23 Responses to Guide

  1. Michael May 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Timo

    It would be great if ASA supported a custom template directory that is not a subdirectory of the plugin because those get deleted on every plugin update. It would make life a lot easier if there was a asa_templates directory directly in wp-content/plugins that does not get deleted. Agood example of a plugin that works like that is cforms, there is an extra directory for the custom css files.
    Would be great if you could consider this for the next release of your fantastic plugin.
    I also want to take the opportunity to say thanks for this amazing plugin!

    Mike

    • Timo May 14, 2011 at 8:47 am #

      Hi Michael,
      since the current version the plugin does not overwrite your custom files any more. In the base “tpl” directory there are no files any more. There you can put your custom files. Only in the sub-dir “built-in” are files shipped with the update, but those are – as the folder name implies – built-in templates you should not change. Those get overwritten, not the ones in the root “tpl” directory.
      I hope this is what you expect.

      • Michael June 29, 2011 at 9:22 am #

        Hi Timo

        The problem is not the files being overwritten but the general update mechanism used in wordpress – it deletes the complete plugin folder and builds it anew from the plugin zip file.
        I just installed the hotfix version 0.9.9.3 (which came just in time – I was beginning to despair as I thought I had broken my installation ;-) )
        and all my custom template files in the tp folder (not the built-in folder) where gone again. I guess the only way to handle this is to do it like cformsII does (and I have seen a couple of other plugins do it the same way, too.)

        Mike

        • Timo June 29, 2011 at 10:32 am #

          Hi Michael,
          right, I mentioned this behaviour in my update note yesterday: http://www.wordpress-amazon-plugin.com/2011/133/hotfix-release-0-9-9-3/

          This is new to me, I thought WordPress would not delete the whole folder and I think it did not in the past, but maybe I am wrong. I will fix this with a future version and find a reliable way for keeping your templates. One option would be to store them in the database.

        • Timo June 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

          Hi Michael,
          just to let you know, the new version supports to place your template file in a subfolder of your theme called “asa”. Hope you like it :)

  2. Sean September 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Timo,

    Thanks for this plugin, it’s been really useful.

    I’m trying to figure out how to use custom link text within the ASA tag using the {$Comment} placeholder. I have a template that calls {$Comment} like this:


    {$Comment}

    This is the shortcode I’m using in my post:

    [asa mytemplate comment="Link text here"]ASIN[/asa]

    When I preview the post, ASA just loads the default template. Any idea what might be happening?

    Thanks,
    Sean

    • Timo September 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Sean,
      sorry for my late reply.
      I think this is a template problem if ASA does not load your mytemplate file and uses the default. Where did you put your mytemplate.htm file? Does {$Comment} work in your default template?

      • Sean September 19, 2011 at 12:54 am #

        Thanks for your response. I have my custom template files stored in the tpl folder. I can get the {$Comment} placeholder to work when I add it to the default template, but it doesn’t seem to work when I add it to any of the other built in templates.

        For example, I added {$Comment} to the book.htm template and tried to call it using both of these shortcode variations:

        [asa comment="Test comment" book]ASIN[/asa]
        [asa book comment="Test comment"]ASIN[/asa]

        When I do that, the default template loads (with the {$Comment} tag loading correctly).

        • Timo September 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

          Hi Sean,
          you are right. I checked this and it seems to be a bug. Sorry for that. I will fix it for the next update.

  3. qwer September 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    hello

    i have overview page (it have 10 item per page)
    and i have read more button for each page in overview page

    when i click read more button for go to detail page for show detail for each item
    how can i show {$ProductDescription} for only detail page?

    i place {$ProductDescription} into the template file
    but {$ProductDescription} show in overview page and detail page

    thank you, you plugin is very nice for me

  4. Sean October 3, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    No problem–thanks for looking in to it. This plugin has been a huge help, I appreciate all the work you’ve put in to it.

  5. Jeff October 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I have tried to install the plugin on WPMU but I get an error message.

    • Timo October 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Hi Jeff,
      thanks for your feedback. What is the exact error message? Maybe you can send me a screenshot?

  6. Machold November 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Plugin does not work as side bar item

    • Timo November 30, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      On this page it does, as you can see on top of this page. How exactly do you implement it in the sidebar? With the widget or the PHP functions?

  7. Decha Kunla October 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks for this plugin. I added to my site jewelrylanks.com, it work fine.

    • Timo October 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      Great, thanks!

  8. dilbert February 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    great ídea – well this would rock all the things

    and would make the best Amazon plugin out of this allready great thing

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