Associate-O-Matic v5 Documentation   Last Updated: 2013-11-26
 
 
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Control Panel - Custom Boxes
 
Custom Boxes

INSTRUCTIONS: This is where you setup content areas for display within your store (we call them boxes). They can contain any content from Raw HTML, to RSS Feeds, to an external HTML/PHP File (e.g. Ad Content, Featured Items, Newsletter Form, etc.). To delete a Custom Box, set Display to Delete and resave your settings.

Admin Label:
This first blue input box is for labeling the box within the admin. It is only visible to you in the admin and won't be seen in your store.

Display:
Select whether you want the box displayed. If you set to No your box settings will still be saved.

Box ID:
Optional. This ID can be referenced in CSS and the page array.

Label:
Enter the Label of the box to be visible in your store (optional)

Border Color:
Enter the Border Color of the box

Border Size:
Select the Border Size around the box (in pixels)

Background Color:
Enter the Background Color of the box

Location:
Custom Boxes can be positioned in various locations on a page. L=Left, R=Right, PT=Page Top, PB=Page Bottom, BT=Body Top, BB=Body Bottom, I[x]=Item Related Locations and C[x]=Category Related Locations.

Here are the locations:



Display Pages:
Specify which pages you want the box displayed on

1st Page Only:
Check this box if you want the custom box to appear only on the first page of a category (not on subsequent pages within the category or on subcategory pages, etc.).

NoFollow:
If Box Type is RSS, check this box if you want the RSS links to include the rel='nofollow' directive.

Display Rules:
Fine-tune conditions for when this Custom Box will be displayed. Leave both the green and red box blank to display the box on all applicable pages. If the green box is populated, the Custom Box will display only on these pages. If the red box is populated, the Custom Box will display on all pages except those specified. For the Category section use Category IDs (c). For the Subcategory section use Browse Nodes (n). For the Item section use ASINs (i). For the Custom Pages section use Page IDs. All values should be separated by a comma.

The order of presedence is:
1. Category  (overrides any conflicting Subcategory and Item rules)
2. Subcategory  (overrides any conflicting Item rules)
3. Item

For example, if you have defined the green box for a Category, the Custom Box will only display on pages within that Category. Additionally, Subcategory and Item pages that don't fall within that Category will not display the Custom Box (see more examples below).

For the Category section use Category IDs (c). For the Subcategory section use Browse Nodes (n). For the Item section use ASINs (i). All values should be separated by a comma.

Below are some examples of how to use the Display Rules...

Example 1:
Display a Custom Box only within Categories "2" and "3". Will also display on all Subcategory and Item pages that fall within these Categories.
Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules 2,3 [empty]
Subcategory (n) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Item (i) Display Rules [empty] [empty]

Example 2:
Display a Custom Box within all Categories except "1". Will also display on all Subcategory and Item pages that fall within this Category.
Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules [empty] 1
Subcategory (n) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Item (i) Display Rules [empty] [empty]

Example 3:
Display a Custom Box only within Subcategory "7777". Will also display on all Category pages. Will also display on all Item pages that fall within this Subcategory.

Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Subcategory (n) Display Rules 7777 [empty]
Item (i) Display Rules [empty] [empty]

Example 4:
Display a Custom Box within all Subcategories except "7777". Will also display on all Category pages. Will also display on all Item pages except those that fall within this Subcategory.
Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Subcategory (n) Display Rules [empty] 7777
Item (i) Display Rules [empty] [empty]


Example 5:
Display a Custom Box only on Item page "123456789". Will also display on all Category and Subcategory.
Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Subcategory (n) Display Rules [empty] [empty]
Item (i) Display Rules 123456789 [empty]


Example 6:
Now an example with multiple rules applied at once. Display a Custom Box only within Category "3". Within that Category it will also display on all Subcategory pages except "7777". Remember that the same Subcategory can be associated with different Categories. This second rule help with that.
Include
(Green Box)
Exclude
(Red Box)
Category (c) Display Rules 3 [empty]
Subcategory (n) Display Rules [empty] 7777
Item (i) Display Rules [empty] [empty]


Box Content:
If the Box Type you selected was Raw HTML, you would paste the HTML in the Box Content section below. Or for a Box Type of HTML/PHP File, you would enter the server path or URL to the file/script in the Box Content section. Note: File paths are better and will load faster. On some servers you may need to use the URL. If the file is in the same location as your shop file, you might be able to simply enter the file name (e.g. yourfile.html, yourscript.php).