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Feeds


Feeds are data formats used for providing third-party websites with frequently updated content from your store site. The feeds that are generated in the admin site are posted on third party websites such as Google Product Search, Shopzilla and Amazon.com. Having efficient feeds on these third-party sites increases the awareness of users. This will help direct more traffic and increase promotion for your site and its products. From Products, click on Feeds



On this page, store admins can create/execute feeds, which can be used to export product lists to 3rd-party sites. The software comes preloaded with a feed to Google Product Search, from Google Merchant Center(see below), and new feeds can be added with the 'Add Feed' button.

NOTE: Adding a new feed is a task for a developer. They will have to create an XML package that properly retrieves and formats product information. Support cannot assist with the creation of a new feed.

Google

This built-in feed allows you to bulk upload your products to Google Product Search, which makes them show up in Google Product Search and can increase sales.

NOTE: Google recently made several changes to their feed format that can require additional setup. Please see this page for more information.

To use the feed, first click the 'Edit Feed' button on the page pictured above, and populate these fields:

Field NameDescription
Feed NameThis is the name of the feed, used only for display purposes within the admin site.
XmlPackageThe feed output is generated by an XML package. Specify the name of the package to use here. This will almost never need to be changed for the Google feed!!
AutoFTPIf this is set to yes, the output of your feed execution will be uploaded to the FTP server specified (see below). If not, an XML file is created in your site's /images folder.
FTP UsernameThis is the username to use when attempting to AutoFTP your feed output. Obtain this from Google.
FTP PasswordThis is the password to use when attempting to AutoFTP your feed output. Obtain this from Google.
FTP ServerThis is the server address to use when attempting to AutoFTP your feed output. Obtain this from Google.
FTP PortThis is the port to use when attempting to AutoFTP your feed output. Obtain this from Google.
FTP FilenameThis is what the file will be named when uploaded to Google. Obtain this from Google.

How to Create a Google Product Search FTP Account

1 - Go to http://base.google.com/base/ then click ‘Sign in to Google Product Search’

2 - You’ll be redirected to Google Product Search Login Page, login using your Google Account

3 - Accept the Google Product Search Terms of Service then Continue.

4 - Click Settings, then FTP Account and provide username and password. Click Save Changes button.

5 - Google Product Search FTP Account has been successfully created. You might have to wait for up to 15 minutes before the account activates.

6 - While waiting for the account activation, you can create a New Data Feed that you will need when you want to upload your data feeds in Google Product Search eventually. To do this, go to My Items → Data Feeds and click the ‘New Data Feed’ button.

7 - You will be redirected to ‘About Me’ setup page. Just provide more info here then click the ‘Next’ button to proceed with the setup.

8 - In ‘Register Your Data Feed’ page, enter all the necessary details. In my case my settings are the following:

a. Country: United States b. Item Type: Products c. Data Feed Type: Google Base d. Data Feed Filename: samplefeed.xml (only the accepted file formats in Google Product Search should be entered here)

Now click ‘Register data Feed’ button.

9 - In this page, it shows that the sample data feed has been successfully added. Also notice that the Google Product Search feed account has been activated provided the following credentials: Server, Username and Password.

For more information, see http://base.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=40051

Uploading Google Product Search Manually

1 - In ASPDSNF Admin site, go to Products → Feeds → then select Google Product Search. Now verify that the following data are correct.

Feed Name: GoogleBase XmlPackage: feed.googlebase.xml.config Auto FTP: No FTP Username: (can leave blank) FTP Password: (can leave blank) FTP Server: uploads.google.com (this is the FTP information provided by Google Base) FTP Port: 21 (this is the default port) FTP Filename: samplefeed.xml (filename entered here should be the same with the sample data feed that was added in Google Product Search previously)

2 - Now click the ‘Execute Feed’ to generate the data feeds. The data feed file will be generated under /images folder of your website. Note that the filename has been renamed depending on the count of the Products that are qualified for feeds. (e.g. My store have 38 products that is qualified for feeds so samplefeed.xml has been renamed to samplefeed1_38.xml).

NOTE: File name convention was implemented to support more than 20,000 Product Feeds. Maximum count of product feeds for one (1) data feed file is 20,000. So if you have 35,000 products, samplefeed.xml will be generated as follows.

samplefeed1_20000.xml
samplefeed21000_35000.xml

3 - Now go back to Google Product Search Data Feeds, then click ‘upload file’, browse for the data feed file under /images folder and then upload it.

4 - Wait for Google Product Search until the processing is done.

5 - Data Feeds has been uploaded successfully. Just click on the ‘details’ link for more details.

For more information, see http://base.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en_US&answer=59537

Uploading Google Product Search Automatically

1 - In ASPDSNF Admin site, go to Products → Feeds → then select Google Base. Now verify that the following data are correct.

Feed Name: GoogleBase
XmlPackage: feed.googlebase.xml.config
Auto FTP: Yes
FTP Username: (this can be obtained from Google Product Search)
FTP Password: (this can be obtained from Google Product Search)
FTP Server: uploads.google.com (this is the FTP information provided by Google Product Search)
FTP Port: 21 (this is the default port)
FTP Filename: samplefeed.xml (filename entered here should be the same with the sample data feed that was added in Google Product Search previously)

2 - Now click the ‘Execute Feed’. “File Uploaded Successfully”.

3 - Now go back to Google Product Search and wait until the processing is done.

4 - Data Feeds has been uploaded successfully. Just click on the ‘details’ link for more details.

FAQ

Q: What types of products are NOT included on Feeds Data?
A:

a. Unpublished Products
b. Expired Products
c. Soft Deleted Products
d. Exclude from Feeds Products
e. NON Default Variants
f. Products that meet the HideProductsWithLessThanThisInventoryLevel condition