Digital products

In addition to physical products, you can sell digital items such as e-books, photos, music, video tutorials, and more in your store. When you add a product to your store, you can upload a file that will be delivered to customers automatically via unique download links after they make a purchase.

We take care of the hosting of your digital items and digital delivery. There are file size limits for different plans: Venture – 100 MB; Business – 1GB; Unlimited – 10 GB.

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Adding a digital product

You can add a single file or multiple files under one product. There is no limit to how many files can be attached to a downloadable product.

To add a digital product:

  1. Go to Ecwid Control Panel → Catalog → Products.
  2. Click a product to edit or create a new one.
  3. Open the Files tab:
  4. Click +Upload Files.
  5. In the popup click Choose file:Choose file on your computer
  6. Select the file on your computer. 
  7. Click to add more files.
  8. Click Upload Files.
  9. Enter the file description.
  10. Click Save.

And you’re done! Your customer will automatically receive their product via email at the end of the checkout process once their payment has been sent to you and the order status has been updated to Paid.

If you create a digital product with zero price (a free product), we recommend that you enable Default payment status for orders with zero total to Paid in Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → General → Cart & Checkout in the Checkout Settings section. Enabling this function will allow your customers to instantly get the download link after placing an order.
Customers in the EU must pay VAT on digital products at the rate applicable in their own country regardless of where the seller is located.

Disabling shipping for a digital product

If you're selling a digital product or a service, you will need to disable shipping for that product. When a customer completes checkout, the shipping portion of the checkout process will automatically be removed (it is retained for carts that include both physical and downloadable products).

To disable shipping:

  1. Go to Ecwid Control Panel → Catalog → Products.
  2. Select a digital product.
  3. In the Tax and Shipping section of the product page, click This Product Requires Shipping or Pickup option and toggle the button to disable shipping.
  4. Click Save.

When the order is paid, the customer will get an email notification with a unique link to download the purchased items.

Make sure, the Download E-goods notification is enabled in your Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → Mail. Otherwise, your customers will not receive their download links.

Protecting download links

There are two ways that you can prevent customers from sharing download links with others: 1) Set a lifetime for the link: this ensures that the link will automatically expire after a specified period of time; 2) Limit the number of downloads per link: this ensures customers will only be able to download the link a specified number of times.

To set limits:

  1. Go to your Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → General → Cart & Checkout.
  2. Scroll down to the E-goods section:

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  1. Add a number of hours and/or download attempts.

The store administrator can manually regenerate or terminate any link in the Order details page. Regenerating a link will provide the customer with a new download link while forced expiration will immediately render a link useless.

Download limit examples:

  • Lifetime is set at 24 hours, and the number of download attempts is empty: the link is available for 24 hours only, with an unlimited number of downloads.
  • Lifetime is left empty, and the number of download attempts is set at 5: the link is available without any time limits but can only be downloaded 5 times per order.
  • Lifetime is set at 48 hours, and the number of download attempts is set at 3: the link is available for 48 hours and can be downloaded only 3 times per order.

Offering digital products for free

You can offer free downloads in your store so that customers could download a file without paying for it. You can use it for various purposes, e.g. share sample files (audios, videos, etc.) or provide docs with instructions on how to use other products in your store.

There are two ways to offer digital goods for free:

  1. Create a product with zero price: Your customers can add this product to their cart, place an order, and get the download links without paying anything. To make the process more smooth, we recommend you go to Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → General → Cart & Checkout. Once on this page, select the Checkout Settings section and enable Default payment status for orders with zero total to Paid so your customers will instantly get the download link after placing an order.
  2. Attach a file by adding a download link directly to the product description. By attaching a download link directly to your product, the customer doesn't have to place an order – they can download the file right from the product page. To do so, first, upload your file to any hosting service. For example, you can use SaberCat which is free. Second, add a link to this file in your product description. Note: this option does not allow you to see the downloads in the orders list.

 

Placing a test order

After you've created a digital product, you can place a test order to see how it works.

Make sure to change the status of your test order to Paid so that you could receive the download link.

FAQ

How can I customize the email with the download links?

You can modify the Download E-goods notification sent to your customers when they purchase a digital product in Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → Mail. Read the article on Mail Notifications for more information.

What happens if a customer's download is interrupted?

If your customer has any connectivity issues, the file will automatically continue its download once the connection is reestablished. However, this only works if you do not limit the number of downloads.

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