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09-20-2012, 09:41 PM
Hello there
I am hoping to sell files as downloads. They will be zip files and I am hoping that customers can click on a 'buy now' button pay by credit card and they then receive an email form which they can download the file. I have a paypal account. Is there a plug-in? any help appreciated

09-21-2012, 03:04 AM
BlueVoda is not like Wordpress, and as such, there are no 'plugins' available to automatically add functionality.

You can certainly create unique PayPal BUY NOW buttons to place on your BV pages for your downloads, and after payment send the purchaser an email with the download as an attachment, or with a link to a 'hidden page' to your website that has the link to the download for them to use. Using a 'hidden page' method is useful to prevent unauthorized or prolonged downloading, as you can regularly change the name of the page and republish it to thwart multiple visits. The same rotation of names can be done for your download file itself, as the User would not be able to link to it using different titles. The choices are yours, whatever is easiest for you to fulfill per your Sales Terms.

You must create your digital download buttons and method directly on the PayPal website, as explained here (https://merchant.paypal.com/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=merchant/digital_goods). Once you have properly set up your PayPal account and model as outlined in this PayPal Digital Startup PDF (https://merchant.paypal.com/cms_content/US/en_US/files/merchant/paypal_digital_goods-express_checkout_getting_started.pdf), you will create buttons to use on your BlueVoda created website (installed normally, as detailed in the Tutorials). The good thing about PayPal Digital Seller is that Buyers no longer have to leave your page to process a transaction, as the API Coding can be added to your page using a simple BlueVoda HTML Box as you might add any other HTML code or script.

However, in order to prevent multiple downloads or even persistent access to a particular download, you may wish to use one of the many services available that use unique download distribution methods (password controlled, one-time use, etc.): one of the more popular can be found at ​https://www.payloadz.com/info-paypal-downloads.asp

For this reason, you may wish instead to explore using Soholaunch (http://www.vodahost.com/web-hosting-soholaunch-pro.html/), a web-builder and shopping cart rolled into one which has been designed specifically to facilitate ease of use offering digital download eCommerce. Soholaunch can be installed with just a few clicks of your mouse into your VodaHost hosting account, is easy to "customize" according to your desires, and can be easily configured to use PayPal Digital to get you rolling quickly and securely.

09-21-2012, 06:52 AM
thank you

09-21-2012, 09:38 PM
thank youGlad to be of help ... Good Luck with your new venture!