Buythis Shortcode

Description is an online store that specializes in machinery sales.


Visit the plugin website for online documentation.

Third party service description

This plugin provides a shortcode to interface between WordPress and

This plugin relies on as a third party service, in order for the plugin to work.

The reason for using the third party service, is to access JSON product data from the store.

No personal data is collected during the process.

As can be seen in the plugin’s source code, this plugin only uses information that is directly and knowingly provided by the user themselves, i.e. the sku, variant, value, search, format and affiliate shortcode parameters.

No other data of any kind, whatsoever, is used by this plugin, other than the parameters provided by the user to the plugin shortcode.

The only data currently submitted to the third party service via HTTP is the sku parameter, or the search and format parameters, depending on which of those parameters are explicitly provided to the shortcode.

Links to the third party service:
Data definition

AWS S3 is used to serve cached data when one of the above primary third party service data sources are not available.

Data received by the plugin via HTTP, is cached in the site’s local WordPress database, and deleted again when the plugin is uninstalled.

Third party services’ terms of use and privacy policies:


To use the Buythis Shortcode plugin:

[buythis sku="sku" variant="variant" value="path" affiliate="affiliate_id"]


[buythis sku="sku" variant="variant" value="path" affiliate="affiliate_id"][/buythis]

The provided affiliate_id is used to generate revenue for a given affiliate, by using this plugin’s [buythis] shortcode on their WordPress site.

A site-wide default Affiliate ID can be configured on the Buythis Shortcode settings page, that will be used as a fallback value for the affiliate parameter, should one not be provided. This makes it easy to change the affiliate ID for a site, and prevents the need to duplicate and maintain the affiliate parameter in each usage of the shortcode.

Depending on the path specified in the value parameter, one or more API calls will be made to the following endpoints (sources), where [sku] is the provided sku parameter:

Endpoint URL
Example value parameter




Dynamic fixed data

The API response from a source is JSON-decoded, and the path specified by the value parameter is extracted from the JSON response.

Thus, to extract custom JSON data from a source’s API response, use a custom path in the value parameter to specify (describe) the source API and the JSON data to extract from it, as shown in each example value parameter above.

Product listing usage

[buythis search="RDWorks_Upgrade" format="cart"]

[buythis search="sku1, sku2, sku3" format="list"]

[buythis search="sku1|sku2.variant sku3" format="table1"]

An HTML-formatted table of products will be generated, as per the specified format parameter, and any product whose SKU matches either RDWorks_Upgrade, sku1, sku2, sku2.variant, or sku3, will be displayed in the generated table.

Generated listing table format definitions:

Table format
Generated table column headers

Select, Image, SKU (and Name), Price, Quantity

Image, Description, Price (incl), Buy

Image, SKU, Description, Price (VAT Incl.), Buy

Usage with WordPress Ajax

To render [buythis sku="sku" variant="variant" value="price" search="search" format="format" affiliate="affiliate_id"][/buythis] dynamically using jQuery:

> ‘/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php’,
> {
> action: ‘buythis_shortcode_ajax’,
> _ajax_nonce: ”,
> sku: ‘sku’,
> variant: ‘variant’,
> value: ‘price’,
> search: ‘search’,
> format: ‘format’,
> affiliate: ‘affiliate_id’
> },
> data => data && jQuery( ‘#buythis_plugin_content’ ).html( data )
> );


The following shortcut value options are available:

| Shortcut | Substituted path (value parameter) |
| buy | <a href=",cart,1,(other.variant) |
| content | display.content |
| link | |
| link_name | <a href="">(|</a> |
| name || |
| price | R (|data.price.regular) |
| regular_price | R (data.price.regular| |
| sale_price | R (|data.price.regular) |


In order of precedence:

  1. () (round braces) is used to treat a path as a format string, by only evaluating sub-paths in the format string that are contained within round braces, and leaving text in the rest of the format string that are outside round braces, intact. Nested braces, i.e. braces inside braces, are not supported, i.e. a sub-path cannot contain a format string. Round braces can contain shortcuts as sub-paths.
  2. | (OR) is to coalesce the first non-null result of a sub-path out of a set of path expressions. A sub-path can be a shortcut, but cannot contain round braces.
  3. . (period) is the JSON separator in a path.


Is this plugin free to use?

Yes, this plugin is free to use. The source code is also available for you to examine what the plugin does and how it works.


February 23, 2022
Works as described. Super handy for keeping my affiliate posts up-to-date. Thanks.
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