My Postcards Platinum Web Application (version 6)

Owner's Manual: Samples

There are several sample composition pages included in distribution. Below is the brief overview of these samples along with appropriate templates.

Simple setup - compose1.html

Absolutely minimum composition features used. Only picture can be selected.

See the sample of pictures selection on selection.html . Picture filename is passed to composition page using SSI directive.

Similarly picture selection can be hardcoded into a composition page using hidden form fields.

This is good starting place for webmasters without previous experience with cardshops.

Custom config for this setup is "magic" with minimum number of templates used. You'll see the exact filenames for these templates when sending and receiving test cards or in web-based admin (select "custom configuration" -> "magic")

All features enabled - compose2.html

Composition page with maximum number of features enabled. You may use only some of these features in any combinations.

This sample uses address book, visitor's tracking ("welcome, name!"), on-page preview for all selections, including poetry, music, colors, etc. See the sample of pictures selection on selection.html . Picture filename is passed to composition page using SSI directive.

Custom config for this setup is "v6" with maximum number of templates used. You'll see the exact filenames for these templates when sending and receiving test cards or in web-based admin (select "custom configuration" -> "v6").

When creating your own composition pages using this sample as template please pay attention to javascript functions in the code. Don't delete or edit anything you don't understand.

User-uploaded pictures - card-upload.html

Sample of upload form to allow visitors to add their own images to cards. Read more about this feature in customization section of this manual.

When the picture is uploaded the composition page with this image us shown compose3.html. This sample does differ from compose2.html only in image-related code. In short - the default location of uploaded images is prepended to image name, that is passed to the program.

"Quick" posty - compose-quick.html

Although this composition page does not differ visually from the one with minimal selections it will produce the resulting card with maximum enhancements. All enhancements are preselected by the webmaster as hidden form elements. Read more about this feature in customization section of this manual.

This type of composition pages is quite popular among the newbie Internet users, WebTV users, people with disabilities and just people in a hurry. It is ideal for special features, etc.

Custom config for this setup is "v6". There are no difference in templates compared to compose2.html sample.

"Secret Pal" posty - secretpal.html

This is sample of "Secret Pal" card. Your recipient will not see sender's name or address, however both name and address will be recorded and available for webmaster in case of abuse complaints.

Custom config for this setup is "secret6" with maximum number of templates used. You'll see the exact filenames for these templates when sending and receiving test cards or in web-based admin (select "custom configuration" -> "secret6"). The only difference from "v6" config is mail template CARD_MAIL|mail-secret.txt with appropriate wording. This composition page is set up similarly to "quick" posty.

Flash or Java Posty - compose-flash-java.html

Sample composition page with Flash or Java card animation. Code for Flash animation or Java applet is included into composition page with SSI . Read more about this feature in customization section of this manual.

In this sample config with minimum number of features is used "magic". Since such animations are usually very colorful by itself there is little need to enhance them with lots of bells and whistles, however it's all up to you.

Pass This Page ("ICQ card") - pass-this-page.html

A sample of very popular setup. "Pass This Page" button as below can be added to any page. Recipient will be taken to this very page as a result.

The next template shown after the button is clicked is "$INC-PATH/html/email-ptp.html" . It contains input area for addresses and optional text message.

This feature can be used to referrals, passing jokes and virtually any content.

Custom config for this setup is "ptp" with only 3 templates used. You'll see the exact filenames for these templates when sending and receiving test cards or in web-based admin (select "custom configuration" -> "ptp").

Read more about this feature in customization section of this manual.

More samples are coming soon.

My Postcards Platinum Web Application, version 6.
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