add and make use of this shortcode to show the recently viewed products anywhere on any page or blog post on our your website.

Full Shortcode: [ edd_rvd heading=”Your Recently Viewed Products” number=6 image=true orderby=title order=”DESC” button=yes columns=3 exclude_purchased=true content=true content_words=30 slider=true slider_autoplay=false ]

Here’s what the shortcode looks like when activated:

Shortcode Attributes

  • heading

    – Heading text of the recently viewed downloads section)

    – Default is “Your Recently Viewed Downloads”

    – But can be hidden using value ‘false’. for ex. heading=”false”

  • number

    – Set how many downloads to show in the section

    – Default is taken from the main setting screen of the plugin.

  • image

    – This shows the featured image of the product

    – Can be enabled or disabled using a value of true/false.

    – Default is true

  • orderby

    – Based on which order parameter recently viewed downloads will appear

    – There are many orderby options: last_viewed, price, title, sales, earnings, id, random, post_date

    – Default is last_viewed

  • order

    – Display order of recently viewed downloads either Descending or Ascending

    – Possible order values: DESC, ASC (Case insensitive)

    – Default is ASC

  • button

    – Show the Add to cart button or not

    – Possible values: yes, no

    – Default: yes

  • columns

    – Number of columns that displays the products viewed

    – Possible values: 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 6

    – Default: 1

  • exclude_purchased

    – Whether or not to exclude the downloads that customer has already purchased

    – Possible values: true, false

    – Default: false

  • content

    – If you want to show some short product content below the image

    – Possible values: true, false

    – Default: false

  • content_words

    – If the content is ON then you can set the word limit for it

    – Possible values: 20,30, etc

    – Default: 20

  • slider

    – It will present recently viewed products section as a slider

    – Possible values: true, false

    – Default: false

  • slider_autoplay

    – If the slider is ON then can set autoplay slider

    – Possible values: true, false

    – Default: false

Plugin Main Settings

If you wish to add this plugin to the Checkout Page and Single Downloads Page, you can, therefore, apply some specifications for both in the Main Settings sections. You can find these by clicking on Downloads > Settings > Extensions > EDD Recently Viewed Downloads.

Settings Downloads and Checkout Page

The first section of our plugin’s main settings is the modifications that apply for both the Downloads and Checkout Pages. Each setting is listed below.

  • Set the number of recently viewed downloads to show.
  • Set the duration in days that tracks the customer’s viewed downloads.
  • Exclude/Include in the display those downloads that the customer had purchased already.
  • Disable/Enable the Add to Cart button for every download shown.
  • Select the number of columns you wish to see the recently viewed downloads.
  • Select the Order By and Order Sequence.
  • Disable/Enable the Featured Image of the downloads.
  • Enable/Disable the download description.
  • Set the length of the download description if enabled.
  • Enable/Disable the slider feature in displaying the recently viewed downloads.
  • Enable/Disable the slider autoplay if the slider itself is enabled.
  • Enable/Disable the included Bootstrap stylesheet and javascript.
EDD Recently Viewed Downloads - Settings Download and Checkout Page

Settings Download Page

The second section contains the settings that apply on the downloads page only. If you do not wish to display the recently viewed downloads plugin on this page, you can enable or disable it by ticking the box or not. Also, you can set the header title for this display.

Settings Downloads Page

Settings Checkout Page

The last section is the settings that apply on your checkout page only. If you do not wish to display the recently viewed downloads plugin on this page, you can enable or disable it by ticking the box or not. Also, you can set the header title for this display.

Settings Checkout Page

We hope this plugin serve you well for enhancing site navigation and that your visitors can easily find the products they have shown some interest to. It’s an essential plugin to install for any EDD Store looking to optimize sales and site conversion.


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Plugin Meta Data:

  • Current Version 1.0.2
  • WordPress: Tested up to Version 5.2
  • Easy Digital Downloads: Tested up to Version 3.0 Beta