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How promotions work in DJ-Classifieds
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In this tutorial I’ll describe, what are and how promotions work in DJ-Classifieds. I will also show how to assign them to ads and how they look on the website. I’ll explain what are the relations between them.

I assume that you already have running website with DJ-Classifieds extension. If not and you just starting your adventure with Joomla, I encourage you to read the documentation of DJ-Classifieds.

BASIC

At the beginning we’ll change settings, in order to correctly sort ads in the view of the page.
Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Options

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Go to Views tab and set “Default ordering” field into “Add date including promotions”. Click Save and close.

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  • Let’s start with promotion “first

As the name suggests the aim is to set advert as first on the advert list. Priority of this promotion is absolute. Note it, because in DJ-Classifieds is also "move to top of list" option and although the name and context are very similar, these options work differently.
“Move to the top of list” has lower priority than the "first" promotion. What it means? If you’ll set "first" promotion to the advert and then for another advert you’ll use the "move to the top of the list" option, then in fact it will arrange on the list under the advert with active “first” promotion (unless this ad also is promoting as “first” - then it is set at the top of the list).

I think the the best way is show you an example. This is the initial list:

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I want to set “first” promotion for “Bedroom Furnishes” item. Go to Components-> DJ-Clasiifieds-> Items-> Bedroom Furnishes.

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Go to Promotions tab and set Promotion - ''First'' as Yes. Click Save and close.

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Now list od adverts looks like that:

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As you can see, “Bedroom Furnishes” is first on the list now. I do it the same for “Luxury Lakeside Living” item. Our list looks like that:

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Of course “Luxury Lakeside Living” ad is first now (because promotion added later) and “Bedroom Furnishes” is second (because it “older”).

Now let’s try to use “Move to the top of list” option for “Sunny apartment” advert. Log in to the website, find your “Sunny apartment” advert and use “Move to the top of the list” option.

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List of adverts looks like that:

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Why “Sunny apartment” advert is third on the list if we set it to the top? Because “first” promotion has a higher priority and it will always set at the beggining. Move to the top- it means in first free space for items, which have the same priority (so for all others).

If you're a little bit confused, don't worry :) . Just test in on your website and in one moment you’ll understand what's going on. Fortunately all the other promotions are much simpler.

  • Promotion “Bold”

The aim of this promotion is to bold font in the advert. Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Items and choose any item.

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Go to Promotion tab and set Promotion - ''Bold'' to Yes. Click Save and Close.

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Let’s check how looks advert with promotion (first) and advert without promotion (second). This promotion doesn’t influence on the order of displaying ads.

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  • Promotion ''Border''

Advert with this promotion will have border around item.
Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Items and choose any item.

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Go to Promotion tab and set Promotion - ''Border'' to Yes. Click Save and Close

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Let’s check how looks advert with promotion (first) and advert without promotion (second). This promotion doesn’t influence on the order of displaying ads.

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  • Promotion ''Background''

Advert with this promotion will have color background.
Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Items and choose any item.

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Go to Promotion tab and set Promotion - ''Background'' to Yes. Click Save and Close.

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Let’s check how looks advert with promotion (first) and advert without promotion (second). This promotion doesn’t influence on the order of displaying ads.

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  • Promotion ''Special''

Ad with this promotion can be published in a module that displays a special ads. Next to name of advert will be the characteristic star, suggesting the uniqueness of ad
Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Items and choose any item.

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Go to Promotion tab and set Promotion - ''Special'' to Yes. Click Save and Close.

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Let’s check how looks advert with promotion (first) and advert without promotion (second). This promotion doesn’t influence on the order of displaying ads.

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You can also use this promotion to publish the module on the front and show only special offers. Instuctions you can find in “using the modules” section. Only difference: instead of Only promotion ''Border'' you’ll choose Only promotion ''Special''.

COMBINING PROMOTIONS

In this way I’ve described all promotions. We can combine it: one advert may have many promotions. I'll show you some examples:

advert with “first” and “bold” promotions

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advert with “first” and “border” promotions

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advert with “special” and “background” promotions

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advert with “background” and “border” promotions

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advert with “bold”, “background” and “border” promotions

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USING IN MODULES

You can create module, which will display only advert from chosen promotion.
Go to Extensions-> Modules-> New

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Choose DJ-Classifieds Items

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  1. Type title of module
  2. Type number of items
  3. Select number of columns
  4. choose position
  5. only promotion border- yes

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       6. Go to Menu assignment tab
       7. set module assignment “on all pages
       8. click Save and Close

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This is example module, which displays only protomed adverts:

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PROMOTIONS - PUBLISHING

All promotions are published by default. However, if you don’t want to use some of them, go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Promotions-> Promotion “Border”

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Choose publish - no. Click Save and close.

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You can do the same in frontend view. When you adding advert, you can set what promotions you want to use.

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You can easily change description of promotion to own one. Choose deafult (English) language in backend and go to Extensions-> Language-> Overrides. Click New. For example, type Promotion “Background” and click Search. You can change description by using language variable and click save and close.

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PAYMENT FOR PROMOTIONS

You create advertising service and you want to charge for promotions? Nothing easier. Go to Components-> DJ-Classifieds-> Promotions-> Promotion “Background”

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Type a price and click Save and close. Now you can post your ad promoted only after payment of a fee.

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