How to Set Up Classified Ads

Tutorial

A classified ads section can be set up on your MemberGate site to allow your members to post an ad to sell, trade or buy 'something'.  Non-members and members can see the ad, but only members are allowed to post. 

The classified ad section can be found on your site at www.yoursite.com/classifieds/index.cfm

How to Set Up Classified Ads

To set up the Classified Ads Section:

1. To prevent spam bot abuse, the classified ads does need to be enabled first. Please see how to 'Enable the Classified Ads

2. The Classified Ads can be managed under Commerce Classified Ads

3. Edit the classified settings by selecting 'Classified Ads System Settings' from the classified ads menu.

4. A lot of the settings can be kept as default, but if you wish to customize the classified ads more, that can be completed in this section.

Classifieds Name - Enter the name of the classified ads
Admin email Address -
This is the email address where posted ad information will be sent. This will alert you if an ad needs approval before it is posted.
Automatically Approve Ads? -
Set if you would like the ads to be approved before they are posted. Select 'yes' if you would like them approved. Select 'no' if they do not need approval and will automatically post.
Max Cross Posting Categories? -
Allow posters to include the ad into a max number of categories. Enter that number here.
Maxiumum Image file Size -
Posters can include an image. Enter the max file size of those images here.
Maxiumum file Size Ad Text -
Enter the maximum number of characters a post can contain.
Classified Ad Duration Choices -
Allow posters to choose for how long their posts will be available. Enter a number of days and include a comma in betwee each option.
Help Page Text - This is the text that will appear on your site. Users who are using your classified adds will be able to view the help page by clicking on the 'Help' link in the classified menu at the bottom of the page. The help page can be found here: yoursite.com/classifieds/help.cfm
'Scripts for left, top, bottom, or right Section' - If you would like to add your own ads or other information to the main classified ads page, enter the html or javascript (or CF tag) to the appropriate box.

Click the button


Classified Ads Categories

Setup to which categories the ads can be added

The Classified Ads Categories can be managed under Commerce Classified Ads Classified Ads Categories

2. Click 'Add New Category' from the bottom right of the menu.

How to Set Up Classified Ads

3. Enter the 'Category Name' and a description of the Category in the 'Category Items Description' boxes. 

4. Set the 'category status'. Choose 'active' for the category to show in the classifieds, select 'inactive' if you do not wish for the category to show.

5. Category Display Order - Add a number from 01 - 1000 to arrange where this category shows on the classified ads page. The lower niumber will appear closer to the top of the page.

6. Category Image - Upload an image if desired. Click on the 'Choose File' button and select the image from your local drive.

7. Click the ' button


Edit the Caption Headers

Update what the posters can choose for the type of ad. For example, For Sale, For Trade, Contractor Help

The Classified Ads Caption Headers can be managed under Commerce Classified Ads Caption Headers

Choose 'Add New Caption' from the bottom right of the menu

Add the name of the caption in the 'Caption Header' field and set the status to 'active' to enable it. Set the status to 'inactive 'to disable. Click the button to add it.


Approving Ads

1. Approving new Classified Ads can be managed under Commerce Classified Ads Ads Awaiting Approval

2. If there are any ads waiting for approval, they will be displayed. Choose 'Approve' to post the ad. Choose the name of the ad or choose 'edit' to make changes.