Why Did Brilliant Directories Release A New Banner Manager?


Brilliant Directories wants to make it easier for Directory Website owners to place banner advertisements throughout their websites. Banner ads are a quick way to generate revenue, especially when using third party tools like Google Adsense. 


Our new Banner Manager makes it easy to place banners in the following areas:



  • Sidebars (5)
  • Footer (1)
  • Header (1)
  • Text Links (1)

Important: For any banners to display on your website you are required to have "Display Banner Advertisements" set to "Yes" in your "Banner Ad Design":




New Banner Ad Design Section in the Admin





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How To Add Banners In The Banner Ad Design 



There are two primary methods to add a banner to your website using this tool: 1) Inserting a Custom Image and 2) Using an Embed Code (Google Adsense, etc):


Method 1: Inserting A Custom Image


  1. Go to ADMIN >> DESIGN SETTINGS >> BANNER AD DESIGN
  2. Click on the downarrow for the banner you wish to add to your website
  3. Select "Use Banner Ad":

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  4. Click on "Upload Image"
  5. Select Image from your File Manager. If you need to upload an image to your FTP first please click here for more information. 
  6. If you are trying to add a "clickable" banner you will also need to add the URL you would like a website visitor to go to when clicking on the banner.

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  7. Crick on "Save Changes"

  8. If you wish to learn how to place banners on your website please skip the next section



Method 2: Add An Embed Code provided by s 3rd party such as Google Adsense


  1. Go to ADMIN >> DESIGN SETTINGS >> BANNER AD DESIGN
  2. Click on the down arrow for the banner you wish to add to your website
  3. Select "Use Embed Code"


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  4. Paste embed code. Here is an example of what it could look like:


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  5. Click on "Save Changes"



 How To Place Banners On Your Website


Placing Banners throughout your website has never been easier. Once you've created the banners you would like to place on your site just follow these easy instructions:

Adding Banners to Sidebars




  1. Each Banner that is found in the Banner Ad Design section has its own unique widget name. This is important to note as you place banners on your website by calling the appropriate widget name. For this example, we will try to add the following banner on the member search result pages:


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  2. Copy the name of the widget:


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  3. Go to TOOLBOX >> SIDEBAR MANAGER

  4. Select the "Member Search Result" Sidebar

  5. Copy the widget name that you copied in step 2:



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  6. Click and drag the Banner in the order that you would like it to appear. 

  7. Click "Save Changes"




Adding The Footer Banner to your Website



Adding an image or embed code in the Footer Banner will automatically display the Banner Ad in your Footer as long as you have advertisements enabled for your website. There are no further steps required. 


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Adding Banner Ad To Header


Adding a banner to your Header requires you to hide the search bar that comes by default in the header as there is not enough room for both the banner ad and the search bar. If you wish to add both this would be a customization and would require that request to go to the marketplace. 

To add a Banner to the Header please follow these instructions:

  1. Upload your image banner or paste the embed code inside the Header Banner design box:


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  2. Click on "save changes"

  3. Go to TOOLBOX >> DESIGN SETTINGS >> DESIGN SETTINGS TAB >> HEADER DESIGN

  4. In the "Hide Header Search" dropdown select the " Hide Search / Show Banner Ad" option


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  5. Click "Save Changes"

  6. The Header Ad should not be displayed in the Header. 



This update is currently in BETA. If you would like to be a part of the BETA launch, please submit a ticket requesting this.