I am selling a little niche app on the app store. http:www.finaltouchapp.com
For several reasons I also want to sell it directly from the web page. Are there any out of the box solutions that you can plug into your site or do I have to create it from scratch with paypal etc.?
Thanks for all the answers
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This is a good question -- it's smart that you're looking to selling your software on your own website. Now you get to keep a bigger cut of the app price.
Keith's answer is right about the steps if you want to build it yourself. Or a more broad overview of what you need is this:
I'm founder of the company that makes LimeLM -- a licensing solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux. We have articles and some "drop in" code written for Authorize.NET, PayPal, MoneyBookers, and FastSpring. You can just take the code, modify the price and a few other configuration options, then upload it to your website.
Our customers prefer the FastSpring option (see: Automate license generation with FastSpring ) because they have to add 0 code to their own website. You can just paste the license generation code directly into your FastSpring dashboard and add a link to the checkout page on your website. This way a customer can just checkout through FastSpring and get their product key emailed to them immediately.
We have a free plan if you just want to kick the proverbial tires before you commit. Also, FastSpring has a "sandbox" account that you can try out as well. So, if you're looking for a ready-made solution then FastSpring+LimeLM is a good place to start.
Tell me if this helps.
When you consider Apple is taking 1/3, it is worth considering the costs to sell your software directly through your own web site.
In the long run, it's not tough to build your own and save money. There's 3 components in a build your own solution:
I use bitbuffet.com. They provide an easy way to securely sell files and get paid via PayPal. They don't do anything to help you with license keys and the like, but it is cheap and easy to use. Also, the money from sales goes directly to your PayPal account.
There a number of companies that provide similar services as well.