The affCAFF Manager Data Generator
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The affCAFF Data Generator
The affCAFF Data Generator is installed within the affCAFF Manager and is
an easy way to generate the two bits of code you need to display the data streams within
your webpages. The Data Generator page should be fairly self-explanatory: login to affCAFF
Manager on your own server, go to the Data Generator page and follow the two simple steps
to add the code to your page.
If you already run a PHP site and have a functions file you "include" in your pages, you can
add the "include_once" code shown in STEP 1 on your Data Generator page to the file you already
include. This will save you having to add it to each page on your site where you run affCAFF content.
The Property Selection Menu
The Properties that you are able to select from in the Data Manager are those that have
active data streams only - ie: they have one or more news items to display. You
may wonder why that the affCAFF website shows more properties than you can access in the
Data Manager - this is because some content providers have more properties registered
but have yet to add any live items. The list of properties will update automatically
when you log into affCAFF Manager.
The Display Style
The display styles are eiher pre-configured options installed with affCAFF (probably all you
need) or your own mini-templates you create yourself. Creating and editing these are explained
in the Creating Display Templates section.
Number Of Items
You are asked to select the maximum number of items for each data stream. This should be
fairly self-explanatory. The maximum supported value is 10, however you can increase this
exponentially if you are "merging" data streams (see below).
There are tow boxes that create "Merge" parameters for you. Select as many properties from
the left hand box as you like, and remove them using the right hand dropdown menu.
A number of the more popular code configurations are available to copy and paste to save some
time. To get hold of these, go to the Code Examples page.
There is also some information on advanced data generation
here in the manual which explains how to achieve a number of other more complex examples, including
defining your own parameters, outputting as RSS, scheduling CRON to pick up the data streams and a
load more functionality.
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