Installing MTAmazon32

Install MTAmazon32's files

  • If you have not already, upgrade Movable Type to the latest version (MT3.2 or greater required). Upgrading MT is frick'n easy now...
  • If you have the legacy plugin MTAmazon installed, remove it.
  • Download the latest release of MTAmazon32.
  • Navigate to MovableType's home directory (the directory that contains mt.cgi. Unzip the MTAmazon32 package. This will place all of MTAmazon32 plugin files into $MT_HOME/plugins/MTAmazon32/.

Obtain an Amazon Web Services Subscriber Id

Once you have installed MTAmazon32, you must then obtain a Subscriber Id from Amazon Web Services. This "subscriber Id" is what gives you access to Amazon's product catalog. Obtaining a Subscriber Id is easy, just visit the following URL and following the instructions found there:

https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/registration/index.html

Take note of the Subscriber Id assigned to you. You will need to use it later.

Obtain an Amazon Associates Id

Now you will need to be become an Amazon Associate. Belonging to this program is what entitles you to earn referral fees for the customers you refer to Amazon. Signing up is free and easy. Just visit the url below and follow the instructions found there:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=gw1_mm_2/002-9251244-2700840/?node=3435371

Configure the MTAmazon32 Plugin

Assuming you have gotten this far, you now have an Associates Id and a Subscriber Id. Now it is time to plugin them into Movable Type. First click the "SYSTEM OVERVIEW" link at the top of every page in Movable Type. Then look for and click on the Plugins link in your left nav bar. You will then be taken to a list of all the plugins currently installed in your instance of Movable Type. Look for "MTAmazon32" and click on its Show Settings link.

Enter in the Subscriber Id you received from Amazon in the space provided. This Subscriber Id enables all the blogs in the current instance of Movable Type to speak with Amazon's Web Services. This need only be entered once for the entire system.

However, each weblog has the option of providing its own distinct Associates Id. To configure a weblog, select it in the pull down menu located at the top of every page and click "Go." Then click the Settings link located in the left nav bar. Then click the "Plugins" tab located on the far right (you should find it right next to "IP Banning"). Look for "MTAmazon32" and click on its Show Settings link.

Finally, enter in your Amazon Associates Id in the place provided. You can enter in a different Associates Id for each blog in your system.

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