After researching for weeks and selecting the top 10 solutions, we’ve tested them in the last 5 days and here are our findings: We believe that Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) continues to be the best tool for people interested in selling digital goods online. This is followed closely by SendOwl and Gumroad, both of which stand strong for selling products online, particularly in the digital goods sector.
Blogs and online stores often require the functionality to sell digital goods online. This demands an entirely different software that’s simpler and accommodating for sending links to customers with the digital content downloads.
Compared to physical products, these digital items aren’t tangible in nature; therefore, you’ll host them on your site and then notify the customer with some sort of file.
For example, some commonly sold digital goods include:
- Music tracks
- Exclusive podcasts
- Video training courses
- Web services
- Templates for things like emails and websites
- Web graphics and vectors
This decision comes from the fact that EDD remains free (besides any extensions and payment provider fees,) you can integrate it with just about any site, the reports deliver spot-on metrics for evaluating the health of your store, and the user interface makes things simple for both you and the user (products show up clean on your site, and the customer receives an instant email with a link after they purchase your digital product).
As for the other digital selling solutions, they range in purpose. For example, some of them integrate with current websites, while others are more pre-built solutions where you must pay a monthly fee for a complete online store system. Some of the plugins and software provide support for physical items, while others don’t. One of the main attributes we looked at was flexibility, AKA the overall ability to expand your site, sell on other platforms, customize your own website.