If you produce digital content that you want to sell, there’s a plugin which makes the process extremely simple. You could be looking to sell an e-book, imagery, or a WordPress plugin or theme for instance.
Install Paid Downloads
The plugin that will facilitate turning your site into a small online store is called Paid Downloads. Once you install and activate it, you can head to the settings page in the new menu on the left-hand side of the screen. From the settings page, you can set up your email templates, email settings, terms and conditions, payment processors (choose from PayPal, AlertPay and/or InterKassa) and the life of a download link (how long a download link will work for, from the time it is sent to the user).
Add new files
To add a file that you want to sell, click on Add File from your Paid Downloads menu. That will present you with a very simple screen to enter information about the file that you’re going to sell, including the product title, price and number of copies available (if you wish to limit it). This is also the screen where you will upload the file. If you have multiple files to sell as a single product, you should zip them up and upload the ZIP file as the product for sale.
Once you’ve added the file, you’ll be sent to a screen showing all of the files you’ve uploaded and the information about them. This is where you’ll find the shortcode for the Buy Now button to display the button to users, which will then enable them to purchase the product.
So you can now either create a new page/post, or edit an existing one, and paste the shortcode into the content, which will then allow people to pay for the product. Once the payment is complete, an email will be sent to the user with a unique link for downloading the file.
This plugin is quite simple in concept, but is actually quite powerful. It’s a great way to securely sell your digital content, without going for a fully-fledged e-commerce solution.
So, what are you using it for? How do you like the plugin?