What is the eBay Scrolling Related Items Widget?
This widget allows you to bring in related items dynamically into each of your eBay listings using copy and paste code.
There are flash options to show related items in eBay listings, but I’ve always felt that they lack the configurable options that I need and styling a flash object is impossible. So that’s what I have created the related items widget that you can self host and have almost absolute control over how the widget looks and feels in your eBay listings.
I’ve put several examples of this live from eBay listings below for you. Instead of linking to specific eBay listings, I have just linked to the latest items so you can see it in action, in real-life and if you want to see this in action right now, click here and view any of the live listings.
Large Image Example
In the latest version of the related items widget, the ability to change the image sizes has been included and now you can have small images of 96×96 pixels or depending upon your gallery images, images as large as 1200 pixels, which are huge!
In the example we have above, the custom size of 225 pixels are being used and is large enough even for a decent sized gallery and a quick page load time.
This is a simple example of the gallery widget in action and is how the gallery will appear with no style sheet changes.
The related items widget can also be configured to work vertically too.
An example of this in action is here, this example also includes an extra function for easing each group of items and can be used on the horizontal version also.
These are examples of the widget in live use, click on any of the images to visit the eBay stores of these and view in the flesh love on eBay.
Why a Standalone Version?
I originally made a free version, however there were several users asking for options that just could not be done on a larger scale of users, they also wanted to be able to self host their own related items, no credits back to the LastDropofInk to be included, more control and wanted the standalone version to alter for themselves.
That is why there is now this version, which is a paid for script that you are able to have ultimate control over your related items, where the script is hosted to, how it works and with no third party credits being shown.
I’ve done my best to make this script as configurable as possible for you and to explain this even more thoroughly to you, I have made a 20 minute video guide to explain each option in detail from start to finish.
Here is the current run down of options you are able to set.
In the “loading script” that you place in your eBay listings
- The URL of the self hosted related items script
For maximum control over the items that are shown, read this eBay page that covers advanced search commands.
- A specific eBay store category ID
For controlling from which categories search results are shown from.
- Number of Related Items
The free version is limited to just 8, in this version set as many related items you wish to show.
- NEW! No CSS Option
Super handy option which allows the CSS to be loaded in the eBay listing template.
- Sorting Override
Change the order in which products are shown at eBay listing template level.
In the configuration file:
- Your eBay ID, Your Store Name & The URL where the script is being run from
Only run related items for your eBay account only
- Gallery Title
If you’d like no title, a title that says “Related Items” or “Latest Items” you can set this to change the label
- Your eBay Site
by default the script is set up for eBay UK, but you can set this to any of the eBay sites that support eBay Stores.
- Title Character Limit
In the free version you are limited to 35 characters, in this version you can have all 80 if you wish or even none!
- NEW! Gallery Image Size
Set to 96 by default, you can select almost any size image to appear in your gallery. Typically 225 will suit anyone wanting a larger image in their scrolling items widget.
- Decimal Places Cap
If you sell using whole prices, say “£299” and not “£299.99”, this allows you to remove the .00 on the end. This was a feature request that was actioned.
- Default Sorting
Change the sorting options from Best match and 6 other ordering styles
- Default eBay Store Category ID
Want to show items from a specific store category by default, this again was a feature request that was added
Complete control over where the files are placed
- Cache Time
You can set the amount of time the cache is held for and dumped
- CSS File Names
You are able to change the file names of the default style files
- jQuery Tools Path
If you’d like to use the CDN for the jQuery tools file you can or you can choose any location you wish using this setting
- NEW! Referral Tracking
Super handy for tracking where people are finding your items from. You’ll need the omminuture eBay statistics enabled for this, which is under “Traffic Reporting” in “Manage My Shop” here.
- Call To Action Button Text
Change the text that appears on the call to action button from the default “View Item”
- Loader Image
Choose to show or hide the AJAX loader image and what image to show.
- Footer Text
If you’d like to add extra text below your related items, this allows you to do so.
- jQuery Loader Options
Complete control over the jQuery loading script and supporting documentation.
What is Needed to Run this Widget?
The widget comes with enough CSS to get you started, bespoke styling like in the examples in the beginning require a web designer to create. I can help you as best I can with CSS via the forums here.
If we ignore the obvious, such as you having an eBay store and items being sold on eBay, you will need the following:
- A Web hosting account that supports PHP 5 & Curl
This is almost all web hosts now
- Approx 20 minutes to watch the video
You can read the readme file instead
- 10 minutes to configure your settings
And you’re off!