We’ve previously covered Gumroad and FetchApp, two neat solutions that allow you to sell your digital audio, video, photos, art and writing from your own site or within your social networks. But just like any other category of web apps, there’s always room for more options because user needs vary so greatly from one to another.
That’s why we’re checking out Quixly. It’s a great way to sell your digital downloadables in large volumes and allows for easy management of your files and orders. Plus, you can choose to pay as you go for the bandwidth and storage space you use or host your files yourself and manage them through using Quixly. Is this the app that’ll help make you rich beyond your wildest dreams (or at least sell a few copies of your best photos)? Let’s find out!
Quixly is a robust digital delivery app aimed at power users who want full control over their digital files and sales. Integrated with PayPal and Google Checkout, it offers you storage space and infrastructure to sell and even securely share your files along with recognized payment gateways that both you and your customers can trust. It’s easy to plug into your existing websites and is suitable for individuals and teams.
You don’t need a credit card to sign up for Quixly, or even select a monthly plan — just enter your details and off you go. The app offers a pay-as-you-go plan that’s free to start using; at the end of each billing cycle, you’ll be charged for only the storage and bandwidth you actually used during that cycle, depending on which tier your usage stays within.
So for example, with reference to the pricing table shown, if you’re hawking a 2MB eBook (which is within the Free storage tier) and sell under 10,000 copies (which is below the 20GB bandwidth tier) in a month, you’ll be charged $10/month. FetchApp may seem cheaper with plans starting at $5/month but you do get more storage space with Quixly, and a feature set that’s geared towards selling a larger number of items and working with teams. If you’ve got your own servers running and can handle the traffic you can opt for the self-hosted plan which allows you to manage your files on your setup using Quixly for just $7/month.
You can also set a price cap of any amount to prevent overspending; Quixly will automatically pause functioning until the next billing cycle or when you adjust the price cap.
Once you’re registered and logged in, you can begin uploading your files, which then show up in the Files section. Here, you can set your file names, prices and when they expire (if you’re selling limited copies) and enable sharing (download sans payment page) as well. Files can have preview images and 300-character descriptions, and you can set them to display media previews (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .mov , .m4v, .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .flv, and .wmv formats are supported) when sharing.
Uploaded files get a Purchase URL, which is a link to that file’s payment page. You’ll need to integrate your PayPal/Google Checkout account with Quixly by acquiring a Merchant ID and Identity Token (or, if using Google Checkout, your Merchant ID and Merchant Key) to get this to work. When you’re ready, your files’ Purchase URLs will be active and will take your website visitors to an order page for those respective products (and you can configure the Continue Shopping button on that page to direct the user back to your storefront).
Orders and reports
Quixly gives you a lot of control over how orders for your files are handled. As with other similar apps, you can customize the email that goes out to customers; what you can do in addition is send out updates for files quickly and easily (customers can use the original download URL to get the latest version of the file). You can also view order details, create orders manually, expire links on the fly and view concise reports that show you your sales and orders (daily average and total) that can be filtered by date range and file name.
Account and Users options
Quixly is pretty flexible with billing — you can switch between pay-as-you-go and self-hosted plans anytime, and toggle your price cap whenever you want. You can also set up a custom domain, apply your own branding on the backend and implement Google Analytics to keep track of users on your pages. You can also add users to your account so they can manage orders by simply inviting them via email, and manage their privileges as well.
Quixly is very similar to FetchApp but does a few more features such as batch file attribute handling and multiple-user access that make it more suitable for teams than the latter. I’d have liked to have seen more flexibility in file handling, particularly in managing groups of files such as albums and multiple versions of the same file. Other than that, implementation is simple and hassle-free — just paste Purchase URLs wherever you advertise your digital products and users can buy them.
Quixly is a well-built solution for managing digital sales and performs just as well as any of its competitors. Bonuses like a custom integration API and multi-user access definitely give it an an edge, but other than that there’s nothing here we haven’t seen before. If you’re looking for a way to hawk your wares online in large volumes or work in a team, this is seriously worth trying out.
Quixly allows you to share and sell your digital files with an easy-to-use order management system that integrates with PayPal or Google Checkout, and comes in hoste (pay-as-you-go) and self-hosted flavors.
- Quixly |
- Free - US$30/month (60GB bandwidth and 15GB storage); pay-as-you-go and self-hosted ($7/month) plans available |
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