Building the page
Installing the Active Club web tools on a clientʼs site requires three main steps:
Create the iframes by adding the HTML code from one of the available design templates to the page. For sites built with WordPress, this entails installing the Active WordPress plugin and inserting the appropriate shortcodes on each page.
Change the parameters as needed to refer to the clientʼs database and set display options.
Set up the necessary CSS styles.
Active Club Solutions offers a series of tutorial videos that demonstrate the web tools and how to implement them in a variety of development environments:
A clientʼs Active web site typically consists of multiple pages, each containing one or more of the available web tools components. These can occur in the following functional combinations:
(1) Club signup only: For a single page devoted solely to club signups (“Register”).
(3) Shopping cart + club signup: Guest and member shopping; Join Now is active. Includes the member login, product catalog, club signup (“Register”), shopping basket, catalog menu, and message window.
(5) Shopping cart with account management: Enables guest shopping, with login to a member account. Guests can register and receive member privileges immediately. Includes the member login, account manager, club signup (“Register”), product catalog, shopping basket, catalog menu, and message window. “Catalog” is set as the ACSMasterFrame.
(6) Account management + shopping cart: Enables members to log in to an account and shop. Includes the account manager, club signup (“Register”), product catalog, shopping basket, catalog menu, and message window. The “Manage” iframe is set as the ACSMasterFrame.
(8) Account management + member choice: Enables a member to log in to an account and edit product choices. Includes the account manager, member choice (“Selection”), shopping basket, catalog menu, and message window.
To construct a web page with standard HTML techniques, the web designer chooses one of these scenarios and adds the appropriate <iframe> elements as listed. In practice, however, most client web sites are built with the WordPress content management system. Active Club Solutions recommends this method for two reasons:
some of the features the web tools provide are available only in WordPress sites
the Active plugin for WordPress simplifies coding and setting operating parameters — for example, rather than adding the component iframes individually, the pluginʼs
scenario argument uses a single digit to apply one of the numbered combinations listed above
For details on setting up the Active web tools in WordPress, see Implementing in WordPress.
To alter the appearance of the iframes on the host page, you must install and edit an override style sheet.