Provides a facility to insert Amazon product links directly into your site's Pages, Posts and Widgets and Templates.
This plugin is used to quickly add Amazon products to your WordPress posts and pages. The products can be simple text links, thumbnail images, fullsize images, complex templates or full-blown Amazon flash widgets.
The content of the products can be statically entered by the Author, when the link is created, or dynamically refreshed when displayed using the Amazon site that is most appropriate for the nationality of the reader.
The products to be displayed can be specified when the link is created, using the built in Amazon search widget, or dynamically generated by searching the content of the site.
All product links will contain the Amazon affiliate ID of the site author and will be the relevant one for that locale, allowing the author to collect commission on any products purchased through the links.
[amazon]shortcode used to generate product links
To quickly add a simple text link add the following lines into an entry (page, post or text widget):
[amazon asin=<ASIN Number>&text=<link text>]
Where ASIN Number is the unique amazon number used to identify products e.g. "1405235675". The Link Text is simply what you want to be shown for the link, e.g. "Mr. Good".
To utilise one of the templates simply specify the template option with the name of the template to use. For example:
[amazon asin=<ASIN Number>&title=<link text>&thumb=<image url>&template=thumbnail].
To take full advantage of the plugin features it is recommended that you have an Amazon Web Services account, and enter the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key in the Amazon Link Settings page. Once your AWS account settings are entered the plugin can be configured to dynamically fill in the templates with live information from the appropriate Amazon site. Alternatively you can use the Amazon Search tool on the Page/Post edit screen to find Amazon products and let the plugin pre-fill the Amazon Link shortcode with all the details needed to create the appropriate template.
To generate a list of products relevant to the content of your site use the 'cat' option, to specify where the plugin should search for Amazon product links. This option can be either 'local' to search the current content or a list of category ids to search specific sections of your site. For example I use this feature to provide friends and family some ideas for presents. This feature also needs access to the Amazon Web Service API and uses the 'CartSimilarities' feature to generate the list of items.
This is created by either putting the line
amazon_recommends(<Category>,<Number of Posts>) in your template. Or putting the line
[amazon cat=<Category>&last=<Number of Posts>] within a post or page. Where 'Category' is a list of category ids to search within (e.g. as expected by the 'cat' argument of query_posts function. The 'last' parameter is the number of posts to search through.
Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-10-11
1 of 4 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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