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    I have 1001 questions about Data Feeds
    But I will ask just a few.

    1. Is this really just for creating online stores? Do you use them for any other reason?

    2. Do you use products from several different merchants on the same site?

    3. How technical do you have to be to build a site. I can work with databases and I usually can figure out anything technical but am not sure if this is out of my league.

    4. Is it just way faster building pages this way- is that why you do it.

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    1. No, there are plenty of other things you can do with them or use them for. But that part is what seperates sites from bland cookie-cutter data driven sites.

    2. Normally various merchants on one site.

    3. Not very, if you can load the info into the database, all you need to do it be able to connect to the db (4 lines of code), make an sql call (which is simpler than it sounds) and display the results, 3-4 lines of code. All of it pretty simple. (i am talking in php)

    4. No, it is a way to build a better site, but again there are data feed sites using scripts that will pump out the exact same site as someone else (with a few cosmetic changes) or you can take a little bit more (and not much more) to create a unique site that can have many different functions and be dynamic, not just static pages that don't react to the user.

    Chet

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    Thanks much!

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    Or, if you'd feel building static pages on your own PC from datafeeds is more to your liking, you could use a program that's popular here called WebMerge -- that's what it does. Then you upload all the pages from your PC to your site.

    If you can manage a server-side solution that's certainly preferable. For now I'm happy with just WebMerge, although I can see that changing in the next year or so. There's a forum here about WM if you're interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O
    If you can manage a server-side solution that's certainly preferable. For now I'm happy with just WebMerge, although I can see that changing in the next year or so. There's a forum here about WM if you're interested.
    Our Server Edition of WebMerge should be done long before next year.
    What OS is your server running?
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
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    Make it at least 1004 questions
    since the original question was answered, and this is a good title,
    I hope you don't mind if I add a few of mine.

    1. Suppose I have the datafeed from linkshare, 100+ merchants.
    Can I insert into MySQL only merchants that match (all of) about 4-8 fileds, like price, image, category etc.? If a store doesn't have the (let's say 7) required (by me) fields, that store's feed is not entered in my database. I looked at the sample feeds but can't tell how one would tell which one is what, (why is let's say) "Computers" the category and not the title of a product? The fields are in order, like Product name is field #4 and so on, right?

    2. Is it hard to "match" them with CJ's or do I need a new table for them? Where would I get the "field" order from (before paying, that is)?

    3. How are the stores identified on the datafeed? By store name or ID? I mean, how does one pull the Dell products for example.

    sorry for the most likely simple questions, just this is new to me and I need to know what I can do before shelling the $$ for the feeds. This way I can plan ahead too.

    thanks again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourthWorld
    Our Server Edition of WebMerge should be done long before next year.
    What OS is your server running?
    I'm on an HTTPME shared server, running Linux. Which version I don't know.

    Also, if it matters, it's using:
    -- Apache 1.3.33 (Unix)
    -- Perl 5.8.1
    -- MySQL 4.0.24-standard
    -- PHP 4.3.10

    I'm viewing the step of converting to server-based solutions with some trepidation. I'll certainly look at WM for that when the time comes!

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