zStore z5 – an amazon affiliate Store – PA API 5.0

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zStore z5 – 23.12 – an amazon Affiliate Store December 31st 2023
zStore uses the Amazon Product Advertising API PA API 5.0


Product Page: with demos for german (full API support), italian, british and french marketplace
Admin Page:
★ using Amazon Product Advertising API 5.0
★ can be used with suitable marktplace (de, co.uk, in, fr, it, es, …)
★ easy to add/modify languages
★ and much more ☺


  • suggestions – not part of API 5.0 yet, could be supported in the future – I have built additional search results on brand and, if available, actors meanwhile in z5
  • editorial reviews – not part of API 5.0 yet, could be supported in the future – but you can still use the editorial reviews section for each item in the backend with z5
  • ratings – not part of API 5.0 yet, could be supported in the future
  • customer reviews – not supported

more information here:

Just update the config file at least with your database credentials, upload files, point browser to installation folder and follow simplest instructions to install your amazon affilate store

Categories are used to handle your products – you can display these categories each as single menue item in the navigation bar. It’s also possible to make just one single dropdown menu item containing all of the product categories OR you can even hide all of the categories while they are still accessible with their links


  • Apache Webserver (Linux OS is officially supported, on Windows systems could occur some dircetory issues)
    • activated mod_rewrite module
  • PHP 8.2.x (8.2.14)
    • mysqli
    • curl with the possibility to grab content from amazon webservice servers
    • JSON module support
    • SimpleXML module support for youtube video embedding
    • GD-Library for CMS images media library
    • DOMDocument module support for HTML Parsing (API less import)
  • Mysqli 8.x+ or MariaDB 10.x+
PA-API 5 Requirements for Affiliates
  • All sites must be HTTPS: so you need an SSL certificate. You really should do this anyway for SEO and conversion purposes. Most hosts now have free SSL even the Let’s Encrypt type ones are fine for this.
    ... but I have to say that it has been worked w/o SSL support too, however I'd recommend using SSL cerificates too

  • possibility to handle cron jobs on server


  • way to access your server via ftp, ssh, scp..
  • credentials for a mysql database or the possibility to create a database with needed credentials
  • some knowledge in HTML/CSS/PHP if you like to make some changes to the layout and adapt/add custom pages

Some of the infromation regarding the API-Key management defer a bit because the Amazon backends not fully updated now!

  • amazon Account
    and signed in to the amazon affiliate program
    and having an active Amazon Product Advertising API Key
    more details in the help section in the zStore Manual in the Backend
    You can test your API key in the backend (of the demo) too

If you are already a member of the amazon affiliate program but still having no Amazon Product Advertising API Key you might find this youtube videos useful:

  • AMAZON product API Associates policy changes – How to get your KEY
  • How to get APPROVED for AMAZON Affiliate / Associates – 8 top TIPS


  • german language pack done with 1.05
  • upgrade possibility for zStore PA API 4.0 users done with 1.05
  • using category of parents – for breadcrumbs and displaying items of category on product pages done with 1.05
  • caching of amazon suggestions/searches to avoid requests
  • fix “add 2 cart” issue on listings view (layout flone) done with 1.06
  • add “new” and missing language keys for zStore PA API 4.0 upgrade procedure done with 1.06
  • add stars rating unfortunately there’s currently no way to do this w/o violating API terms and risk affiliate partnership
  • fixing cart currency issues done with 1.06
  • importing item data without the need of an active API key done with 1.10
  • ??? adding own comments/rating system
  • multiple ASINs for imports and variations on Amazon communication to reduce requests canceled
  • import/export for languages
  • popular items – count clicks
  • save searches done with 1.06
  • enhanced live debugging during Amazon communications canceled
  • cache any json query for later processing canceled

coming with 3 layouts – more information here soon


  • add items from amazon to your store with the greatest of ease by
    – searching amazon items inside backend
    – copy/paste html blocks containing links to amazon items (e.g. from amazon deals site)
    – single ASIN
    – list of ASINs
  • item/product variations
  • items can be categorized
  • items are seamless integrated into the store
  • items details can be modified and extended
  • youtube/vimeo video can be added to each item
  • items can be put into a wishlist/favorites list by your visitors
  • items can be put into a cart and checkout leads directly to amazon
  • any amazon search result -or amazon suggestion item– is also seamless integrated to your store
  • items have links that leads to amazon too, where you could get commission from too
  • 3 layouts are integrated
  • a language manager is integrated to the backend of your store where you are able modify language relevant parts of the frontend and add add another one with one click – language for the frontend can be set in backend config

you can read the full manual in the backend

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