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Four Tiered Affiliate Web Site Design

Tiers, categories, and detail pages

This design is nearly identical to the three-tier design.  The four-tier design utilizes the following:

  1. A Main Category Page for visitors to start "drilling down" into categories and products (Tier 1).
  2. A set of top level Category Index Pages for category navigation(Tier 2).
  3. A bottom layer of Sub-Category Index Pages which are really sub-categories (Tier 3).
  4. Detail Pages for individual products (Tier 4).
Figure 1.  Four Tier Design Hierarchy

Figure 1.  Four Tier Design Hierarchy

TIP: Please see the required file matrix for files and categories required for the Four-Tier design...

 


Three Steps - Three Settings Files

Three settings files are required to complete a four-tier design (as opposed to two settings files for a three-tiered design).   Each settings file is used to build one tier (except "step-three"), so building more than two-tiers requires more settings files.

At least two category field names needs to exist in the data feed file in order to build

The four-tier design looks complicated, but really is not.  All that needs to be done, is to add one more settings file and Index Template.  Now there are three steps required, versus two for the three-tier design.


Figure 2. Components for the three-step process.

Figure 2. Components for the three-step process.

Step-One

This step is identical to step-one in the three-tiered design.  Click here to review this step.

Briefly, step-one encompasses building the initial index page, or "Main Category Page" (see "REAL BUILD" for step one in fig. 2 above).

No detail pages are built at this stage (See "NOT BUILT" above).

Step-Two

This step is not identical to what we did in building the three-tier design in step-two, but is close, and very simple.

Step-two involves building only index pages. (see "REAL BUILD" for step two in fig. 2 above).

No detail pages are built at this stage (See "NOT BUILT" above).

Simply put, category index pages need to be built that have file names that match the links that were placed into the Main Index page made in step-one above - exactly.  Naming the Index Files in this step is extremly important, if the file names do not match the links, then navigation will not work.

Step-Three

Step three is the final step in the process for a four-tiered design, and is almost identical to "STEP-TWO" in the three-tiered design.  The only difference is that in the four-tiered design, the index files have links to "Category Index Pages," instead of the Main Category Index Page (see figure 2 above).

Detail pages do get built, and have WM-Tags, and a Detail Template identical to the three-tiered design.

TIP: Please see the required file matrix for files and categories required for the Four-Tier design...

 


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