Legacy Contest FAQ

How do I Edit the Website Branding of my National Contest?

Select the Website tab

1) Choose the website tab

Select the source for the Branding

2) Select the source for the branding


You can choose to enter custom branding by pasting or entering HTML directly into the Branding HTML field, or you can choose auto-branding and provide a scrape page URL to a page that we will 'scrape' every 20 minutes to update your branding or wrapper.

Auto Branding

3a) Auto Branding

The most flexible, and for many the easiest, way to brand your site is via auto-branding. You will create a template page on your server or in your content management system (CMS) with the wrapper and ad positions you want.

You will leave at least a 600px hole for the contest. Tip! For ProFootball and College Basketball, we suggest at least 750px or wider, but it will shrink as needed to 600px.

You will indicate the location of the contest by inserting the following token: {UPICKEM}. Tip! This must include the braces.

You will most likely either nest the token in <div> tags or in a table cell <td>. You can place content on all four (4) sides of the contest if you wish.

When your scrape page is ready:

- Enable Auto-Branding

- Supply the URL for the scrape page

- Click Save Changes

You will see the HTML code for your branding appear in the Branding HTML field, but it will be read-only unless you disable auto-branding.

The system will immediately grab a copy of the branding. It will attempt to correct any relative links in the HTML as well. You may want to have a unique template for each contest so that you can traffic specific ad campaigns and get accurate traffic reports; creating unique templates will allow you to have unique traffic reporting tags on each template.

If you would like to see a sample of what the auto branding page should look like, go to

http://files.secondstreetmedia.com/affiliates/autobrand_sample.html

You can use this in a sample contest to try out as well.

Custom Branding

3b) Custom Branding


If you can't create templates for auto branding on your server, you can also insert static branding into the contest. If you choose to pursue custom branding, you will need to fix all links and references to be absolute instead of relative. An absolute path includes the full URL of the link including the domain name.

For example a graphic would be referred to by :

http://www.mysite.com/images/altnav_01.gif

Not:

../images/altnav_01.gif

You can update the branding anytime you like, as often as you like by pasting in new text or editing the existing text. You will indicate the location of the contest by inserting the following token: {UPICKEM}.

Website Banner Content Areas

4a) Website Banner Content Areas

Top Banner Content Area

This is where you would insert HTML for graphics, text, flash files, or ad tags that you would like to appear above the contest, but be specific to this contest if you were to use a common template for your branding across many contests.

Middle Banner Content Area

This is where you would insert HTML for graphics, text, flash files or ad tags that would appear between the login area and above the top navigations tabs.

The content in these areas should be ideally the same width as your content well (the area in your template where the {UPICKEM} appears). The height will adjust to whatever you require in each location.

Tip! Just keep in mind that the taller the graphics, the more you are pushing your contest down the page.

Website Banner Content Area Sample Image

4b) Website Banner Content Area sample image

1 - Top Banner Content Area

2 - Login area

3 - Middle Banner Content Area

4 - Top Navigation

Website Stylesheet Skin

5a) Website Stylesheet Skin

You can alter the look and feel of your contest via Cascading Stylesheets or CSS. We provide four options for you.

Default Stylesheets

You can choose one of our defaults by just clicking on the corresponding thumbnail. You can also see a preview of the defaults by just hovering your mouse over each one, a popup will appear with a sample.

5b) Website Stylesheet Skin (custom)


If you prefer, you can provide your own CSS to either replace the defaults or just insert overrides to specific styles in the current CSS.

Preview your work

6) Preview your work

Once you have updated the branding, you can preview the contest by either clicking the View Website button at the top right or using the View Promotion link in the Primary Tools group at the top left.