Collections

Let’s say you want to include four products into your new post and also in an older post. As explained on the [asa2] shortcode page you would have to include the shortcode [asa2] four times in every post. With copy and paste it still would be acceptable but not very convenient. That would be the right moment to think about ASA 2‘s collections feature.

With collections you can bundle an unlimited amount of products into one collection container identified by a name of your choice. To embed this bunch of products in your pages, you only have to insert one shortcode [asa2_collection] with the name of your collection.

[asa2_collection]lego_starwars_spaceships[/asa2_collection]

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Create a new collection

To create a new collection, select the section “Collections” from the ASA 2 main menu:

ASA 2 collections menu

Name

Then click the button “Create new collection” and enter a name for the new collection, e.g. “lego_starwars_spaceships”. Collections names may only contain alphanumeric characters, numbers and underscores.

ASA 2 create collection

Comment

Optionally you can enter a comment for a collection. This will show up in the list of collections when you hover over the collection name.

ASA 2 collection comment

Save the new collection and you will be redirected to the main collections page where the new item can be found in the listed.

Add new items

Hover over the list item and select the option “Manage items”.

ASA 2 collection list

On the “Manage collection” page, use the ASIN field to enter the ASIN of the product you want to add to the collection. When you click in the ASIN field, ASA 2‘s Product Picker will open up automatically. Use it to search the Amazon store of your choice for the products you want to add.

ASA 2 add item

Clicking on the title of a product in the list will add its ASIN to the ASIN field. Then click the button “Add” and the product will be added to the collection.

ASA 2 add item

Go ahead and add as much items to the collection as you want.

Delete items

To delete an item from a collection, hover over the entry and click the “Delete” link.

ASA 2 delete item

To delete multiple items, select the items and use the bulk action “Delete”.

ASA 2 delete items

Embedding

To embed a collection in a page, use the shortcode asa2_collection and place the name of the collection inside the tag, like this:

[asa2_collection]lego_starwars_spaceships[/asa2_collection]

Check the documentation page [asa2_collection] to learn about all the options of this shortcode.

Even easier is to use the ASA 2 editor button:

ASA 2 editor button

When you click on it, the Product Picker will open and you can select the collection you want to embed in the section “Collections”:

ASA 2 editor button collections

Click the button “Proceed” to get to the “Shortcode” settings. Here you can adjust the options which will be used for the shortcode, e.g. select a custom template or tracking ID or set a limit about how many collections items should be loaded.

ASA 2 editor button collections

Finally click the button “Insert shortcode”. The shortcode will be generated and inserted into the post editor.

collections shortcode

Copy collection

If you want to create a new collection similar to one you already have, you could use the “Copy” function. Hover over the list item of the collection you want to copy and click the link “Copy”.

Copy collection

A duplicate collection will be created containing all the items of the original one.

Export collection

If you want to move a collection from one site to another or just want to create a backup file, you can use the “Export” function. Hover over the list item of the collection you want to copy and click the link “Export”. You will be prompted to store the XML export file to your local computer.

Export shortcode

Import collection

To import a collection, select the button “Import collection” on top of the collections main page. In the import form select a XML file generated by the collection export function. To mark the name of an imported collection, you may insert a prefix which will be prepended to the imported collection’s name.

Import shortcode

Click “Submit” and wait a short moment while the import will be processed.

Import ASA 1 collections

You can import your collections of ASA 1 to ASA 2. Just be sure to update to the newest release of ASA 1. Then you will see an “Export” button in ASA 1’s collections manage console:

Export ASA 1 collection

You will receive an XML export file which you can use to import in ASA 2 as a new collection.

Import ASA 1 collection

After you imported a ASA 1 collection in ASA 2, switch to the “Manage items” page.

Import ASA 1 collection

Because ASA 1 does not store the item title and preview image in collections, those fields are empty. To update the items, select all and choose “Refresh” from the bulk actions.

Import ASA 1 collection, refresh items