Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting and installing Easy Digital Downloads, part of WordPress Ecommerce: Easy Digital Downloads (2013).
Now that you've prepared and configured your site, it's time to get and install Easy Digital Downloads. Like I have said a couple times, Easy Digital Downloads is a free plugin and you can get it from several different places. If you go to the easydigitaldownloads.com website, you can download the plugin from right here, by clicking the Download button, and this will place it on your computer. You can also go to the WordPress.org plugin directory and find Easy Digital Downloads here. Here you'll also find information about how it works, and you can see comments from other people who are using it.
But the easiest way to install Easy Digital Downloads is to simply do it from the WordPress Admin panel. If you go to your site and you go to the dashboard, you can go down to Plugins, click Add New, and then search for Easy Digital Downloads. You'll find the plugin right here at the top. Make sure it's the one that's made by Pippin Williamson. When you find it click Install now and OK. The plugin is downloaded onto your computer, unpacked, and installed, and now all you have to do is click Activate Plugin and the plugin is activated onto your site.
To see that it works you will notice that we now have a new button here in our main menu that says Downloads. This is where everything that happens inside Easy Digital Downloads is managed. So if you see the Downloads button, it means that everything worked and you're ready to go. There, in just a few clicks of your mouse, you have enabled your WordPress site to become a full-fledged ecommerce solution for selling digital and virtual products-- that is, after you've configured everything and added products of all the other components.
Want to learn more about ecommerce with WordPress before jumping in? Check out the first course in this series where Morten explores other WordPress solutions, WordPress Ecommerce: Core Concepts.
- What is Easy Digital Downloads?
- Installing Easy Digital Downloads
- Setting up your store
- Configuring payment options
- Adding product data
- Testing the customer experience
- Receiving and managing orders
- Creating reports and discount codes