I totally new here and not so Pro as some people on this site, but I try to record own sounds for about a year and plan to open little neaty website where I could to sell (or give for free?) “indie” collections.
My question is about your preferred way of sound libraries distribution (sharing) to your fans and clients. I know some methods people use like WordPress sites (with e-commerce plugins), Gumroad and Sellfy both, or even combination of previous ones. So what your best working method?
And also it interesting to read about themes for WordPress you use and about most useful plugins (audio players, page builders, navigation addons, pop ups, newsletter services… etc.). Or maybe you know good alternative to WP?
Kind regards, Nicolas.
Wordpres -> WP is a CMS system and as you mentioned it uses plugins to enable e-commerce support. There are two major plugins for that. WooCommerce (a lot of people use that) and Digital Downloads plugin (aimed toward digital products only). Both have their pros and cons. The important part starts with the server/hosting plan actually. Cheap and free solutions aren’t always the best. Delivering libraries from a cheap server usually ends up in an error. That means servers usually have a cpu or RAM peak and can’t process the request. So if you are using a somewhat cheap hosting plan you might want to consider alternative way of delivering libraries. Many use Amazon services.
Choosing a theme for the WP is also a tricky part. Don’t buy what you don’t need. Multipurpose themes look great but often they include stuff you don’t need or won’t need. That additional code may also drag the site down and it may not be suitable for SEO (which is another thing to consider when starting out). I’d recommend checking comments section and see what kind of issues people are having when they bought a certain theme.
Using services like A sound effect and Sonniss -> first of all, both are good but I find A Sound Effect a better option because the reach is bigger and the support is great. You can’t go wrong with both of them.
As for cart solutions (Sellfy and similar) you might want to choose whichever suits you best. Plenty of options out there. I use Sellfy but I was a bit lucky here because I opened the account a way back when the certain features were free so I am using a legacy plan now which still offers the same features that are actually included in the pro versions now.
Hope that answers some of your questions 🙂
Perhaps a better way to do your research is to visit sites and use VIEW SOURCE in your web browser, then you can see what platform, plugins, themes etc are being used… in Safari: show Page Source, in Firefox: use Firebug, in Chrome: view Source
This site is also useful for such research: https://builtwith.com