You will find this feature in Icy Phoenix 220.127.116.11 Beta 1 and future versions.
No doubt you have noticed the new Ads & Sponsors feature in the latest version of Icy Phoenix. You've also probably noticed the new ads [Ads] block in the CMS. These two are not to be confused as they are two separate entities. This guide will help to describe how you can work with the Ads & Sponsors feature.
- First, head to your CMS menu and click the Ads & Sponsors link under Settings on the left.
From this menu, you'll see the following positions to place your ads:
- Global Top
- Global Bottom
- Global Header
- Global Footer
- Forum Index Element
- Forum Index Top
- Forum Index Bottom
- View Forum Element
- View Forum Top
- View Forum Bottom
- View Topic Element
- View Topic Top
- View Topic Bottom
- Nav Menu Top
- Nav Menu Bottom
Without describing each position separately, use the legend below to help you understand where each will go:
Global - Global refers to site-wide. Add an ad to a global position and it shows on every page of Icy Phoenix.
Forum - Forum refers to ads being positioned on the forum index.
View Forum - View Forum refers to ads being positioned on viewforum.php. (topics list)
View Topic - View Topic refers to ads being positioned on viewtopic.php (actual posts)
Nav Menu - Nav Menu refers to ads being positioned on top or bottom of the top navigation bar.
- Global Top
- Enable the positions you plan to create Ad "blocks" for by ticking the radio buttons and then click ADD AD at the bottom. Don't forget which positions you enabled!
- You are able to use HTML or BBCode in the text field. If you do not participate in any AD activities, you could use this to display simple text. If you use Google AdSense, AdBrite, etc., you could enter the AD code in this text field to display your provider's AD.
Notice that you can also set special permissions for each AD unit you display:
- All but administrators
- Guests and registered members (Not moderators and administrators)
- Guests only
Administrators will love not seeing their own ads because in some cases, administrators viewing their own ads can be a very negative thing to the ad providers. This also clears everything out so you can get a better idea what is on your site.
And now, the final result of an ad on your page (Global Bottom on my Icy Phoenix):