WP Simple Shopping Cart – How to Sell Digital Downloads

WP Simple Shopping Cart allows you to easily sell digital downloads from your WordPress site.

Here is an example shortcode that shows how you can specify a download link for a digital product with the standard add to cart button:

[wp_cart_button name="My Download" price="5.00" file_url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ebook1.pdf"]

Below is an example shortcode that shows how you can specify a download link for digital item with the product box display shortcode:

[wp_cart_display_product name="My Download Product" price="5.00" file_url="http://example.com/uploads/ebook1.pdf" thumbnail="http://www.example.com/product-image.jpg" description="This is a short description of the product"]

Digital File Delivery to Your Customer

Once the payment is complete, your customer will receive a notification email containing the download link(s) for the items they purchased.

Below is a screenshot of the email your customer will receive:

screenshot showing how download link is sent via email by wp shopping cart plugin

PayPal IPN Feature Settings

You will need to make sure that you have enabled PayPal IPN feature in your paypal account. Log into your PayPal account and enable the IPN feature if you don’t have it enabled already. Check the how to setup PayPal IPN video tuorial.

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  1. Ivy says:

    @Oscar, The URL for the IPN can be any URL you want. The plugin will tell PayPal where to send this information too and override the URL you have specified. This way your PayPal account is not locked into just one store.

  2. Oscar says:


    The PayPal IPN feature asks for a notification URL. Which should I provide, here?

    Thanks in advance.

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