One easy way to manage the display ads on your website is by using phpAdsNew. This first article shows you how to quickly set up phpAdsNew to suit your needs. Read on to find out how this simple tool can help you keep track of those revenue-producing ads and advertisers.
After much talk about the software, it is time for me to "walk the walk." So, in the next few sections, my Quick-Start Guide will take you through the steps required to get your instance of phpAdsNew functional in quick time.
Log on to the phpAdsNew application as an "administrator" and click on the "Publishers And Zones" tab to view the following screen:
The first publisher that you should add to phpAdsNew is "yourself" - after all, the plan is to use the tool to display advertisements on "your" website. Click on the "Add new publisher" to view this Web form:
The above form requires you to provide personal information as well as a "username" and a "password" for this new "publisher" to access the phpAdsNew administration module.
You can ignore the remaining fields, for the moment, as they relate to the permissions and privileges for this "publisher," i.e. yourself. After all, as an "administrator," you have complete access to all features of the application. Click on the "Next" button to submit the data entered above, thereby creating your first "publisher." phpAdsNew will immediately prompt you to enter the details of a "zone" to be associated with the "publisher," as shown below:
Consider the top banner location, often used to display a banner image (of size 468 by 60). Letís assume that your website also has one and create a "zone" accordingly.
After entering a meaningful name and description, select the "Banner, Button, or Rectangle" option from the "Zone type" drop down and the "IAB Full Banner (468 X 60)" option from the "Size" drop down. Click on "Next" to create your first "zone."
Note that the "Size" drop-down lists several commonly used banner sizes; you can select the option that best matches your requirements. As far as other banner types are concerned, I'll talk about them, in greater detail, in the second part of this tutorial.
Furthermore, each "zone" is associated with a bunch of properties that help to fine-tune the display of banners on the website. I suggest that you leave them at their default values for the moment.
Okay - you've successfully added yourself as a "publisher" and associated a banner location on your website as a "zone." Now, the focus shifts to the all-important "advertiser" in the following section.