Price comparison is something truly lacking in Woocommerce and WordPress. If you are promoting affiliate products, it’s no longer enough to just provide your users with 1 price source – they need to know they’re getting the best price. The only way to reassure them that you’ve found the best price for them is to give them price comparison. That’s what this plugin is all about.
WordPress Price Comparison Pro adds up to 10 new pairs of fields to your woocommerce products – paste in up to 10 URLs for pages where your users could buy this product and the plugin takes care of the rest – whenever your users visit that product page, the price comparison plugin will check those URLs and fetch a live price.
The second URL for each of these lets you enter an affiliate URL so you will earn affiliate revenue for any purchased made through these links.
If you don’t enter a URL in the Affiliate URL box, Price Comparison Pro will attempt to use Skimlinks to monetize your link. Simply enter your Skimlinks ID in the settings for Price Comparison Pro. If you don’t enter an affiliate URL or a Skimlinks ID, Price Comparison Pro will fallback to just using the raw unmonetized link. If you don’t know already, Skimlinks is an affiliate merchant aggregator. They have pretty much every website that has an affiliate program on their books so if it’s possible to monetize it, it’ll be monetized. This saves you signing up to each affiliate network and then applying to each merchant.
You can see a basic version of this in action here: http://dev1.wpintense.com/product/yeti-microphone/
Here’s a quick video I made to demonstrate WordPress Price Comparison Pro in action:
Installing WordPress Price Comparison Pro
Installation is very straightforward – once you’ve made your purchase, click the download link in the email you receive. Then in your WordPress admin, click Plugins -> Add New and then Upload. Choose the file you downloaded.
Configuring WordPress Price Comparison Pro
Configuring skimlinks is optional, thus this step can be skipped.
You will see a box where you can insert your skimlinks affiliate ID on the settings page. Log into your Skimlinks hub, visit Toolbox -> Tools -> Link Generator. Enter any URL (e.g. www.google.com) and you’ll see something like the following:
The part in bold above will be your Skimlinks affiliate ID. Enter it below. If you do not have a Skimlinks account, sign up here.
To restyle the Price Comparison Pro box, use CSS in your styles.css or with your style editor plugin.
Setting up your first product
There are two ways to set up the Price Comparison Pro plugin.
You can either do it through WooCommerce or just add a shortcode to your product page.
Edit your product using WooCommerce and on the General tab you will find a button to add a Price Comparison URL. You may add up to 10 of these. There are 2 urls that appear. The first is the direct URL of the page which contains the price. The 2nd is where you can place your money-making affiliate URL. If you leave this 2nd box empty, Price Comparison Pro will attempt to monetize using Skimlinks. If you have no Skimlinks account set up, it will revert to using the direct, unmonetized link.
You can use the following style of shortcode to add Price Comparison anywhere – i.e. not just in WooCommerce:
[pricecomparisonpro urls="url1,url2,url3, etc" affiliateurls="affurl1, affurl2, affurl3, etc"]
Now when you view your product, price comparison will kick in and each link will be monetized.
Settings page configuration
On the settings page for the Price Comparison Pro plugin you will see the following boxes:
The first box is for the website URL from which you will be scraping, the middle box is for the logo (the small picture you want shown next to the product in the Price Comparison Pro table), and the third box (on the right) is for the CSS selector. Configure everything accordingly here in order to make sure the plugin works as it should.
Getting CSS selectors
We have made a detailed video on how to get the exact CSS selector that you need, please follow the link below:
Unlimited, lifetime support and upgrades are included for the first 25 sales of this plugin. Thereafter, standard 1 year support and upgrades will be the norm so if you want this plugin, buy it now.
If you have any support related questions, please ask them in the Q & A tab on this page so other users can benefit too. I look forward to hearing from you all!
- Version 2.05 which is now live allows our Price Comparison Pro to scrape prices from website which use Ajax to load them. You can check if a particular website is using Ajax by viewing the source of the page – if you can’t find the price, it’s using Ajax. You’ll need to use our Scraping Service in order to use this option – it’s compatible with all websites.
To buy a subscription, visit https://www.wpintense.com/shop/wpi-scraping-service/.
Once you have an active subscription, visit https://www.wpintense.com/my-account/ and enter the API key you find there into the box on the bottom of the Price Comparison settings page in your WP admin area.
Get in touch
To discuss any new features you would like to see added to Price Comparison Pro, please comment on the blog article here: http://www.wpintense.com/2016/07/05/price-comparison-pro-1-2-released/