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Chapter - 6.3 Posting Ads (Free Mode)
moderate mode, all posted ads are not automatically displayed on public pages. Instead, they become pending, until approved by administrator or by a user-moderator. The user who posted the ad (if logged), however, may see it immediately by following "My Ads" link at the top navigation bar. During pending status user is able to modify posted ad.
Note: If you granted a "Trust" status to the user in User Manager, then all ads posted by that user bypass the pending status and go online right away.
Ads Duration controlled by creating "Duration Schemes". Payment Processor and ads Durations page would allow creating an unlimited number of schemes. Each scheme can have up to 5 ad durations. Essentially the created scheme would build a drop down box at the ad posting page allowing client to select desired ad duration. Each scheme could be linked to any category at any level. That means theoretically each category can have a different ad duration scheme. Created Schemes could be linked to categories from Link to Categories page (the page link is at the top Payment Processor and ads Durations page). If you link a scheme to a Main category, all subcategories below would inherit the scheme settings. However, you can override the inheritance to subcategories by linking a different scheme directly to subcategory.
The only mandatory fields for the ad post are subject and body of the ad. The rest of the information is optional. The category and subcategory of the ad cannot be changed after the ad is posted.
For both resizing methods a text-over-image (watermark) could be configured at the misc. configuration admin page (see chapter 1.2 of this manual).
In addition, a small thumb created for each uploaded image. The thumb dimension is 100x100 px., and it is used on all ads list pages. The benefit of using thumbs is to greatly reduce bandwidth utilization and faster page load.
Note: Administrator cannot post an ad unless logged in with a regular user account.
Ad activated via "Pending Ads" admin page by an Administrator or by a moderator. If there is at least one pending ad, the "Pending Ads" icon at the admin tasks selection page is green. Ad also activated right from the full ad view page, when opened from pending ads list. After ad activation, an Email sent to the user about the ad status change.
Note: While ad activated, the submission date reset to the date it was activated and expiration date is extended to reflect proper ad duration.
At the full ad view page administrator could extend or withdraw the ad duration.
If you decide, that ad is not appropriate for the classified, you could immediately delete it. No Email sent to users when ad deleted.
Note: Once Admin logged in, the delete, and edit links are available next to every ad on the board on every page where the ad displayed. Furthermore, when viewing the full ad view page and clicking on a name of poster, admin taken directly to User Manager.
All ads automatically expire and taken offline but not deleted. Automatic Expiration of the ads occurs as following. If for instance there are six ads due to expire on a given date. All six ads would expire and be taken offline, when first 6 users hit the default page on that day (one ad per user). The process controlled by cookies. When the first user navigates to the default page after midnight, the expiration list for that day is getting checked. If there are ads to expire in the list, then no more than one ad would expire with the hit (to eliminate a page load delay). The same happened when second user visited default page... and so on, until all ads for that day taken offline. When there are no more ads to expire for that day, the scheduler triggered to standby mode.
Users whose ads are expired, receive notification Email and advised to Repost. At this point, the ad could be reposted by the logged user or by administrator (not recommended). Users may view their expired ads via "MyAds" link. Administrator may view all expired ads via "Expired Ads" link at the admin tasks page. From there admin may repost/delete individual ads, or choose to delete old expired ads, which are older than selected from the drop-down box time-frame.
Ads could be disabled by Administrator/Moderator or by User who originally posted an ad. The Disable/Enable link viewable at the full ad view page while Administrator/Moderator/Ad Owner logged in. Disabling an ad makes it invisible for visitors and ad is not counted in category/subcategory ad list.
Note: Usersmay delete their own ads. To monitor this type of activity enable "Ads Deleted" event in "Event Configuration"
Administrator could move ads between categories. The Move link appears to admin at the full ad view page. Bulk ads move between categories also possible. See chapter 6.4 > Moving ads.
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