forums and downloadable files

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Hi, I'm an art teacher and I'm trying to figure out how to allow students to download files (step-by-step e-book instructions) and access a discussion forum. The files AND forums have to be password protected.

I currently sell my instructions through etsy, and I email the files to my customers. I plan to upgrade from bronze to silver and start using a yola shopping cart with a password protected download. (will that work?) I'm not ready to start building the shopping cart just yet, though. I'm still working on the website.

The second part of it is that I would like to enable people who buy the patterns to have access to a discussion board where they can ask questions and see the answers to previously asked questions (like on this forum!)
Can I do this on yola?

What is the best way to integrate these two things?

I also teach workshops in person, and I need to be able to give students access to supply lists and files, and forums. They may or may not be using the patterns I sell online. I'm just confusing myself as to the best way to go about keeping this simple.

On my website page I wrote:
"Students please go here to download patterns
and access the forum"

Please visit my site to see it (
Looking forward to your advice and help :-)

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The forum won't be a problem as the administrator can control who registers or not. It's usually an option within the forum setup. There are a number of forums available for use on Yola sites including ordinary php forums through an iframe or redirect and embeddable forums like

For your files, there are systems available for use. Once a person is accepted by the administrator they are then sent a password with a limited time access. This is important if you wish to keep access restricted. If a bona fide user doesn't get to the file download in time, then they reapply for a new password access. A good standalone solutions is Payloadz among others.

Open time passwords get shared and are often published somewhere which then allows anyone to access your files, that's why time locked passwords are important. I'm not aware of any free systems but haven't looked recently. When you get your online store this facility is available through the Ecwid/Yola Online Store.