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 🙂
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: department_id="252055618931521092"
NiftyGridZPro has a feature to ensure that you always have a grid displayed, even if Zazzle’s feed mechanism goes down. A number of such fallback grids are included with your installation and our sister site’s Nifty Promo Control Panel lets you make your own so you have full flexibility on what’s displayed (see the FAQ for more on this).
Of course, you need a way to make sure that they’re working ok and this post shows you how to make sure they are. It’s all spelled out in the FAQ but let’s run through it here.
By default, one with a filename of backup-file2-birthday6.html is used – unless you give a different filename in your shortcode options.
It’s easy to test that the fallback grid shows up and is as you expect. Just include this special shortcode: mimic_zazzle_down=1. Again, simply preview it to see the fallback grid in place. Don’t forget to take it out when you’re happy with the result!
Here’s the shortcode for the grid below:
[niftygridzpro store_or_collection="hightonridley" associate_id="238582202591969585" mimic_zazzle_down=1]
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The only thing to watch out for with the fallback grid is to make sure that none of the products in it on Zazzle get hidden or deleted – if they do, you’ll get broken links. You can best do this by using your own products and then you’re in control.