Add slick looking Amazon Carousel widgets to your blog posts in a brain-dead simple way! Just say [carousel] to add a Carousel anywhere on your blog.
You can set 'height' and 'width' parameters to resize your widget. For e.g., to get a 400x150 widget, I would do something like this:<br/><br/> [carousel width="400" height="150"] <br/><br/> Valid combinations of Width x Height are: 120x500, 160x600, 400x150, 500x175, 600x200
Sometimes you want your user to see a different set of products each time the widget is rendered. Setting 'shuffleProducts="True"' ensures that the items in your Carousel are shuffled before they're presented to the user.
If you want to add a thin border around your Carousel widget, you can set 'showBorder="True"'.
Add the parameter marketplace="GB". Valid values for market place are: JP, FR, DE, GB, US, CA
To get a list of valid categories, see the 'SearchIndex' column on this page: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSECommerceService/2008-06-26/DG/index.html?APPNDX_SearchIndexValues.html
If you want to get real crazy, you can specify 'browseNode="XYZ"' in addition to 'category="ABC"'. This allows you to search within specific categories at Amazon. For example:<br/><br/> [carousel list="NewReleases" category="Books" browseNode="18"] <br/><br/> displays the latest releases from the 'Mystery and Thrillers' section within Books!
Similary, <br/><br/> [carousel keywords="microwaves" category="Kitchen" browseNode="361395011"] <br/><br/> searches for "microwaves" within the 'Home & Appliance' section within the Kitchen store.
To get the list of browseNodes associates with each category, you'll need to do a bit of snooping around with Amazon's e-commerce APIs. Alternatively, you can drill-down into the relevant browse node at this website: http://www.browsenodes.com/node--2000.html
Sure, use this table to select parameters that'll help you customize your Carousel widget:<br/> List of Parameters. (I couldn't quite figure out how to get a Table on this page so you'll have to click on this link above to get the parameter list. Sorry :(
WordPress doesn't directly let you use shortcodes in the sidebar. Since this plugin uses shortcodes, you can't add this widget to the sidebar 'out-of-the-box'. However, there is a trivially easy 1-line fix for this! Follow these steps: (Note: The steps below have been quoted from http://englishmike.net/2008/07/07/wordpress-quick-tips-3adding-a-shortcode-to-a-sidebar-widget/)
That's all you need to do. Now any shortcodes you add to a sidebar widget will show up correctly.
If there's enough interest in getting the MP3 Clips widget, Slideshow widget, My Favorites or Search widget, drop me a line at email@example.com and I'll build another plugin for those widgets.