Many designers keep designing between each freelance work just for the sake of it. Sometimes great stuff comes from the design we create during these gaps and not few of them end up getting their bytes covered with dust. Instead of loosing forever that precious time why don’t we sell them online? We will review a series of sites that allow you to deliver your digital goods on your own site along with hosted solutions that allows you to market the itehostingms on your site while leaving the payment process to a third party.
This service is remotely hosted and offers a free account with 1Gb and a transaction limit of $50.
E-junkie could be one of the most popular platforms, since it has no limits on transactions or bandwidth and no transaction fee. At only $5 per month it is an affordable solution yet a feature packed one.
Zen Cart is an well known free open source self hosted solution to manage your online store that offers downloading of digital goods right out of the box.
DigiVendor is a solution to be used with PayPal, as it generates custom purchasing buttons from PayPal using its IPN feature. There’s a one time fee but you can install it on multiple domains.
byteCommerce is offered in both hosted and self hosted version. The fee for the hosted solution is quite interesting:
for every 20 copies of your product that is sold, the 20th order is directed to us as payment for our services. That’s our commission.
A hosted solution that provides a variety of strategies against copy protection, such as Armadillo and Plimloc integration as well as serial numbers from a list provided by seller or a url to a randomly generated serial, also provided by user.
Born as an alternative to eBay and sites alike, Zipidee is more like a marketplace where you can upload your items for sale.
This system works pretty much like DigiVendor in the sense that it also uses the IPN from PayPal to generate purchasing buttons. Unlike DigiVendor, you can also sell tangible goods but the system will only provide the payment gateway.
This hosted solution does not focus solely on digital downloads but offers a variety of add-ons to further expand your store, such as a module to publish on eBay, recurring billing or e-mail marketing.
Cerizmo focuses on selling digital goods offering a secure hosting for your files and a fully customizable white label front-end. You can use your own domain or a Cerizmo subdomain. The most basic plan offers $300 limit, 2Gb disk space and unlimited products and bandwidth.
Digital Content Center
Another hosted solution featuring things such as a player for the user to preview audio files before buying or a digital fingerprints for PDF files to stamp the name and data of the purchaser on every page of the PDF.
WordPress eStore plugin
The eStore plugin makes it possible to create a complete store solution directly within WordPress. It can be integrated with NextGen Gallery which is a definitely plus and it works with PayPal. This plugin is not free but they are offering the next product as free software.
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart plugin
Simple PayPal Shopping Cart by Ruhul Amin
Unlike the previous plugin, this one is provided free of charge although it has more limitations. Despite that, it can also be integrated with NextGen Gallery. It also works with PayPal.
WP Secure Downloads
Another paid plugin for WP offering the PayPal payment gateway. For a small amount (separated from the plugin price), you can acquire a pack with an installation plus two support incidents.
WordPress e-Commerce Plugin
No list would be complete without the mention of this free plugin for WordPress. It boasts an incredible amount of cool features that you can get separately for a moderate price, such as a drag and drop cart, a product slider, FedEx shipping integration, audio player and the capability of integrating it with NextGen Gallery.
Digital Goods Delivery through PayPal
If you’re only using a PayPal account you can use any of the partners listed by PayPal.
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I use http://www.dboxapp.net for delivering Joomla components.
Less clutter and easy to setup.
i use ejunkie. it’s awesome.
One more website that provide shopping cart script to sell downloads files http://www.resale-store.com
I have been using the new CartLoom service and have been very happy with it. $10 a month fee and a very nice sliding cart tab. They have a very nice back end and include serial number generation, product variants and much more. http://www.cartloom.com
don’t forget Ubercart for Drupal. http://drupal.org/project/ubercart . Basic shopping cart out of the box with a ton of supported modules to do just about anything you can think of.
16 Solutions for Designers to Sell Digital Goods…
Reviews of sites that allow you to deliver your digital goods on your own site along with hosted solutions that allows you to market the items on your site while leaving the payment process to a third party….
You left out probably the #1 solution which would be Magento.
Thanks everyone for the input.
Vunky, dbox looks really sleek and simple. It would be really cool if they provided a WordPress plugin as well as the current Joomla plugin.
Aaron, I agree. I’m familiat with Ubercart and it is one of the best solutions out there. However, I didn’t included some of the more well known solutions such as Ubercart or Magento, as Jess said, because this round up focused more on small solutions for existing sites. I have
mentioned Ubercart before in this post related specifically to e-commerce CMS.
Check out GETONIC – New marketplace for digital goods. Each creator can make his own shop and upload as many creations as he wants. The shop can be placed in your facebook page, your blog, send by email and much more!
The Buyers can get your work with a single text message from their cell phones – it is that easy!
Email me directly if you have more questions.
don’t forget Drupal and Joomla
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good and nice design
You are probably tired of listening this but your blog is amazing. I have much to learn. This is my contribution to your post: checkout ecwid.com It’s amazing, it’s free, it’s social commerce, it’s in the cloud. CHeck it out
how about selling at cashmyjunkfiles
These are, of course, nice options that don’t need great webdesign knowledges. But what about selling on your own website? Using Joomla and Virtuemart (both free) you can also make some profits selling your digital goods in auto-pilot. Congratulations for your blog!
another alternative are
ezypal , shopping cart for digital product
and the best for me
digital downloads pro
another shopping cart very beautyful and customizable as you want.
here there is a demo
greetings from italy
nice post.I like zen cart. really powerful.
For those looking to use the PayPal digital goods product on their own site, I recently ran across http://firesage.com/digitalgoods.php. I only wish I had found it before the wasted hours I spent rummaging through the Paypal docs and site.
They also have a class to provide an encoded download link that can expire after x number of days.
That’s a very nice resource Kristofer, thanks. The fact that the user doesn’t have to leave the site, since the PayPal view is open in an inline dialog, makes it specially interesting.
Interesting indeed. I like the look of that Firesage. It’s 11.99 USD, But I’d say it’s either that or DigiVendor which are the best if you want to sell downloads on your wordpress site. Cheers.
Another option which doesn’t cost anything to try is Baybo http://www.baybo.it. We’re a new e-commerce platform looking to get off the ground and we’d love feedback on features people want to see.
Another alternative is Digital Product Cart, digitalproductcart.com. Free set-up, very user-friendly, simple interface. Also has a very competitive pricing structure with no monthly fees.
will be helpful thanks for sharing it
Also checkout http://www.boxrockit.com It not only automates digital delivery and payments but also the marketing through nifty Tweet scheduling. Market products in your sleep so to speak.
Payloadz isn’t free. Yes, a 7 day trial is. And DigiVendor offers multiple website support only for a monthly fee. I have not checked all yet. I want a one-price multiple website solution. That seems still hard to get.
Try to use EasyMyDigitalGoods( http://www.easymysoft.com ). This is a free Digital Products Shopping Cart. Very easy to use for small Businesses.
Just found http://www.becuckoo.com to be a perfect solution for my wordpress themes. Perhaps worth looking at.
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Digital Goods Store
sell downloads – no risk, all profit!
We use a Templatic Storebox theme – it allows for setting up digital Products. http://buyfacebook-fanslikes.com Works really well and we have been featured at Templatic Showcase.