Control Panel

This is the section of wizAffiliates that controls the main parameters of the extensions. It is separated on groups of parameters explained below.

a) Default

control panel default

  • Date format – Set the format of the date fields displayed in the extension. This is set by default to “%d %B %Y %H:%M” ( see http://php.net/manual/en/function.strftime.php for more information ) on Joomla! 1.5 and “l, d F Y H:i” ( see http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php for more information ) on Joomla! 1.7.

  • Default affiliate status – Here you can set what is the default affiliate status when a new affiliate is added automatically. When you manually add it you can set the value you want.

  • Default commission status – Here you can set the default status of a commission when is generated by the commission sources plugins. It can be overwritten from the parameters of the commission sources plugins. See the installations on the commission sources for more information.

  • Terms and conditions article – Here you have to select the article with the terms and conditions that an affiliate has to accept before activating his status.

  • Banners image folder – This is the folder in which the images used with the banners are stored. I suggest leaving it as it is defined. If you change it after some images were uploaded you will have to manually move the images as well. If you click “Create if it doesn't exist” before saving the parameters of the control panel the folder will be created. If more then one folder is created ( by changing the value stored in this parameter ) when the extension is uninstalled only the last folder is removed.

b) Commissions

control panel commissions

  • Default currency – Select the default currency to use when the currency select box is displayed.

  • Minimum commission amount – Set the value when the total commissions of an affiliate will generate a payment request.

  • Display commissions with value 0 – All orders from the commission sources are generating commissions and some could be equal to 0. The commissions are generated so the “Cron” will not calculate the commission again. Set this parameter to “No” if you don't want the commissions equal with 0 to be displayed in the commissions list.

c) Cookie

control panel cookie

  • Referral cookie ID – When somebody is accessing an affiliate link a cookie is generated on his computer to record the user referring him in case he register. This parameter is identifying that cookie. If you change this after a period of time, if there were users that accessed an affiliate link before change but didn't register they will not be assigned to the correct referral because the extension can't find the correct cookie. I suggest leaving this as is. But if you modify it make sure you set it to something that other wep applications will probably not use.

  • Referral cookie lifetime – You can set here home many seconds the cookie will be active. This is determining how long after somebody pressed an affiliate link he can register and the will be assigned to the referent defined by the affiliate link.

  • Link feed string – Here you can set the variable name to use on the affiliate link. Do not change this after users posted banners on other sites. Those banners will have to be changed as well.

  • Track which referral - A user can press multiple affiliate links. This parameter will set which one will be used ( the last one or the first one clicked ).

  • Redirect when link feed string is used – Here you can set wizAffiliates to redirect the site to a specified page when an affiliate link is used. Make sure you set here a complete URL ( starting with http:// ).

d) Display

control panel display

  • Display the affiliate link on top of the content area in front-page – activate or deactivate the displaying of the affiliate link to wizAffiliates in front-page.

  • Display the menu in the content area in front-page – activate or deactivate the displaying of the wizAffiliates menu in front-page. You can create Joomla! menu links and display them in a module if you want.

  • Width of the content area in front-page – set the width of the main content are used by wizAffiliates in front-end.

e) Integration

control panel integration

  • Activate Artio – In case Artio JoomSEF is installed you can install the plugin to integrate wizAffiliates with it using the button from this line.

  • Cookies plugin – This is the plugin that generate the wizAffiliates cookie when an affiliate link is clicked. Make sure it is installed and activated.

  • Users plugin – This is the plugin that automatically generates an affiliate when a user registeres. Make sure it is installed and activated.

  • wizAffiliatesCron plugin – This is the plugin that runs the “Cron” function in front-end. If you have the “Cron” set in a different way then executing it in front-end when visitors are accessing the site you can uninstall this plugin. Otherwise make sure it is installed and activated. More information about this in the “Cron” section of the instructions.

f) Reports

control panel reports

Here you can see the list with the reports delivered with wizAffiliates. Make sure the ones you want to use are installed and activated. If you don't want to use some of them I suggest completely uninstalling them.

g) Commission sources

control panel commission sources

Here you can see all the commission sources plugins delivered with wizAffiliates. Make sure the ones you want to use are installed and activated. If you don't want to use some of them I suggest completely uninstalling them.

h) Payment gateways

control panel payment gateways

Here you can see all the payment gateways plugins delivered with wizAffiliates. Make sure the ones you want to use are installed and activated. If you don't want to use some of them I suggest completely uninstalling them.

i) Extend

 control panel extend

Here you can see all the plugins that can extend the functionality of wizAffiliates and are distributed with it. You don't need to install any of them, unless you need the features they offer.

I suggest reading their instructions before installing and setting them up.

j) Cron

control panel cron

  • Allow cron in front-end – Set if you want to execute the “Cron” function from the front-end page. You can chose to run the cron manually only in back-end.

  • Cron key – This is a key that will make it impossible for somebody not knowing it to execute “Cron” without your knowledge. It is used only when the “Cron” is executed with a direct link and is not affecting the “Cron” executed when the site is visited.

  • URL to run cron in front-end – This is a direct link to execute “Cron” and can be used to set a repetitive task on your hosting account. If you modified the cron key press “Save” from the top right toolbar so the link is regenerated.

  • Run wizAffiliatesCron – Set how wizAffiliatesCron plugin is executing the “Cron” function. You can set it to :

    • Never – The “Cron” will never be executed. If you set it to this value I suggest uninstalling wizAffiliatesCron.

    • Once / session – The “Cron” will be executed only once / session of the visitor. If the session expires or the user will log in or out the “Cron” will be executed again.

    • Once / minutes – The “Cron” will be executed at exery X minutes. The number of minutes can be set in the field displayed when this option is selected.

    • On all pages – The “Cron” will be executed with each page loaded.

More information about all this parameters as well as how “Cron” should be set and why in the “Cron” section of the instructions.

k) About

control panel about

  • Display the 'About' page in front-end – Set if you want to display the “About” section in the front-end of wizAffiliates.

  • Text of the 'About page in front-end' – If the “About” section is activated you can define here your own text to display in it.

l) Announcements

control panel announcements

Here you can set a text to display on top of the main content area of wizAffiliates in front-end.