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Securing and Maintaining Access to Your GPT Site Admin Panel

Your ShiftCode Admin Panel

Refer to any welcoming email message from ShiftCode staff you have likely already received after your ShiftCode licensing purchase.  Look for references to your ShiftCode Admin Panel URL (web location) and login (username and password)  Enter (or copy and paste) your ShiftCode Admin Panel URL into your browser and proceed to that web location.  If all things have gone well so far you should now be viewing a special admin-only page that looks like this (below):

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First things first, you may have noticed that your own special ShiftCode Admin Panel URL contains a series of what looks like gibberish letters and numbers (like this ‘63d130df7xbe167e2’)  This is called a security ‘hash’ (it’s basically a URL with an encrypted section added on) – it is unique to your own particular instance of the ShiftCode script and you should NEVER reveal that web location to anyone else (other than yourself)  The admin URL containing the hash is purposely made hard to guess by hackers or others that may have bad intent with regard to your site (yes, this hash code is changeable via a ShiftCode support ticket but rarely (if ever) is this needed)   We’d suggest that you take the time to write down and safely bookmark this URL as this is where most all functions of your site are configured and performed.

Next we’ll address your assigned admin username and temporary password.  Chances are that you’ve been assigned a relatively simple admin username and password.  You’ll want to change these to your own preferences as soon as possible (now?) for increased security purposes!

Use your given admin login to log in to your admin panel.  You should then see a seeming complicated (but really easy to navigate and powerful once you get used to it) screen that looks like this:

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Next find the ‘Main’ heading (link box) in the upper right corner of the admin panel just under the ShiftCode logo (as seen below)

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Click on Users & Groups.  Notice the top section of that page is for ‘group’ management (which are basically defining roles available to assign to admin(s), staff, and designers, etc)  What we’re interested in now is the ‘User’ management area just below the group management area.  Notice that your own administrator account is listed along with the ‘shiftcode’ admin user account (the shiftcode admin user account is for internal official ShiftCode staff and cannot be edited or deleted because it is necessary and mandatory)

Instead of editing your own administrator account (while also being logged into the same admin user account) then we feel it is much safer to create a secondary new admin account for the time being (after you’ve successfully logged into the newly created admin account then you can delete the original admin account)

Click on ‘Add User’.  Enter your desired new administrator Username and Password (we suggest a strong password that includes a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, at least one number, and at least one symbol character – though strong passwords are not enforced at this time then it is best for your own good)  Make sure that you’re not using a password you have ever used at any other site (past or present)  The new admin account you are creating will have ultimate access to all your sites functions including financial balances, etc. don’t shoot yourself in the foot by specifying an easy to guess or repeated password!

Specify that this new account is part of the ‘Administrator’ group (chances are that at this point you have no other options)  The Description field is totally optional / not crucial and will be explained at a later point in this documentation.   Leave the Description field blank.

Take a moment to write down your new username and password (now!) Click the ‘Add User’ button to finalize your new administrator Username account creation.  You should see a green headed ‘Success!’ message further stating  that ‘The user has been added’  At this point the User management area should be showing your old admin User, your newly created admin User, and the permanent internal ‘shiftcode’ admin user account.  Click on the ‘Logout’ button on the upper red bar on the upper left under the ‘ADMIN PANEL’ heading (as seen below):

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Now log back into the admin panel using your new administrator account credentials.  Go back to the Main > Users & Groups  area (the area where you just created your new admin account)   Now click on the blue gear box at the right side end next to your old administrator user account and choose delete.  Confirm that you wish to delete that account and then this mission has been accomplished!  Give yourself a pat on the back safe in the knowledge that your new administrator account is safer than the previous default admin account assigned to you.

Incidentally, that ‘Users & Groups’ area is also the area where you can eventually add a new group of sub-admin privileged staff members or site template installers and when you add a new group you will be able to specify exactly the level of access each new group has.  It is NOT necessary to make any new groups at this point in time (continue the quick start guide and stay focused on the important steps we point out – you can go back and add groups etc. at a later point as needed)

Locating & Bookmarking Your ShiftCode GPT Admin Panel On Your Own Domain

AFTER, your site has started appearing on your own domain name (www.MyOwnGPTSite.com) as well as on the shiftcode.com subdomain (myowngptsite.shiftcode.com) then as a matter of preference (though it has practical benefits as well)

First, log-in as the administrator on your shiftcode.com sub domain (chances are you are already logged in.  Take a look at your browser’s URL bar.  Note everything that comes after the ‘shiftcode.com‘ part (starting with a slash (“/“), continuing with your unique hash code, another slash (“/“), and then ending with an index.php (select and copy all that to the clipboard)   Now open up a new browser tab (or window) and type in your domain name starting with the ‘www.’ part and then immediately after your domain then past everything you copied from your sub domain based admin panel URL and past it after your own domain name now – hit return (or enter)  You may be asked to -re-login to your admin panel.  Now once you are in to your admin panel on your own domain name then bookmark that URL and use that as your main admin panel access URL.  It will likely prove useful and have a few advantages over using your sub domain based admin panel (though bookmark both admin panel URLs just in case your domain name service is ever disrupted (rare))

Deciding What Niche Type of GPT Site Strategy You Wish to Employ

About General GPT Site Economics Considerations

Decide What Niche Type of GPT Site Strategy You Want to Employ

Whether or not you’ve really noticed as a GPT member then indeed there are several different niche classifications of GPT sites employing a few different basic economic strategies that now that you’re a GPT site admin may now want to think about and decide which type of GPT your site ‘wants to be’

The Ultra High Payout GPT Model
(In Reference to Offer Lead Rates)

  • Advantages:
    Those GPT sites ‘regulars’ members that prefer to make their money by earning it mostly from their own personal offer completions will really enjoy your site and make it a priority when they are ‘doing offers’
     

  • Disadvantages:
    GPT members who are mostly into sending referrals and/or winning contests will likely NOT engage in your site promotion (etc.) as actively (if active at all) as other types of niche GPTs.
     

    • Heavily weighs all its various rate ratios and percentages to come across as the best paying lead rate per same offer at other GPTs.

    • These GPTs will sacrifice most all other rate structures and like to keep all other overhead costs to a minimum (such as lower referral percentages given, fewer and lesser paying site referral and offer contests, etc.) so that priority is given towards giving the offer completing members the highest lead rates that you can give them.

    • The offer lead rates you give out to members take a priority which would rightly be set at anywhere from 60% to 85% of the lead rate that you (admin) are getting from offers sources.  The referral rates may routinely be in the sub-10% range (usually as low as 5% or below) and if multiple referral tiers are set up at no more than 1% (multiple referral tiers are understood as not necessary usually in this type of site)

    • Site perks such as contests, jackpots, and freely given out promo codes, etc. are strictly kept at a minimum if they are offered at all.

    • You (admin) will find yourself (and your marketing agents) performing much more of your own site promotion as not many of the best active site referrer pros will tend to view your site as not worth the effort since the referral rates are so low.
       

The Balanced or Combination GPT Model
(Everything in Moderation Striving to Best Strike a Balance)

  • Advantages:
    You’ll have plenty of members that generally enjoy your site and will see the balance amongst all factors as a good compromise towards making it a generally good site to frequent if the member is looking to engage in many aspects of GPT all at once (doing offers, referring members, competing in contests, fielding promo codes, and hoping for a jackpot score)
     
  • Disadvantages:
    GPT members who are mostly into one particular aspect sought in a GPT site will tend to favor other more specialized GPTs boosting one earning mode over another (your site will be less popular to those specializing in certain specific areas of earning) and can be thought of as an over all ‘good’ GPT in all areas of earning but will likely not be thought of as ‘great’ in any particular mode of earning (some may even see the site as a drab or boring (ho-hum)) site lacking particular excitement but a workhorse for those that play the earning ‘field’ so-to-speak.
     
    • GPT site newbies may prefer or favor your site because they’ve looked around and no particular area of ‘earning’ on your site looks quite that bad.
    • You’ll have to balance and moderate all of your offer rates, referral rates, contest frequency and prize expenditures, jackpot payouts, etc., so as not to come too close exceed what you’re actually earning as profit for the site (it’s complicated when you figure all the percentages out if you have multiple referral levels, etc.)
    • You have the advantage through purchasable account upgrades that can morph your site at will into a winner in the eyes of those wishing to specialize (you can have purchasable referral rate upgrades, offer rate upgrades, etc. so that your site member can tailor your site into more of what he/she is looking for simply by buying account upgrades)
    • In cases for sites aspiring to be this type your offer lead rates may fall somewhere between the 45% to 60% range, your first level referral rates can be closer to 10% to 20% with the second referral tier in the 1% to 4% range (but watch out on your math here – the goal is to reach a balance and it’s really easy to be too generous thereby negating much or all of your profit without even realizing it), you’ll be able to run fairly regular  contests, promos, and jackpots provided you don’t go overboard on them)
    • You’ll find many of your members stepping up to help promote your site to referrals and you’ll have to option of spending less time and money on your own site promotion (unless you’re just always in ‘promotion dynamo’ mode like I am (which always helps))
    • We’ve noticed that these type of GPT sites are usually generally more popular, active, and more ‘fun’ places to be as members may report having so much to do with ‘ok’ rates on everything.

The Physical Prize Theme or Prize Catalog Based GPT Site
(Offering Certain Niche Classifications of Physical Prizes & Gift Cards Geared Towards a Particular Demographic)

  • Advantages:
    You’ll be the king of fans of the particular niche prizes you specialize in (such as video games & accessories – where you can also offer prepaid game currency cards & codes, aftermarket game controllers, etc.)   This doesn’t preclude you from offering cash or money forms of withdrawals as well only many GPTs like this make them less enticing (not such a great or a ho-hum deal on the cash out options)

     
  • Disadvantages:
    Physical prizes usually require keeping some sort of minimal inventory of the physical prizes, labor involved in packing such prizes, postage required to send prizes, trips to the post office, etc.)  You may find that many GPT regulars may notice that you prize costs to them might not be such a great deal when the can just go to a mainly cash giving GPT and then with cash in hand (or in PayPal, etc.) that they may like be able to accomplish receiving many of the prizes in your catalog at a much better deal rate.
     
    • Know that you don’t only have to specialize in physical prizes but you can list services and intangible prizes (such as domain registrations, web hosting, etc.) as well.
    • These types of GPTs used to be extremely popular and all the rage five or so years back but since then they’ve been in a decline.  Why have to choose from a pre-set limited catalog of prizes when you can just get yourself to a cash paying GPT and buy exactly what you want?   Even offering custom orders doesn’t seem to address the issue to enough of an extent to make these GPT site seem worthwhile nowadays to many GPT die-hards.
    • There is another sub-form of this GPT type that is advertisement and account upgrade based where the prizes are on-site advertising, account upgrades to better referral percentages, purchasing actual referrals, etc.
    • You just may be one of the few admins that may have the skills and tact to pull this type of GPT site off but know that many have tried recently and failed.

Official ShiftCode Self-Help Resources

Unless you’ve hired a professional team of staff (rarely done and rarely needed) to help you build your GPT site there are times where you may feel stumped about this or that technical aspect of your ShiftCode GPT site build out and operation.  Don’t worry, we’ve (GPT site admins) all been there and there is a whole host of online resources available to help make your GPT site administration experience a success.

 

Official ShiftCode Online Resources:

  • ShiftCode Online Discussion Forum – An open public online forum where you can post non-account-specific questions on most all topics of building, operating, promoting, etc. your new GPT site or Performa network.  The forum also has public areas for site public site discussion and promotion. [FEED]
    ShiftCode Online Discussion Forum
     
  • ShiftCode Online Client Portal – Within your private client account area (while logged in) you’ll find separate areas for checking what services you currently subscribe to (and for ordering new services), a billing area (for checking your invoices, paying your bill, etc.), a support area where you are able to create an account-specific private support request ticket, check previous support tickets (sometimes called a ‘trouble ticket’), view network wide announcements, find official download (when available), and view the network status.  It should be noted that the support ticket system is designed to be a resource of last resort (when you can’t find your answer in any other areas of the vast support resources already offered by ShiftCode)
    ShiftCode Online Client Portal  
  • ShiftCode Official Facebook Group – Though not used as often as it had been before the forum took up the slack this group still has its moments of usefulness here and there.  You must apply to join this ‘closed’ (meaning ‘private’)  group and be approved by one of the group admins as a known ShiftCode site admin.  Occasionally (rarely as needed) ShiftCode staff may post additional information in this group concerning scheduled maintenance / upgrade site downtime, temporary network outages, ShiftCode GPT and Performa Network script promotions and sales, billing notices, terms of service (TOS) updates, security bulletins, etc.
     ShiftCode Official Facebook Group  
     
  • ShiftCode News & Announcements – This is the very FIRST place you should consult when experiencing any technical difficulties with your site(s) such as a temporary disruption in service.  News, announcements, and proactive instructions are posted here as necessary.  There is also a duplication (updated in real-time) of the information displayed in the ShiftCode News & Announcements that’s located right here on this site in the lowermost part of the right side panel here (as seen in the below image)  Please also note that this information is located in a FEED directly from the source and readable in any popular RSS / ATOM site feed reader:   RSS Feed ShiftCode & Performa Network Announcements Feed 
  • ShiftCode & Performa Announcement Feed in the Right Side Panel Here on This Site
     

  • Help Icons help icon  in the ShiftCode GPT Admin Panel – While browsing options and settings in your admin panel please notice the many question mark help icons ( question mark help icon )  Also notice that when present you can either hover over and/or click upon the question mark help icon to receive additional explanations.
    question mark help icon

As you may notice on your new GPT site default (grey) site template “We suggest you join our Facebook group for Peer to Peer Assistance – HERE” with an emphasis on ‘Peer to Peer’ meaning you’re relying on fellow GPT site admins for help – if you are looking for mission critical, account specific, or official answers then we suggest the ‘ShiftCode Online Client Portal’ support ticket option.

The ShiftCode Client Portal also contains a News & Announcements page where you can find “All the latest from ShiftCode & Performa Network, Innovative Affiliate Marketing/Networking Software System Service Official News & Announcements” by viewing the page, viewing the feed, and/or subscribing (recommended) to the feed via email (below)

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