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Protecting files in Easy Digital Downloads on vCanopy

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When using Easy Digital Downloads on Nginx you’ll get a notification inside your website that says: –

The download files in /var/www/site.url/htdocs/wp-content/uploads/edd are not currently protected due to your site running on NGINX.

To protect them, you must add a redirect rule as explained in this guide.

If you have already added the redirect rule, you may safely dismiss this notice

To do this, you first need to SSH into your server. Please see the following articles to get started:

Step 1. Generate your SSH Key

Step 2. Add your SSH Key to vCanopy (also see Add default SSH Keys)

Step 3. Connect to your server by SSH as Root user (we like and use Termius)

Step 1. Create a file named edd-main-context.conf

First, begin by creating the edd-main-context.conf file, replacing “site.url” with your domain name:

nano /var/www/site.url/nginx/edd-main-context.conf

Step 2. Add this to the contents to the file

location ~ ^/wp-content/uploads/edd/(.*?).zip$ { rewrite / permanent; }

rewrite ^/wp-content/uploads/edd/(.*).zip$ / permanent;

Save the file with CTRL+O, and then Enter. Exit nano with CTRL+X

Step 3. Check the syntax of nginx.conf

nginx -t

If, after entering the above command, you see a message letting you know that everything’s OK:

nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

You can now you can reload Nginx by running

gp ngx reload

Your Easy Digital Download files will now be protected. 

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