The Easy Digital Downloads Software Licensing is a comprehensive solution designed for individuals and businesses involved in selling digital products, particularly software, through WordPress websites.
This plugin enhances the functionality of Easy Digital Downloads by providing a robust system for managing license keys, activation, and checking processes.
License Key Management:
The Software Licensing extension allows site administrators to view and manage customer license keys through user-friendly interfaces effortlessly.
Each license key comes with a detailed screen that offers easy access to relevant purchase and customer data. This flexibility enables the simultaneous sale of various product variations and non-software items.
A notable feature is the inclusion of a JSON API, facilitating license key activation, deactivation, validation, and retrieval of the latest version/update details. This API serves software developers by allowing remote activation and validation of license keys within their applications.
The renewal system integrated into Software Licensing enables customers to renew their license keys as they approach expiration. Automated email reminders are sent to customers, providing a convenient one-click renewal option directly from the email. Site administrators can configure renewal discounts to incentivize customers and manually renew license keys. A comprehensive reporting view displays renewal trends and earnings over time.
License Upgrade Paths:
For platforms offering multiple versions of their software, Software Licensing provides a complete system for creating upgrade paths.
Customers can seamlessly upgrade between license levels with prorated purchases based on their existing license. This feature also accommodates upgrades between different products.
The plugin facilitates one-click updates for WordPress plugins and themes to valid license key holders. The automatic update system adheres to core WordPress UI standards, ensuring a seamless user experience. Integration is straightforward, requiring only a few lines of code in theme or plugin files. Full support for parsing readme.txt files allows consistent information presentation in update dialogs.
For WordPress and Non-WordPress Products:
While initially tailored for WordPress theme and plugin developers, Software Licensing is versatile and applicable to any software licensing scenario through its included API.
The plugin includes comprehensive samples illustrating license activation, checking, and automatic upgrade implementation for both WordPress and non-WordPress products.
Recognizing the importance of testing, Software Licensing supports the release of beta versions, allowing developers to thoroughly test new releases before making them publicly available. This feature contributes to the overall success of software releases by ensuring robust testing mechanisms are in place.