How are the Product Ad pages created?

This question was submitted to the program developer via email. It is being posted in this FAQ's forum in case others may have the same question. The answer provided below is also contained in the program's integrated Help system.

Hi:

I have been working with the xlecom program for just a few days and it seems wonderful. I really like the ability to control just about everything.

I do however have what might be a stupid question.

I have figured out how to create individual ads. I have arranged and set up my support pages BUT, I cant figure out what page to put my ads on. It seems that using the Category and subcategory menus on the left side I a can list each product.

BUT JUST WHERE DO THESE GO.

I have a home page and 4 or 5 support pages but NONE of these are product pages.

WHERE do I put my ads for my individual products.

I am sorry I just don't understand.

It seems that I should have a "PRODUCT page" or an "ads page"

RE: How are the Product Ad pages created?

Creation of the Product Ad Pages
The product ad pages are automatically generated by the program and are accessed via the left side navigation menus on the Published pages. These product ad pages are sequentially numbered page_001.html to page_xxx.html. If you press the "Category Review" button, you will see how the products will be arranged on these pages. You can view a good illustration of this product ad layout if you refer back to the demo data program. See the image below.

Both the product ad pages and the navigation menus are automatically created by the program based on the main and sub categories you choose for the Product Ads. All products ads that use the same main and sub categories will be placed on the same page. Take a look on how the demo data's main and sub categories are laid out in the database. If you do not assign main and sub categories, then all the product will be listed under a default Main category called "Products" and a sub category called "General Items".

Product Ad Order Publishing
Keep in mind that the Product Ads will be Published in the order they reside within the Product Database. Therefore, if you want the individual Product Ads on each of the product pages to appear in a particular order, from the top to the bottom of the page, then sort the Product Database in the order you desire prior to Publishing the web site.

For example, if you sort the Product Database by List Price in ascending order (from lowest to highest), then the Product Ads will appear on the product pages in the same List Price ascending order. In this case, the lowest priced products appearing at the top of the page and the highest priced products appearing towards the bottom of the page. If you want the products to appear in alphabetical order, then sort the products by the Ad Title in ascending order prior to Publishing your web site.

Note: The Product Ad sort order does not affect the order of how the Main and Sub Category navigation menus appear within the web site. The Main and Sub Category navigation menus are always Published in alphabetical order. Therefore, you may want to consider how you name both your Main and Sub Category titles.

The Web Site Publishing Routine performs the following operations in the order listed below.
Step 1: The program will first generate all the necessary HTML pages for the web site and place them into the \Publish\html folder. The last HTML file generated named index.html will be placed in the \Publish root folder. This index.html file is the file you open in your web browser to view the web site. It is also the file that should be place in the root directory of your web server. Note: The publishing routine will overwrite all previously published HTML files which have the same name as the newly generated files.

Step 2: Next, the support files (html, pdf, etc...) used in the "Ad Comment Hyperlinks" for the Product Ads will be copied from the current html folder to the \Publish\html folder.

Step 3: Next, the images used in the product ads, support pages, "Ad Comment Hyperlinks", and web site theme will be copied from the current images folder to the \Publish\images folder.

Step 4: Finally, all the web site image files within the \Assets\images\website subfolder will be copied to the \Publish\images folder.

Step 5 (optional): If you selected to "Copy all files from the Assets/html folder (*.*) to the Publish folder", then all files under the current html folder (html, pdf, etc...) will be copied to the \Publish\html folder. This file copying step is performed last, after all the product and framed pages have been generated by this program.

Home Page Publishing Options
You have the option to publish either of two Home Pages. They are the Home Page with Product Ads (from the "Home Page Design" sheet) or the Support Page's Home Page (from the "Support Pages" sheet). If you want for example to have specially advertised products on the Home page, then choose the Home Page with Product Ads publish option.

Sam Raheb
XLEcom Program Developer