How does the affiliate system work?
Problem:How does the affiliate system work in the Enteprise products?
THIS FEATURE WAS REMOVED FROM THE SOFTWARE WITH V5. THE STOREFRONT FEATURE REPLACED IT AND PROVIDES MUCH MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THE CLIENT
Solution:You can grant affiliate privileges on a group by group basis. The affiliate privileges allows the affiliate a backdoor link to the classifieds/auctions software that will only display that affiliates(sellers) ads/auctions. The page templates and ad/auction display templates used within this back door section will be determined within the group administration for the specific user group that user belongs to. You can also allow the affiliate/seller the ability to place their own html within the affiliate backdoor template. The affiliate/seller has an "affiliate html" textbox within the affiliate/seller's client side user information edit form. Any html entered into this box and saved by the affiliate/seller will be placed within the affiliate side templates where you place the "" tag within that template.
The affiliate/seller side does not use the category navigation. The ads/auctions are displayed from newest to oldest and spill onto a secondary navigation page if necessary.
If the user has affiliate privileges an affiliate link will appear automatically
within the personal information section of the client side admin (only
viewable if the user is logged in).
The user can use the affiliate link provided within their personal information page as a link from their own site or any site on the web directly to their affiliate section displaying only their ads.
No external links (lead out of the affiliate section) are created within the dynamic part of the content. You can however determine your own links within the page and ad display template that could possibly link to your mainstream site or other sites on a group by group basis. No affiliate stats are currently generated.
Each user group (with affiliate privileges) can have their own set of "affiliate-side" page and ad/auction display templates...or you can set all groups to the same templates.
The following templates can be determined for each group for use within the affiliate site:
Affiliate Home template - page template viewed when the affiliate link is used. Essentially the template used on the "home" page for affiliate section. When the affiliate link is used this is the page that the system "defaults" to. Together with all the most recent ads. If there are more ads/auctions than can be displayed on this page a link to the secondary page will be displayed. You can place the "" tag within this template.
Secondary Template - page template for subsequent page results beyond the affiliate home template. If there are more ads/auctions than can be displayed on the affiliate "home" page a link will be generated to this page...and to any subsequent pages if necessary. You can place the "" tag within this template.
Ad display template - body detail of the ad display.
Ad display extra question template - controls display of category specific extra question values attached to each ad.
Ad display checkbox template - controls display of category specific checkbox question values attached to each ad Each template can have a different template for each language attached to the site.
The below article in the forum has additional information with image representation.