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Selling ebook off of blogsite

  1. Now please be patient with me; I am not stupid but brand new computer green and have recently started a wordpress.COM blogsite for my poetry and other literary excerpts (which I have been having a great time with--thank you very much!) I am planning on self-publishing and vending an ebook off of my blog, but from some of your older forum Q&A sites, I've just discovered that plug-ins are not allowed on .com versions of WordPress, and apparently for good cause! But I've also noticed that in order to effectively embark upon such a venture (ebook vending), some "plugin" features are needed such as a FTP, a search engine block for the delivery page and (this is my primary concern) a way to hide the delivery page from non-purchasers...Can I still do this with the WordPress hosted site?...Does contain built-in features to do these things, or do I need to switch to .org? I have scanned my dashboard repeatedly, but cannot seem to locate said features, or anything similar. Please forgive me if this question has already been answered in one of your forums; I do not wish to waste any of your valuable time, but I've looked hard and could not find any relating documentation. If you could give me a bit of guidance on this matter, I would be greatly obliged, as I'm very passionate about this project, and so close to making it fly, now all of a sudden with this littel "set-back". Thank you!

  2. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins or any themes into them They are for wordpress.ORG installs which run on different software.

    If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it.

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  3. I do understand that free-hosted cannot be installed with individual plugins or themes...I guess what I'm asking: is it still possible to do what I mentioned in my last question (vend ebook, etc.) with the functions that ARE available on the .COM version? I know this next question will sound elementary to computer/blogging wizards, but: is a FTP is needed in order to offer downloadable products off of blogsite? Selling ebook off of blogsite: Is it or is it not possible?

  4. Please, anyone, is it possible to vend ebook off of site with what IS offered there, or is this only something that is done off of the self-hosted version? Thanks!

  5. You are allowed to sell any ebook you author. The problem is that e-commerce isn’t possible here at, and there are no plans to develop anything for that at this time. If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality, there are no restrictions on e-commerce if you setup a self-hosted blog instead of a free hosted blog.

    Here at all you can use is a contact form and/or an unencrypted PayPal donation button.

  6. You can upload the documents to your blog using the Add Media icon (for images, use the Add an Image icon). For a list of filetypes we support, see Accepted Filetypes. You can offer downloads of the ebook but how will your control who pays and who does not pay?

  7. Timethief, thank you for the clarification.

  8. You could place the ebook for downloading into a password protected page. Then you could use a contact form and after you have received payment in advance for the downloads you could provide the password to the customer so they could download the ebook.

  9. Timethief, in response to your last post and thought-provoking question: I was going to set up a Paypal account (no shopping cart--one ebook only) with pay (or donation) button, but are you telling me that this cannot be done with Because I would need to hide the delivery page from the front of my blog, and this cannot be done without a certain plugin, right? And is a FTP needed to share and transport a document, for sale or for free? So are there ways around vending the ebook on the .com site? I'm sorry, I thought I had my answer, but after your last comment, it opened up new windows for me!

  10. In general, I recommend having them use the Contact form and the Paypal button and when you receive payment, you automatically have their email, so you email them the book.

  11. Thank you all...I'm going to try the contact form/Paypal donation button method...I like both ideas offered here (email and password), but I may be back asking more questions!

  12. alwayswellwithin

    You also have the option to offer your e-book for a suggested donation, which people can offer using the Pay Pal donation button.

  13. That doesn't work well if you actually want to make money. I have long experience with this, and it just doesn't work well.

  14. Thank you Alwayswellwithin: After much reflection, I was thinking of going exactly this route, that way I'm not chained to the computer 24/7 trying to be "on deck" to send the password, etc (and so people get what they click on NOW, I wouldn't want to make 'em jump through more hoops and wait)....Also, this is more a labor of love and I was only going to ask a couple of bucks anyway, so that way if someone really wants to read it, they can with or without the means to pay! This feels right for a first time blogger and life long poet. Thanks for the input!

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