Once installed, a fresh Feed Manager menu option will emerge in your WordPress menu. Clicking on it will navigate you to our plugin’s settings page, where you’ll discover an array of plugin settings. These settings will assist you in utilizing the plugin effectively and generating optimal product feeds within your WordPress-WooCommerce environment.
Plugin Setting options #
Auto Feed Fix #
By default, this checkbox is unselected. If a product feed fails, the plugin won’t try to regenerate it automatically. You’ll need to do this manually unless you select this option, which allows the plugin to try to regenerate the product feed if it fails. Note: this could put extra strain on the server.
Disable Background Processing #
Our plugin generally generates product feeds in background batches, accommodating large webshops. If this isn’t working correctly for you, disabling background processing enables direct feed generation. Ensure that the update schedule for each feed avoids conflicts, as direct generation can only handle one feed at a time.
Feed Process Logger #
Use this checkbox only if our support team requests it during troubleshooting. It will create a processing log for examination.
Show Product Identifiers (Brand, GTIN, MPN) #
These unique product identifiers are crucial for product matching. Although WooCommerce doesn’t add these fields by default, our plugin allows you to incorporate them into your product feeds.
Activate Google Product Review Feeds #
With this option, you can initiate the Google Product Review Feed builder, enabling you to create a product review feed for Google.
Third-party Attributes #
Plugins store information in the WordPress database, so we can access most of it. Because there are so many WordPress Plugins, we can’t support every possible addition. That’s why the “third-party attributes” option was added. This field includes meta_keys from plugin-related meta boxes and custom fields. For example, the %yoast% wildcard used by the Yoast SEO plugin is in the list.
It should support any third-party plugin, but you need to know the meta_key under which the attributes are stored in the database.
To find the correct (meta)key:
1. Create on new product and add a value in the custom field.
2. Check your database and go to table wp_postmeta (with phpmysql for example)
3. sort the table on meta_id Descending
4. The top meta_key would be the meta_key from your custom product field.
If you have found the meta_key, you can make a filter string like %meta_key% (only the prefix of the key) that should be added to the “third-party attributes” field. After that you should have to search for how it is displayed in the source list as that can vary for each plugin as well.
Email Notifications #
To stay informed about any failures in feed generation, provide a correct email address. Using a SMTP mail plugin will improve email delivery when failures arise.
Clear Feed Process #
If you ever come across a situation where the feed-building process becomes stuck, you can easily resolve it. Use this button to clear all feed-building processes. This lets you start the process again, and it’s important to know that this won’t delete any existing product feeds or change the settings.
This feature proves beneficial when feed generation encounters persistent failures. It refreshes the database tables, restarts cron events, and resets the stored license, all without affecting feeds or prior settings. Furthermore, this function is convenient for removing your license key from the URL and domain, enabling you to employ the plugin and license on a different shop and domain.
At the bottom of the settings page, you’ll discover our backup function. This function lets you create backups of your generated product feeds. These backups are securely stored in the designated folder on your server: “wp-content/uploads/wppfm-backups.” These backups will remain intact until you decide to remove them, and they can prove invaluable in recovering your product feeds if issues arise.
Backing up your feeds is both easy and vital. First, locate and click the ‘Add new backup’ button located just below the backup table. A field will appear, allowing you to name your backup file appropriately.
After naming it, click the ‘Backup current feeds’ button. This action generates a backup of all the product feeds you’ve created so far.
Your backup will then appear in the backup table. You can delete, restore, or duplicate the backup by clicking the corresponding action link. This process is straightforward, designed for your convenience!
Saving Your Settings #
All changes are saved automatically; no need to find and click a save button. It’s part of our commitment to a streamlined user experience.
With this walkthrough of the WooCommerce product feed manager’s Settings page, you’re now equipped to dive into creating product feeds.