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How to use Banners

 
Banners

Banners are a great way to gain online exposure for your business. They are highly visible and easy to build! Your banner may need to be approved by the website administrator before becoming viewable.

 
In order to add or edit a banner, you will want to login to your account. Click on the icon that is circled in this image (Banners).

Once you have clicked the icon, you will see a menu similar to the one below...


    
Home     


Banners


Banner Creator

If you do not currently have any banners on this site, you will be able to purchase from this page. You could have a choice of a top banner or a bottom banner (depending on the site owner)

 
  Home
This link brings you back to the Control Panel Home.

Banners
  This allows you to purchase banners to be displayed on our site.
This is also where you can view and manage all the banners you currently have.

If you currently have no banner credits available you will need to purchase some. Note: Remember, each banner credit is good for 1 month. Example: You have 15 banners, each of which is valid for 1 month. If you wish to run a banner for several months, you can combine banner credits and use the drop down bar to select 15 months now. Or, you could either create 15 individual banners for 1 month each. 


Invoice Description:
 
This page is an itemized list of the purchases you made along with the total due. If you chose to mail in the payment, you will find the mailing address on this page as well. Please make sure to include your name, username, and business name. When you are finished click on Return to take you back to your User Control Panel. Now you can add your Banner by following the below steps.


Adding Banners

To place a banner image in our Top Banner Rotator, you would click the 'Click here if you wish to create a top banner'. And to place a banner image in our Bottom Banner Rotator, you would click the 'Click here if you wish to create a bottom banner'.

Note that 'Top Banner' and 'Bottom Banner' refer to the locations on the page (top of the page, and bottom of the page, respectively) at which the banners will appear. Bottom Banners are less prominent, and are generally less valuable than Top Banners. 

After clicking the option to create a new banner (either top or bottom), you will see options like those to the left.  The Destination Url needs to be the Url the visitor is brought to when clicking the banner image in the rotator. This will open in a new window, so the visitor remains on your site. You will use the Browse button shown to the left to search your computer's hard-drive for the image you wish to upload for the Banner Image. And last, you select how long you wish the banner to display for.

 

When finished making your selection, click the Create Banner Button.
Your banner image may not be displayed until after review. It will remain as (Disabled) status until that time. Once it has been reviewed and approved, you can monitor your banner ad by returning to the User Control Panel and clicking the Banners icon. This will show you the banners you have advertising with us.

 

The Loc tells you in which area the banner displays (top of the page, and bottom of the page, respectively). 

The Url is where a visitor is brought if the ad is clicked. 

Impressions tells how many times the banner ad has been displayed.

 

Clicks is how many times a visitor has clicked the banner ad, and Expiry is when the banner will br deleted from your site.              Edits a banner.
              Deletes a banner. 

Clicking the Edit link allows you to access the Banner Details section to edit any current information. (the banner edit may be disabled by the website administrator)

Clicking the Delete link will delete the banner. (this cannot be undone).


Banner Creator
 This is makes creating a banner incredibly easy. We offer a variety 'banner blanks'. A banner blank is an image in the correct image size that is currently waiting for a business name and slogan to be added. After clicking the Banner Creator link, in the User's Banner Area, you can choose a blank banner template by clicking the circle below the Choose option to the right of the banner image. This will be the foundation upon which your new banner will be built. Then you will need to click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

Next, you will see the banner you choose. Then you will be able to add information to the banner.

 

Enter the name of your company and your slogan (or other information) in their respective fields as shown in the image to the left. Next, choose a font style, size and color for the name and slogan.

Then, decide where on the banner you would like the name and slogan to appear. The numbers in the 'Left' and 'Top' fields determine where the top-left corner of the text will appear on the banner. (Increase the 'Left' value to move the text to the right; increase the 'Top' value to move the text down.)

To preview your changes, click 'Update Preview'. When you're satisfied with the result, click 'Accept Banner' .

You will then be asked to download your your completed banner. This is very important because creating your banner image does not make it automatically display on our site. You will still need to follow the steps above in the Adding Banners section of this tutorial to complete your order.


 
 
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