Shareware Author TipsJumpto: PAD Files; Download Sites; Anti-Piracy ; On-Line Payments ; Submit Shareware to SWF
<asp-shareware.org> and International PAD Database <paddb.com>, so become familiar with those resources. The PAD file has been specified and trademarked by ASP, which offers a free editor to fill in the blanks, PADGen. An easier to use editor for the same results is padEditor, also free.
Both companies would help you set up your own downloads site.
ASP has a list of over 800 PAD Enabled Shareware Download Sites, but with numerous duplications.
In a PAD file, be sure to include stable links for PAD file location, as well as the links for information, purchase, and downloads.
Two of the largest download companies are Tucows.Com and CNET.com (now including download.com and ZDnet.com). These do not accept PAD files, only manual submissions. However, they can be frustrating to work with. A program submitted to Tucows, with notice that it was restrained to 10 free starts, was rejected as not being openable. The idiots had ignored the notice and used up the 10 starts. For this reason, it can be useful to have a demo version with no restriction on starts, separate from the full program which requires registration after some limited trials.
There are also various commercial sites which will host downloads and manage registration passwords and payments, but at cost of up to 50 percent commission. Some have submission or maintenance fees. These companies do help make programs known to the web public.
Some PAD and non-PAD submission sites are found on Links page.
An example which has received very favorable reviews on the internet is EXECryptor <http://strongbit.com/>; this has a one-time cost, now EU100. Acess to their automated key-gen might require contact with their support.
A longer known product, Armadillo / SoftwarePassport, is now owned by DigitalRiver <digitalriver.com> (which includes RegNow.com, RegSoft.com, Digibuy.com, Simtel.net, Reg.Net, SetSystems.com, plus shareit.com of Europe) and requires use of a DR e-comm system for automated key delivery, (e.g., $0 to $200 setup fee for each product plus 9% to 13.9% per transaction fee).
Some such e-comm systems support affiliate sales.
paypal.com for payments (transaction Fees 1.9% to 2.9% + $0.30 USD). Some very bad merchant experiences (locked accounts) have been reported on the internet, and it is not clear whether things have improved since the buy-out by ebay.com.
Don't overlook companies such as DigitalRiver, above, but select plan carefully.
Also see Links