Google Base

You can use the product_type to include additional terms that were previous search terms (these donít have to match up to the Google product types).. You can specify multiple types by separating them with a comma.

The Google Base feed creates a feed file that contains the products from your shop. In addition to the main product details Google Base allows you to create additional information about product. You can use the standard properties or create your own.

Output Filename

Type in the name of the file to store the Google Base information to (including the directory). This is the name of the file that Google Base will be expecting on their website (name registered when your Google Base account was set-up). This file must end with .xml (e.g. googlebase.xml).

Number of days to list items on Google Base
This is the number of days to list the items on Googlebase.

Products to Include
You can choose which products to include based upon a custom variable. This is very similar to the Exclude from Froogle Feed/Google Product Search Data Feed setting within Actinic.If you tick Check value before including you can choose a custom variable (clicking on the Set button) you are shown the following dialog:



You can then select the custom variable to use to determine if you want to include this product in the feed. You can set the default value to True (include in feed) or False (don't include in feed). This value will be used if a custom variable value has not been assigned to a product.

Note: When you create a custom value you should set its type to True/False.

Custom Properties

You can Add, Edit or Amend your property. When you Add or Edit a property the following dialog is displayed :

Variable

The property type can either be a standard Google Base type or you can specify your own. In the example, a shop is only selling Miele products so all the products have a manfacturer value of Miele.

If you select a Custom Variable you can enter any name that to use as a property of your product(s). This can be any word that will be used to provide information on your product.

NOTE : If you want to override the default values generated from your Actinic product details you can do this by supplying your own values (fixed or from a CustomVar). You can override the following values by selecting the relevant Standard Variable (in the Variable section). For example,† to use a different image for the product when displayed in Google base (from your Actinic shop) you would select the image_link Standard Variable. You would then define a fixed value or use a CustomVar to get the image to display (for example, http://www.ObeliskHoldings.TV/graphics/house3.gif).

id

This defaults to the Actinic product ID.

title

Name of product. This defaults to the product name provided in Actinic.

description

Description of product. This defaults to the main product description defined in Actinic.

image_link

Image to use for the product. This defaults to the image defined in Actinic for the product.

link

HTML page to display when the product is clicked on. This defaults to the product page within your Actinic shop.

price

Cost of the product. This defaults to the calculated price within Actinic.

Value

To have the same value for all of your products select the Use Text option. To have a different value for a shop section select Section under Type. To have a different value for each product select Product as Type. If Use CustomVar has been selected you should select a CustomVar (defined within Actinic and values assigned for each product) to retrieve the propertyís information. If you are using Actinic V8 you would create CustomVars by creating Variables in the Design Library. You would normally create these in the General Group. Also add in a Default value to use for the product. This will be used if a Custom Var hasnít been used for a product.

Server to upload Google Base Feed to

The default server and the main Google Base server is uploads.google.com. Leave the connection type as Use passive FTP unless you have problems connecting to the server.


The Username and Password are the name and password that you entered when creating your GoogleBase account. The account name is shown when you log-in to Google Base.


Advanced features

If you want to use the values created by the Product Mash in different fields than the default ones you can use the following macros to substitute these values. For example, if you want the Actinic description to appear as the itemís title you should define a fixed value for the title as !!Description!!.

Another example is shown below to use the Actinic product ID as the manufacturers ID

There are more advanced ways to include information from Actinic (or from different fields). See the Advanced Features section for more details


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