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how to automatically send self-expiry download links to buyers?

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by Zed.E, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Zed.E

    Zed.E Registered Member

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    hi,
    i am trying to sell a digital product on my site .. i need to find a way to send the users a unique download link after they have paid me through paypal - this link should automatically expire after a set period of time/views.. also i do not want the users to find out the actual location of the download folder (to prevent hotlinking)

    basically i am trying to restrict the unauthorized downloads .. so that a single user cannot pass around the download link to friends and also once the user has downloaded the product they cannot access the download location again through their link/history. any way to work this out??

    so far i have found a wordpress plugin that generates unique encryted links for a preset download location (on my website server) which will be automatically emailed to the buyer after payment .. but the problem with this is that , this encrypted link could be shared , also any one would be able to see the actual location of the download and then save it for sharing or for future and i dont want that.

    another option i thought was for putting up iframe which will hide the download url from the visitor - but still theres the issue of sharing of download link.

    I hope i am making sense :-/

    if any one has got ideas and suggestions please let me know .. also i am hoping to get this done via free services or WP plugins

    thanx alot
     
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    Zed.E Registered Member

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    doesnt solve the issue .. the user can access the emailed-link again .. also user knows where the download is a sharp user can save the download url and access it even without the emailed-link sent by wetransfer .. plus m looking for some thing free
     
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    Zed.E.,

    I know you said you want to get this done for free, but have you looked into e-junkie? They offer a free trial, then it's about $5/mo. You can create expiring download links, and the service integrates with PayPal. If you're selling a PDF, then you can also have e-junkie automatically "stamp" the PDF with the buyer's name and email address, so if it gets shared, you know who did it.

    Code:
    http://www.e-junkie.com/
     
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    Zed.E Registered Member

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    thanx but I am trying to sell a zip file .. also any idea whats the file size limit on e-junkie?
     
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    Zed.E Registered Member

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    on the other hand e-junkie seems a good alternative if i am unable to find a free substitute .. e0junkie does allow me to upload zips ..

    i did find a WP plugin .. 'easydigitaldownloads' although the plugin itself is free but if you want to make use of the full features, u need to add extensions and they are costly :/ .. its a good plugin as it also lets customers join malining lists during purchase but the extension for mailchimp costs $29 :(
     
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    It's 500 MB if you host it with e-junkie and 2 GB if you host it yourself. Regarding mailing lists, you can integrate e-junkie with MailChimp, etc. Again, I know you're trying to save money, but what you're looking to do is non-trivial from a programming perspective, and that's why you're going to have a hard time finding a free solution, if one even exists. I'm a programmer myself, and when I wanted to sell a digital product (a PDF), I spent months researching and thinking about this piracy problem and how to solve it without paying monthly fees for some kind of "digital delivery" service.

    I also wrote my own code to handle expiring download links and automatic email list integration, but you know what? In the end, I went with e-junkie because I wouldn't have been able to stamp the PDFs without spending a small fortune on the source code to do it in an automated fashion. I realize you're selling a .zip, not a .pdf, but my point is that for 5 bucks a month, e-junkie saves a lot of hassle. Wouldn't just one sale of your product per month cover your fee and then some?

    Code:
    http://www.e-junkie.com/ej/tips.integration.mailing-list.htm