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Finally, version 3.8 of our Amazon Affiliate WordPress plugin is now available. The purpose of this update was implementing new features such as a proxy for product images, adding support for Amazon Australia as well as smaller improvements and fixes.
Privacy proxy for product images
As you know, product images provided by Amazon's API are delivered directly from the Amazon servers. Regarding the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, this is a problem, because Amazon has access to the IP addresses of your site visitors.
To prevent this, we introduced a so-called privacy proxy, which delivers the product images through a small PHP file. By doing so, Amazon only receives the IP of your web server instead of your site visitors.
The new function must be activated via plugin settings (“Output” tab, “Product images” section). In case you are using a caching plugin on your site, its cache should be emptied too.
Added support for Amazon Australia
Over the past few weeks, Amazon has extended their affiliate program to Australia. From now on you're able to select Amazon Australia as store in our plugin settings.
New Geo-targeting API
Our built-in geo-targeting functionality allows you to redirect your website visitors – when clicking on Amazon affiliate links – to the nearest Amazon shop. To determine the country of origin, we made use of two different online services.
After updating to version 3.8, the plugin will now make use of ipdata.co instead. The chosen API stands out due to their high reliability and performance.
More information about the geo-targeting can be found here.
In case you want to get knowledge about all new features, improvements and fixes, feel free to take a look into the changelog.
If you have any questions, suggestions or feature requests please don't hesitate and get in touch with us.