API / Templates Buffet Tutorial 2 pages: 1 [2]
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:49:57 AM
I've a bunch of question, pls answer what you can and use the # so I can follow.

1. RE: (from first post)
"This exact example used brilliantly: http://ed.caggiani.com/hello.html
Taking it a step further: http://www.urbandictionary.com/products.php?defid=3322189
More ways to use it: http://www.zazzle.com/sell/developers/sampleintegrations"

How do these sites make input boxes for the customer to add their own text or image before being transfered to the Zazzle site?

2. When I declared my domain, I chose I own rights to images, but now I want to add pages where the customer can also add images.... Do I go in and register the domain again and check the other box?

3. True or False: When you create your website API links connecting to buffet items, these items are not in the Zazzle marketplace, only the original template is.
(I think this is True and might be one negative about the API.
IE: the black pug, white pug, + XXX other flavors of colors will not be in the marketplace)

4. RE: (from July 16, 2010 post)
"- Managing tags, descriptions and prices is much easier. Changing for one, changes it for all."

Where are you managing API tags?


Thanks for the help. ~ still sorting this out Smile



Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:44:49 PM
#1 - "How do these sites make input boxes for the customer to add their own text or image before being transfered to the Zazzle site?"

Use html forms to capture the users input and pass these to a script which formats the parameters in the way that the Zazzle API expects them (see the format in CMP's tutorial )

#2 - "I want to add pages where the customer can also add images"

You can design it by allowing customers to upload their own images as temporary files which are then passed to the Zazzle API. You don't need to make any changes to the domain declaration at the Zazzle end

#3 - "these items are not in the Zazzle marketplace, only the original template is."

True. Only the original template is in the MP. Products with customer images only exist on the customers system (and in their own 'downloads' folder in their image library). (Though for products I have created with my API application I can save them in another store of mine and they are searchable in the marketplace).

#4 - "Where are you managing API tags?"

The Zazzle API doesn't add tags to products. The only products that the API deals with are the templates you have set up in your Zazzle store and add tags there. Because they are templates and you have no idea what images customers might add to them there's not a lot you can do with tags (and a search in the MP would only lead to the template)

My new application using the Zazzle API illustrates all of the above, except that text personalisation is at the product level in the store.

You'll find this application, Casefashion Studio, at http://casefashion.com

CMP's tutorial is an excellent guide to the process, though there's quite a bit of a learning curve involved.

Roses

Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2013 9:52:00 PM
Wow, CartoonizeMyPet, your shop is amazing!

I'm trying to make a template buffet using your instructions, and I wonder if you can help. I feel pretty silly asking, but I'm not seeing the screen where you choose between creating a template link and creating a template buffet...?

I've tried several times, following the instructions exactly but when I get to step 3, I'm lost. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but if you can point me in the right direction, I'd be really grateful!

Thanks!
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:16:23 PM
Just thought I'd resurrect this thread. First, thank you CMP for this great tutorial. I used it to create a template buffet and it's pretty close to what I wanted.

What I'd like to figure out though is how a customer can upload their own photo on my website, enter some text, and then transfer that to the API to integrate with my designs. I was able to use a website called Jotform to create the form and I can indicate where the file will be saved on my domain and Jotform gives each file a unique code, but then that's where I get stuck. How would I transfer that information to the template buffet? I saw that others have asked similar questions but I don't know how to write scripts and pass variables, which I assume is what's needed, so maybe somebody can share some coding?

If there's no answer then it's okay – I got it working well enough thanks to your tutorial.

Smile
Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:34:53 PM
Thanks so much for the help. Up and running at https://www.familycrestgifts.com/
Question: Have you tried multiple/layering of images?
I can get it to take 2 images to Zazzle but does not populate the products buffet!
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 2:29:48 PM
ivycreekstudio wrote:
Thanks so much for the help. Up and running at https://www.familycrestgifts.com/
Question: Have you tried multiple/layering of images?
I can get it to take 2 images to Zazzle but does not populate the products buffet!

I'm using a form to pass variables to a PHP file for up to 2 text fields and 4 images, and it works fine.

For links and/or scripts not working, the first thing I would check is that your URL Parameters on your Products match the parameters in your links/scripts.
Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:40:03 PM
Figured it out (DUH): Product templates much be visible to public to use in api.
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:47:37 AM
Many thanks to CartoonizeMyPet for the awesome tutorial!! Grin I got it up and running on my site here: https://allpony.com/horse-lover-gifts/

This site teaches horsemanship to kids through interactive learning games and quizzes. I love how interactive the api with Zazzle can be! I'm trying it out with placing the horse that the site visitors choose on different backgrounds, or they can design their own background.



When you click on a background design, a new webpage opens on the Zazzle website with all of the products available with the horse and the background design choice. So cool!



I wrote a blog post for my website visitors about how to create with the Allpony & Zazzle integration here: https://allpony.com/create-custom-horse-lover-gifts/

The sticker sheets are especially neat and really inspire me! Idea I created a Zazzle template where visitors can choose their favorite horse and add their name to the tack trunk, and then "tack up" the horse with the saddles and saddle pads once they order the stickers. See the sticker sheet with the Quarter Horse Illustration

I built a Flash game for my Allpony site where the site visitors can design their own pony and tack it up with saddles and leg wraps etc. You can see it here: https://allpony.com/play/#choosepony

It looks like this:


I created this myself, and it is pretty basic (I'm not a Flash developer). I love how CartoonizeMyPet has the interactive tool to add accessories and markings to further customize the animals!! I have no clue how to create that integration with Zazzle, but would like to try to figure it out. Anyone have any pointers here? Is there Action Script code that can create high res versions of the designs and link over to the Zazzle templates?

Also, I still need to figure out the .htaccess file so folks don't steal my illustrations. I tried a test with the code in the tutorial that CartoonizeMyPet created and it didn't seem to work for me.

Does anyone know if the Quick Product Create tool is going away forever or if it is just down temporarily? Currently I have to go into each templated product to customize it individually. I'd like to create products for each horse breed, horse sport, coat color, etc. and organized into categories on my Zazzle store.

Anyway, thanks again for the wonderful tutorial CartoonizeMyPet!! I had so much fun figuring out how to make it work with my site!
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:28:30 AM
Susan wrote:
Many thanks to CartoonizeMyPet for the awesome tutorial!! Grin I got it up and running on my site here: https://allpony.com/horse-lover-gifts/

This site teaches horsemanship to kids through interactive learning games and quizzes. I love how interactive the api with Zazzle can be! I'm trying it out with placing the horse that the site visitors choose on different backgrounds, or they can design their own background.



When you click on a background design, a new webpage opens on the Zazzle website with all of the products available with the horse and the background design choice. So cool!



I wrote a blog post for my website visitors about how to create with the Allpony & Zazzle integration here: https://allpony.com/create-custom-horse-lover-gifts/

The sticker sheets are especially neat and really inspire me! Idea I created a Zazzle template where visitors can choose their favorite horse and add their name to the tack trunk, and then "tack up" the horse with the saddles and saddle pads once they order the stickers. See the sticker sheet with the Quarter Horse Illustration

I built a Flash game for my Allpony site where the site visitors can design their own pony and tack it up with saddles and leg wraps etc. You can see it here: https://allpony.com/play/#choosepony

It looks like this:


I created this myself, and it is pretty basic (I'm not a Flash developer). I love how CartoonizeMyPet has the interactive tool to add accessories and markings to further customize the animals!! I have no clue how to create that integration with Zazzle, but would like to try to figure it out. Anyone have any pointers here? Is there Action Script code that can create high res versions of the designs and link over to the Zazzle templates?

Also, I still need to figure out the .htaccess file so folks don't steal my illustrations. I tried a test with the code in the tutorial that CartoonizeMyPet created and it didn't seem to work for me.

Does anyone know if the Quick Product Create tool is going away forever or if it is just down temporarily? Currently I have to go into each templated product to customize it individually. I'd like to create products for each horse breed, horse sport, coat color, etc. and organized into categories on my Zazzle store.

Anyway, thanks again for the wonderful tutorial CartoonizeMyPet!! I had so much fun figuring out how to make it work with my site!


That looks really amazing! Good job!
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:44:10 AM
Thanks!
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