Joomla! Banners component

Simon Grange.

The component Banners allows you to publish banners on your website. These banners (which can of course be ads) can be displayed in various ways according to different configuration parameters. It is, for example, possible to display only the Banners whose keywords match the articles' keywords. This parameter is interesting as it offers your visitors ads linked to the content that they are viewing. Therefore, it increases the number of clicks as well as the income.

 

To access the component Banners, select Components (1) → Banners (2).

Joomla! banners

Component Banners

The following page appears:

Banners manager

Banner Manager

1 - List of all your Banners (here you can see those installed with Joomla! sample data).

2 - Filter to search for a specific Banner. As is the case in every manager, when you sort by ordering (a) you can sort your banners by dragging/dropping.

3 - This toolbar allows you to create, edit, publish your Banners, move them to Trash, etc.

4 - A menu directing to: the Banners (this page), the Categories (containing Banners), the Clients and Tracks (which give you statistics about the clicks made on your Banners).

In order to publish your banners, you will need:

  • these Banners,
  • Categories,
  • and Clients.

Ads

Add Clients to the component Banners

To add your first client, select ComponentsBannersClients, then click the New button. You'll be taken to the following page:

new client

New Client

1 - Select the status of your Client (the status Published must be selected to be able to use your Client).

2 - Enter a name for your Client.

3 - Enter a contact name.

4 - Enter an email address.

5 - Here you can choose a purchase type indicating the Banner's display time. This can be very useful if, for example, you wish to display a Client's Banners for one week, one month, etc.

6 - Enable tracks, if you wish to get tracking information in the Tracks menu.

7 - You can enter additional information.

8 - You can configure keywords so that the Clients' Banners are displayed only when the keywords match the article's keywords. This parameter is also to be configured in the module (see below).

Once everything is configured properly, you can hit the Save & Close button.

 

Add Categories to the component Banners

To add new categories, select ComponentsBannersCategories, then click the New button. You'll be taken to the following page:

 new categorie

New Category

1 - Enter a title and an alias for your Category (if you don't enter an alias, Joomla! will do it for you).

2 - You can add a description.

3 - You can enter the Author name, the publishing dates and metadata.

4 - You can define the Category's permission settings.

5 - You can choose an image for your Category and the type of layout.

6 - You can select a parent item for your Category, configure its status, its access and its language.

Once everything is configured properly, you can hit the Save & Close button.

 

Add Banners to the component Banners

To add new Banners, select ComponentsBannersBanners, then click the New button. You'll be taken to the following page:

new banner

New Banner

1 - Enter a title and an alias (if you don't enter an alias, Joomla! will do it for you).

2 - Select the Category to which the Banner will belong.

3 - Select a type of Banner. If you select Image, you will have to upload this image 4 and define the parameters 5 and 6. If you select Custom, you'll need to enter the Banner's code 7.

4 - The image for the Banner (if you previously selected the Image type 3).

5 - The image's dimensions (if you previously selected the Image type 3).

6 - The alternative text to display in case the image cannot be found (if you previously selected the Image type 3).

7 - Enter the URL to which the Banner will redirect.

8 - Enter the URL description.

9 - Enter the details that are specific to the Banner, such as the maximum number of impressions, the Client for this Banner. Choose the purchase type and configure the tracking (which must be enabled in order to display tracking information in the Tracks menu).

10 - You can enter information details like the Author, the creation and publishing dates. You can also configure the keywords so that the Banner will show only when the keywords will match the article's keywords. This parameter is also to be configured in the module (see below).

11 - Here you can define the Banner's status, its language and also choose to designate or not your Banner as sticky.

Once everything is configured properly, you can hit the Save & Close button.

 

How to publish Banners on the site?

The module Banners (mod_banners) controls how to display Banners managed by this component.

To publish your Banners on your website, you will use the module Banners. To do so, select ExtensionsModule Manager, then hit the New button and select Banner. You'll be taken to the following page:

Banner module

Module Banners in Backend

1 - As for every module, you need to enter a title, to define its position, its access, its language, etc.

2 - Select the target window when a click is made on the banner that is displayed by this module.

3 - Choose the number of banners to be displayed (a new banner is displayed each time the page is refreshed).

4 - Choose a client.

5 - Choose one or several categories.

6 - You can choose to display only the Banners whose keywords match the articles' keywords. This parameter is interesting, but first, make sure your articles are well written and your Banners well organized.

7 - Define the ordering.

8 - You can enter a text (HTML) to be displayed before and/or after the Banner.

9 - Advanced – As for every module, you can customize advanced parameters.

10 - Choose in which menu the module will be displayed.

11 - You can configure the module's permissions.

Once everything is configured properly, you can hit the Save & Close button.

banner frontend

Module Banners in Frontend