I'm no good with PHP or databases, so I've used Gumroad
to get started.
This service keeps a list of customers, send emails for updates, affiliate links, allows to refund and offer licenses. The big problem is that Paypal payment is actually disabled half the time, and they don't tell you that, and it is getting worse. Gumroad hits in margin hard too. It handles VATMOSS for you, you are a service provider for them. Do not use it!
Moving to itch.io
because I've found specific advantages vs Gumroad :
- more payment providers that actually work
- Margins. No cut from sales if you want. That means 30c + 2.9% of sale like Paypal.
- Can do promo sales, bundles, coupon codes, press links
- itch.io can handle VATMOSS for you, or not depending on settings. If not, only Paypal and Stripe are available though.
- Tips! The user can spend more than the price.
I don't know yet if it converts
But I can't help to notice everyone seems to have its own cart, so I guess I'm just delaying the unavoidable and PHP.
Especially if you want crossgrade, paid upgrades or complicated things.
EDIT: too much multiplication of databases and SaaS is not a good thing