IN THIS CHAPTER
Introducing the Banner Manager
Understanding banner parameters
Using the Banners module
Joomla!'s Banner Manager component is responsible for handling the advertising space on your web site. Although the name implies that it is only suitable for banner ads, it can be used for the display of graphical content in any shape or size; the only limitation you face comes from what fits comfortably into your page layout.
The Banner Manager works in conjunction with the Banners module. The component handles the management of the banners and the clients, while the module handles the actual display of the banners. You control the placement of the banners by assigning the module into the relevant module position. The component, in contrast, serves as an interface that lets you organize banners into categories and associate them with clients, as well as set the limitations on display.
To get started placing ads on your site, first you must add the files to the system and then organize them using the Banner Manager component. To access the component, go to the Components menu and select the Banner option. The Banner Manager interface loads in your browser. Figure 12.1 shows the Banner Manager as it appears with the Joomla! sample data installed in Joomla! 1.5.x.
On the Components menu, the option labeled Banner leads to the same screen as the Banner submenu labeled Banners. Despite ...