API stands for Application Programming Interface and is the method we use in our plugin to connect with Amazon to retrieve product information. Without a working API key that you generate from your Amazon account, our plugin cannot connect to Amazon’s servers.
Changes in Amazon’s API
The latest version of our plugin used version 4 of Amazon’s Product Advertising API. Amazon has recently announced that it would discontinue this version on 31th October and has released a new version 5.0 to replace the existing version.
You can learn more about this version at https://webservices.amazon.com/paapi5/documentation/faq.html.
How will this affect your website?
After 31th October 2019, the version 3.8.14 (or older) of our plugin will no longer be able to connect to Amazon’s API which means you would not be able to add new products or update details of existing products.
What can you do?
It is important that you have an active license, in order to get future updates. You can check the plugin settings or your account to know when your license expires. If your license has expired, please click here to learn about how to renew your license.
AAWP + Amazon API v5
Starting with version 3.9 of our plugin (Changelog), the new Amazon API is supported.
Please update the plugin immediately on all your pages. Afterward, please visit the plugin settings (tab “Amazon API”) and click on “reconnect” in order to check if the connection with Amazon's new API can be established.
Report on the current development status
Last update: Tuesday, 29th October, 2019
The new API does not yet offer the possibility to retrieve bestseller lists. According to the Amazon development team, this function will be available again in the future.
Therefore, a “normal” product search will now be performed. In the results, products highlighted by Amazon will be displayed at the top.
In order to display bestseller lists, you have to pass a search term. Passing a Browse Node ID is currently not possible with the new API.
New Releases (Lists)
The new API does not yet offer the possibility to retrieve new releases lists. We don't know if Amazon will implement this feature again in the future.
Therefore, a “normal” product search will now be performed and the results sorted (via the API) according to the release date.
In order to display new releases lists, you have to pass a search term. Passing a Browse Node ID is currently not possible with the new API.
Filtering & ordering products
With version 3.10 of our plugin, we bring back the filtering and ordering of products. Please be aware that the API returns a maximum of 10 products. That's why the attributes filter_items and order_items are limited to 10 as well.