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General

URL parameter name

The default Affiliate URL parameter name is affiliates

Recommendation: If you decide to change this setting, do it before affiliates are added.

CAUTION: If you change this setting and have distributed affiliate links or permalinks, make sure that these are updated. Unless the incoming affiliate links reflect the current URL parameter name, no affiliate hits, visits or referrals will be recorded.

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Redirection

Redirect to destination without Affiliate URL parameter, after a hit on an affiliate link has been detected.

Recommendation: We recommend to leave this option disabled as it could cause issues depending on a site’s set up.

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Affilliate ID encoding

Affiliate links use an affiliate ID in the URL to identify the affiliate. This ID is either a positive whole number or an encoded version. Affiliates offers the option to use the ID or the MD5-encoded ID in affiliate links.

Either plain or MD5-encoded affiliate IDs can be used. These are appended to URLs to construct affiliate links.

Recommendation: If you decide to change this setting, do it before affiliates are added.

CAUTION: If you change this setting and have distributed affiliate links or permalinks, make sure that these are updated. Unless the incoming affiliate links reflect the current encoding, no affiliate hits, visits or referrals will be recorded.

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 Permissions

CAUTION: Do not assign permissions to open access for affiliates here. This section is only intended to grant administrative access on affiliate management functions to privileged roles.

Permissions can be set for each user role. The permissions allow to view affiliate data and configure settings:

Access Affiliates : Allows users to access the Affiliates menu in WordPress in order to view affiliate statistics and referral data.

Administer Affiliates : Allows users to administer affiliates, including to add, edit and remove affiliates.

Administer Options : Allows users to make changes in the general configuration.

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 Robots

Hits from affiliate links that have originated from robots listed here will not be taken into account.

By default there are no entries but you can start with this example:

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 Deactivation and data persistence

A convenient option is provided to delete all data that has been stored by the affiliates plugin.

This option is useful if you just need to start clean while you run tests. Do not use this procedure if you want to preserve your affiliate data.

If you have been testing the Affiliates plugin(s) and would like to start from scratch you can use this option to clear all affiliate data.

  1. Go to Affiliates > Settings and under Deactivation and data persistence tick the Delete all plugin data on deactivation checkbox;
  2. Proceed to Plugins > Installed Plugins and click Deactivate for your Affiliates plugin;
  3. All affiliate data has now been deleted. Now reactivate your plugin by clicking Activate.

After this you will start with a fresh Affiliates installation.

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