Category Archives: New Admin Quick Start

This guide (this portion of this client support site) is intended exactly as a QUICK START guide designed to guide you through crucial initial steps and important configuration settings and options that will give you a boost towards getting your site(s) configured, functioning correctly at a base line level, and well towards your site grand opening day.

A Nice New Complete & Functional ShiftCode GPT Site Built from Scratch (Defaults) & Open for Business in the Least Possible Time Possible

Yes, I’ve come at this goal set forth in the title of this post in several different directions over the weeks I’ve been building the documentation.  Inevitably its ended falling way short of my own expectations. I’ve finally reached an epiphany that I should start from scratch with a whole different new promising concept and not stop until I’m open for business on my own test GPT site PaidToSite.com (only a test site now for the purposes of this documentation project but once done it will be a real live and open for business GPT site of my own!)

As mentioned earlier I’ve reset the site template back to defaults so that I’ll be starting just like you probably are now (if you are reading this)  Know that most of the decisions I make going forward are my own ‘judgment calls’ and you are expected to use your own creativity and ‘vision’ for what your own GPT site will look like, work, and offer.  There are a few decisions that are crucial (which I will point out) and its best that you stick with my suggestions with regard to them (you’ll know which these are when you see them.)

ShiftCode GPT UltimateGPT Template v2.0 (default)

Deciding Your ‘Brand’s Color Palette:  Where does one start with such a seemingly daunting project?  I know for myself it starts with deciding upon my color palette (I know the default grey, blue, and white simply wont cut it for me) Remember that you are building a new ‘brand’ of GPT site here.  What thoughts and emotions does your brand want to convey?  If you are totally stumped then perhaps start with researching (Googling) the ‘psychology of color’.  Then take a look at sites that you tend to prefer (feel ‘happy’ at) and consider the color palette they use.  If you are not intuitive with what colors tend to look good together that there are a myriad of sites out there where you can be assisted with what colors ‘go well with’ each other as not to clash.

I’m not happy with just a static color for my background though.  One could look on the web for free to use (explicitly stated – unless you wish to pay for their use) seamless background image tiles (when you add the small background tiles as your background then they can be set to repeat (or ‘tile’) – the reason you may want the ‘seamless variety is so that the background doesn’t end up looking like a tile floor – the images are designed to fit together imperceptibly (with no ‘grout’ between tiles) so as they make up a single image as a background)

For me (and this project) I’ve already decided (from past experience and personal preferences) that I will stick with a midnight blue background and add complimenting colors along the way.  I, myself, am bored with tiled image backgrounds so I’m going to go for what’s called a ‘gradient’ background which starts with one color at the top and then slowly ends up being another (lighter or darker) color at the bottom.

Making the Gradient Background:

The Image Based Approach:  You could start by looking for a gradient background image (usually manifesting as a single very long and very thin background image that will span the entire length of your site’s pages.  There are free gradient image generators that you can employ for this though know that the image should be very thin [10 pixels or so maximum] (so that the file size isn’t real large causing slow page load times while the image is loading) and very (extremely) long [multi thousands of pixels long – the longer the better] so as the image doesn’t end before the longest page on your site ends)

One may look for one of the gradient image generators by Googling the words “free online gradient image generator” (I usually choose the ‘dynamic drive’ based gradient image generator (a few results down the page) as a personal preference) Yes, there are issues with taking this image based approach.  Remember, your GPT site will tend to have very long pages filled with lengthy lists of offers and if the background image stops before the page does then there will be an abrupt stopping and starting of your gradient image leaving a sophomoric web designer impression and ‘look’ to your site.  Everything you’ll need to know about applying background images via your CSS is shown here.

The CSS Coding Based Approach:  (note that Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions don’t support these coded gradients – but everyone should have updated to a newer version than IE9 years ago – right?)  If you haven’t already, you need to locate the web location of the CSS file your template is using. A way to locate where your CSS file will be (template ID# folder) is simply to look in your ShiftCode admin panel on the ‘Templates’ page (where you should already be by now)  The templates page is located under the lower right ‘Files & Templates’ menu (click on ‘Templates’)

On of the main advantages of using this CSS base coding approach is that your pages will load much faster if you’re not trying to display an image. Finding Your Template Number
Note on the right (above) which template has the ‘Yes’ in the ‘Default’ column.  On your site the default template may likely be the ‘UltimateGPT Template v2.0’ but on my own site I’ve been building and experimenting so my default template is actually named ‘My UltimateGPT Template v2.0.1’ which is only a copy of ‘UltimateGPT Template v2.0’ (so I have a copy of the original default)  What you want to notice is the ID number of your default template (in my case it’s 51)  That number is the number of the web folder location of all (or most) files associated with that template.

Now under the right side ‘Files & Templates’ menu click on the ‘File Manager’ and using the upper folder drop down then go to the ‘/templates/’ folder that ends in your default template ID number (as seen below)  You should see various files including your main Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file for that template named ‘style.css’ – click on it to open up a viewing window (the large white window on the left below) – now click ‘Edit’ below that window to enable CSS file editing (in plain text)  Be careful as anything you change here could mess a few things up if you are messing around.File Manager CSS Access
The only section I changed was the ‘body’ section as such:

body
{
       background-size: auto
       background: #000016; /* not supporting gradients */
       background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#000016, #0000ff); /* Safari 5.1 – 6.0 */
       background: -o-linear-gradient(#000032, #0000ff); /* Opera 11.1 – 12.0 */
       background: -moz-linear-gradient(#000016, #0000ff); /* Firefox 3.6 – 15 */
       background: linear-gradient(#000016, #0000ff); /* Standard syntax (must be last) */
       margin: 0;
       padding: 0;
       font-family: ‘Verdana’;
       font-size: 12px;
}

Notice that I only changed (replaced/added) the ‘background’ statements to achieve this stunning blue gradient page body background:Blue Gradient Page Body Background Using CSS CodeThen if you take the same CSS code and reverse the colors and apply them to the #body_container then you end up with this (colors in the exact opposite direction – cool huh?):

#body_container
{
       clear: both;
       width: 1000px;
       background-size: auto
       background: #0000ff; /* not supporting gradients */
       background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#0000ff, #000032); /* Safari 5.1 – 6.0 */
       background: -o-linear-gradient(#0000ff, #000032); /* Opera 11.1 – 12.0 */
       background: -moz-linear-gradient(#0000ff, #000032); /* Firefox 3.6 – 15 */
       background: linear-gradient(#0000ff, #000032); /* Standard syntax (must be last) */
       margin: 10px 0 20px 0;
       border: 1px solid #8b8b8b;
       border-radius: 5px;
       box-shadow: 0 1px 2px #000, inset 0 1px 0 #e0e0e0;
       overflow: auto;
}

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If you like the rounded corners look then change this statement in #body_container to a higher number:

border-radius: 5px;

to

border-radius: 30px;

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(b) Locating and Deactivating Expired Offers (custom networks only)

ShiftCode Integrated Performa Networks will Expire Offers Automatically for You!

(a) Adding Offers (both automated and manual)

(a) Make Complete Backups of the Default Code First (Crucial!)


Thoroughly Read This and Think Through It All in Your Head – Come to an Epiphany That You Will NO LONGER Take the Risk of Losing Hours, Days, Weeks, or Even Years of Hard Work Coding, Configuring, and Designing Your New Site When ShiftCode Has Made it So Easy for Us Site Admins to Perform Complete and Automated Backups!  It cannot be stressed enough that it is definitely necessary to make complete backups all the files that you have access to BEFORE you start tinkering (modifying any code or site template designs)

Though ShiftCode always has your back if you lose any of the default programming code or design template code you shouldn’t have to worry about having to ask anyone for the default files should you mess something up (which is surprisingly easy to do – even for professional coders and designers)  Not only is it embarrassing to ask (I’ve been in that situation quite a few times) but it has the potential to completely halt your site building process until your request is handled (yes, ShiftCode support is usually pretty prompt with such requests but you probably don’t want to be put in the position of awaiting a reply while you (or your designer and/or coder) is in the midst of the creative process)

Also note that as your site build out and customization starts to bloom and all through the entire creative process then it will be necessary to make backups of your customizations in code and design at various stages of the creative process.  Know that modifying web site script code is a very delicate process and only one simple mistake in the form of omitting or adding one single character or command in code can potentially bring your entire site down showing an error (though the error condition would be only temporary until you find and fix the error in code or you restore the file containing the erroneous code from a previous backup)


Resolve Now to Commit to Performing Regular Full Site Backups Well Into the Future:  (Yes, you can thank me sometime in the future for stressing the importance of regular full backups while also giving yourself a nice pat on the back just after that dreaded unrecoverable event happens (God forbid! – but YES they do happen to everyone at least once over time!) simple statistics predict data storage error and/or human error causing an unrecoverable failure at least once (though probably more) in the life of most all web sites (if it were not for your regular backups then you may have been instantly out-of-business should a hardware failure of a hard drive or other crucial data storage device (more common than you may think))

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Another point to make here is to remind you that you are dealing with other people’s money that they have earned on your site and they have the legitimate right to demand their money from you (even in the case of data loss) it’  I don’t need to remind you how even the most polite and kind (initially) people appear to be – if you start messing with their hard earned money people will get them to stand up, pay attention, and become very vocal if there is even the slightest hint that there is a discrepancy in their site account funds (even if it’s not your fault like a drive failure, database corruption, etc.) then you will instantly be put in an untenable position if your members claim you owe them yet you suddenly don’t have access to any recent records to competently dispute or award their claims (I’ve been there and done that and I can tell you that personally you feel like a complete idiot (all you had to do is make simple backups at least a week apart to still have some idea in what ballpark you owe specific people.  


OK, Enough Talking About Doing It – Let Me Show You How and Let’s Back Everything Up Now!

Prepare a Folder on Your PC or Device to Receive These Extremely Important Backups: I’d suggest that you make the new backup folder somewhere within the ‘My Documents’ or ‘Documents’ folders (one should already be present on your machine.  The reason why I suggest placing all backup folders within the Windows document area is that I know that whatever backup application you may have running (or eventually purchase in the future) will undoubtedly default to including common default areas where important documents are stored.  So, when you initiate any type of backup of the files on your PC then chances are your crucial GPT site  backups will be included by default.

What should you name your web site backups folder?  This is an area where it simply comes down to your own preferences.  I, myself, always like to have the backup folder name SCREAM at you with folder names I’m notorious for such as ‘DO_NOT_DELETE_THIS FOLDER_EVER – IT_CONTAINS_CRUCIAL_WEB_SITE_BACKUPS! – or the like (lol)

(a) Expanding ALL Your Menu Options (optional) [Part 03: Initial Basic Site Configuration][Quick Start Guide]

Expanding ALL Your Menu Options:  (totally optional step based on your own personal preferences – may be skipped) If you wish to have ALL of your admin panel options expanded (showing as is shown on the left in the image below) instead of being kept compact (most options unseen until expanded – as is seen on the right – below) then while you are logged in as the administrator in the admin panel click on ‘Edit Preferences’ button on the top red horizontal menu bar (toward the left on the top)

The page section heading will say ‘Template’ though we are only interested in the ‘Expand All’ checkbox at this point.  Check the ‘Expand All’ checkbox indicating ‘Wes, keep all the navigation links expanded’.  Ignore (don’t change) the ‘Template’ drop-down box below it (though it should already be set to the ‘ShiftCode 2.0’ selection)  Click the the ‘Update’ button to save your ‘Expand All’ preference (you’ll then see a green backed ‘Success!’ confirmation)

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You also should now notice that ALL your admin panel navigation options on all the menus have been expanded with all options showing.  Do you like all the options showing and expanded or do you find this distracting, confusing, and/or overwhelming? (some people do)  If you dislike like everything expanded then go back and uncheck the ‘Expand All’ box and ‘Update’ again.  I’ve always found that seeing all of my options expanded and open makes it easier to locate the configuration areas I’m looking for (it’s totally your choice but I will assume that your menus are in the ‘expanded’ mode from this point forward in this document)

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Initial Site Optimization (SEO), Submission, and Promotion

It is important to stress that for best results you should not jump ahead to this section prematurely. If you don’t take crucial steps before you start promoting your site then you may end up with results that are not optimal (such as pages ‘under construction’ or default phrases and such in your lasting search results)

 

What is Search Engine Optimization or ‘SEO’ for Short?  Optimization is the process of properly preparing a web site to be in its best form, give out the right identifying information for search results, lend itself more to being promoted on social networks, and generally presenting a finished package to the world being ready for inclusion in search results.

What are META Tags? META tags are HTML elements that are added to the source code of a web site that are used to convey information that is used to properly display the web page in a viewer’s internet browser, by search engine ‘robots’ to help in properly classifying a web page in search results, by social media to assist in properly formatting and linking to a web property for better viewing, etc.  META tags are not displayed to web site visitors by way of the web browser.  Instead they are only seen by viewing the source code of a web page. The most common META tags added and edited by webmasters is the META ‘description’ and ‘keyword’ tags.  When viewed in the web page source code they will usually appear like this:

<META name=”description” content=”This is a good general description of this web page or web site” />
<META name=”keywords” content=”these words, appear in my, web page, and, are, the, most important, words, I want, noticed” />

META Tags are NOT a Magic SEO Solution:  If you Google the term ‘SEO’ chances are you will be bombarded by way too much old stale information touting META tags as a magical solution to your search engine optimization needs. Yes, for the most part that used to be true a decade ago when META tags were a crucial part in getting your new web site noticed by the most popular search engine – Google.

Google used to rely heavily on META tags to tell it how to properly list and classify new web sites in its search results. Knowing that, over the years META tags have turned from something useful to a ever constant point of abuse by internet marketers resorting to keyword spamming, keyword stuffing, and other il-advised (nowadays) techniques in order to fool search engines into giving a site more priority in search results than it rightly deserves.

Needles to say, nowadays Google tends to completely ignore most META tags.  Still, don’t let that discourage you from the proper use of META tags because there are plenty of other search engines that are popular that still rely heavily on META tags to classify their search results.

ShiftCode has provided you with a built in interface to add and edit your ‘keywords’ and ‘description’ META tags without having to know any coding. Simply look on the left side navigation menu (with the heading ‘Products’) in your admin panel for a selection named ‘Meta Tags’ (about halfway down the page) and click on it.  You then be presented with a page looking like this:

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Performa Affiliate Network Configuration and Offer Wall Installation

This chapter covers Performa affiliate network configuration (both integrated and custom external networks) and offer wall installation and configuration

First, for those of you that may be confused about the different forms of offer sources such as the integrated Performa networks, the external ‘other’ or ‘premium’ affiliate networks, then there are the various Offer Wall sources (the last time I checked there were over 20 different types and brands of offer wall sources out there today and growing)

Your ultimate goal in the GPT business (severely simplified) – get as many of your site members to complete as many offers thereby reaching a ‘conversion’ point respectfully, correctly, non-fraudulently and complying with the terms of the offer.  Offer leads and conversions (sometimes terms used interchangeably in the business) is what the advertiser’s web site will trigger when they consider the offer to have been completed (per the described offer requirements) at a satisfactory level. The  completion triggered message – the ‘OK you are getting paid for this offer completion’ signal is relayed down from the advertiser to the representing affiliate network at which point that network uses the data that was passed down to identify which (of the network publishers) should get credit for the conversion.


Q)  What are the Differences, Advantages, Disadvantages, and Oddities of Each Type of Offer Source?

       A)  An Affiliate Network generally is an online marketing hub company that provides offers (or ad campaigns).  An affiliate network tends to act as a go-between (or middle man) between the advertiser (generally a company with a product or service they wish to promote via offers or ad campaigns that in our business usually takes the form of ‘incentivized’ cost-per-action (CPA) ‘banner advertising’.


  • PerformaNetLogo12060 An integrated Performa Affiliate Network is an affiliate network that runs the Performa network script (web site software for building an affiliate network) The Performa network script was conceptualized and built long ago by a group of highly skilled programmers who came up with a brand new concept in Get Paid To (GPT) sites (ShiftCode) that came paired perfectly along with a network script (Performa) that was designed to use automation and integration at such a level of precision that both scripts exclusively communicate with each other using their own secure proprietary language thereby allowing a notable definite increase in efficiency and accuracy handling each offer click to conversion transaction much more effectively than networks (no other network in business / or network script commercially available comes even close to the degree of integration and ease of workload to the GPT admin that the Performa network script provides.

    Performa networks are the only networks that with the ShiftCode GPT script have a no-brainer intuitive simple fully integrated initial network (Performa) setup for each Performa network you see listed in your ShiftCode GPT admin panel. Once you complete the simple basic nine (9) field set up configuration for each Performa network you choose then you will enjoy a persistent integrated and efficient connection (information exchange) about events that happen with regard to your GPT site members clicking on, completing (or failing to complete), gaining credit for the completion (yes, it knows which site member is credited for each action) or the offer remaining in ‘pending’ status (which if it turns out to be ‘pending’ for a long time (usually days) then that will signify that the GPT site member had clicked on the offer and either attempted to complete the offer and changed their mind before the offer completion landmark was reached, clicked and didn’t even try (common), or went on to complete the offer which resulted in an offer ‘lead’ or ‘conversion’  (usually by way of combination of a browser cookie and a tracking ‘pixel’ – which will be described later in this chapter)

    Performa networks also have the distinct advantage as being the least ‘data entry work’ (adding offers) intensive procedure of all other types of networks.  With just a few simple configuration settings, keystrokes, and clicks you can manage to perfectly import ALL of a Performa networks available offers while they are sorted automatically into their own categories your pre-define and the lead rates (how much cash currency or points currency the offer completion yields to the site member (after you have taken your pre-defined (by you) percentage ‘cut’ of the action (wink)  The automation and simplicity is the magic of the ShiftCode / Performa (integrated together) system that you will learn to respect almost as heaven sent (compared to the horrors in the complication of setting up all other types of offer sources)

    Performa (ShiftCode Based and Integrated) Affiliate Networks: On ShiftCode GPT sites it is by design (not by chance) that you’ll definitely inevitably eventually come to the conclusion that tending to prefer Performa (ShiftCode based and integrated) begins to grow on you.  It’s just so simple unique and graceful.  You’ll find that after just a bit of time working with your ShiftCode admin panel, getting to learn your way around (yes, it all looks daunting at first but believe me that it gets fun over time – it’s like having your own personal Starship Enterprise to command (yes, I’m a Trekkie and that the only superlative I could think of on demand – lol))

    Anyways, the point I’m trying to get across is that tons of time and frustration can be avoided by going with mostly or only Performa networks (especially as you are learning your way around – Performa networks are SO MUCH easier to deal with and they rely on your coming to them specifically (on Performa networks they are completely familiar and comfortable with favoring genuine ShiftCode Get Paid To (GPT) sites as their main traffic sources.  With networks based on any other network script then you’ll never encounter any better integrations with ShiftCode sites that Performa Networks !

    If it was just that easy then that would be fine but sometimes in this GPT site business things get a bit odd in this or that areas such as these.  


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Initial Basic Site Configuration [Quick Start Guide]

Step-By-Step Crucial Initial Configuration Settings

Admin Panel ‘Main’ Menu Section: (on the top right under the ShiftCode logo)

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> E-Mail – Creating domain based email addresses covered elsewhere in this guide (this is not where you create an email address, it’s where you specify an already created email address you want to use for site member notifications) Once you’ve decided on what your site main email address will be for all site admin and user notifications then this is where you configure the ‘From Name’ and ‘From E-mail’ (this can be a domain based email address (recommended) or you can specify any other email address you would like to use for this purpose here (Gmail, HotMail MSN, etc.))

> E-Mail > Alerts – This is where you decide what email alerts you (the admin) want to receive from your site when certain events occur (as seen in the image below)  We would suggest checking every checkbox listed here and clicking the ‘Update’ button if you (admin) want to initially be informed via email of all important events (best to know rather than to risk not noticing)  [The default is no checkboxes checked – checking them all is recommended]

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> Payment Methods – This is where you set up how (what payment methods and accounts) YOU will be paid from your site members for various site products and/or services you are selling (such as advertising, member account upgrades, etc.) This should NOT to be confused with site member withdrawal methods which will be discussed elsewhere in this document!  The admin panel describes this section as “Below are your default payment methods. The products that accept payments will also have a section for managing payment methods. They can either select default payment methods, or define separate payment methods. The product will use the payment methods below if default payment methods are selected.

The ‘Internal’ payment method stands for the ‘internal funds’ (in the form of the ‘cash’ or ‘points’) each site member has earned.  If you enable this payment method then your site members will be able to use their account balance to pay for purchases from your site.  It’s your own choice whether or not you want to enable this option but if your think about it then it makes total sense to enable internal funds purchases because most all of the items you are ‘selling’ on your site really are not an out-of-pocket expense for you – it’s virtually pure profit for you (advertising packages they purchase cost your little or nothing comparatively (‘banner impressions’ and ‘side panel ads’ are free to you) as do member account upgrades)

Think about it, if your member doesn’t have any way other than to withdraw cash or use the points in their internal account balances for prizes you must supply then those withdrawals cost you money out of your pocket immediately (most internal funds purchases generally don’t cost you anything to supply if you are smart about it)  Also, you can safely not require that internal funds purchases not be manually approved.  Enable internal funds (it’s a no-brainer decision)

Speaking of the other payment methods, we highly suggest that you select (check) the ‘Manually Approve’ (‘Yes, manually approve each transaction’) option on all payment methods (external) which gives you the option of double-checking that each payment has been properly completed and you indeed have been paid before the purchased item or service is given to the member.

That concludes what we consider to be the crucial configuration settings under the ‘Main’ menu section though we are still not done (off to several other sections)


Admin Panel ‘Products’ Menu Section: (the long list on the left under the blue ‘ADMIN PANEL’ heading)

productpanel01> Contact Form – (or otherwise known as a ‘Contact Us’ form) Enter your own email address here.  When a member (or a site visitor – not necessarily a site member yet) completes the Contact Us form then this will be the email address that you get notified from.  It’s suggested to leave the ‘Valid E-Mail Domain’ box checked to thwart certain spam attempts (the site’s Contact Us form is visible outside of the logged-in site member area and hence this is a common spam target)  Hover over the blue question mark button to the far right of each setting to get a better description of how it works.

> Inbox System > Configure – If you intend to use a site member username as the site administrator other than the default ‘Admin’ (when sending and receiving inbox messages, communicating in the Shoutbox (member chat area), etc) then input that username in the ‘Display Name’ field (this field is case-sensitive so use the same capitalization as your member account that will be acting at the site admin)

Inbox System Configure

If you are allowing your site members to send inbox messages to other members (note the first two checkbox options ‘Contact Downline’ (the member’s own referred members) and ‘Contact Members’) then it’s suggested that you also check the ‘Review Message’ checkbox so that you will be able to pre-review and approve or deny inbox messages sent by members to other members (that way you can moderate messages that are spammy, harassing, overly negative (complaining or insulting), to frequent, promoting competing GPT sites, etc.) before they are delivered to the intended recipient(s) and take corrective action before the potential damage is done.  Allowing members to contact other members is not bad in itself (in fact we recommend you allow it) it allows members to more freely socialize semi-privately and some members tend to be really helpful in encouraging and benignly coaching their downline to be more active on your site.  Just be aware the certain bad apples may try causing trouble and if you are reviewing and pre-approving messages then they are pretty easy to spot.

> Membership – This is a main area that attentive GPT site admins tend to visit often to keep track of what members have joined, their current status (as shown by colors), and just to browse each member’s profile just by clicking on their username looking for obvious issues such as bogus information in required fields, etc.  Also notice that in the upper right corner when you click on the “Search Duplicate” text then it will switch between two modes – a ‘Search General’ (default) where you can search your members by numerous general information fields while when you click on ‘Search Duplicate’ then you enter a very powerful duplicate information search mode when you can discover site ‘cheaters’ who either have multiple accounts (which you should not allow under any circumstances) or members who bypassed normal site security by entering bogus information into required fields (such as entering ‘123 easy Street’ in a Street Address field – also you should not allow)

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> Points System > Configure – This is where the currency values and exchange rate is configured.  This is where you will assign a value to whatever you wish to call your site’s ‘points’ currency.  It’s highly suggested that YOU GET THIS RIGHT in the first place.  You want your points system to be easy to figure out and conforming to the familiar standard exchange rate already established by many GPT sites that came before yours (the below image is the default settings – this is the ‘before’ image) Points System Configure Defaults (BEFORE)BIG (HUGE) TIP / HINT: –> First, let me point out the complete line of thirteen (13) blue question mark help icons help icon - hover over on the right (as seen above) – hover over them to discover better descriptions of what each field item does / means.  These question mark hints are purposely strewn throughout the ShiftCode GPT Admin Panel (Notice them!  That’s what they are there for!)

Now to suggest the ‘right’ points configure settings:

Points Name: This is where you will define what you will call your site’s points currency name (what you call your points on your site)  Yes, you can just leave them named ‘Points’ as many have done before you.  Also know that you can pretty much name your site’s points anything you want!  Yes, shillings, coins, gold bars, pirate treasure, silver, wooden nickels, whatever you want (insert the name there)

Auto Reset:  This option may have had a very good purpose way back years ago when the GPT sites concept was younger but if you know what’s good for you nowadays then it’s best to just leave this option set at the default zero (0) days value.  Essentially this is a setting that allows you to specify that if your member hasn’t used (converted, ordered a prize, or otherwise spent) his points in his account balance for X days then they go away (ouch!)  If you do enable this option and you don’t have some unique new legitimate purpose (other than cheating your members out of their earned points) for doing so to maybe change this option from the default zero… (risking that one or more very vocal GPT member sees his points go away unjustly and complains publicly)  Hint: Leave it at ZERO!

Conversion Rate: (Important!) The default (generally right) setting is 100 points = $1.00 (thus the field rightly has a default ‘100’ number in it)  This is where you are configuring what monetary value (if any) your site’s points will represent (or ‘hold’)  The standard amongst the vast majority of successful GPT sites currently operating is undoubtedly 100 points equals one dollar (if you change this then just know then we have seen it lead to member confusion and eventually making that GPT site a generally less popular place for GPT regular members to frequent due to the the confusion factor)

 

A WORK IN PROGRESS TO BE CONTINUED

New GPT Site Admin Quick Start Guide Home

Welcome to the ShiftCode New GPT Site Administrator Quick Start Guide and congratulations on your decision to go with licensing the ShiftCode PTS/GPT script.  This guide (this portion of this client support site) is intended exactly as a QUICK START guide designed to guide you through crucial initial steps and important configuration settings and options that will give you a boost towards getting your site(s) configured, functioning correctly at a base line level, and well towards your site grand opening day.

This quick start guide does not cover all aspects of site configuration – your attention to detail and common sense should still be forefront in your mind before going live with your site.  Yes, more topics in more detail will continue to be added to this support site over time.


 


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