The Live Search team has been working hard to improve the Product Search Beta and Product Upload Beta sites, and has announced the updation on Live Search.
Product Search Beta site, consists of:
Major performance improvements: The team has improved the speed of the site by decreasing page load time for Product Search results significantly. Pages load several seconds faster on average.
UI improvements: Refinements are now drop down menus that load quickly, the number of results on each page is customizable based on user preference, and sample searches have been added to the home page to help new users get started with the site. Feedback links has also been improved on the site to collect more user feedback.
Bug fixes: The team has fixed several bugs especially around state management. This means that unexpected site behavior has been corrected in cases where users click the back button, undo refinements, or navigate back and forth between different product search results.
Product Upload Beta site consists following changes:
Google Base Feed Support: Merchants can now upload feeds using the Google Base feed format
RSS: Merchants can subscribe to an RSS feed to receive regular updates on the status of their uploaded catalogs
Improved Bulk Upload: The FTP bulk upload process has also been updated, to be much faster and enabled secure FTP.
UI Improvements: They have also made usability improvements based on merchant feedback including a new home page and upload page.
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