Implementing in WordPress

The web toolkit

Iframe descriptions

Other components

Building the page

Implementing in WordPress

Implementing in HTML

Configuring CSS styles

Iframe CSS styles

CSS file structure

The checkout screens

Club selection and signup

The account manager

Administrative tools

In an installation using standard HTML techniques, each of the scenarios listed at Building the page is implemented by inserting the appropriate <div> segment for each of the required iframe components. When the page is designed in WordPress, however, attempting to edit the project in this manner will lead to corruption, as the WordPress editor is likely to alter the code in undesired ways. For this reason, WordPress installations should instead use the Active plugin for WordPress. The plugin manages the details of adding the appropriate HTML code to the project through the use of WordPress shortcodes.

For a tutorial video on setting up a WordPress site, see

Using the plugin

Installing and activating

To install the Active plugin in WordPress, obtain a copy of the file ACSSource.php (currently ver. 8.0). Add it to the projectʼs inc or include folder, normally found in a subfolder under wp-content/themes/.

Next, open the file functions.php and add the following lines:

/* Include ACS Shortcodes */
require_once('includes/ACSSource.php' );


/* Include ACS Shortcodes */
require get_template_directory() . '/inc/ACSSource.php';

(Note: You may need to test both of these variants to determine which one works in your version of WordPress.)

Inserting shortcodes

To use a shortcode, open the project page where you want to install one or more of the Active iframe elements. Enter the appropriate shortcodes for that page, as outlined at Plugin shortcodes below. (Note that the first of these will always be ACSScript.) Change the parameter arguments as needed for the page you are building.

For example, the text in the ACS Forgot Password page might look as follows:

WordPress page with plugin

WordPress newsletter hook widget An exception to this rule is the newsletter “hook.” To add it to a page, choose Appearance : Widgets from the WordPress project explorer. In one of the widget areas (Main, Footer, etc.), enter the ACSScript and ACSNewsletterHook shortcodes as described below, changing the parameter arguments as needed.

Plugin shortcodes

The following WordPress “shortcodes” are available. Each one requires a number of arguments, as described in the examples. For details on the argumentsʼ functions and permitted values, see Shortcode parameters below.


Required in all iframes; enables communication between iframe elements.

Example: [ACSScript server=CA dbname=demodb_6]


Manages iframe scenarios.

Example: [ACSiFrame2 server=CA dbname=demodb_6 scenario=5 fcridcart=FC0000002 fcridclub=FC0000003 waitcursor=winepour.gif bottommargin=20 scrollpoint=135 cursortopmargin=23 usesession=yes]

ACSiFrame2 refers to the current version of the web tools. ACSiFrame remains valid for legacy users of the earlier version.
When usesessionid is set to 'yes,' itʼs important to exclude the page from caching by the web hosting service: see Enabling page persistence.


(See “Forgot password” and “Reset password”).

Example: [ACSForgotPassword server=CA dbname=demodb_6 fcrid=FC0000002 waitcursor=ring.gif bottommargin=20 cursortopmargin=-23]


(See “Forgot password” and “Reset password”)..

Example: [ACSResetPassword server=CA dbname=demodb_6 fcrid=FC0000002 waitcursor=applespin.gif bottommargin=20 cursortopmargin=-23]


Accepts parameters for Unsubscribe (“Opt Out”) page.

Example: [ACSUnsubscribe server=CA dbname=demodb_6 fcrid=FC0000002 waitcursor=gears.gif bottommargin=20 cursortopmargin=-23]


Captures e-mail address in the Newsletter “hook” widget.

Example: [ACSNewsletterHook server=CA dbname=demodb_6 fcrid=FC0000002]


For newsletter signup page.

Example: [ACSNewsletter server=CA dbname=demodb_6 fcrid=0000002 waitcursor=gears.gif bottommargin=20 cursortopmargin=-23]

Shortcode parameters

Each of the shortcodes requires arguments that specify operating parameters for the associated iframes:

bottommarginbottom margin (px)0(numeric)
cursortopmarginprogress meter top margin (px)-38(numeric)
dbnameweb service namedemodb_3(any valid DB web service name)
fcridFrame Config record ID*FC0000001(created in Manager)
fcridcartFrame Config record ID*(none)(Frame Config record number — cart components)(if not specified, use fcrid)
fcridclubFrame Config record ID*(none)(Frame Config record number — club components)(if not specified, use fcrid)
menushow catalog menuyesyes, no
scrollpointvertical scroll point (px)0(numeric)
scenarioiframe scenario number11–8
serverserver locationTESTCA, WA, TX, VA
usesessionenable page persistencenoyes, no
waitcursorprogress meter animated image fileprogressbar.gifapplespin.gif, gears.gif, rotator.gif, rotator2.gif, winepour.gif, ring.gif, (none)(user can supply URL)

* The “Catalog” frame must use a different pair of FC record numbers than the “Manage,” “Register,” “Selection,” “Forgot Password,” “Reset Password,” “Newsletter,” and “Unsubscribe” frames. For details on the Frame Configuration settings, see the Active Manager Userʼs Guide.