You can place ads in several strategic locations across your site. Where you can place an ad is based on the type of ad:
- Discussion Ad
- or Website Ad.
This article focuses on creating, placing, and managing Website Ads, which appear on the web pages across your site (and microsites, if that module is licensed).
NOTE: To create and manage ads that display on the Discussions pages of your various communities and in their associated email messages, see Discussion Ads.
NOTE: If you license the Group Manager module, your Community Admins can manage ads in their communities via the Community Ad Builder widget (after a Site Admin or Super Admin adds it to a page).
To create and manage your Website Ads:
- In the Admin Toolbar, click Site Options > Ads (right click for a new tab).
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Website Ad types
At the top of the page are two tabs; each corresponds to one of the types of ads you can create:
- Site Ads - These ads are unique to the site they're added to, making them ideal if you want to run specific ads on specific sites.
- Cross-site Ads - These ads display on your main site and ALL microsites, making them ideal if you have ads you want to run across ALL your sites. Cross-site ads are available only if your organization licenses the Microsites module.
NOTE: Site Admins cannot create Cross-site ads.
Create a Website Ad
- Click the appropriate tab to create a Site or Cross-site ad.
NOTE: Cross-site ads are only available if your organization licenses the Microsites module.
- Click Create New Ad.
NOTE: It's possible to integrate an external ad-management service, such as AdJuggler, on this page. If you're interested in this feature, create a case.
- If uploading an image: (a) Select the area of a page to display the ad from the Type of Ad menu (recommended image dimensions for each location are provided), (b) give your ad a name, (c) enter the URL where you want users taken if they click the ad (or leave it blank for a static ad), and (d) click Choose File to browse for the desired image on your computer or network.
- If using a third-party service: (a) Select the area of a page to display the ad from the Type of Ad menu (recommended image dimensions for each location are provided), (b) give your ad a name, and (c) paste the code provided by the ad service.
- Determine the ad's order. Ads with a lower number will appear in the more prominent location (above or to the left) relative to other ads with the same Type of Ad location. Your order numbers don't need to be consecutive; the recommended best-practice is to leave gaps between ads so it's easier to fit future ads into an available slot.
- Click Save to make the ad live on your site at the selected page location.
Delete a Website Ad
The only way to remove an ad from your site is to delete it.
To do so:
- Toggle its Delete? option to Yes.
- Click Delete Selected at the bottom of the page.
Where do Website Ads display?
Website ads can display either on a site's Home page or subsequent interior pages, such as the All Communities, Member Directory, and various Browse pages.
NOTE: Unlike Home page ads, which display on the Home page only, Interior ads display on all applicable interior pages across your site.
NOTE: The maximum dimensions for each placement location are recommended for maximum visibility and use of space.
When creating a website ad, select its location from the Type of Ad menu.
NOTE: If you're using a Protected Theme, only the following Types of Ads are supported:
To help you visualize each of these options, look at examples for each below.
Home page examples
Interior page examples