Selling packaged products that bundle multiple files (like music albums)
If you just want to sell a packaged product because your product consists of multiple files, just compress all your files into a single ZIP file and upload it to a Single File Download product. This is fast, easy and only consumes one product slot. However, if your file is huge, buyers on slow Internet connection might take a while to download it. Also, this approach is not ideal if you will also be selling each file separately on E-junkie.
This method would be best suited when you are also selling each file individually, as well as bundled together into a package deal, or otherwise when creating a .zip archive would be impractical. This will also work to combine product-specific redirection and downloads together into a bundle product that issues links for each of them together. You could also use this method if you need to provide the same single file for multiple different products.
It's a simple procedure:
- Add and upload each individual files and/or redirections as separate products by going to Seller Admin > Add Product. You can get Add to Cart or Buy Now buttons which you can use to sell these individual products separately;
- Create another product entry for your package product by going to Seller Admin > Add Product. Enable the option to Package files from other products / Affect their inventory;
- Select the other products which already have Single File Download or Redirection enabled, to have the Package product issue links for those files/redirections together as a bundle;
- Obtain your Add to Cart or Buy Now button to sell this "bundled" package product on your Web site.
When your buyers purchase your package product, they will be able to download each file and/or access the redirection URLs individually. Your attempts/hours expiration settings will be the same for each link in the bundle, as determined in the Package product's settings, rather than following the expiration settings of each component product.
Musicians can use this feature to sell complete albums. Other sellers can use it to provide package deals to their customers like "Buy A & B both for just $X.XX". On the download page, the list of files is in alphabetical order so if you want it to be in a particular order, start your product names with 01, 02, and so on.
NOTE: PDF files issued for products using the Package files... setting cannot use our PDF Stamping feature, which can only work with products using Single File Download with an uploaded PDF.
If you're offering bonus files with purchase of your main download product and not terribly concerned about theft of the bonus files, you could just upload those files to your Web site or a third-party file-hosting service and place static links to those files in the thank-you page for the main download product. The HTML for those links would go in the Message (HTML) field on the final screen of the main product's settings, so they will only be displayed on the thank-you page when that product is purchased. However, since you are providing these bonus files via static links, buyers could conceivably share those bonus links with others, who could use them to obtain the bonus files directly without a purchase. One advantage of this approach is that you could still apply PDF Stamping to the main download file.