Quick Guide – Step-by-Step

  1. Registration
    To get started, you might use the registration form. Immediately you should find an email from Visual-Widget in your inbox including your password for the login. If it’s still missing after some minutes, please check your junk filter or contact us at info(at)visual-widget(dot)com.
    The registration is for free, of course.
  2. Login
    Login with your E-Mail address and password to access the control panel and widget builder.
  3. Setup, API
    As a simple solution, we provide some open source APIs which can easily be copied to your shop. Using one of these APIs saves you from programming or writing your own script for your website.
    Save the script that belongs to your shop and upload (FTP) it in the shop’s root directory to be accessable e.g. at http://www.your-shop.com/visual-widget.php
    Watch/Download the API script for …

    If you prefer to use another filename, save the URL in the Control Panel -> Settings -> Source, e.g. http://www.your-shop.com/another-name4visual-widget.php
    If no specific source input is given, we will try to catch the data from http://www.your-shop.com/visual-widget.php by default.
    Developers are cordially invited to add support to further shops, CMS, blogs and other web software. We will publish further Open Source APIs for visual widgets soon.

  4. Widget Builder
    Now click the button “Open the builder” in your control panel and choose your widget.
    By default you will use HTML as format.
    If you want to perform an automated (product) search, let us know the Search Term (optional) at this form.
    Note: For restricting products of categoryID 123, just use the search term %123 here.
    Note: Experts can connect an alternative data source (optional) which is formatted like the sample XML.
    Click Build and watch the preview. Above the preview, you can find the source code that you can … (5)
  5. Copy and Paste
    E.g. you can copy the widget source into your HTML page, blog post, shop template or embed the visual widget whereever you want.

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4 Responses to “Quick Guide – Step-by-Step”

  1. Hery Randriamaro says:

    thanks for easy standalone script. no setup, i like this. really plug and play.
    take care and plz let me know when beta is gone and when the whitelabel can be purchased.

  2. Derric says:

    After worrying about the missing oxid plugin, I checked out the other scripts. Your oscommerce plugin runs with oxid, too!!!

  3. Annpe says:

    wow, it took me longer to read the help text than following the steps intuitively :-) i guess a 1 minute screencast will explain the steps as well.
    ps: please skip beta and open the doors for the paid service with the whitelabel products.

    • Visual Widget says:

      Dear Annpe,

      Thanks for Your comment.

      We are going to use a little screencast in addition to this step-by-step tutorial as soon as we are sure that there won’t be further modifications required for the registration/login/control panel.
      The beta stage is necessary to avoid errors or faults that couldn’t be revealed yet. In customers’ interest, we don’t release the paid-service so far although cache/storage etc. is prepared already and successfully tested.

      Thanks for using the service and kind regards

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