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Allow control of brackets in product counts

A customer has requested to be able to eliminate the brackets before and after the product counts.

I would implement this using CSS – i.e. I’ll remove the ( and ) from the HTML and instead add the ( and ) using :before and :after CSS which then would give the ability to eliminate these brackets completely and/or style them at will.

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Allow dynamic/parameterised images

Rather than using CSS to control the sizes of images, some providers run timthumb or similar image sizing if parameters are passed to an image.

e.g.

http://hanwanggou.oss-cn-shanghai.aliyuncs.com/2017/07/A201602242271592361090.jpg This is the picture source file address

x-oss-process = image / resize, m_lfit, w_120, limit_1 / auto-orient, 0 This is the function of the host to process pictures, according to different values automatically handle the image size display.

As the following example:

http://hanwanggou.oss-cn-shanghai.aliyuncs.com/2017/07/A201602242271592361090.jpg?x-oss-process=image/resize,m_lfit,w_120,limit_1/auto-orient,0
http://hanwanggou.oss-cn-shanghai.aliyuncs.com/2017/07/A201602242271592361090.jpg?x-oss-process=image/resize,m_lfit,w_200,limit_1/auto-orient,0
http://hanwanggou.oss-cn-shanghai.aliyuncs.com/2017/07/A201602242271592361090.jpg?x-oss-process=image/resize,m_lfit,w_800,limit_1/auto-orient,0

An easy solution for this would be to allow users to specify different images for thumbnails vs full size images.

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Add Price Alerts, Price History and Cron price-checking

This is a feature I really want to see myself, but some customers have also requested something similar too now.

When a customer is using Price Comparison Pro in a particular niche, it would be particularly beneficial to their users to be able to enter their email address and receive price alerts when the price drops or rises (configurable).

This would massively increase engagement, since users would be able to receive price alerts across multiple merchants from our customers niche website. It would increase signups to their newsletter at the same time as I’d see that as an option we’d want to include (i.e include MailPoet/MailChimp integration)

Price Alerts require a cron job to check the prices on a regular, configurable basis. A customer has requested cron-based price checking, not for price alerts, but for the ability to ensure their WooCommerce ‘cheapest’ price remains up to date. I’ve given them a workaround for this at the moment, but having a cron job would be great for this.

At the same time, storing and visualising price history would enable the price alerts – e.g. showing a little graph next to the prices from each merchant – when you hover over it, it could show prices and date the price was obtained. The reason I feel this is linked/connected, is because cron underlies all of this and because seeing a changeable graph would likely initiate the user to sign up for price alerts.

For example, the Yeti Microphone which I regularly use as a demo product for Price Comparison Pro – a month ago, Amazon dropped the price down to £79. It’s back up to £99 now and still at £119 many places. A price alert from the niche website would have covered this price drop from 6 merchants.

On top of that, the benefits for my customers are large in that with price alerts, their users are then going to come back to my customers website and click through THEIR affiliate links which should significantly increase their affiliate revenue.

If anyone has any additional comments to add to this, please add them!

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Add ability to search wp_postmeta and other fields

Currently Super Speedy Search can search any custom post type, but it only searches the wp_posts title and description.

I’ve had a few requests from clients to add the ability to search wp_postmeta too. Rather than searching ALL of wp_postmeta, probably there will be a list of meta_keys provided to search against?

Because this is a search of wp_postmeta, it will require a SECOND search to occur (full text indexes cannot span multiple tables). This will mean the search speed will be slightly slower.

There are two key issues to be wary of:

  1. wp_postmeta typically has 20 – 100 times more rows than wp_posts
  2. free-text indexes do not work well against short text – i.e. if wp_postmeta contains a LARGE chunk of text then this search will behave well, but if wp_postmeta is 20 characters or so then it would not work well and a different solution would be required.

 

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Save all prices scraped per product to meta-data or local table

A customer has indicated it would be useful to be able to analyse prices scraped in the past and there’s no good reason not to provide this feature.

A storage mechanism needs to be chosen as this table could get quite large – ideally storage options in the interface would be best.

Save the following data:

ProductID, URL, ScrapedURL, ScrapedWebsite, Price, Sale Price, ImageURLs (+ any other data scraped)

 

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Add ‘portrait’ and ‘landscape’ image detection JavaScript

By using the External Images plugin, you forego the ability to ‘crop’ images.

This means, if you have a mix of portrait and landscape images then your product archive pages can end up looking messy.

I want to add some JavaScript and an option to the plugin to detect portrait and landscape images on archive pages, add the relevant CSS class to them and then include CSS which will automatically ensure images use the same amount of space, regardless of whether they are portrait or landscape.