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Major unplanned downtime – sorry

Just checking in to apologise if you couldn’t reach UPCZilla over the last 24 hours. A server misconfiguration, possibly coupled with some kind of DDoS attack, caused our server to completely fail, and as luck would have it nobody noticed for almost a day – seemingly our emergency notification also failed. Sigh… So it’s back …

Price tracker now displays charts for tracked prices

This is something we have been looking forward to implementing for ages – ever since we first launched our Price Tracker feature back in January 2018! Now we have collected enough price points for many products – currently more than 700,000 price points in total! – we have been able to implement these handy-dandy charts, …

Two million UPCs and counting!

We did it – we made 2,000,000 UPCs! Let’s make it clear – quality is the goal on UPCZilla, not quantity. We could probably have dumped huge numbers of UPCs into our database a long time ago, but we prefer a slow and steady approach. There are technical issues to address, we need to make …

Price alerts are here!

For a while now UPCZilla has not only been tracking UPCs and product data but also prices for those products (we call it the Price Tracker). We store historical price changes for all products we track, and whenever we find a price that has dropped significantly since the previous lowest price we found (by more …

Now search UPCs by manufacturer

We have SO many ideas for how to make this site more useful to users, it’s just a case of how quickly we can implement them and roll them out. Our latest new feature is the addition of links on each product that lead to a manufacturer page. So as you see below, the manufacturer …

UPCZilla now rolling out EANs

Big news! If you take a look at a product page on our site you will now see a new addition: “Matching EAN/s“. This has been planned for a while and is just a first step in fully implementing EANs on our site for visitors coming from Europe, although that’s a way down the line. …

Introducing the Price Tracker

We have now rolled out a long-planned feature – the Price Tracker. What it means is that we will be keeping track of highest and lowest historical prices for all the products/UPCs that we monitor on UPCZilla. Down the line it will allow us to do all kinds of cool stuff like notify you when …

Weeding out the invalid UPCs

Around Christmas time UPCZilla began to get a huge amount of interest from the GoogleBot (Google’s crawler that goes around the net collecting content for its index). At one point it was hammering our site big-time, fetching up to ten pages a second. With that kind of load on the site you start to see …

We’ve prettified our URLs

This is probably not very exciting for the average user, but if you are linking to any of our product pages it is worth taking note: we have changed our link structure so instead of an ugly URL like: http://www.upczilla.com/upc-search/?upc=190198624505 …we have nice URLs like: https://www.upczilla.com/item/190198624505/ The latter look a lot better, we think, and …

We broke one MILLION UPCs!

Well, we’ve been working hard recently, scraping together UPCs from wherever we could find them, to try to break through the magic 1,000,000 and – we finally did it! It feels great, I don’t know about you but I don’t think I have ever had a million of anything in my life :). It’s not …