== Plugin Requirements ==

  • WordPress 2.3 or higher
  • PHP 5.0 or higher
  • An Amazon Associates Tag (see installation notes)
  • An Amazon Web Services Access Key (see installation notes)

== Installation Instructions ==

  1. Get an Amazon Associates Tag
    You will first need to apply for an affiliate account with Amazon.com.  This will allow you to receive commission based on products you refer to others.  You can create your Amazon Associates account at http://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/apply/main.html.

    Apply to be an Amazon Associate

    Apply to be an Amazon Associate

  2. Get an Amazon Web Services Access Key
    In order to run this sort of web service on your site, you will need to register for an Amazon Web Services Access Key.  This will allow you access to customize and display the full range of Amazon products on your site.  More importantly, you need it for the plugin to work.  You can get your access key from Amazon Web Services by creating a free account at http://aws.amazon.com. Once you have joined, you should be able to access/create the secret access key you need for AmazonFeed by clicking the links on their page which look like the following:

    Amazon AWS Security Credentials

    Amazon AWS Security Credentials

    Once you have clicked onto the Security Credentials page, scroll down a short way to see the following box (or something similar)  You may need to create a new Access Key pair consisting of an Access Key ID and a Secret Access Key.  You will need to enter both of these into the appropriate spots in AmazonFeed.  For now, you may just want to leave the window open while proceeding with the remaining AmazonFeed installation steps.

    Create New Access Key

    Create New Access Key

  3. Upload the Plugin Files
    Unzip and upload the /amazonfeed/ folder and files to your WordPress plugins folder, located in your WordPress install under /wp-content/plugins/
  4. Activate the Plugin
    Browse in the WordPress admin interface to the plugin activation page and activate the AmazonFeed plugin.
  5. Configure Management Options
    The plugin should now be installed and activated however no products will be displayed on your site quite yet.  The first time you visit management page*, the appropriate tables will be created in the database if necessary.  On this page you will need to enter the Amazon Associates Tag and Amazon Web Services Access Key you registered for above.  You can also configure various aspects of how the plugin functions such as the number of results to show, and so on. Once you save these options, the products will begin to be displayed on your site related to the topics of your posts.* In WordPress 2.7.x and higher, the AmazonFeed management page is located under the Tools menu on the left hand side of the WordPress admin interface. In WordPress versions before 2.7 it is located on the AmazonFeed page under the Management TAB along the top of the admin navigation.
  6. Tell Us What You Think
    – Ok, this part is optional, but we would love to hear how AmazonFeed is helping you.  Ways you can show the love are to leave your comments on our blog, link to us, Digg us or rate us on the WordPress.org plugin page.

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