This article is part 3 in a series. The series so far contains the following articles:
This was not done on purpose as I am just fumbling at this point trying to find a solution to several issues at the same time… and all related to improving my voice over business:
- Provide my clients with a professional looking audio file delivery system
- It must Look good, function well and be secure
- It must (when applicable) allow me to add an audio file as a downloadable digital item which the client will need to pay for before receiving the download link.
- It must integrate with Paypal or any other payment system without glitches.
- It must if possible be for free
Today’s article will contain a few technical terms but I’ll try to simplify as much as I can.
Having mentioned that this article is part of a series.. I suggest that you scroll back up to the top of the article and click on the links of the other two articles and read them (if you haven’t done so already).
Continuing from the last article… Half Now, Half on Delivery… I decided to research ways that I can integrate a shopping cart system (ecommerce solution) to my existing website.
My website is built using wordpress as a content management system (that means that the server based program I use to organize my website’s files or backend if you will… is wordpress) Therefore the logical step from here is to look for an addon or a plugin that will integrate with WordPress to allow me to provide an integrated download system connected to paypal.
Fortunately the work of collecting information about all the viable e-commerce solutions has already be done (although I found the article after the fact… it can give you an excellent introduction to e-commerce plugins to add downloadable digital products to your website).
I was able to also find a few other solutions that could be implemented if you are not using paypal as a CMS (content management system.)
PHP Easy Downloader Script by Paul Alger This is a simple drag and drop php script that can work great for setting up a simple download area for your clients on your site… but if you would like to integrate a digital payment system using this script it will only cost you $10 to buy the paypal module from Paul. Although the design isnt much to talk about … I was able to edit it to fit my needs and am happy enough with it.
There are other applications and solutions for setting up a shopping cart on your site… 2 of which were supplied for free by the hosting company I host with (bluehost).
Remember my budget for this whole project was $0 so as much as I wanted to pay the $10 for the easy download script I was bound by the criteria I set for myself. Ultimately if I don’t find a better solution I will go back and dish out whatever I find appropriate to improve my business.
That’s it for now… I don’t know if there will be another article in this series… if you have any questions or suggestions… please leave a comment.
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Taji addition: I stumbled on this site after writing the article.. thought you could benefit from it click here