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April 23rd, 2013, 11:31 AM #1Suggestion BoxSalty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...
April 23rd, 2013, 11:44 AM #2
Convergence, please let us know specifically what you would like to see improved @AvantLink. I just replied to your other thread in the Programming/Datafeed/Tools category.
I want to be sure you know everything that's available via the Datafeed Manager at AvantLink... so let us know what's missing for you.
April 23rd, 2013, 11:49 AM #3
With more and more GAN merchants heading your way (and suspect non-GAN merchants) we just want to be as efficient as possible allowing us more time on marketing your merchants than on feed management...Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...
April 23rd, 2013, 11:56 AM #4
Would prefer the following:
Allow affiliates to set up multiple datafeed subscriptions. When a feed is updated by a merchant, then AvantLink would transfer ONLY the updated feed to the affiliate's specified download location/domain.
So, if an affiliate uses merchant XYZ on two websites, the affiliate would set up two feed subscriptions, each with their own download directory on the respective websites - then both websites would receive those feeds when the merchant updates it...Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...
April 23rd, 2013, 12:42 PM #5
I am soliciting feedback from our dev team on this.
In the meantime, have you looked at the datafeed-specific publisher API modules? Specifically..
This module allows you to retrieve a list of your datafeed subscriptions, along with certain pieces of information about the merchant feed such as the date/time of last update, the total available record count, etc.
This module allows for the configuration of raw datafeed file subscriptions (merchant product listings) for affiliates.
All functionality that is available through the normal affiliate configuration interface is supported with one exception: customizable fields/columns are not supported - instead, any subscription configured using this API module will return all datafeed fields/columns.
For reference, a sample PHP script has been developed that uses this module to create one raw datafeed file subscription for every active merchant under a given affiliate account. This is not necessarily the recommended usage, but does serve to demonstrate the capabilities of this and related API modules. [view source code]
April 23rd, 2013, 12:55 PM #6
I have confirmed we currently do not have the exact functionality you're requesting (download the feed when there have been changes).
However here are additional details per a reply from our dev team:
He could use the SubscriptionFeed API module. That API module returns a "Merchant Datafeed Last Actual Change" date field along with other information including the datafeed download URL and how many products are in the feed. They could use that information to check to see if a datafeed has had any changes and then download the entire feed.
And more on the incremental option I touched on in the other thread:
Another option is to use our incremental datafeed download functionality. Those downloads only download the products that have been added/changed/removed. With that information they would need to then modify the existing feed they have based on that incremental download. They can also check to see if there have been any changes to a feed using the incremental downloads as the incremental download won't contain any products if there haven't been any changes.
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