Some of you might already have noticed it: After almost two years of hard work and eight month of beta testing, the new version ASA 2 Pro has been released some weeks ago. Subscribers of the ASA Newsletter were the first who got informed.
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ASA 2 Pro has been developed with all feature requests of the ASA community in mind. One of the biggest new features is the “Product Repository” (Repo). ASA 2 stores all used products in the form of WordPress Custom Post Types. It serves as a buffer between your server and the Amazon Product Advertising API and boosts the speed of your pages. The best thing of the Repo is that ASA 2 “knows” its products and can prefetch the data with a server-side cronjobs. Together with the template and object cache (which can even be configured for PHP extension “Memcached”), you will never have any extra page loading time due to an Amazon API request. Please read all details about the Repo in the extensive ASA 2 documentation.
Full control about your products
The Repo is not just about speed. It also allows us to manage Amazon products inside our WP admin like we know it from other custom post types, e.g. with categories and tags. With ASA 2’s new shortcode [smart_colletion] we can access all products in the Repo dynamically based on their properties. For example, to exclude products which are currently unavailable (thus won’t create sales!) we can use this shortcode to just show available items from category “Smartphones”:
[asa2_smart_collection cat_slug="smartphones" is_available_main="true"]
You can even set up custom email notification rules to be informed about the status of your ASA 2 Product Repository.
An important factor in the development of ASA 2 Pro is compliance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Therefore ASA 2 Pro is completely compatible with websites connected via https. All product images can be loaded via https, the buy button links to an https page and you even can connect the Amazon Product Advertising API via https.
You can use ASA 2 Pro’s shortcodes inside page titles and SEO plugin metaboxes (currently Yoast SEO).
The beautiful and ready to be used “Managed Templates”, shipped with ASA 2 Pro, are designed responsively what is becoming increasingly important for search engines. By the way: You can change their appearance to adapt it to your theme without programming skills. You can see all “Managed Templates” in action on ASA 2 Pro’s Demo Page.
And so much more …
It is impossible to put everything that makes ASA 2 such an amazing product in this blog post. Please check out all other resources, like the comparison between ASA 1 and ASA 2, the detailed feature list on the product page, the screenshots and testimonials page and the YouTube channel.
ASA 2 Pro is available from $59 on getasa2.com
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