You can also think of it as message / promotion injection.
Here’s a 7 min 30 sec YouTube video taking you through the steps and showing the results. It covers:
Swtiching global slot messaging on and off
Setting up your own global slot message
How to prevent a particular post’s/page’s from showing global slot messages
How to set up a specific slot message using your post’s/page’s grid shortcode
Here it is:
If we’ve currently got global messaging switched on, you’ll see the current one in the grid below 🙂
This is a spoof of Gustav Klimt's portrait painting of Adele...
This cute little kitten is sitting in the snowy woods wearin...
space cat,taco cat,mexican tacos ,funny cats ,cute cats ,cat...
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Important points to remember
Global slot messages are real-time
Only eligible grids will display your global slot message
Product grids with fewer than four products in them aren’t eligible
Product grids with a slot message defined in their shortcodes aren’t eligible
Product grids that include
use_message_slot=0 in their shortcode options aren’t eligible
The position a slot message displays in a grid is chosen randomly each time
Turn that on its head and you should get that every product grid that makes no mention of slot messages in its shortcode will automatically display the global one (as long it has four or more products in its grid).
Great feature – how can I use it?
The bare facts are that you get to define the web address of an image you want to display and the web address it gets linked to.
Armed with those two facts, here’s some obvious examples
Feature a different designer or brand store from time to time
Announce major Zazzle promotions and link either to Zazzle’s suggested landing page or to their coupon page
Feature your own specific product when you launch a new design
Provide an affiliate image/link for, say Amazon, or wherever else you might affiliate
Promote other pages of your own site
Make a short campaign in the run up to special holidays (hello “Halloween”!)
You could even sell that “ad space” to who you choose
We’d love to hear about ways you’d use it, so if you don’t mind sharing, drop off a comment 🙂
So, Halloween is almost upon us! Now is the time to think about all those kids’ parties being organized right now!
So the question answered for this post is
“how do I make a product grid containing just invitations for kids’ halloween parties?”
It’s so easy to do with NiftyGridZPro just use the
shortcode builder over on our sister site.
Here’s the grid I created with it and you’ll see that they’re all invitations for halloween parties for kids. Perfect, just what we want. Keep reading to see how I set it up.
…and here’s the shortcode for the grid
niftygridzpro title_font_size="14px" title_alignment="center" cell_max_width="260px" cell_border_color="#aaaaaa" cell_background_color="#ffffff" cell_font_color="#333333" cell_vlink_color="#666666" description_font_size="12px" description_alignment="center" description_length="0" include_product_names_in_titles=1 include_by_line=1 include_tags_line=0 include_price_line=0 allow_interaction=1 product_grid_nav_font_size="20px" show_visitor_search_form=1 show_grid_navigation=1 fallback_filename="default-fallback-grid.html" grid_sort_method="pulledorder" grid_sort_direction="highlow" associate_id="238582202591969585" search_term="halloween kids" sort_type="popularity" sort_direction="desc" page_size="4" page_number="1" department_id="252145500430512226" product_background_color="ffffff" tracking_code="ngrdzwp_hlwn"]
I had to use the Zazzle Department finder, linked to under the More options->Advanced options in Step 1
Giving a search term and getting the department number for invites
I chose the display options I wanted and set a few other bits and bobs, copied the code it gave me and pasted it into my post. Done deal! 🙂
That was easy, wasn’t it? See the exact setup I used for it by following
this link to the shortcode builder
Here’s the grid made using the shortcode: [
niftygridzpro category_id="196345274397862357"] as shown in the video at the bottom:
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NiftyGridZPro allows you to restrict a product grid to products from a specific department. For example, to restrict it to just business cards, you use the shortcode option:
Here’s the shortcode used for the grid below:
niftygridzpro store_or_collection="hightonridley" department_id="252055618931521092" page_size=2]
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So the next question is, how do you find out what the department id is for the products you want?
Finding the department id
The answer is that Zazzle provides a utility for it.
Follow this link and at the very top of the window you’ll see:
Locating Zazzle’s Department Id finder
(I’ve scrolled up a tad so you can see the context)
Just click “select” and keep navigating until you get to the type of product you want:
Zazzle’s tool for finding a department id
When you click “Done”, you’ll be given the department id – just copy it ready for pasting into your shortcode:
You can stop navigating before you get to a specific type of product and that way you’ll get
all product types within the department.
That’s all there is to it.
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This post is the one used in the following video about making, uploading and using fallback files.