How to install and configure Easy Digital Downloads on WordPress

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When WordPress was first released, it was a boon to bloggers everywhere. The platform made it incredibly easy for anyone to create posts on any subject and share their thoughts for anyone who would take the time to read them.

As WordPress evolved, it became much more than a blogging platform. 

Today, WordPress is considered more a Content Management System (CMS) that can be used for simple blogging, affiliate shops, booking systems, real estate listings, directory websites, forums, crowdfunding, and e-commerce.

If selling products is what you’re looking for, WordPress has you covered. If those products happen to be digital… even better because there’s a plugin called Easy Digital Downloads you can install for free to make selling digital products very easy. 

Also: I asked ChatGPT to write a WordPress plugin I needed. It did, in less than 5 minutes

Let me show you how to install and configure Easy Digital Downloads, so you can start selling all of your digital products.

How to install and configure Easy Digital Downloads on WordPress


To use Easy Digital Downloads, you’ll need admin access to a WordPress site. I prefer to use self-hosted WordPress sites, so I’ll demonstrate on a WordPress instance I deployed as a containerized application on my home network. If you opt for the hosted version, via, the process for installing and configuring the plugin is the same. 

That’s all you need. Let’s get to work.

To log in to the WordPress admin console, go to http://DOMAIN/wp-admin (where DOMAIN is the domain of your WordPress site). When prompted, log in to your WordPress site with an admin user account.

Once you’ve logged in, click Plugins in the left navigation. On the resulting page, click Add New near the upper left corner.

The WordPress plugin listing page.

Adding a new

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