DPD is Moving Product Storage to S3

  • Jason@DPD
  • October 30, 2009
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In order to provide expanded product storage space to DPD as well as provide for faster, more reliable downloads for vendors we’re in the process of moving product storage to Amazon S3, a distributed content delivery network.

Amazon “Simple Storage Service” (S3) is a highly scalable, reliable, fast data storage and content delivery network that uses the same infrastructure Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites.

What does this mean for DPD Vendors?

  • More reliability. Using a unqiue caching strategy DPD will maintain and sync local and S3 copies of files to prevent any network or hardware related issues. This will also reduce load on the DPD server, providing better service to DPD users.
  • More download speed. Instead of customers competing for bandwidth on the DPD servers when there is high demand, now every customer will download at the full speed of their internet connection from S3- even when there are hundreds or even thousands of other customers downloading at the same time.
  • DPD will still continue maintain backups of all products. We’ve got dedicated backup servers that maintain copies of all products in our system.
  • There will be no additional cost. S3 product storage and all the benefits that come with it are included on every DPD plan with no additional costs.
  • And most importantly, DPD vendors will not need to do anything differently when creating or selling products. Nothing changes for you except for more reliability and a better experience for your buyers!

We’re in the process of migrating batches of products to the S3 based delivery system by consumer demand and popularity. Over the next couple weeks we’ll continue to migrate all products over in a planned, staged roll-out and everyone will benefit from the enhanced reliability and speed of this new feature.

As always, if anyone has any questions or support issues the DPD developers are available to help- log in to DPD and submit a support ticket for 1-on-1 assistance.

New DPD-Cart WordPress Plugin

  • Jason@DPD
  • October 8, 2009
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We’ve just released the DPD-Cart plugin for WordPress.

The DPD-Cart plugin allows you to easily integrate a DPD Storefront with your WordPress blog. It features a View Cart / Checkout sidebar Widget and easy product insertion in to posts and pages with no copying and pasting of button code.

Get the plugin and more details from the download page: DPD-Cart Plugin

Our friends at Inspired Mag have also created a tutorial with step-by-step instructions and screenshots showing how to get up and running with the DPD-Cart plugin.

Check out: Start Selling Downloads from your WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes

How-To: PDF Buyer Tracking

  • Jason@DPD
  • September 23, 2009
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DPD offers a PDF buyer tracking feature that automatically marks PDF products with the buyer Name, Email, and Transaction ID.

This helps to prevent sharing sharing of your file because people have an aversion to mass distribution of their personally identifiable information. Well, everyone except for that LifeLock Guy and it didn’t turn out too well for him.

The best part about PDF Buyer Tracking? It’s turned on with a single checkbox during product setup!

There are only a few conditions to using the PDF Buyer Tracking feature:

  • You must have a DPD Paid account plan- this is a premium feature not available to free accounts!
  • Your product file must be a single PDF upload and not contained in a ZIP, RAR, ISO, or any other archive file.
  • Your PDF must be a Acrobat 5 compatible file.
  • Your PDF must not have an edit password set in the PDF file.
  • Your PDF file size must be less than 30 MB.

For more information on these conditions and the reasons behind them please refer to the DPD Knowledgebase documentation.

Enabling PDF Buyer tracking is ridiculously easy:

For Storefront Products:

  1. Create a new Storefront Product
  2. Check the “Enable PDF Buyer Tracking” checkbox on the first setup page
  3. Upload your product file as normal (be sure its a .pdf file)

For Standalone Products:

  1. Create a new Storefront Product
  2. Upload your product file as normal (be sure its a .pdf file)
  3. Check the “Enable PDF Buyer Tracking” checkbox on the Delivery options page after upload.

Thats it!

To test that it is working properly with your PDF you can send yourself a free delivery of the product- it will have your email address and transaction ID added to the bottom of the PDF.

Note: If the product is free for whatever reason (through a storefront coupon or a “free” standalone product) then only the transaction ID will be printed on the PDF. If you send a free delivery to a specific email address then the email you sent it to and the transaction ID will be supplied. The name is not provided for these types of transactions because we pull the buyer’s real name from their PayPal account as an added security measure, so if there is no checkout we can’t capture a real name.

New DPD Storefront Affiliate System- Affiliate Enable your entire store!

  • Jason@DPD
  • September 22, 2009
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Now entire storefronts can be affiliate enabled! Unlike standalone product affiliate programs that can be used for individual “buy now” products, the new DPD Storefront Affiliate System allows for all products sold through an affiliate enabled storefront to be tracked through the DPD affiliate system. No more individual signup links, and no changes to your current DPD “add to cart” or “checkout” button code! The new DPD Storefront Affiliate system can be enabled for any storefront by setting a few simple options for the storefront- affiliate enable your entire website in just minutes!

The storefront affiliate system is a full featured affiliate program manager for your store- Once affiliates sign up to promote your products they are given a special tracking hoplink that credits them with any sales generated by the traffic they refer.

And, because the DPD system allows for multiple storefronts on a single DPD account vendors can now run multiple affiliate enabled websites from one account!

For more information including a complete introduction to the DPD Storefront affiliate program please review the following knowledgebase article: Setting up and Managing a Storefront Affiliate Program

As always, we value your feedback- Suggestions are always welcome! Leave a comment here or send us a support ticket and we’ll respond ASAP.