Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.3)

If you are a Shopzilla publisher then you probably received at least a dozen of emails by now reminding you about the migration to the new API. From what I see Shopzilla has significantly changed the platform which means you will have to spend a few hours tweaking your code to comply with the new standard.

Not so if you use the Shopzilla Wordpress Plugin that I originally coded and released back in 2008. I am happy to announce that I finally spared a few hours today and are releasing a new version of the plugin which will be compatible with the new API platform.

To upgrade your plugin - download this archive and copy its content on top of your previous installation in the “plugins” folder. Next, go to the plugin configuration screen in the Wordpress Admin panel and update the Shopzilla API Server value to “” as shown in the screen shot below.

shopzilla settings

None of your tags need to change. Once you upgrade all existing price comparission tables should update automatically with the products pulled from the new API server. Beware that the old API platform will be retired on September 14, 2009 so make sure you do the update before this deadline.

For new installation please refer to the Readme file that comes with the ZIP file. For more information on how to become a Shopzilla publisher please go to the Shopzilla Publisher Program home page. To find why I wrote this plugin, please read my original blog post about it.

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13 Responses to “Shopzilla WordPress Plugin (version 1.3)”

  1. 1 Karen Sep 10th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks, Yan! You Rock!

  2. 2 Rich Owings Sep 11th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Hey Yan, thanks for the update. I plugged it into the bottom of this post, but it’s not showing up.
    Any ideas?

  3. 3 Karen Sep 11th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Rich – I too am having problems. Products that I entered into the old plugin/API that would show up no problem are no longer showing up with the new plugin/API. BUT I don’t think it’s a problem with the new plugin because I’ve tested other products (that I don’t need such as iPods and MacBooks) that show up with no problem. Have you tested other products?

    When I first downloaded the 1.2 plugin some products would appear no problem and some would not. When I contacted shopzilla I was told some merchants don’t participate in the API program and my fear is with the new API maybe a lot of new merchants opted out and that’s why the product isn’t showing?

  4. 4 Karen Sep 11th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    For Rich or anyone else this may help: I’ve done some more investigating and this page may change but at the present time this illustrates a problem (maybe not the one you’re having but a problem nonetheless):

    If an item has a price comparison button available it SHOWS up with the new plugin/API but if it doesn’t have a compare prices button, it ONLY has a go to store button (because a price comparison) is not available it WILL NOT show up while using the new API/plugin.

  5. 5 Rich Owings Sep 14th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Okay, its working. I had to search for a product, click a compare prices button, and then use the nine digit number on the next page’s URL.

    You can see it here…

  6. 6 Karen Sep 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Glad it’s working for you, Rich – it won’t work for me at all but it isn’t the plugin’s fault it’s the new API :( think I wasted 2 months building a site that will now me a no go . . .

  7. 7 David Weinrot Sep 16th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for updating the plug-in. We appreciate the continued support!!


  8. 8 Amber Oct 4th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Great news Yan, though I read it bit late. I am curious if you can further modify this plugin.

    Say present one is excellent one but it is for single products means tons of manual work like finding and adding ID for each post. Will be hard for a person having 1000 posts in a blog.

    Can you work on options to add multiple products at a time, I mean converting a wordpress blog to a price comparison engine using Shopzilla API?

    Your reply will be appreciated.


  9. 9 Ed Nov 7th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Rich where is it on your site?

  10. 10 Bob Nov 24th, 2009 at 8:08 am

    It is still showing on Rich’s site if you go to

    will be interesting to work this with eBay (ePN)and Amazon, if you have affiliate accounts with the other companies

  11. 11 Hyder Dec 29th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Hi, thanks for the plugin first of all. But it’s not working on my site, I keep getting a “Error reading RSS data” prompt when I publish a page or post with the required code in it.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

  12. 12 Igor Jan 8th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Thank you.
    Very useful plugin!
    Just placement ID not working for me, it’s always “1″ like here:

    And it would be nice to have more options like: show offers without image or description, or to chose frames color etc.

  13. 13 Igor Jan 8th, 2010 at 6:24 am

    And one more thing :)
    Shopzilla says:
    “The Product Service (see page 7) includes a child element of called . This element is a true or false value, indicating
    whether or not an offer is monetized. If the value is false, you will not generate earnings for traffic sent to that specific offer.”
    To chose use of only monetized products
    can be very useful option.

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