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Minor bugfixes 1st November 2018

After fixing the problem with our SSL certificate we took the opportunity to look into a few more bugs that have been present for a while but never properly addressed, mostly to do with the PriceTracker: PriceTracker storing 0.00 prices: for whatever reason, some vendors report prices of 0.00. Obviously they are not giving anything away, …

Back up and running after SSL renewal

Sorry if you got a scary warning visiting our site over the last few hours – our SSL certificate, the cypher that all modern websites use to keep your browsing private – expired briefly. Many browsers, Chrome especially, start throwing panicky warnings about criminals stealing your data and whatnot. We assure you that the chances …

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 …