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7. Tips, Tricks & Notes

7.1 Using listings without URLs
7.2 Using images in link listings
       7.2.1 Adding images to link listings
       7.2.2 Adding images that is hyperlinked
       7.2.3 Allowing visitors to submit images with new submissions
7.3 How to submit your tips & tricks
7.4 Limitations & Recommendations (Large Engines)

 

7.1 Using listings without URLs

You will need Turbo Seek version 1.65e or higher to make use of this.

By default when no URL is supplied when adding a listing from the control panel it will be accepted and treated as a link without a URL. When viewing the listing, it will automatically not be linked because the scripts recognizes that it does not have a URL.

When adding a link without a URL from the control panel just leave the 'http://' text as is where you normally supply a URL.

Important Note:

If you accept new submissions where the addition of URLs is optional you will need to do the following: Go to the control panel >> settings & options >> general configuration. Go to the 'New Submission Settings' section. Look for an option that reads 'Check that a URL is present when submitting a new listing:' - Set this to 'No' so that users are able to supply no URL when doing a new submission.

At the time of this writing, modifying a link without a URL is not available at this time.

 

7.2 Using images in link listings

7.2.1 Adding images to link listings

To use images in link listings use the [img] tag. For example:
[img]http://www.yourdomain.com/image.gif[/img]

Images are supported in the description field or any other fields/keys that you create. See Adding your own fields/keys for more information on creating your own fields/keys.

7.2.2 Adding images that is hyperlinked

In the event where you would like images to be linked to the URL of the link listing use the [imglnk] tag. For example:
[imglnk]http://www.yourdomain.com/image.gif[/imglnk]

The image will be displayed in the link listing and will be linked with the URL of the link listing.

7.2.3 Allowing visitors to submit images with new submissions

To allow visitors to add an image with their new submission do the following:

Create an extra field/key - See Adding your own fields/keys for more information on creating your own fields/keys.

Open add_url.html - This is the add url page template plugin. You can also get the HTML code for add_url.html by going to the control panel >> template manager >> Add URL Page Template Plug-in's

Add a field (fill-in-box) with the name of the field/key you have created. This will be the box where a user supplies a URL to his/her image that they would like included with their link listing.

Now add a hidden form variable called 'imgtag' - The value of this variable should be the name of the field/key that you have created where visitors supplies urls to images that they would like included with their submissions.   For example: Let's say that you have created a field/key called 'images'. The hidden form variable's HTML code will then look something like this:
<input type="hidden" name="imgtag" value="image">

If you want the image to be linked with the link listing's hyperlink use 'imgtaglnk' instead of 'imgtag' as explained above.

 

7.3 How to submit your tips & tricks

Turbo Seek is highly flexible and there are probably many other things that it can do and can be used for. If you have a smart trick or tip that you would like to share with everybody else using Turbo Seek, email us at support@focalmedia.net and we will include it here - By sharing your thoughts and ideas you automatically help other users of Turbo Seek and they in turn will most probably share their ideas and thoughts where you will also benefit from it.

 

7.4 Limitations & Recommendations (Large Engines)

Turbo Seek will support large directories and search engines with tens of thousands of links, but please keep in mind that the more links you have, the more processing power you will need. The amount of traffic you receive might also influence the amount of processing power you have available. The recommendations below is based on ball park figures and may not be 100% accurate.

  • If you have more than 15 000 links we recommend that you switch to MySQL.      

  • Use telnet/ssh when building indexes when you have more than 15 000 links. This is much faster and lighter on server resources.    

  • If you have more than 15 000 links please generate all categories/directories so that it is available as HTML files. This ensures that the minimum amount of server resources are used when users browse your directory and search engine.     

  • If you have more than 50 000 links, we recommend that you use Turbo Seek's bigger brother, PowerSeek SQL. - We will provide you with product support for up to 50 000 links.  

  • Please keep links under 1000 per category/directory (any category/directory on any level). The absolute maximum would be 10 000 per category/directory - Keeping links under 1000 per category will ensure low resource usage when working with the control panel.         

  • We do not recommend that you go above 15 000 categories/directories. If you want to make use of more categories/directories, we recommend that you use PowerSeek SQL.

 

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