We know that M2E Pro will adjust the eBay title to 80 characters if it is too long. If you import products via CSV, it is very easy to run a quick Excel formula counting the length of the eBay title field column, but what if you enter some product by manually.
So I found this handy little extension for Google Chrome.
With it you can highlight the text, right click on the text and use the context menu to select the extension and it will give you a quick character and word count in a pop up box.
Here is a quick video about it
That’s a great find Richard. I use notepad++ for my ebay descriptions as I usually combine about 3 different methods and notepad++ will highlight when I’ve used the same word twice, so it helps me avoid duplications.
I often have created eBay titles in bulk from product attributes in Excel.
In Excel, my favorite way to check length is a adding a column next to the eBay title with this formula.
cell being the cell reference like B3, D3, etc.
Since I often dealt with hundreds or even thousands of listing titles, I would then use the Excel filter function to show only the rows that had the word WARNING and adjust those titles to fit. That is why I added the length of the cell (title) after the word WARNING so that I would know how many characters I had to manually trim from the title.
I also used this method to sort or show low title length numbers. This way if for example my title length was below 60 characters, I would manually extend the title with phrases like “Authorized Dealer”, “Free US Ship”, or other descriptive product attributes not used by my Excel title generation formula.
How about using this extension Attribute Character Limit?
I actually would like to find some kind of programmatical solution for that problem.
There are many magento users out there who list on ebay with m2e pro but can’t buy a 30$ extension for every simply issue that occurs!
All we want is to count or limit one attribute field to 80 characters,and counting it with google app is not a good practice.
There are many php code examples that can help but can you tell me to what file on my FTP server should i add them?
Where do i find the attribute files?
I understand that some people don’t want to spend money for a single extension that solves a simple issue.
Here’s a related forum thread https://understandinge.com/forum/ebay-integration-questions/ebay-title-attribute-script-to-limit-characters-to-80/
Can you give Stephen Maguire’s suggestions a try?
If that was just a form field in a file you could add maxlength to limit it
If your attribute code was ebaytitle in the source it would look like
<input id="ebaytitle" name="product[ebaytitle]" value="" class="input-text" type="text">
this should limit it to 80
<input id="ebaytitle" name="product[ebaytitle]" value="" class="input-text" type="text" maxlength="80">
this is a bad example because I didn’t need anything fancy just wanted to see how hard it was.. but finding the input later to set the attribute seems to work fine
this would find the ebaytitle input and add maxlength 80, just needs to be somewhere towards the bottom of that page after the form, I put it at the end of
because I found it loading on the product edit/create page in our magento dev toward the bottom
And I couldn’t enter more than 80 in that input field. Again a crude example that may not even work outside of our magento install but hopefully gives you an idea of the complexity of the task.
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