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    Please help newbie
    Hello, I am brand new to datafeeds and am trying to learn the process. I have been studying up and practicing on dreamweaver 8. I purchased webmerge last week. Do I also need to learn excel or mysql? If someone could please tell me how to use the .txt files from the datafeeds. I hit the exported file button in webmerge but can't generate pages that look like anything. From upon further reading I think I need to name the fields or headings in excel?? Please let me know, if I should now be learning excel to do this? I apologize if I sound like a TOTAL beginner. Thanks for any help anyone can lend.

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    Hello mastershops!
    MySql knowledge needed for creating automated database-driven websites.
    Also I recommend to read this WebMerge/Datafeeds tutorial for more information.

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    Thanks a lot! Guess its time to start learning mysql. I glanced around at one of their tutorials and it appears to be pretty hard, but after I learn it I'll probably look back and realize it was much easier than first thought. Thanks a bunch.

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    You're welcome!
    Also you can visit Programming Corner forum here at ABW for more Datafeed/PHP/MySql information.
    Good luck!

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    MySQL can be a lot of fun if you enjoy programming. What do you want to do that WebMerge isn't already doing for you?

    I'm always interested in learning about how folks use WebMerge so we can keep designing ever more useful versions.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    Fourthworld, after I click the exported files button in webmerge I put in the datafeed text file. I have tried to use templates and also tried the auto create template, but when i preview the pages that it builds for me it will give me something like this : It says it was a success -
    Field_001 454334445
    Field_002 A.L.100th Anniversary pennanT
    Field_003 8930
    Field_004 Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.
    Field_005 http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?m...ctID=454334445
    Field_006 http://www.mitchellandness.com/images/03DTAL100_TH.jpg
    Field_007 http://www.mitchellandness.com/images/03DTAL100_W.jpg
    Field_008 35.00
    Field_009
    Field_010 Fashion

    P.S. I just copy/pasted a portion of the page, and there are many more pages like this.
    What am I supposed to do with it after it does this? Or am I doing something wrong. I haven't read over webmerger tutorial again in the last several days. I have been spending my time learning PHP and will soon be getting to mysql. Does webmerge do everything I need to know? Am I learning something out of order? What am I missing here? Please let me know if I can be saving myself some time by first learning everything necessary in the proper order. Thanks a million.

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    Now my generated page looks like this :

    9 Records
    454334445
    454334446
    454334447
    454334448
    454334449
    454334450
    454334451
    454334452
    454334453

    I guess I just don't know where to begin and what I should be learning first. Guess I'll go back to my php/mysql lessons till i learn enough to where it all "clicks" inside my head. Hope to hear from someone that can lend some more help. Thanks in advance.

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    One more question? Do I need excel? Or is just learning mysql and having webmerge enough? I also have dreamweaver as my text editor. I was just reading the requirements at the webmerge faq and it said a spreadsheet program such as excel is needed. Thanks once again. Time to get back to php/mysql lessons. Its hard learning everything from scratch. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershops
    Fourthworld, after I click the exported files button in webmerge I put in the datafeed text file. I have tried to use templates and also tried the auto create template, but when i preview the pages that it builds for me it will give me something like this : It says it was a success -
    Field_001 454334445
    Field_002 A.L.100th Anniversary pennanT
    Field_003 8930
    Field_004 Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.
    Field_005 http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?m...ctID=454334445
    Field_006 http://www.mitchellandness.com/images/03DTAL100_TH.jpg
    Field_007 http://www.mitchellandness.com/images/03DTAL100_W.jpg
    Field_008 35.00
    Field_009
    Field_010 Fashion
    Well, it was a success in that WebMerge faithfully did what was asked of it. Now let's look at how to ask it to do what you want:

    That output looks like the type of page WebMerge will make when you have it generate its own layout rather than use a template of your own design. While the auto-template option can be useful for a few cases where you need to dump some data to the web quickly, for a truly professional presentation you'll want to design a template for your page.

    You can make your templates in just about any HTML editor, from a basic text editor to Dreamweaver. Just design the page how you want it to look, and where you want content from the feed copied in just use WebMerge's WM-Field tag. The three examples included in the package include templates so you can see how the page is put together, and you can run them through WebMerge to see the final output.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershops
    Now my generated page looks like this :

    9 Records
    454334445
    454334446
    454334447
    454334448
    454334449
    454334450
    454334451
    454334452
    454334453

    I guess I just don't know where to begin and what I should be learning first.
    What changed between the first output and this one?

    For learning WebMerge I'd recommend starting with the basic tutorial included in the package. It takes only a couple minutes to walk through, and provides a good overview to the WebMerge workflow.

    Then for more advanced learning the two third-party tutorials linked to at the top of this page are very helpful, each focusing on using WebMerge specifically for building affiliate sites.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershops
    One more question? Do I need excel? Or is just learning mysql and having webmerge enough? I also have dreamweaver as my text editor. I was just reading the requirements at the webmerge faq and it said a spreadsheet program such as excel is needed. Thanks once again. Time to get back to php/mysql lessons. Its hard learning everything from scratch.
    A spreadsheet or database is only needed to provide a source for your data. If you own a car parts company, for example, you probably keep you product list in a database - you can just export that and use the export as your source in WebMerge.

    With affiliates, most already have source data in the form of a data feed, so you don't necessarily need any other program to provide your source data; WebMerge and your HTML editor to make your templates should provide everything you need to publish the feed to the web.

    That said, it's worth noting that some affiliates like to customize their content before publishing, and to do that they use a spreadsheet or database program to do that: they get the data feed from their vendor, import it into Excel, Access, FileMaker Pro, etc., modify the content there, then export that modified data for use in WebMerge.

    So if you're using a datafeed a spreadsheet or database tool can be useful, but not essential for publishing pages with WebMerge.
    Richard Gaskin
    Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
    http://www.fourthworld.com

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    Thank you so much. That was much needed information! Thanks.

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