30 Is the Datafeedr API Right for You?

A few weeks ago we released our API. Since then there has been a bit of confusion regarding whether you should use the Datafeedr Factory (http://www.datafeedr.com) or the Datafeedr API (https://v4.datafeedr.com) when building your store. I’d like to clear up that confusion in this post.

The API is not the next version of Datafeedr, despite “v4” appearing in the URL. The API is another way to build your store, not the new way.

A brief overview of the Factory and the API

The Datafeedr Factory allows users to search our product database, organize products returned from your searches into categories, and then import your products and categories (ie. your store) into your WordPress blog using the Datafeedr plugin. The plugin displays the products on your blog in a nice layout. You do not need to write any code in order to use the Datafeedr Factory and plugin.

The Datafeedr API (Application Programming Interface) allows users to query our product database programmatically (ie. by writing programming code). Each query is referred to as an API Request, a request made to the API which returns products as an array. The API does not handle anything other than allowing you to query the database and returning products. It does not insert products into your database or display them on your website. This functionality must be handled separately by a developer.

Should I use the API?

There are 2 reasons why you might choose the API over using the Factory:

  1. You are a developer – If you are a developer/programmer and want access to the product database but want to have control over what you do with the product data (ex. import into custom database, integrate into a mobile app, etc…) then the API is right for you.
  2. You want to use a third party integration – You don’t have to be a developer in order to use the API. We’ve partnered with other developers who have done the work for you. If you want to use a plugin or script that another developer has created (which connects to the Datafeedr API), then you’ll need the Datafeedr API. In most cases you’ll simply need your API Access ID and Secret Key (provided to you after you sign up for the API) to input into the integration software you have chosen. You can find all current integrations here: https://v4.datafeedr.com/integrations

Those 2 reasons don’t apply to me

If neither of the above 2 reasons apply to you, then the Datafeedr Factory is your best choice. The Datafeedr Factory makes it easy to create a beautiful store which seamlessly integrates with your WordPress blog. No programming required!

Still confused?

I hope this helps clear up any confusion about the choice between the Factory and the API. If you have any questions, please comment below.

4 Datafeedr, an Alternative to PopShops

Rakuten – Linkshare’s parent company – has acquired PopShops. For more info read the press release here. If you’re concerned about the future of PopShops and are looking for an alternative, we’re offering a 14 day free trial for all PopShops users. Simply use this link to sign up for the trial. This offer is good until October 1, 2013.

Sorry! This offer has expired.

2 The Datafeedr API Now in Beta

We’re happy to announce that our new API is now in beta and ready for release. With the API you can now access all of our product data (roughly 250 million products) through API requests.

https://v4.datafeedr.com/

If you’re a developer and want to create a plugin or app or software which integrates with the Datafeedr API, be sure to check out our partner program. Already third party developers are writing amazing scripts that integrate with the API and those will be promoted on the API site once they are live.

Feel free to posts your API questions as comments in this blog post.

Tradedoubler Coupons/Deals Now Available

null Coupons and deals for all the Tradedoubler countries we support are now available in Datafeedr.

That includes Tradedoubler UK, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland.

Affiliate4You Now Available

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The Dutch affiliate network Affiliate4You is now available in Datafeedr. To see which Affiliate4You merchants are currently available in Datafeedr see our networks and merchants page and click on the Dutch flag under the Affiliate4You logo. Other Dutch networks currently available for you: TradeTracker, M4N, Daisycon, Affilinet, Belboon, Tradedoubler and Webgains. Also available bol.com – one of the biggest shopping portals in the Netherlands.

BettyMills Now Available

null Since today all 100,000+ BettyMills products are available in Datafeedr. Betty Mills offers over 100,000 brand named products from 7 Blockbuster Categories – items that people use everyday in their homes and offices: Cleaning & Janitorial | Facility Supplies | Office Supplies | Office Furniture | Breakroom & Snacks | Medical Supplies | Sheds and Outdoor.

Affiliate Incentive Program JUNE 2013 – Earn 100% Commission For Each New Customer Referred!

Datafeedr is excited to announce its first Incentive Program for affiliates. For each NEW customer referred in JUNE 2013, Datafeedr affiliates will earn 100% commission on the customer’s first month’s membership fee. In other words Datafeedr gives away the FULL first month’s membership fee to affiliates. This is a great opportunity for affiliates to earn some extra commissions and bonus cash!

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DGM Australia Now Available

null The DGM Australia affiliate network is now available in Datafeedr. To see which DGM merchants are currently available in Datafeedr see our networks and merchants page and click on the Australian flag under the DGM logo. Other Australian networks currently available for you: Commission Monster, Commission Factory, ClixGalore, and Linkshare.