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Create a description toplist

We'll be using three fictitious trades (http://www.yourtrade1.com/, http://www.yourtrade2.com/ and http://www.yourtrade1.com/) for the purpose of this tutorial. If your database is empty at this stage, add three of your trades. If your database includes more than three trades, your results will differ from ours.

In addition to the Site name, you can also add a Description (even multiple) for each trade. The difference between the two is that “Description” is usually longer and more detailed. Both parameters can be displayed in the same toplist template simultaneously.

Let's create a text toplist with descriptions:


1. Add descriptions for your trades:

Navigate to the Toplist / Descriptions menu.

You can manage all “Descriptions” for all your trades from this menu. Since there are no “Existing” descriptions yet, let's add some - click icon for yourtrade1.com and enter your description. Repeat the process with yourtrade2.com and yourtrade3.com, then your entries.


2. Create a toplist template

TE3 toplist module can build toplists from your trades database, based on a template file and the first thing you need to do is to build a toplist template using TE3 template tags.

List of TE3 template tags

TE3 template tags allow you to create completely unique toplists, but for the purpose of this tutorial use the example template we've prepared below:

  <table border="1" style="width:700px">

  <tr>
    <th>Domain</th>
    <th>Description</th>
    <th>Raw</th>		
    <th>Value</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td><a href="/te3/out.php?id=##domain:1##">##name:1##</a></td>
    <td>##desc:1##</td>
    <td>##raw:1##</td>		
    <td>##value:1##</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td><a href="/te3/out.php?id=##domain:2##">##name:2##</a></td>
    <td>##desc:2##</td>
    <td>##raw:2##</td>		
    <td>##value:2##</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td><a href="/te3/out.php?id=##domain:3##">##name:3##</a></td>
    <td>##desc:3##</td>
    <td>##raw:3##</td>		
    <td>##value:3##</td>
  </tr>
  
  </body>
  

3. Add new toplist

Once you have created a toplist template, you have to add it to yor TE3.

Step by step

Open “Add new” window
Navigate to the Toplist / Templates menu, click on the Add new button and open “Add new” pop-up window.

Select input method
You can choose between two different input methods, we'll test “Form input” method in this tutorial.

Add toplist template
Now you have to add a toplist template into the textarea (if you use “File input” method, it is assumed, you have already uploaded your template at this stage). Copy-paste the example template we've prepared above.

Save template as
Specify where would you like to save your template e.g., /full/path/to/public_html/your_TE3_directory/toplist/something.tpl
(this is a toplist file with template tags)

Output toplist as
Next, you have to enter File output path, e.g., /full/path/to/public_html/your_TE3_directory/toplist/something.html
(this is an output file - template tags get replaced with real values)

Save toplist
Click button in the bottom right corner.


4. Preview and edit the toplist

The new toplist is already added to the “Existing” table.

Close “Add new” window and click icon to see the Preview of what the toplist will look like. Ours looks like this:

Take a look at html source for our output - you can see that TE3 template tags were replaced with real values:

You can easily edit your toplist and test its output - click Edit icon for the respective toplist, then your changes, and click to Preview the toplist again.

Note, If multiple descriptions exist for the respective trade, they'll be randomly rotated each time the toplist is generated, unless you want descriptions with specified positions.


5. Include toplist into your web page

After you have created and added a toplist, it has to be included into your web page!


  • Toplist templates - view toplist template syntax, learn how to add and manage toplists
te3/toplist_tutorial2.txt · Last modified: 2014/11/17 06:15 by moderator