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ProductWidgets

Description

NOTICE: This plugin is currently not supported, please don’t install! Get in touch via email if you are a publisher and want to use the widgets: hello@productwidgets.com

Whether you run a personal blog or topic website, ProductWidgets helps you to monetise your content without annoying your users. Our beautiful widgets automatically display products which are relevant to your content – they are a better-looking, better-performing, less-obtrusive and more flexible alternative to traditional ad banners.

You can either set specific keywords for your widgets, and they will display products related to those keywords, or let the ProductWidgets analyze the pages you add widgets to, and find the best products for those pages automatically! The whole process is fully automated and happens behind the scenes, so you can focus on creating great content and let ProductWidgets take care of the monetization for you!

Millions of Products

ProductWidgets is backed by a database containing millions of products from niches such as fashion, technology, music, movies, gaming, sports, and health, and new products are added every day!

Fully Automated

Products are selected automatically based on keywords you define or the content of your website. Also, each widget’s products are rotated regularly so returning visitors see fresh products every time.

Self-optimizing

Each product impression, click and sale is tracked and that data is used to make sure your widgets always display the best-performing products. Products that don’t perform well are replaced automatically.

Geo-targeted

Displaying products to visitors that cannot possibly buy them from their country is a wasted opportunity! Our widgets know where each visitor is located and always display products from local advertisers.

Responsive

Your site is reponsive and looks good on phones and tablets? So should your widgets! It’s easy to configure them to shrink or disappear on smaller screen sizes, while taking advantage of all available space on desktops.

Simple Implementation

Adding a widget to your website is easy and only takes a minute – simply use our WordPress plugin or insert just one line of Javascript by hand. More plugins to other popular publishing platforms are coming soon!

More questions?

Check out the ProductWidgets website for more info and don’t hesitate to get in touch via email if you have any more questions!

Installation

Attention please! We are currently only looking for publishers from a selected list of (mostly European) countries. More specifically, we cannot work together with publishers from the US yet. Unfortunately we had to limit the list of countries to be able to find great advertisers for all our publishers. We will definitely support publishers from the US and more countries soon!

Install the plugin directly from WordPress or manually

Installation from WordPress: Search for ProductWidgets on the plugins page of your WordPress backend.

Manual installation: Extract the zip file and copy the extracted folder into the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.

Activate plugin

Activate the plugin from the plugins page of your WordPress backend.

Sign up

Click on the new “ProductWidgets” menu item to get to the signup form. Fill in the form and make sure to enter a correct email address. We will review your signup and activate your account shortly thereafter. You will receive an activation mail to the email address you entered with further information on how to get started.

Create your first widget

Once you receive the activation mail, you are all set to implement your first widget!

Log back in to your WordPress backend and click on the ProductWidgets menu item again. This will bring you to your list of widgets, which is of course empty until now. Click on the “Add New” link next to the headline or the “Add Widget” menu item to get to the screen that lets you create a new widget.

On this screen you can select a widget layout and decide whether you want to set the keywords for your new widget yourself or let ProductWidgets take care of selecting products for your widget. Read more about this here!

Once you click “Preview and get code”, two more things will appear: the “widget shortcode” and a preview of your widget. You can test different layouts or keywords until you are satisfied with the widget, and then click on the widget shortcode to copy it.

Note that if you don’t set your own keywords, the products in the preview widget will simply be popular products from our database. Once you add this widget to your website, the ProductWidgets algorithm will analyze your page and improve the product selection to fit your content.

You can now add the widget shortcode to a blog post, a page, the layout or even a sidebar widget (add a WordPress “text” widget to the sidebar and enter the shortcode there).

FAQ

Will the widgets slow down my website?

We have taken care to build the widgets completely asynchronous, which means that most of the data (product data, images etc.) will be loaded only after your website has finished loading. Moreover, the widgets are stored on a global content delivery network (CDN), which makes them very fast, no matter from which country they are loaded.
This is to say that we have taken great care to make the widgets as fast and performant as possible, and there shouldn’t be any noticeable slowdown of your website.

What happens when the ProductWidgets website/service is down/unavailable? Will my widgets still appear?

Yes! As mentioned in the previous question, the widgets are stored on a global content delivery network (CDN), which caches the widgets and delivers them very fast anywhere in the world, even if the ProductWidgets service is temporarily not available.

I have more questions!

Check out the ProductWidgets website for more information about this plugin or get in touch with us via email.

Contributors & Developers

“ProductWidgets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Translate “ProductWidgets” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

3.0.1

  • Fix not below widget when adding a new widget
  • Show the shortcode in the list of widgets

3.0.0

  • Rewrite of pretty much all parts of the plugin (should still be backwards compatible)
  • When creating a new widget, you can now select a product source and categories.
  • The format of the shortcode was changed, but the old ones should still work fine.

2.0.6

  • Fix array definition for older PHP versions

2.0.5

  • Update signup form

2.0.4

  • Fix API ping endpoint
  • Update wording
  • Fix newsletter link
  • Update banners
  • Add icons
  • Fix checking if API resource is expired

2.0.3

  • Use API ping endpoint to check connection

2.0.2

  • Add Amazon tracking IDs to settings page again

2.0.1

  • Comments, formatting, fix typos, fix html5 boolean attributes
  • Update signup page
  • Remove settings page
  • Remove admin settings code
  • Fix adding action links

2.0.0

  • Refactor lots of things
  • Bring back need to sign up before using the plugin
  • Make adding and previewing a widget easier on a separate screen

1.1.5

  • Fix API calls
  • Fix layout names

1.1.4

  • Access ProductWidgets API via HTTPS only

1.1.3

  • Bugfix to remove error in old PHP versions
  • Load widgets with current site protol, i.e. making them work with HTTPS

1.1.2

  • Bugfix to enable shortcode in sidebar widgets

1.1.1

  • Bugfix to support PHP < 5.3

1.1.0

  • Remove need for signup

1.0.3

  • Fix problem with cached affiliate IDs

1.0.2

  • Change widget URL

1.0.1

  • Fix asset URLs

1.0.0

  • Initial release