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    Someone asked a while back:
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    I don't think this program will do what I want - shame as it is so simple - just all products on one page with a direct link to the merchant's site.
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    This is what I want to do with an art.com datafeed. 4-5 products pulled from the database into a single column to go down the side of a page. Each image clickable and with a clickable product title link to the merchant. Or, 4-5 products across a page with the same attributes.

    So far, I can't work out a way to do it. I can create a index page with a list of links and get one product on a page - no problem.

    If it can't do the above can somebody tell me so I can stop driving myself
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    After much experimenting I came up with this:


    [WM-ImagePath: image_url]<BR></p>
    <A href="woodticksworkshop/[WM-Field: product_url]"><span style="font-size:10pt;">Click Here for
    close-up!</span></A>

    That linked the pic directly to the site closeup.

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    Hi - thanks for the suggestion. I tried but no joy. Time to give up I think and look elsewhere since I suspect that it can't do what I want and I don't wish to expend anymore time.

    Thanks for your response - appreciated.
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    after about 100 hrs of experimenting and failing, that worked for me. You may need to tweak a few settings.

    It can do it, I had to figure out how to tell it the right way I wanted it done.

    pssst, that has to be pasted into html, this ditz didn't do it until about the 10th try, then it worked.

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    The problem is ..... that a program should require 100 hours or thereabouts ;-) to be spent trying to use it

    I confess I'm really disappointed. I kept reading about webmerge but felt too technically challenged to tackle it. I finally decided to take a look at datafeeds because business has gotten so bad lately that I'm desperate.

    And I now know what a datafeed looks like
    I used a spreadsheet for the first time, got the hang of it, worked out which type of feed to download, created the templates. Got a index to show up and the individual pages - then realised that wasn't what I wanted to do

    I've waded through the documentation best I can but I guess this particular program is just not for me. I wonder what else there might be out there in the ether?
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    I expect my next datafeed site to take about 6 hrs preparation, unless cleaning the feed kills me like last time.

    Running webmerge took all of 4 minutes, uploading pages took 10 min.

    Now that I'm past my experimentation it's a breeze.

    What exactly DO you want to do that's different? Maybe a more experienced person here can help better.

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    As I said in the first email:

    4-5 products pulled from the database into a single column to go down the side of a page. Each image clickable and with a clickable product title link to the merchant. Or, 4-5 products across a page with the same attributes - or even a whole page of images.

    I persevered and tried your example again and this time it worked but it still only produces one record on each page and the [WM-Record] tag which could solve the problem can only be used on the index page not the detail page.

    Anyway its past 2am here in UK and I guess I'm too tired to think straight anymore. Off to bed!
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    It sounds like you are trying to create links directly to a merchant "BUY" page from a table of images on an index page, e.g., a CATEGORY or SUBCATEGORY page.

    This is doable using a WM-RECORD tag to generate a table of products to display, e.g. the products within a SUBCATEGORY. It also requires that you "manually" insert WM codes to create the link to the "BUYURL" field (rather than letting WM automatically link to the detailed product page, e.g. SKU.html.)

    The following code will create a two column table with links to the merchant from the IMAGE, PRODUCT NAME, and PRICE. You must of course, adjust the field names to match your datafeed. This configuration also assumes that the BUYURL and THUMBNAIL_IMAGE fields are in a URL format.

    [WM-RECORD cols=2 width=500]<center>
    <a href="[WM-FIELD: BUYURL nolink]"><img src="[WM-FIELD: THUMBNAIL_IMAGE nolink]" border="0"></a><BR>
    <a href="[WM-FIELD: BUYURL nolink]">[WM-FIELD: PRODUCT_NAME nolink</a><BR>
    <a href="[WM-FIELD: BUYURL nolink]">$ [WM-FIELD: PRICE nolink]</a>
    [/WM-RECORD]

    You can test the above code using the sample files from my four-tier tutorial (http://www.creativenutsandbolts.com/webmerge/). Try replacing the coding in the subcategory template with the above codes. Note, the link will only be active if you replace WEBSITEPID in the BUYURL field with your FUN TO COLLECT ID.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tmd5:
    The problem is ..... that a program should require 100 hours or thereabouts ;-) to be spent trying to use it
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    When the reviewer in MacWorld magazine wrote that WebMerge is "remrkably easy to use", he wasn't joking: he was able to publish a collection of short stories from his literary mag in just a few minutes with barely skimming the documentation.

    But the beauty, and indeed the potential for complexity, with WebMerge is that it's a very flexible program. So while most database publishing needs are a snap with WebMerge, more complex tasks will be, well, more complex. Maybe another way to think about it is that the program can handle all the many different things thrown at it and do them rather well, rather quickly.

    Frank's post should provide what you need, but please keep us posted if you have any other challenges so we can get you up and running as well as out other customers.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
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    Reading over what I posted, I think I'd better clarify WHY it took ME 100 hrs to figure it all out:

    I'm a very late starter to computers and programs. (the *old dog with new tricks* thing)

    I had NO experience with datafeeds or Excel.
    I'm lousy at reading instructions, I need to see it in action lol

    I find Webmerge itself incredibly simple and sophisticated, it's been figuring out HOW to tell it what I want that was a bit complicated (for me)

    I'm sorry if I gave wrong impressions.

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    I appreciate the time each person took to reply. I'll come back to this when I have a little more time.
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