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Issue 063 - Aug 23, 2007



1. Listings Manager Special - Save $30 Until August 31st
Listings Manager Special - Save $30 Until August 31st For just one week (ending August 31st) you can purchase Listings Manager (or Realty/Auto Manager) at a special price of only $269 a savings of $30-off of our regular price of $299 (list price: $449). And multi-packs are discounted as well, so you can get huge savings on a 5-pack for $215 a license (reg. $239) or a 10-pack for $175 a license (reg. $194).

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.

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 phone (toll free 1-800-752-0455), email, or post in the forum.
2. Ask Donna: Putting Links In Your Article Manager Menu
Ask Donna: Putting Links In Your Article Manager Menu Dear Donna,

I'm using Article Manager, but I want to put some other links in the main menu besides categories (such as to my forum, or to another website). Can I put my own links in the category menu?



Absolutely!

What we're going to go over is a method to have external links (links to non-Article Manager pages, or pages on entirely different sites) that are fully incorporated into the menu list so that they look exactly the same as your regular links, and better yet, are even managed through the Article Manager category list.

This can be setup by adding an extra field for "outside links", then using some templateIf's (template logic) to tell Article Manager which link to publish for each category. Here's how!

    1. First, create a new field in the category database editor (Admin -> Database Editor -> modify "Category") called "External Link". Set the fieldname to something memorable, like "externalLink".

      Next, set the Field Type to "text field" and the Stored as option to "string". Scroll down to the "Input Validation", then set it to "Looks like a valid webpage address". This makes sure everything is formatted correctly.

      Save, and pop over to your Category editor. Now, you'll find a new field when you add a category called "External Link". Try filling one out for testing purposes. On these categories, you'll also want to set it to "Locked" and "Hide from Search", since this is not a "real" category.


  1. Now, open your categoryMenu.html template. Here, we'll be using template logic to say "If there's something in the External Link field, display the external link. Otherwise, link to the category index page.

    Here's the code I used:

    <!-- templatecell : categoryRow -->

    <!-- templateIf: $category.isSelected$ != '1' -->

    <!-- templateIf: $category.externalLink$ ne "" -->
    $category.listItemStart$<a href="$category.externalLink$">$category.name$</a>$category.listItemEnd$
    <!-- /templateIf -->

    <!-- templateIf: $category.externalLink$ eq "" -->
    $category.listItemStart$<a href="$published.categoryIndex.url$">$category.name$</a>$category.listItemEnd$
    <!-- /templateIf -->

    <!-- /templateIf -->

    <!-- templateIf: $category.isSelected$ == '1' -->
    $category.listItemStart$<a href="$published.categoryIndex.url$" class="selected">$category.name$</a>$category.listItemEnd$
    <!-- /templateIf -->

    <!-- /templatecell : categoryRow -->


    (Note: This code is specifically designed to work with the default template. If you're using a different template, or if you've modified the categoryRow in your categoryMenu.html template, you'll want to update this to match.)


And that's pretty much it! Now, you've got categories that act much the same as any other categories as far as the back end of Article Manager is concerned, except that instead of linking to an internal page, it links out to another URL that you've specified.

Until next time,
Donna

Have a question for Donna? Email her directly at donna@interactivetools.com.
3. Developer Resources
Developer Resources Here are a couple of useful resources for web developers and designers. Send me an email with YOUR favourite resources - I might be able to feature them in a future newsletter.
Iconfinder
When I first provided a link to iconfinder in April, the site was unfortunately down due to heavy traffic demands. With the site back up, I felt now is the perfect time to link again. Iconfinder lets you search through thousands of icons (all in png format), making it easy to find that perfect icon for your project, such as an RSS logo for linking to your feed.

StarOffice Now Available for Free from Google
Sun's StarOffice suite of word processing, spreadsheets and other workplace-oriented programs are now available for free as part of the Google Pack download. If you don't have a copy of Microsoft Office, Star Office is an excellent alternative. You can download Star Office and other Google Pack programs for free here.


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