Guide for Creatorsbeta
- 1. Introduction
- 2. How to Start Selling
- 3. Publish on Marketplace
- 4. Plans and Pricing
- 5. Billing Cycle and Payouts
- 6. Handling Products (Websites)
- 7. Customer List
- 8. Changing Your Account Information
- 9. Customer Support
- 10. Providing Your Website to the Customer
- 11. FAQ
Yes, with a few major differences than other WordPress marketplaces like Mojo or ThemeForest.
On our platform you can sell Ready-Made WordPress sites as a subscription service model and get recurring revenue. The services include Managed WordPress Hosting on AWS.
Ready-Made WordPress site is not some special thing, but just a regular WordPress site which includes installed theme, plugins and content. And on our platform, you can sell a whole WordPress site as a service.
The buyers (your customers) will get a clone of your WordPress site which is fully designed/developed by you.
The cloned site is completely separated (independent) from the original one. So they can manage it on their own according to their needs.
Even if people get/buy a beautiful WordPress theme, they will still have to manage a lot of things on their own. In other words, they will have to take care of choosing hosting vendor, purchase a domain & SSL, struggle with WordPress installation and so on.
If the customer doesn’t have enough technical knowledge, he may face some problems and he may try to find another theme, ask a professional developer or even quit building his own website with WordPress.
With ReadyShip, they will get fully functional Ready-Made WordPress site with managed WordPress hosting in minutes! And all they will need to do is just change the demo content according to their needs.
Yes. With ReadyShip you can make bigger and more stable profit than other WordPress theme/plugin marketplaces.
Here is a simple example. On other marketplaces the average price of themes is around $50, which is only one-time payment per customer.
The minimum selling price on ReadyShip is $59/month of which $24 are the seller’s profit ($35 goes for hosting). That means $288/year per customer. So the profit per customer will be 5 – 10 times bigger than other marketplaces.
Nothing! Selling on ReadyShip is completely free. You will never be asked to pay anything. Cool, Right? 🙂
Overall, it’s quite easy for you.
- Register on our platform: https//factory.readyship.co/
- Sign in & create your first product(a WordPress site).
- Build the WordPress site as you usually do.
- Put some description and set pricing plan on the product
- Publish it for sale on the platform. https://readyship.co/products
The process is very simple. The customers will go to the checkout page of your product and then click Launch Website. Then they will choose payment plan, set domain and start building a clone of your product. And in just a few minutes the buyers will get their own website.
We will check your site to make sure there are no problems.
- License checks: Check if your WordPress site contains any split licensed plugins/themes. About plugins/themes licenses
- Source code security check: The code is checked for suspicious code that may have sneaked in. The code is checked by both machines and people.
- We will test your site to make sure there will be no problems with cloning your site.
If there are some problems with your product, we will inform you about the reason and further instructions via email.
No. Your changes will not affect your existing customers websites, because they are completely independent from your WordPress. So feel free to add changes anytime.
But after you add changes, please make sure to submit a new release version. This step will apply the changes you made.
You can simply advertise your ReadyShip products on your own website so you can lead your customers to the checkout page.
Yes. You are allowed to use any existing themes/plugins that are licensed under 100% GPL.
Especially, all the themes/plugins published on WordPress.org are licensed under 100% GPL, so you can use any of them safely.
Yes, all settings will be cloned as well.
Since the database and files under
wp-content directory of the WordPress site will be cloned entirely, all your settings/customizations will be applied to the customer’s new WordPress.
We strongly recommend using only 100% GPL plugins/themes. In most cases, a split license prohibits the plugin/theme to be used for reselling.
Please check the terms of the plugins/themes if they are 100% licesed under GPL.
There aren’t any special requirements or limiations except that the products must not contain any license issues with themes, plugins, images or demo content.
To maximize the performance speed, we provide AWS Fullstack Architecture which includes CloudFront CDN, SSD, S3, EC2/ECS(Docker), RDS, Load Balancer, Lambda functions (for monitoring website’s health) and so on.
All websites instances have the following specs:
- OS: Alpine Linux
- CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 Processor
- Networking Performance: Up to 10Gbps
- Memory: 8GB to 30GB dinamically
- Web Server: nginx/1.12 or later
- PHP Version: 7.2.2 or later
- Maximum Upload Size: 30 MB
- Database (RDS): AWS RDS, Aurora MySQL 5.6.x
- Storage: SSD (AWS EBS)
This information is current as of December 2018. We will keep improving our hosting services so upgrades will be applied as needed.
Yes. The customers can use ReadyShip’s subdomain or their own domain. After they buy a website, they can set their own domain name.
In this case, they will have to change the DNS record with our help.
Technically, we will provide a new AWS CloudFront distribution for each WordPress site. So all they will need to do is just change the CNAME record to the WordPress’ CloudFront domain (something like d6fm6fulu3ti9.cloudfront.net).
Yes. We will create FTP accounts for each website and we will send the login info to the customer via email.
About WordPress core updates:
– Minor updates will be done automatically to ensure security.
– Major updates have to be done manually by the customer.
– We will forcefully update the core version if the website’s WordPress current version is no longer supported.
Plugins and themes updates:
– We will not update them automatically. The customer is completely responsible to update them manually.
Currently we’re not providing SSH access to the customers for security reasons. If they want to change their server configurations they can do it through our support.
Our hosting service is managed and already configured for WordPress, so basically they don’t need to touch the server configurations.
The selling price is defined as follows. You just put your price on top of our server cost ($35/month) and you get the selling price. For example if you put 40$, the selling price will be 75$/month.
The minimum selling price is $59 per month.
Your Profit = Selling Price – Transaction Fee (Stripe Fee 3.6%) – Server Cost – PayPal Fee (4.4%)
In this case you will get around $21.87 on your PayPal account.
Yes. However the changed price will not affect the existing customers.
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We use Stripe as payment processor and we accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diners Club.
No. Our hosting service includes server instance, CDN, SSL, FTP, support and 24/7 monitoring. So there aren’t any additional premium options like other hosting companies do.
You will get your payouts on your PayPal account automatically through our Automatic Billing System.
If the customer chose to pay monthly, the first billing will occur right after the trial period ends. After that the customer will be charged every month. For example if the first billing occurred on 8th of January, the customer will be charged on the 8th day of every month.
If the billing fails we will reattempt to charge the customer for three times.
- First attempt (after 7 days)
- Second attempt (after 14 days)
- Third attempt (after 21 days)
- If all the attempts fail, the user’s website instance will be suspended and therefore unavailable. If the customer does not contact us, the website will be deleted after 90 days of suspension.
Currently we’re not supporting multisite networks.
Instead of that on ReadyShip, you will be able to provide a whole cloned WordPress site to your customer. So they will get full control of their WordPress site without any restrictions.
The cloning is done automatically with the help of several technologies like Docker, AWS ECS, AWS S3 and so on.
- Please submit new release version of your WordPress.
- Then we will make a zip package that contains all the files under /wp-content directory and the database’s dumpfile.
- When the customer buys your website, we will make a new Docker container.
- We will install an empty WordPress and migrate the package into the new one.
- Additionally, we will replace WordPress’ user data with the customer’s one and also remove the unused data like post revisions.
No, ReadyShip is not a marketplace. It is a platform creators can use to develop their own subscription business like Wix or Squarespace. In other words, it is a tool that enables you to sell your websites as a subscription.
A typical marketplace sells WordPress themes and other digital assets under that marketplace brand. Our platform is not like that.
We consider the following to be very important:
- The centerpiece is always the creator (you).
- You should be able to maximize your creativity and uniqueness as much as possible.
- The Focus is on strengthening your brand. (which is not limited by the ReadyShip brand)
ReadyShip’s service is the first of its kind.
Therefore, we want to collaborate with creators like you and listen to your feedback! This will help us to expand and improve our features. (We are also web creators!) We encourage you to join us in the discussion so we can make improvements together.
ReadyShip’s top priority is to make it easy for creators to develop their business, so we plan to constantly evolve and add more features.
Major features to be added:
- API for a complete white label: A new feature, which will be able to work with an API will be implemented. Your customers will then see your brand, instead of ReadyShip’s. However, you will not be able to contact customers through ReadyShip. Therefore, all customer support must be provided by the creator. The ReadyShip support team will be available to answer any questions from the creator. We plan to make the cost of infrastructure lower for creators using the API, compared to normal use without the API.
- Domain purchasing: ReadyShip will be able to handle domain purchasing. Additionally, we will provide a DNS record-editing function for the purchased domain. This will enable your customers to setup a new website flawlessly.
- Development of a marketplace: The creator’s products (websites) will be on a list where people can search, preview, and make a purchase. This will be similar to a marketplace. However, this will be an opt-in feature only for creators who wish to have it. In addition, you have an option to set your product to be listed on the marketplace or not. Ultimately, you, the creator, are the centerpiece. ReadyShip does not want to hinder the development of your brand. We have not yet set a date for this marketplace. (Please join our forum and tell us what you think!)
No. Even if you did not develop the theme, you can still use it as part of your creative work. A theme is just one of the parts of your creative work. However, if you use someone else’s part, make sure there will be no problems with split licensing or image (or other digital asset) copyright infringement. As with plugins, you can use whatever you please. Nevertheless, the creator will be held accountable for their selections. All the themes in the official WordPress.org theme directory are provided under 100% GPL. Since they are safe to use, we recommend using them.
Yes, generally there are no restrictions. However, connecting to CDN and external services like Akismet might not be suitable due to license keys. Also, plugins under a split license can be subject to litigation. It’s best to not use such plugins.
Yes, all settings will be cloned as well. Since your entire database will be cloned, all your product settings will be copied over.
The tables and records created by the plugin will also be cloned. For details, please see “Providing Your Website to the Customers.”
- Updating the WordPress core:
- Minor updates will be done automatically to ensure security.
- Major updates have to be done manually by the customer. However, if the version of the current installation of WordPress is no longer supported, the major update will be done by ReadyShip.
- This update function is similar to the WordPress core’s Automatic Background Updates.
- Updating plugins and themes: The customer is responsible to update them manually using the standard WordPress system. ReadyShip will not update them automatically.
The customer can use ReadyShip’s subdomain. After setting up a website, the customer can set his or her own domain name. In this case, the customers must edit the DNS information by themselves.
Specifically, the following two steps are required:
- First set the IP address as specified by the DNS A Record.
- On the Dashboard, change the website’s domain name.
Yes, the seller can provide his or her own support! On the creator’s Dashboard, you can see the purchaser’s email address on the customer list. Therefore, you can contact the customer directly and provide support and services.
In such cases, you can include the cost of support and services when you set the pricing.
You do not need to provide support if the customer changes the theme. Support can be provided through your email address or the support forum.
When the customer asks for support or has an inquiry, he will first select the support category. If the customer selects “About default theme/plugins usage or customization” the customer will see your email address or the support forum URL.
You can set these settings for each product.
If there is a certified supporter program (customization services after the purchase), I want to join. Is there one?
We currently do not have such a program, but we are thinking about it. If you have any suggestions, let us know on the forum.
When you provide a customer with a website, you will be providing “Software as a Service” for the user rights instead of “Distribution” as defined by GPL.
This is the same as Automattic, Inc. offering WordPress.com. Therefore, GPL does not apply to the websites you provide to customers. If you want to give the source code for a theme or plugin to customers, there would be no problem with telling customers how to download the source code. You will be free to provide services to your customers at your own discretion.
We strongly recommend using plugins and themes that are 100% under GPL. In most cases, a split license is used to prohibit the plugin or theme from being provided to multiple websites or via SaaS.
Note that ReadyShip will not get involved in any licensing problems. The creator shall be totally responsible to resolve such problems.