Global Slot Message

We wanted to add a really effective way of using a slot message globally. By that, we mean that any product grid created by NiftyGridZPro should automatically use this global slot message.

Remember, a slot message is an image (optionally linked to a destination) that is displayed randomly in a product grid, temporarily replacing what was in that position already.

We’ve managed that now by setting the feature on by default – with default slot message settings all set up for the Happy Halloween one you see across the site. Like here amongst the cute puppies 🙂
(Edited later to add: It was too early for that message, so it’s now a flapping bats teaser …and now it’s about the V3 release of NiftyGridZPro!)

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With a default of it being switched on, you’ll need to remember to switch it off on any grids where you don’t want it. Note that it won’t be shown on any grids with fewer than four items.

The great thing about this approach is that when it’s time for a different marketing message, for example in the run up to Christmas, we only need to change the defaults. Then, bam, it’s suddenly spread across the entire site.

And to switch the global slot message off entirely, it’s just a case of changing the default for the feature to off.

So changing the defaults via the admin settings panel is the solution to setting a global marketing message in one simple step.

Cool 🙂


As usual, here’s the shortcode used for the grid – note that there’s no mention of a slot message as that’s all done via the default options already set.

[niftygridzpro use_only_product_names_in_titles=1 title_font_size="12px" title_alignment="center" cell_max_width="180px" description_length="60" search_term="cute puppies" page_size="9" product_background_color="#ffffff" allow_interaction=1 show_visitor_search_form=0 tracking_code="ngrdz_blg_ungp_slotmssg1"]

Of course, if you visit this post in the future, it won’t be a Happy Halloween message, it’ll be about something else appropriate for the time.

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HightonRidley

Mark Ridley is semi-retired and followed a career as a freelance business analyst. He has delivered business requirements resulting in many successful, high-profile projects for the private and public sectors, including the merging of the then Customs & Excise and Inland Revenue Inward Payment Systems into a single integrated system for the new HMRC. He now develops free-to-use online tools for artists and designers, helping them promote their designs on social media.

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