New Features for News Management!

Today we’re launching improvements to the News Management feature of the PAS Content Management System (CMS).

When you create a news post, the PAS system will use the post’s subject to automatically generate an SEO friendly URL.

We have changed the News Management page to display the generated URL and to include direct links to the post page. The table displaying all posts is now paginated too, which should make the page load faster.

You will find a new CMS Page at “rakeback-news/view-post.html”. This page will be used as a template by the CMS when displaying any news post. The {{ news_post }} token will be assigned automatically based on the news URL you’re visiting. The title, meta_keywords, and meta_description HTML tags will be populated by the fields you entered in the News Post creation form (unless you left them blank).

Finally, to facilitate generating a SEO friendly link to a news post, we have added the “url” attribute to the {{ news_post }} token. If you have an existing website, you should make sure that the “rakeback-news/rakeback-news.html” and “rakeback-news/quick-rakeback-news.html” pages –which list the most recent news posts– have been updated to use the {{ new_post.url }} token to generate the direct links to the posts. Using the current default ‘rakeback-news.html’ page content as an example:

<h1 class="pas">Rakeback News</h1>
{% for news_post in news_posts %}
<h2 class="pas"><a href="{{ news_post.url }}">{{ news_post.subject }}</a></h2>
{{ news_post.date | date: "%m/%d/%Y"}}<br/>
<p>{{ news_post.message }}</p>

{% endfor %}

We hope that these new features will facilitate the administration of your news posts and increase your Google rankings.

Note: We include the numeric post ID in the first part of the URL to prevent existing outside links from going “dead” if the post subject is changed.

How to Create a Facebook Fan Page

This tutorial will show how to setup a Facebook Page (not a personal profile). I will also show how to add a custom Tab/page within as well as add your company logo. Seemingly this would all very easy but I found some of this to be a bit tricky.

Setup an Account

1. Go to this Facebook URL, instead of filling out the form, click on “Create a Page”. If you are logged into Facebook, logout.

2. On the next signup page, select “Brand, product, or public figure” and enter a page name.

3. If you have a Facebook account, login. If not, you will need to create a regular Facebook profile which will act as the administrator of the Page account.

4. Signup is now completed. You may fill out any appropriate content. NOTE: The “Get Started” tab is only visible to a logged in Administrator, not the general public.

Add Company Logo

1. Login to Facebook, click on “Edit Page”

2. Click on “Profile Picture”

3. Upload logo image from your desktop, should have roughly square dimensions

Create a Custom Tab

1. Login to Facebook, click on “Edit Page”

2. Click on “Apps”

3. Find the “Static FBML” App, select “Add App”. Refresh the page: the page doesn’t refresh to show that the App is installed.

4. Within FBML App item, click on “Edit Settings” be sure it is “Added”.

5. Enter Tab title and content.

a. Use HTML and inline CSS
b. Maximum width is approximately 510 pixels
c. Only use code that would normally go within the body tags of a web page
d. Images needs to be hosted on another server

6. After page is added, you may wonder where the tab is. Click the double right arrows left of the “+” sign to find it. You can then click (hold it down) and drag it to the desired tab location. NOTE: you cannot make it appear left of the “Info” tab, not sure why this is.

7. If you later want to update your custom page, follow steps 1-2 above. Then click “Go to App”, to edit page. You can also add another page. Be aware that it will inherit content from your existing page so you will need to update it.

Make a Custom Page Your Default Page

You can also make the custom page you’ve created the default page.

1. Login to Facebook, click on “Wall”

2. Then click on “Settings”

3. Under View Settings, select the page for the “Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else” setting

4. Select page you’d like to appear on your ‘homepage’

Notes

– To get to your pages, login to Facebook and go to: Account > Manage Pages
– Example “Expert Poker Tips” account here: Expert Poker Tips | Facebook

How to add a Facebook Like button to your offers

Follow these steps to add a Facebook “Like” button to your PAS powered Rakeback website.

1. Log in to the PAS Publisher Admin, navigate to the CMS and open any of your Rakeback offer pages. For this example we will use the Full Tilt Poker offer page (/rakeback/full-tilt-poker.html)

2. Copy and paste the following HTML to where you want the “Like” button to appear (don’t forget to save the CMS Page):

https://gist.github.com/raw/805522/4135b2a0b6c4d7f7617b43bfaf1ea39d56df8a1b/gistfile1.html

3. (Optional) If you wish to add Google Analytics tracking to the “Like” URL, edit the “href” part of the iframe and enter your campaign tracking parameters.

Extra credit: If you want the Like button to appear on all of your site pages, just put the code anywhere on your Site layout page (layout/layout.html). The snippet will be smart enough to use the URL of the page the visitor is viewing.

Result: