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CartProductFeed API: Feed Generation Part 4 – PActionAfterFeed

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Data leaves the Content Management System and enters a feed in a controlled process. There are four points where your custom modifier can hook the feed generation process. This post discusses the fourth of those four points and the differences. PActionAfterFeed is the final hook. It does not return a result because it sees the entire product after the feed-provider has converted it into the target format. For XML files, the data it sees will be a multi-line XML output. For CSV formats, the data…

API

Posted on: April 13, 2015

These topics discuss how to extend the functionality of the Cart Product Feed plugin using "Custom Modifiers". To make use of this, you will need an understanding of PHP. Custom Modifiers can add and remove attributes on the fly. They can change the contents of the attributes or even reformat the feed output. They exist as outside plugins, meaning that even if you upgrade Cart Product Feed, your custom modifier code will be preserved. Feel free to download the sample custom modifiers and rework them…

Instructions for Trial and New Customers

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Follow the steps below to configure the Cart Product Feed plugin and generate your first data feed. If you haven't already, make sure you have: -  Created your merchant account ie. Google Merchant, Amazon Seller, eBay, etc . . . -  Have WordPress running and your ecommerce plugin (WooCommerce, WP e-commerce) installed in order to utilize the plugin. - Installed the CartProductFeed plugin 1. Create Feeds Page To start creating feeds, from the WordPress Admin’s left navigation bar click CartProductFeed. 2. Enter Valid License Key Skip this…

Documentation

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Shopping Cart Export - Getting Started - Step by Step Guides - Adding Information to Feeds (Mapping) - Cart Product Feed Add-ons - API (Custom Modifiers)

Why is export freezing at xx%?

Posted on: March 24, 2015

An updated version of the plugin addresses many freezing and speed issues:  Please update or Download it here The issue: I am getting the exports timing out at: 25, 60, 80%, etc Reasoning: The plugin searches for any and all product data associated with your products: tags, custom fields, attributes, descriptions, etc… The following advanced command tells the plugin to only search/pull 1000 custom fields rather than 50000 fields (default). Note this value controls the number of exported custom fields and NOT number of products. Solution…

How do I add UPC/EAN values to Variable Products in WooCommerce?

Posted on: March 24, 2015

As WooCommerce does not currently have a system to include barcodes for variable products, we have devised our own way to "attach" these values to your variations. Update: There is an add-on available for users to input product/variation Brand, UPC and EAN. Please find instructions here: Additional Product Fields. Alternate/Old Method: Please see below image showing an example for including UPCs/EANs to variations. Adding these values will include creating custom fields and then two lines in the plugin's advanced commands box. Let’s say your custom…

Facebook Dynamic Product Ads

Posted on: March 12, 2015

Steps to creating and managing your Facebook Dynamic Product Ads Generate a feed - Select “Facebook XML” as the Merchant Type Create a business via: business.facebook.com Select Gear Drop down (top right), then Business Manager Settings Select Product Catalogs (from the left menu) Create a product catalog: Add New Product Catalog Click Home (top left) Click  your newly created Product Catalog Click "+ Add a Product Feed" Enter a name for your feed and then add the URL that is generated when you click "Get Feed"…

How do I enable CDATA tags or enclose values with double quotes?

Posted on: March 5, 2015

When mapping from Custom Attributes or Custom Fields, values may contain illegal XML characters or include commas that will interfere with CSV files. Adding a "true" after the mapping command will surround the value with CDATA tags (XML files) or double quotes (CSV, TXT). Example: mapAttribute customAttribute to g:brand true

Does the Google shopping feed do custom_label_0, custom_label_1, etc.?

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Yes! On the Create New Feed page, under "Show Additional Attributes" you can find options to map to these custom labels. Alternatively, you can set these attributes to static values with the advanced command: setAttributeDefault custom_label_0 as "MyCustomLabel"  

Creating Mappable Attributes

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Your store's categories, product titles, descriptions and attributes, are automatically mapped by the Cart Product Feed plugin. If you do not see attributes in your feed, please proceed to mapping your attributes to include them in the data feed. Note that custom fields, tags or custom product attributes are mapped manually via the advanced commands. Creating local/mappable attributes can be done in various ways. Most commonly they are created through the WooCommerce Product's Attribute page. Other ways of creating local attributes include: Custom Product Attributes, Custom…

Google Trusted Stores Eligibility

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Application criteria Acceptance into the Google Trusted Stores program is granted through an application process. While basic requirements are listed below, Google may consider other factors when reviewing your application, including store policies, website look and feel, and overall shopping experience. Minimum requirements

What is RapidCart?

Posted on: January 30, 2015

- Ideal for existing customers with a large amount of products (>10k) and product data. Our ‘Rapid Cart’ solution places all of the processing efforts on our servers instead of yours.  It is the same core engine and technology as the Shopping Cart Product Feed plugin, but it runs on our boxes.  To make it work is simple - we use the existing plugin (we have a slightly different version) and it acts as a shim.  The shim gives the product details/data in raw format to our…

Do you support multilingual plugins?

Posted on: January 20, 2015

Yes. If your WooCommerce is set up using WPML for instance, we can target different countries by exporting products from your language-specific category. Additional prices or currencies may be mapped via Custom Attributes if needed, or easily modified using the Advanced Commands below. For example. If my prices are set up in USD, we apply the following commands to set up a Canadian feed: set currency as CAD rule discount(1.24,*) rule discount(1.24,*,s) [for adjusting sale price] - At the time of writing this, 1 USD…

How can I remap attributes?

Posted on: January 20, 2015

Remapping is done simply by selecting from a list of drop down options. Select from automatically pulled attributes or woocommerce attributes. To remap a Custom Product Attribute or an attribute not in the list, click the [open advanced commands] link to display a text box. Type the following: deleteAttribute [attribute-name] mapAttribute [woo-attribute] as [merchant-attribute] Where: [attribute-name] is that found in the drop down box [woo-attribute] is the local attribute slug (OR exact name of a custom field) and [merchant-attribute] is the desired merchant attribute. For…

Amazon: How do I get my products to show up on Amazon?

Posted on: December 23, 2014

Amazon is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms and if you want to be a successful business, it’s almost a given that your products have to be listed on it. But there are thousands of products listed on Amazon, so how do you get your products to stand out? Use Keywords Your Client Would Use When selecting keywords, think like your audience! What keywords would you enter if you were looking for your product? Think like your customer and enter keywords they would use to…

Advanced Commands with Amazon Templates

Posted on: December 5, 2014

1. First note that NOT ALL fields are necessary when uploading a template. You will notice our template does not have the 200 or more fields present in Amazon's.. this is OK as long as you provide at least the required fields. You may add your desired fields using the advanced commands box (provided examples below). 2. As mentioned, important fields like product title, description & quantity to name a few, are automatically mapped. If at any time you want to change these, use the…

Resolving Common Google Errors

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Upon submission, Google may provide you with errors for a failed feed upload. Here are some common Google errors and explanations on resolving them. "Insufficient product identifiers: Missing two out of three attributes [GTIN, brand, mpn]" Two of three unique product identfiers are required for uploading into Google Merchant. Here's how to include each of these in your feed: 1. MPN - Manufacturer Product Number is automatically mapped from the WooCommerce SKU field. Complete this field if you would like the g:mpn in your feed.…

Amazon Seller Setup

Posted on: November 26, 2014

1) With Amazon seller central, you will need a professional seller account where you can access their bulk upload tool. You can find steps here: http://www.shoppingcartproductfeed.com/woocommerce-export/amazon-seller-upload/upload-inventory-file-amazon/ 2) At this time Amazon does not have an automatic pull (from URL), nor does our plugin have a push-to-Amazon feature. For now you may look at alternatives such as the AMTU program (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200779340) which allows you to configure an interval of 15 minutes for example from your own machine. You may also be aware that Amazon provides an…

What’s the difference between the Free Version, 5 Day Trial and Commercial?

Posted on: October 21, 2014

So what's the difference between these versions? Let us spell it out for you! Free Version: You can download the free version of the Shopping Cart Product Feed to test out the waters and see if this is what you're looking for. It includes: 10 products exported per feed, with a limit of 3 feeds; Whenever you make changes to the exported products, that information will be automatically updated to whichever online merchant you've synched with FREE VERSION IS AVAILABLE HERE FOR DOWNLOAD 5 Day Trial: Our…

How do I speed up exports / Why am I getting timeouts?

Posted on: October 16, 2014

It is taking xx hours to export my 10,000+ items. Welcome to the world of unindexed, unoptimized and non-tuned WordPress installations! :) Consider when you have thousands of items, this actually results in 10's of thousands of row in your database..  Normally, all is fine with this - except for when you want to really quickly read and parse the tables (like when you want to export products! ) For example, a customer with 11,000 items had over 700,000 rows in his database tables! So,…