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Issue 043 - Jun 27, 2006



1. Listings Manager Special - Save $30 (One Week Only)!
Listings Manager Special - Save $30 (One Week Only)! For just one week (ending July 5th) Listings Manager (or Realty/Auto Manager) is just $269. This saves you $30 off the regular price or more than $80 per license with multi-pack discounts. That's a lot of money you can save!

You can think of this as our "Canada Day" sale (Canada Day is on July 1st) or as a "4th of July" sale for all of our friendly neighbours in the USA. For anyone without a holiday in the next week, feel free to take off one of these days or, at the very least, you can still take advantage of this great offer and save $30 on Listings Manager. And if you're somewhere that has a holiday that I failed to mention, feel free to complain to me in an email and I'll offer my personal apologies. ;)

If you're looking to start a real estate or vehicle classifieds site, or to showcase any products online, Listings Manager is the perfect choice. We'll even install it for free!

To learn more about which Listings Manager product will work best with your project just visit one of the links below.
If you have any questions or want to purchase you can always talk to us by phone (toll free 1-800-752-0455), email, forum, or live chat.
2. Coach's Corner - Article Manager Features and Search Engine Optimization - By "Coach" Mike Briggs
Coach's Corner - Article Manager Features and Search Engine Optimization - By "Coach" Mike Briggs For this edition of Coach's Corner I've put together a tutorial that discusses search engine optimization and how people will actually get to your Article Manager website. This should be useful for anyone running Article Manager, whether you're just getting started or if you've been running your site with Article Manager for a while.

I'm not a search engine optimization expert, but I have done a bit of research and this tutorial outlines some useful methods for getting search engines to index your site as easily as possible (such as static pages, meta tags, RSS feeds, etc.) and how these work with Article Manager.

As always if you have any questions at all about about this tutorial, we offer free support so feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We can also do the entire set up for you through Priority Consulting, so if you need any help just send an email and we can discuss your project in detail.
3. Ross Report - Listings Manager Featured Listings Controlled by Superusers Only - By Ross Fairbairn
Ross Report - Listings Manager Featured Listings Controlled by Superusers Only - By Ross Fairbairn A commonly asked question we get about Listings Manager is if it can be setup to allow only "Superusers" to set featured listings. After doing some thinking, I came up with a great little work around which I've outlined in this tutorial. It’s actually really easy to set up.

This walkthrough shows you how to make a new field visible only to Superusers for setting the listing to "Featured". This works great if you have a lot of agents logging into Listings Manager and you don't want them to make the choice of which listings are featured.

4. Dropdown News Items in News Manager - By Donna Brown
Dropdown News Items in News Manager - By Donna Brown News Manager tends to get a little neglected in the shadow of its big brother, Article Manager, so I thought I'd write a tutorial with an interesting way to display your full articles -- through the use of a dropdown list.

People often ask what the difference between News Manager and Article Manager is. Well, overall, what ISN'T different about them? The way I usually explain it is that News Manager is a great way to display articles on a site that maybe doesn't get a lot of frequent updates, but still wants an easy way to add them. Press releases or monthly newsletters are perfect for News Manager. But how to display them? There's the old standby of modifying the index template to look like the rest of your site, or using a Server Side Include to pull in the index into another page...but how about this?

Following this tutorial makes News Manager list all of your articles in a dropdown menu for quick and easy navigation to the content.

For the next newsletter I want to hear from all of you! What do YOU want me to talk about? Got a burning question on your mind that only I can answer? Send it in! You can always reach me at donna@interactivetools.com.

5. What Search Engines See - a Tool at dlperry.com
What Search Engines See - a Tool at dlperry.com There are all sorts of theories and methods to search engine optimization and how your site will be indexed by search engines. I've come across this great page for showing you what search engine spiders might see when they index your site.

Simply enter your URL and click "Scan Now" to see the text results that a search engine might see on a page. This is a great tool to see if search engine spiders might be skipping over any of your content.
6. Snipshot - Online Photo Editing
Snipshot - Online Photo Editing Snipshot.com allows you to upload images or take images that are already online and resize, crop and rotate them, adjust the brightness or color settings, etc. Once you're done you can save the modified image back to your computer.

It's a great way to make quick changes without even opening an image editing program. I'd also suggest having a look at the "Bookmarklet" feature, which gives you the ability to edit any image you're looking at on a website with a click of your mouse.



From the Forum

1. Article Manager - Publishing Index Pages to Specific Directories by Ross Fairbairn
In this post Ross outlines how you can set up Article Manager to publish its category index pages into different categories. This is great for setting up a "Member's Only" section or something similar.
2. Article Manager - Adding a "Read More..." Link by Mike Briggs
Mike outlines how you can add a "Read More" link at the end of an article summary on an index page rather than using the title of the article as the link.
3. News Manager - Uploading and Linking to PDF Files from an Article by Ross Fairbairn
Ross explains how you can upload PDF files instead of images in News Manager and how you can link to these PDF files from the article's content.

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