Sell Your Downloads with Download Monitor


Written By Barry Kooij ON February 27, 2019

Download Monitor Shop

Can I also use Download Monitor to sell my downloads?

This is a question we get asked a lot. Our plugin Download Monitor was built to manage and get insight in your downloads. Over the course of time, users wanted to do more. They wanted to start selling their downloads. In order to do so, they had to install another plugin which would handle the shop part and then link this to Download Monitor. With the latest Download Monitor update (4.3), those days are gone.

Start Selling Today

When you update Download Monitor to 4.3, you can start selling your downloads within minutes! After updating, you are prompted to go to our (new) onboarding screen. Here you can quickly set up your cart and checkout pages.

After your pages are ready, edit the download you want to start selling. Check the option that this download is now Purchasable, set a price and update your download. All that’s left to do now is add an “Add to cart” button somewhere on your page. You can so with our new shortcode, click here to read more about that.

That’s it! Your customers can now purchase your downloads from your website.

An example of how a “purchase” shortcode looks in Download Monitor

More Features Coming up

We decided to release a stable minimalistic version of our shop feature as soon as we could. We do realize we are missing some big features that a lot of other solutions do offer like taxes or discounts. But we also believe there are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t need these features. Those people can already start selling today, while we’re already working on the next update with more features!

The next update (4.4) will bring tax support. Because Download Monitor is used for digital goods, we will help users comply with VATMOSS in core. We will offer support for different vat rates based on the country of the customer, as well as help you collect the evidence needed by EU laws. We’ll write a new, more detailed, blog post about this when this feature is ready

What if I Don’t Want to Sell Downloads?

If you don’t plan on selling downloads, Download Monitor still remains the right tool for you. The new shop feature is built on top of the already existing core plugin. If you don’t sell downloads, the new feature will not load. You can continue to use Download Monitor the way you’ve been using before. We will continue to stay the best plugin to manage and offer your free downloads as well!

We’d Love to Hear From You!

For us, this is a big step forward. Like I wrote in this post, we do realize that some features are missing and we’ll work hard to offer those very soon. But we’d also love to hear from you! What do you think about this new feature? What are you missing? You can let us know by leaving a comment below, or send us a message via our contact form. Click here to go to our contact form.

3 thoughts on “Sell Your Downloads with Download Monitor

  1. Nice! Thank you for continuing to make Download Monitor awesome. It remains a core plugin for the educational business I’m in.

  2. […] Download Monitor, recently saw the addition of a highly requested feature. Namely, the ability to sell downloads. They also recently added full support for the Gutenberg editor, […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *