I’ve been considering ways to monetize the sites I’m building (including WebPublisher.xyz, my learning blog for CP), and in addition to offering my writing services… I think I’d like to have a source of passive income too. So I’m thinking of creating my own store of digital products that will sell, for example, PDF versions of my blog posts and other ebooks I’ll write.
I don’t want a hosted ecommerce platform though, like Shopify… I prefer a self-hosted, open-source solution that won’t cost me too much money while I’m still building my writing business… Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a ready-made ecommerce web app like PrestaShop that will work on my DIY webhost without low-level tinkering, which is, to be honest, still beyond my skills.
My best choice, it seems to me, given my expertise level, is to just use WordPress and an ecommerce plugin like Easy Digital Downloads. But… I don’t want to use WordPress anymore, and EDD seems to be compatible with ClassicPress (I haven’t tried it yet), and so another possible option is to use CP with EDD…
However, EDD is a WordPress plugin, and I worry that it might stop supporting older versions WordPress (and thus stop working in CP), and so I hesitate to follow this option.
Any advice then on how I should proceed? Should I go ahead and build my store using CP and EDD, and simply hope for the best?
Note: @fwolf is working on a hard fork of WooCommerce – re:Commerce – and so, assuming that digital download will be possible on that (I don’t know yet), perhaps I can use CP + EDD as a temporary solution as I wait for this new plugin to be released and to mature a bit.