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Classified Submissions

Naturally, you'll want Web visitors to submit their classifieds through your Web site. Linear Publishing accommodates this need in spades.

Easy forms make receiving classifieds through your Web site a breeze. (click for larger version)
When submitting a classified, your Web visitor will complete a simple form where they designate the classified category, type the ad, select the number of insertions and any other special values. You may configure this form to include pricing information for classifieds in your print product.

Pricing: Linear Publishing supports classifieds priced by character, word or line. Uniquely, Linear Publishing allows you to override default pricing information and set individual classified categories with their own pricing structure - a great tool for free, Web-only categories.

Images: Optionally, you can enable your system to allow up to 3 images to be included with a classified submission. Uploaded images are automatically resized to assure the integrity of your site. The system makes 3 copies of the image - small, medium and large. The small is for your management system to review, the medium appears with the classified and links to "pop open" the large image for Web visitors. Submissions are charged a per image fee to generate new revenue for your publication.

Mapping: Optionally, you can enable your system to accept mapping information for a classified. On your Web site, classifieds with mapping enabled will feature a "map it" icon which opens a "Google Map" to the address information stored with the classified. Submissions are charged a fee for mapping to generate new revenue for your publication. Great for garage sales and real estate!

Next, your client will be taken to a screen to preview and confirm their submission. If you desire, this screen will also automatically calculate the cost of their classified for approval. At this point, the Web visitor may approve and submit the classified. At any point during the process the Web visitor can return to previous screens to edit their submission.

Once submitted, the Web visitor will receive a confirmation number for their classified submission. From your Linear Publishing Management system, you can access a report that lists classified ads submitted through the Internet site. From the classified record, you may then contact the submitee for payment arrangements (if they haven't paid with a credit card).

Users who import their classifieds into Linear Publishing will be able to export or copy these Web submitted classifieds into their print system. Clients using Linear Publishing's reverse publishing approach will find these Web submitted classifieds already in the classified system and need only be changed to reflect the payment status. Users may select to have there ads published in the print publication as well as online.

Linear Publishing can be configured to accept credit card information over a secure connection; however, third party fees may be associated with this feature. Linear also supports the PayPal system for quick transactions.

Click here for an on-site example of the submission process.

times newspapersWhen we realized we needed to upgrade our Web site, we knew we could not do it alone. Linear Publishing more than answered the call. All the new features we were looking for were already in place at Linear. In addition, if we came up with a feature not yet available, they created it.

We now publish two Web sites a week in less time than it took us to publish one. The free time has opened me up to explore new ideas and features to use on our site. It's a great feeling when you can get an idea and in no time have it up and running online. Thanks to it's ease of use, our Web site is getting better and better every day.

We are always getting compliments from our readers and advertisers. With help from Linear Publishing, we are becoming the e-voice of the community that we were striving for.

Randy Drilingas, Creative Manager
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