V3.1 Released – Geolocation, WordPress searching and more

Datafeed Studio V3.1 - Geolocation

This new release sees the addition of Geolocation, WordPress searching and several bug fixes.

Geolocation Support

Datafeed Studio now allows you to serve up different price comparison listing results based on the country of your site visitor.

To enable this each feed can now be associated with a country (zone) – and only feeds that match the visitors country will be included in the results.

Note that Geolocation is disabled by default but can be useful if you have a strong mix of traffic from different countries and you are signed up to international affiliate networks.

Geolocation can be enabled from the ‘Geolocation’ tab of the main Datafeed Studio configuration page where you can select which countries your feeds support (if a visitor comes from an unsupported country they will be served results from your default country setting in the ‘General Settings’ tab).

You will also find a new ‘Countries’ tab in the admin panel that allows you to alter the currency symbol displayed as well as the ability to specify a default ‘No Products’ message for a country (which can include HTML) to override the default message.

Countries can also be assigned to a ‘Zone’ – e.g. you could group all Euro currency based countries into a single named Zone if assigning against a feed against a single country is too granular for your needs.

WordPress Searching

A popular feature request has been the ability to add searching to the WordPress plugin, i.e. to display price boxes automatically generated from user queries.

With V3.1 this is now possible with the addition of two new shortcodes.

To do this in a page or post requires just two lines in your content.

Firstly :

[ds_search]

will display the search form on your site within your page.

Then somewhere within the same page (or post) place the following line to control the placement of the price comparison result listing.

[ds_search_result]

That’s all there is to it :-)

Export Site fixes

This release sees a number of fixes with the ‘Export Site’ functionality that allows you to export products into other systems (like WordPress or Joomla) as individual posts/pages.

There’s also a new Export Site option where you can choose to enable or disable updating products that have already been exported.

Monitor Alerts

Previously you could receive an email if a store displayed no matching price compare results for a product.

This feature has now been extended to the WordPress plugin – and you can also now nominate a minimum and maximum threshold for the email, e.g. if the maximum is set to 50 then any price listings that contain more products than that will result in an email to you.

Upgrade Notes – Important!

As usual see the main README.txt file for upgrading notes.

Note that this time around there’s a fair bit of SQL (mostly populating the new country data) – and there’s an important bit at line 333 of the patch.sql file which sets the default country association of existing feeds to be ‘GBR’ :

alter table datafeeds add column country_code varchar(3) default ‘GBR’;

US affiliates will probably want to change the ‘GBR’ to ‘USA’ – if you are based in another country use the appropriate ISO 3-digit country code for your location.

Also, after upgrading, be sure to go to the Config tab and set your ‘Default Country’ and double-check your Amazon API credentials are correct as this release has split the Amazon UK and USA APIs into two separate configuration screens.

Download

V3.1 is available from here.

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