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Issue 067 - Nov 13, 2007



1. Page Publisher Special: Save more than $50 (ends November 22nd)
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Rapid Response Tickets & Phone Support now only $10 We've just lowered the price of Rapid Response Tickets from $15 to $10. What's more, they can now be used for direct phone support! Call us or have us call you, the choice is yours.

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3. Low US Dollar Could Mean Savings for You
Low US Dollar Could Mean Savings for You If you've been following the news you've probably witnessed the recent drop in value of the US dollar, and while most of our customers are from the United States (we love you our Southern friends :), there's still a large number of you (about 1/3rd to exact) who come from other parts of the world. We price all of our products in US dollars, so if you're in the second group, you could save much more today than last year.

If you were to compare your exchange rate today to this time last year the British Pound is saving 9% on every purchase, the Euro 12%, the Canadian Dollar 14%, and the Australian dollar 14%. You can now buy any of our products for much less than what they were this time last year.

Below I've included a table with historical exchange rates and the approximate cost of each product in your currency.

% Savings from this time last year *9%12%14%14%
US Exchange Rates British Pound Euro Canadian Dollar Australian Dollar
12 months ago $1.90 $1.28 $0.89 $0.77
Currently * $2.07 $1.46 $1.04 $0.90

* Based on exchange rates at time of writing.



If you're using a currency not listed above simply visit oanda.com to find your current exchange rate. You can compare how much you're saving today from this time last year.

If you're ready to order and take advantage of the low US dollar, simply click here to visit our order page.

If you're not sure what the price is in your currency or have any questions about any products you can always call (1-604-689-3347), or even request for us to call you and we'll cover the long distance charges. :)

You can also send an email, message us through live chat, or post your questions in the forum.

4. Ask Donna: Creating Categories in Listings Manager
Ask Donna: Creating Categories in Listings Manager Dear Donna,

In your Listings Manager online demo, your listings are split up nicely into different categories. How do I do that on my installation?

Regards,
Categorized



Dear Categorized,

This is one of those things that shows off how flexible Listings Manager (and its spin offs, Realty Manager and Auto Manager) really are. Categories wasn't something that Listings Manager was originally designed to do. But, it does them with flair nevertheless!

Step 1: Create new field.

To setup categories, you'll want to create a new field. You can do this by going into the Setup Options and choosing "Setup Listing Fields". Here, select an empty field, and take note of what field number you use. In my example, we'll use listing field number 8 (lfield8).

Note: Just as an aside -- since a lot of fonts don't really show much difference between the two... that is very definitely an "L" for "Listing", and not a number 1. This comes up in our support tickets more often than you'd think!

Now that you've got your field, you'll want to populate it. We're going to make it into a dropdown box, as this keeps people from making mistakes in typing in the category they want. So, you'd wind up with something like this:

Category (,Dogs,Cats,Ferrets,Birds,Fish)

The first comma is important -- it defaults the field to nothing. Otherwise, it will default the field to whatever your first option is.

Select "Dropdown" as the field type, and make sure you check the "Enabled" button. Then hit save. Now, when you add a new listing, you'll see a new field called Category.

Now... how do we use this new field?



Step 2: Adding the field to the templates.

There are actually a few different things you can do at this point, depending on how you want your viewers to use these categories. In this tutorial, we'll go over how to allow your users to search on this field and how to link directly to a category (ie, from your main page, or from a category listing).



2a. Allowing users to search by category.

Say you want your users to be able to search by category. Try adding this to your search template (by default, _search_query.html, but you can add this code to any page you have your search fields on):

<select name="lfield8_keyword">
<option value="">Select a Category</option>
<option value="Cats">Cats</option>
<option value="Dogs">Dogs</option>
<option value="Ferrets">Ferrets</option>
<option value="Birds">Birds</option>
<option value="Fish">Fish</option>
</select>


That's it! Save the file, and start searching. :) Make sure you replace my sample data with your own, and replace "lfield8" with whatever field you used to create the category field.



2b. Linking directly to a category.

So you want to create a list of categories. No problem! All you'd do is create a regular link with some specific content in the query. (The "query" is the part of the URL after the ? that tells the search engine the specific dynamic information you want brought back.)

First, you'll need to find out the URL to your search engine. By default, this will be:

http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi

It might vary from this depending on your server setup or personal preferences, but it'll be pretty close to this. Once you have that, add ?search=1 to the end -- this tells the search engine that you're running a search, rather than looking at the query page. So now you've got:

http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1

But this brings back EVERY listing, instead of just the ones from a particular category. So, we'll encode the category right into that URL by adding: &lfield8_keyword=Dogs. Now you've got:

http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Dogs

That's it -- you're now showing all of your listings that have "Dogs" selected in listing field 8. There's a few more options you can add to this as well, if you want to get really fancy -- different sort orders, a different number of listings per page, and so on. Check out this page in the documentation for more search options.

But now that you've got this URL, how do you add this to your site? Well, wherever you want your list of categories to show up, you'd write them in the same as any regular link, like this:

<a href="http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Dogs">Dogs</a><br>
<a href="http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Cats">Cats</a><br>
<a href="http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Ferrets">Ferrets</a><br>
<a href="http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Birds">Birds</a><br>
<a href="http://www.yoursite.com/listman/exec/search.cgi?search=1&lfield8_keyword=Fish">Fish</a><br>

As a plain jane list of links, you can dress that up however you'd like, and even fit it in with your current design no problem.

And voila! You now have categories. :)



In our next newsletter, I'll be going over how to use Google Sitemaps with Article Manager 2. Stay tuned! And if you have any other questions about this tutorial, drop me an email at donna@interactivetools.com, or contact our support department here.

If you would like to have any of this integrated by our team you can contact Priority Consulting for a free estimate.

Until next time,
Donna

5. Priority Consulting: Book Now to Get Your Project Started
Priority Consulting: Book Now to Get Your Project Started Priority Consulting has really picked up these last few weeks. In fact, Mike and Ross, our consulting gurus, have been pretty much booked solid. The sooner you let us know you have a project, the sooner we can get you a free estimate and get started.

Whether you're looking to take on more client work, would like our products expertly integrated into your site, or need a few new features added to your Article Manager or Listings Manager site, Priority Consulting is the perfect solution. Many projects come in at under $300 and are often completed in a few days or less.

To get an idea of what we can do for you through consulting please check out the following from previous newsletters:

If you would like to get stared, please contact Mike or Ross for a free estimate for your next project.

6. Developer Resources - Picking the Right Colors for your Website
Developer Resources - Picking the Right Colors for your Website Have you ever been inspired by someone else's web design and found yourself thinking "Wow, that's a great choice of colors!".

For this newsletter I've devoted this entire section to resources that will help you find the perfect colors for your next website. While some of these have been mentioned in past newsletters, they deserve to be mentioned again.

Colorzilla - Firefox Add-on
The Firefox web browser seems to be most popular with developers and tech junkies, and one of those reasons is the great add-ons you can download. Colorzilla makes it easy for you to point to any color on a webpage and return the exact color in any of the standard formats. You can even zoom in on a webpage by as much as 1000% to pinpoint the exact color you want.

Pixie
A newsletter subscriber sent me this one a few weeks ago. She tells me this is one of the most useful little utilities she's come across. Simply point to a colour and it will tell you the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that colour. Unlike Colorzilla, Pixie runs independently from your browser, meaning you can use it to find colors on web pages, desktop photos, or anything you're viewing on your monitor.

Kuler: Color Scheme Resource
This is another resource I received from a subscriber, and instantly liked it. As a designer we all like what we like and tend to gravitate toward the color schemes we're familiar with. This is a great resource for new, fresh color ideas.

Along with Kuler, there are several other color scheme resources worth checking out such as colourlovers.com, colorcombos.com, and colr.org, a site that lets you upload any image and build a color scheme based on the uploaded image.

One of my favourites is colorblender.com, a free tool for color matching and palette design. You just choose a color using the color picker and a 6-color matching palette will be automatically created.

Anyhow, I hope this helps you on your next project. Best of luck on finding the perfect color scheme for your website. :)

7. Featured Flash Game: Fold - Sequel to Manifold
Featured Flash Game: Fold - Sequel to Manifold You may remember early last month we featured a game called Manifold. If you enjoyed Manifold I have good news, the developer recently released a sequel named Fold. Just as with Manifold, you play as the weird little ant man who uses anti-gravity bubbles to get past obstacles and make it to your goal.

Run. Jump. Bend gravity. It's all found in Fold where you leap over insurmountable slopes and ant grinding gears that threaten your very existence (okay that was a little dramatic! :)

If you found Manifold easy you're sure to find the new levels in Fold rediculously harder. I have difficulty with even the first few levels, so if you're successful, be sure to tell us about it. You can email me at luke@interactivetools.com.

If you find you're stuck, give us a call (toll free 1-800-752-0455) or discuss it in the forum and our team would be happy to give you some tips! :)


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