Ads are everywhere on the web. Don't know whether its better or for worse, but
the 440 X 60 sized banner ads has become as instantly recognizable a part on the
web nowadays. Microsoft makes it easy to add a randomly changing banner to your
site with the Ad Rotator component.
the Ad Rotator
need three components to use the Ad Rotator. The first is a file that tells the
Ad Rotator what images to use, what to link them to, and so on. This file is called
the rotator schedule file. The second part is an ASP page that handles redirection
the user to the appropriate URL. The third part is the actual page that will display
first thing to do is create a rotator schedule file. This file contains the following
REDIRECT, WIDTH pixel width, HEIGHT pixel_hight , BRODER broder_thickness
, * , first Image URL, homepage URL, Alt Text, Weight , second Image URL , Homepage
URL, Alt Text , and Weight.
first three affect every banner. URL is the URL of an ASP page or a .dll of yours
that will handle redirecting the user to the correct page. This option allows
you to control what happens when a user clicks the banner. You can force the new
page to open in a separate window. You will probably want to record for your statistics
that someone has clicked that banner. This can be either a full URL or a relative
one. Specifying a URL is optional. Simply omit the line if you want the current
page to handle redirection.
: specifies the width of the banner in pixels. This line is also optional. The
default is 440.
: specifies the height of the banner in pixels. This line is also optional. The
default is 60.
: specifies the thickness, in pixels, of the border that is drawn around the image.
This line is also optional. The default value is 1.
asterisk on the line 5 is important. It indicates where the first section of the
file ends and the second section begin. It must be on a line by itself. The second
section consists of four lines per ad.
Image URL :
Is a URL that specifies where to find the graphic to display for this ad. It may
be either a relative URL or a full one.
Is the URL that the user should be taken to when he clicks the link? This URL
is then passed on to the redirect URL. If there is no page to redirect, a hyphen
(-) should be used.
the text that should be displayed when the user has graphics turned off. It is
also displayed before the image has loaded and when the user moves his/her mouse
over the image.
Is a number between 0 and 10,000 that indicates how the ad should be weighted?
If all the ads in the list have the same weight, they will all be equally likely
to appear. If there were three ads, one of weight 10 and two of weight 20, the
one with weight 10 would appear 20% of the time, and the other would each appear
40% of the time.