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nuvar 07-18-2008 09:36 PM

Dont understand how GAZ works
Im new to GAZ, now still figuring out how it is supposed to work, can someone help?

I tried to access

but was unable to. I am only able to access

Currently the GAZ is in test mode. BTW, how do I actually craft my own newsletter instead of using this default format which shows only the Latest News (thread?) and other threads? Im quite baffled as to how this thing actually works

nuvar 07-18-2008 09:42 PM

Ok now i understand a little... is there anyway I can download modules for newsletters?

Morgan 07-19-2008 02:25 PM

GAZ comes with four default modules:
  • Text Block: This module will allow you to display static text including html and bbcode (example in right hand column here)
  • Info Block: This module will display text you type in or show the text entered in the issue message (example is top welcome row here)
  • Statistics Block: This module will display site statistics (example in right hand column here)
  • Thread Block: This module will allow you to configure a list of threads to display (the five other blocks here are from the thread block)
You can place blocks in the following positions for HTML (center is the only position for Plain Text):
  • Top
  • Left
  • Center
  • Right
  • Bottom
You can use each module more than one time, but if your newsletter has any other information that cannot be displayed by using one of the default modules, a custom module would need to be coded.

For access to the newsletter.php page, check the Geek Gazette Permissions under the ACP -> Usergroups -> Usergroup Manager -> Edit Usergroup.

nuvar 07-30-2008 01:11 PM

I've got 2 questions:
1. How do I prevent it from being sent out? Seems like even in test mode it sends out?
2. How do I use the info block? For example if I were to say something like, "Welcome to the August edition of abcforums" then in the month of september how do I make the title change?

nuvar 07-30-2008 01:15 PM

I've got two more questions... Im looking at this setting:

Next generation dateThe date that the newsletter automatically produce the next issue

1. I've tried to set it as August 6, but the date keeps going back to August 5. Can you please help?
2. When I access the newsletter, it only shows minimal buttons (I think VB's default) but it doesnt show other buttons on my navbar, how to enable them

Morgan 07-31-2008 03:34 PM

1: Go to the ACP -> GAZ -> Newsletters -> click a newsletter link and set 'Issue active after generation?' to no.

2: Whatever text/HTML you are using for the message is what appears. There is no 'use the variable for date' option, but if you want the date in the message, you'd need to edit the GAZ info.php file.

3: This is a consequence of a mixing mktime and vbdate so the date is minus a day. I'll need to look into a better way to process the date. I fixed one of these before, but this one is more complex, so it is likely going to take some time, but for now, use a day ahead, i.e., August 7 for August 6.

4: The newsletter.php page uses the vB navbar template. The newsletter issues that are sent use the gaz_html_header, gaz_html_navbar, and gaz_html_footer templates (assuming it's an HTML email being sent) and you need to edit those templates as you prefer for reasons mentioned here.

waternoose 10-13-2009 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by nuvar (Post 25496)
Im new to GAZ, now still figuring out how it is supposed to work, can someone help?

I'm finding that it isn't very intuitive thats for sure! Seen another large VB site recommended this so I immediately purchased; hopefully I can figure this thing out sooner rather than later or I'm not going to be happy spending $65 on it!

Morgan 10-14-2009 03:23 PM

Please check out the wiki for GAZ:

Hopefully that info helps you get a better handle on it. :)

nuvar 03-29-2010 09:00 AM

honestly its damn bloody hard to use and the modules arent enough... tried playing with it for a damn time and i still dont understand. really freaking me out.

when i generate an issue, it does not send out right?

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