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Fast eBay Listings

Provides shortcodes and widgets to display eBay items, search listings or RSS feeds on your site and earn commission via the eBay Partner Network.

Fast eBay Listings provides additional shortcodes and widgets to present ebay auctions and items in your pages and posts.

  • Display single or listings of eBay items
  • Display eBay RSS feeds
  • Present in multiple columns and/or rows
  • Slideshow presentation, auto or manual progression.
  • Dynamic widget to show eBay items relevant to current page
  • Dynamically show results from a post's author
  • Search for items from any given seller
  • Search by keywords
  • Filter results by category or price range
  • Tailor number of results to display
  • Items are shown with thumbnail, size customisable
  • Full items details can be shown: price, end date, BIN etc
  • In built caching to prevent unnecessary page load delays

More information and live demo can be found here

A key feature of Fast eBay Listings is the ability to utilise the eBay Partner Network to earn commission on click throughs from the listings to eBay. A great way to monetise your site, whether you present your own items on eBay or others. This free version of this plugin will redirect 50% of clicks to earn the developers commission, supporting and maintaining this plugin.

Author Arthur Yarwood
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Contributors @Arfa__
Tags affiliate, auction, ebay, ebay partner network, epn, items, listings, monetise, search, shortcode, widget
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    Screenshot 1. How to configure Fast eBay Listings and setup defaults

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    Screenshot 2. A list of eBay items

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    Screenshot 3. An eBay RSS Feed of items

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    Screenshot 4. A single eBay item.

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    Screenshot 5. A single eBay item that has sold

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    Screenshot 6. Quick tag buttons for ease of inserting shortcodes

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    Screenshot 7. Manual slideshow of items from an RSS feed.

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/fast-ebay-listings directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' screen in WordPress
  3. Use the 'Settings->Fast eBay Listings' screen to configure the plugin

The shortcodes you use in your posts or pages are:

[ebay_search]

Presents a list of eBay listings, based on a given search criteria.

Arguments:

  • query - keywords to search for on eBay
  • category - comma separated list of eBay category id's (max of 3) to filter results by
  • seller - filter results to given seller
  • minprice - filter results to those above given price
  • maxprice - filter results to those below given price
  • sort - search results are sorted by this (default Ending Soonest)
  • columns - display results across given number of columns
  • rows - display results across given number of rows
  • picwidth - desired width dimension of thumbnails
  • slideshow - display as a slideshow: Manual, Auto or Default (from settings)
  • slides - number of slides to cycle between

If items are omitted, defaults from plugin setting will be used.

Additionally the shortcode tag 'content' can be used to populate a header link:-

[ebay_search]My Fav' eBay items[/ebay_search]

Sorting of results is achieve through the 'sort' argument. Valid values for this are:-

BestMatch, BidCountFewest, BidCountMost, CountryAscending, CountryDescending, CurrentPriceHighest, DistanceNearest, EndTimeSoonest, PricePlusShippingHighest, PricePlusShippingLowest, StartTimeNewest

[ebay_rss]

Presents a list of eBay listings from an EPN RSS feed. Generate your eBay RSS feed as usual with the EPN tools, then copy the feed URL into this shortcode.

Arguments:

  • feed - eBay RSS feed URL.
  • columns - display results across given number of columns
  • rows - display results across given number of rows
  • picwidth - desired width dimension of thumbnails
  • slideshow - display as a slideshow: Manual, Auto or Default (from settings)
  • slides - number of slides to cycle between

If items are omitted, defaults from plugin setting will be used.

Note RSS thumbnails are all supplied at 140px width, using other values will cause image scaling in browser.

Additionally the shortcode tag 'content' can be used to populate a header link:-

[ebay_rss feed="http://....."]My Fav' eBay items[/ebay_rss]

[ebay_item]

Present details of a single eBay item listing.

Arguments:

  • item - the ebay item number to display
  • picwidth - desired width dimension of thumbnails

[ebay_image]

Present just the image from a single eBay item listing.

Same arguments as [ebay_item] above.

RSS Feed Widget

This widget presents an eBay RSS feed similar to the [ebay_rss] shortcode and will show the results in a grid.

The widget form contains fields matching the same as [ebay_rss].

Fixed Search Widget

This widget presents an eBay search similar to [ebay_search] shortcode and will show the results from a fixed eBay search query.

The widget form contains fields matching the same as [ebay_search].

Dynamic Search Widget

This widget presents an eBay search similar to the Fixed Search Width widget, however the search query is dynamically driven by the current page displayed. For pages and posts, either custom meta data can drive the query, or alternatively the title is used as the search query. Custom meta key you can use are: 'ebay-query', 'ebay-category', 'ebay-seller', 'ebay-minprice' and 'ebay-maxprice'. When browsing categories or tags, the category or tag is used as the eBay query. As a fallback, a default query can be specified in the widget settings for other pages.

Use this widget to display eBay items related to page visitors are reading. You can of course filter this by a given eBay categories, seller, price etc

1.4

New option to open eBay links in a new browser tab/window. Dynamic widget query can now be tailored via post meta keys. Fixed impression pixel served over HTTP for secure sites.

1.3

Fixed issues with serving mixed mode content on secure sites.

1.2

Ability to filter eBay searches by current post/page author's eBay username. Slideshow manual/auto keywords no longer case sensitive. Dynamic widget will now fall back to default query, if no results found. Added prev/next buttons to slideshows. Improved listing layouts to unify text alignment. Made 'fu_' prefix on shortcodes optional. Fixed bug when displaying multiple slideshows on a page.

1.1

No longer requires PHP7

1.0

Added slideshow functionality: manual or auto progression Number of items shown driven by columns and rows attributes Can choose sorting order of search results Set arrangements for widgets independently Arrangement settings have preview in admin screen.

0.9

Added RSS Feed functionality with fu_ebay_rss shortcode and a widget. Classified Ads are now presented as such. Fixed grids of items to be equal widths.

0.8.1

Fixed missing currency symbol issue.

Fixed issue with widget default title text.

0.8

Added ability to configure arrangement of items:

  • Picture centred, title below.
  • Title above, picture centred
  • Picture left, title right
  • Title above, picture left

Added a new 'dynamic' search widget, to query eBay based on current page's title. Restyled item frame/border, text size and shop name text. Now logs any failures or warnings from eBay API call. Fixed issues with wrong currency displayed. Fixed issue displaying larger images in search results. Fixed display issue for items with < 1min left.

0.7

First official release

How do I earn money from eBay referrals with this plugin?

First you need to sign up to the eBay Partner Network. Then create yourself a Campaign within your EPN account. Enter the 10 digit CampaignId into the 'Affiliate Campaign Id' plugin settings field. Optionally enter your EPN Publisher Id into the 'Affiliate Publisher Id' plugin setting field to use impression pixels for reporting. Done!

Note: the free version of this plugin will divert 50% of eBay links generated to earn the developer commission and help maintain and support this plugin's development. A Pro version of this plugin will be available in the near future to enable you to retain all commission.

What types of slideshow are supported?

Fast eBay Listings currently supports two types of slide show; manual or auto.

Manual: Will present slides which the user can manually step through using buttons beneath.

Auto: Will present a slideshow that automatically steps through the slides, fading between each every 10 seconds.

All slideshows can be configured with as many slides as desired, limited only by number of items returned from eBay.

Each slide can be configured with as many rows and columns as desired to produce a grid of items per slide.

How do exclude keywords from my eBay search query?

The search query field uses standard eBay syntax, so you can prefix a keyword with the minus sign to exclude it. For example:

Sony TV -CRT

Will search for all listings with the words 'sony' and 'tv', but exclude those with the word 'crt'.

How do I search for eBay listings with wordA or wordB in the title?

Use the parenthesis eBay search syntax. For example:

Yamaha (motorcycle, motorbike)

Will search for all eBay listing with the word 'Yamaha' and 'motorcycle' or 'motorbike' in the title.

= How do I show eBay items being sold by different Wordpress users?

Firstly, Fast eBay Listings has added a new metadata entry to each Wordpress users profile page, where they can enter their own eBay username.

The search shortcode and widgets that can filter results by an eBay seller, also accept a special keyword 'author', which will trigger the plugin to look up the current post or page's author and retrieve the above eBay username from their profile. This will then be used to filter the eBay search results.

If the Wordpress user has no eBay username set, then the plugin will fall back to the default seller as configured in the plugin options.

How do I customise the colours etc of listings?

Currently, you will have to override the CSS styles manually. Future versions of this plugin will provide more control and configurable customisations.

Please get in touch with the visual customisability you would like in future release.

How do I customise the fields displayed on listings?

This is planned for a future release.

Please get in touch with the eBay field customisability you would like in future release.

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Version 1.4

Requires WordPress version: 3.0.1 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 11 Dec 2016

Date Added: 01 Oct 2016

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