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E-Commerce - downloadable products

Discussion in 'E-Commerce' started by Carmarthenshire, Dec 5, 2009.

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    Carmarthenshire

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    Hello,
    I am looking into selling downloadable PDF's through my website, but am not sure which is the best direction to take.
    I have searched through the forums, but can't find an answer to my problem, I'm afraid.
    From the research I have done, there aren't too many good, secure options.
    One solution said I needed to have my hosting on a linux server to allow a secure solution whereby buyers would have a one-time, time-constrained downloadable link for the purchased PDF (could have been Mal's e-commerce or ZenCart) but my website is currently on a windows server with Fasthosts.
    It appears that a safe downloadable option isn't available to those hosting their website on a windows server ? (I naively don't know much about linux servers (and how it is different from windows servers) with my hosting company)
    Another possible solution is e-junkie, but does anyone in the UK use e-junkie ?

    If anyone has any advice regarding the best solution, or options, it would be gratefully received, as I am a one-man-band with a limited (!) budget.

    Many thanks to you for your time,
    Steve
     
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    3 MORE YEARS

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    I am no expert on this, but couln't ZenCart or something similar work?
     
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    Wana Bee

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    zencart or magento would be good for this. They both have options for downloadable products... just make sure your server is hyper secure and get a https certificate and a dedicated ip.
     
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    matt.chatterley

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    Hi Steve,

    Several of the already available shopping cart solutions do support downloadable products - not sure if any of those will run on Windows, though.

    I would point and grin at our own solution, but we haven't actually added support for "virtual" products yet (it's high on the new year development list, though).
     
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    Carmarthenshire

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    I would like to say many thanks for your replies - it is very much appreciated.
    Scootek - thank you, Zen Cart is through Linux servers it appears, and I don't believe I can switch (I will contact Fasthosts though to find out)
    Wana Bee - great advice, thanks ! Those extra tips are valuable, will research them fully.
    Matt - I agree, and I'm surprised/bemused why there aren't more options for Windows !
    Thanks for your advice though - I hope your virtual products get developed soon !

    In the meantime, I will do more research.
    Cheers !
     
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    matt.chatterley

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    Cheers! Good luck with the research, and let us know what you find. We've got downloadables slated for Q2 at the moment, so we should be there pretty soon! :)
     
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    webhostuk

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    Yes Magento will work great :)
     
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    dreadman

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    I am sure there are a few that will work on windows cubecart should work alternatively you could change your host from windows to linux/unix .
     
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    iboxsecurity

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    Hopefully the OP managed to soruce a solution, but just in case I'd add another vote for Magento - their support for virtual products works very well indeed and we have built sites for clients using just that and works great.

    Best of luck.
     
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    paulfeakins

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    I see this is a very old thread so it may have been before OpenCart became popular? OpenCart would do it nicely though.
     
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    Idosell

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    Please check Idosell software at the moment best on market
     
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    Helen_45

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    OpenCart can cope perfectly with the task. There are plenty of additional extensions to sell downloadable PDF's.
     
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    Try for a cart provider who actually inherits downloadable pdfs or virtual products. good luck
     
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    Abigail Edwen

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    nice information....
     

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