Thanks for getting back to me...and, I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day!
OK...let me see if I can make things a little more clear here. Sorry, but this will probably be a longer email than I want it to be simply for clarification, but here goes...
Commission Junction, who I get most of my links from, offers two options to post links. One is Java Script and the other is HTML. (By the way, I have been using HTML. Do you have any input on which is the better one to use? I would think that the Java Script would take too long to load and cause the site to run more slowly...but, I'm not the expert here!:)) Then, from the list of links, you can choose to show either a "text link", a "banner", or a full blown "image, description, and buy button all in the same link". So, you can see this is where my trouble begins.
I am going to try to show you a couple of the links here:
The following code is for "Porsche Style Body Kits" from Andy's Auto Sport. Now...this is a link which takes you to a section of Andy's Auto Sport Catalog that allows you to pick out the individual items you need and also gives you the ability to use their search function for their site.
The first line is what they list as the "image url" and looks like this:
http://www.advertiserserver.com/advertiserimage.gif (You will notice that there is NO "affiliate ID" in that URL...so listing the image separately and someone clicking on it will NOT get me a sale or a commission on a sale...not good! :)
This is the full 'HTML' link that includes my ID...I am going to change the ID as I'm a little uncomfortable listing it here...so the ID is not correct, but everything else is:
<a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-000000-00000000" target="_blank" onmouseover="window.status='http://www.andysautosport.com';return true;" onmouseout="window.status=' ';return true;">
<img src="http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-0000000-00000000" width="300" height="150" alt="" border="0"/></a>
As you can see, the second option shows an image that DOES contain our ID and therefore would insure our commission IF the image alone was clicked. However, it is also "built in" to the full link and therefore shows differently than using the image and description links separately.
Now that you can see the links, you can see how it would cause a problem to "disturb" the way that the Merchant wants you to show the link vs. adding the information separately into the "info boxes" on your plugin form. Although I can get the images and links to show up properly, I'm not sure if splitting up that full link will interrupt the flow of info or not. Not only that, but there are about 1000 or better "auto body kits" available...and not just from one supplier!
So, therein lies my problem. There is only ONE plugin that I found that allows me to set up everything as a complete "store" and updates itself and I simply can't afford to pay their subscription prices right now...they are monthly rates and we would need to use their "enterprise" rate...way too expensive for our company! (At least for the time being! :))
In reference to your question regarding what I meant by "links with creatives", I was simply referring to the above links that included ALL of the info in "one link". When I referred to "reply boxes", I was referring to the "info boxes" on your form...sorry, it was late when I wrote the original request. :(
Anyway, any information you could give me regarding this problem would be greatly appreciated. The link I just gave you is for only "one" suppier, but most of them are pretty similar. SOME do offer the image links with our ID already inserted, but almost all of these suppliers offer "one" link with all the information neatly tucked inside. That is how "Commission Junction" supplies their links and banners...so I'm not even sure it is the Merchant's themselves or CJ that creates the actual link HTML. Because they are so similar, I am thinking that it is CJ that supplies the actual links as they are the ones who must track them...
Now, there IS an option, with some Merchants, that offer a "feed" of their products. That "feed" is updated automatically and includes ALL of the items in a particular category. Honestly, we don't use ALL of the items that ANY of our Merchants offer (our purpose for advertising these links is to let our customers...at the body shop...buy their own parts and either ship them to us or bring them to the shop to have them installed. It gives them a chance to save some money on us marking up the price and we do offer "labor only" rates on most of our services). That being said, I would prefer to pick out the items that we offer on our site, but if the "feed" option were available, I could probably use it to bring the items into the store and then just delete what we didn't want there. Either way...I am still looking at some serious work to set everything up. I am not opposed to entering each item as a "one time" thing. It would take some time...but...I'm a pretty "patient gal"! :) But, when I do that, I'd like to know I'm doing it right...the first time!:)
Now, of course, there ARE other items that we sell through our affiliate program that will work very nicely with your plugin, and I don't feel a need to discuss those. I just didn't want you to think that we are having a problem with everything! The items in question are "category" items that ARE very important to our business though, and getting them up and into a "store" of some kind is very important. These particular items make up about 50% or better of the items that we sell, so finding a solution to the problem is key to getting our site launched.
In reference to your question regarding an "upload function", I am thinking that would be great. IF the function is what I am thinking... When you refer to "upload", are you speaking of simply uploading an image? And then we would fill in a description? I'm not sure what you are talking about "uploading". So, if that feature was to "upload an image" and we would then insert a description of our own or from the Merchant, it would still work because we could use the image link that includes our Affiliate ID and still get credit for the sale. So, if that' what you're referencing...then yes, it would be great.
If you need ANYTHING further...please let me know. I would really like to get this site launched and...right now...the store is a huge part of that. So I will make sure that I look for any and all correspondence from you that will help facilitate this and I promise to get back to you right away. I really appreciate your help and I will make sure that our company gets a donation to your plugin "post haste"! LOL Like I said, the plugin in the best one out there if we can get over this hump...I'm hoping that I'm just confused about how to load these items and that you will tell me I can do it with the plugin as is! That would be wonderful! LOL So...please...feel free to tell me that I was a "little light" on brain function when I tried to upload these links! :)
I look forward to your answers!