Settings on the detail pages tab control where the detail pages will be written, where the detail template is located, how the new detail pages will be named, the type of file extension, and more.
Assigning a Destination Folder:
By checking Create detail pages in a dialog box appears asking what directory (folder) WebMerge should create the new detail pages in. This should be a directory used only for the detail pages. The files are easier to keep track of when they are in a location by themselves.
Fig. 18 - "Create Detail Pages in" dialog
Affiliates webmasters normally need to use the Use One Template File for Detail Pages: radio button. When selected, a dialog box appears, asking where WebMerge can find the detail template already designed for this data feed. A more detailed explanation of the other choices in this area can be found in the documentation accompanying WebMerge help files that are part of the application.
Naming Generated Detail Pages:
The first choice is Name Based on Contents of Field. This is what many Affiliates prefer to use, as the file name will have a closer relationship with the actual product name, will be easier to keep track of, and may be better for Search Engine ranking.
When page names are based on the contents of a field like Product_ID for example, then the Base name: field will be grayed-out. If you select Serialized names starting with #: the Base Name can then be typed in.
The file extension also needs to be typed in, unless using the default .html. This can be changed to .htm. Choose a file extension that works for your web site, and is consistent with other existing file extension.
Fig. 19 - Generated File Names Area.
WebMerge provides an example of the detail file name displayed in the upper-right. If you have selected the contents option, then the first record is displayed in the example.
When building a web site based on an affiliate data feed, there are usually one or more Tiers above the detail pages. These higher tiers are all index pages, and get built before the detail pages. This means that the detail pages are the last to be configured and built. Accordingly, the settings file for this part of the build (Step Two in figure 20) contains information for both the detail pages, and the index pages ("Cleaning" in figure 20) for the Tier directly above the detail pages ("FRS-300" in figure 20).
Fig. 20 - Steps for building a multi-tiered web site.
The detail pages tab has the same Test Mode checkbox that is displayed in other tabs, allowing a test to be made, limited by the number of records you wish to process. For example, a test run can be completed by building the site based on a limited number of records (for example: 50 or 100). This is a time saver, as WebMerge only needs to complete a few records, instead of the entire data feed file. The completed pages can then be examined to see if they are being built as planned.
Save the Settings File according to the type of web site to be built, and the tier that is being built.
Revision 4 (2014)
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