How to Build a Pay-Per-Download Website

By Techwalla Contributor

Sell digital download files online with a quick and easy website using a PayPal interface. Creating a pay-per-download website can lead to profits and satisfaction from selling your digital creations online: music, movies, mp3s, software, stock photos, e-books, manuals or other digital, electronically delivered goods. Creating your digital download website requires some basic knowledge of HTML and a simple understanding of the server side of Web hosting. Add one digital product, such as an e-book, to an existing Web page or create an entire digital download website.

Things You'll Need

  • PayPal account

Step 1

Choose a domain name and contract with a Web hosting company. If you already have an active website, skip this step.

Step 2

Check with your Web host to confirm you have MySQL Capability. If you do not have MySQL with your hosting package, you need to upgrade. The additional cost is usually minimal.

Step 3

Purchase a PayPal software interface program, such as DigiVendor. This software allows you to put a "Buy" or "Download" button any place on any Web page in your website. You don't have to configure a shopping cart.

Step 4

Navigate to the DigiVendor website to view the product description page. You can download the software immediately.

Step 5

Read the "Read Me" page in its entirety before installing DigiVendor. When you read all the steps to installation before implementing the first step, you find that installation goes smoothly.

Step 6

Input information regarding your PayPal account during the DigiVendor install, creating a smooth interface between your pay-per-download website and your PayPal account. Customers click the "Download" button and complete the information screen; payment flows into your PayPal account. You now have a 24/7/365 online store.

Step 7

Set up your administration page. Keep good notes, because you will have to establish passwords for your new interface software.

Step 8

Add products. Products are "stocked" in the administration section of the DigiVendor component of your digital download website. Products are displayed on any page in any manner you choose, as long as the name you provide on the link is the same as the name you provided in the administration section.

Step 9

Get the word out. Do your marketing. Submit your digital download website to search engines. Advertise with Adwords, if your budget allows. Post to blogs and create a Facebook page to promote your business.