Custom Affiliate Slugs takes this one step further, allowing affiliates to create their own custom slug. A slug is the piece of the referral URL where there would usually be the affiliates username or ID.
For example, if an affiliates username is john and they have an affiliate ID of 123, they will be familiar with using any one of these referral URLs:
With a custom slug of mycustomslug123, the affiliate can now use either of these referral URLs in addition to the above variations:
Customized affiliate slugs can be more personal, more relevant to the affiliates business name, more relevant to the affiliates marketing efforts, or completely random. Or, if your affiliate has a WordPress username on your site theyd like to keep private, they can set a new custom slug which they can use in a professional manner for their affiliate links.
In addition, the Auto-create Custom Slugs option can be enabled. When enabled, a custom slug will be generated for your affiliates when:
An affiliate registers via the affiliate registration form
The Auto Register New Users option is enabled from Affiliates ? Settings ? Misc and a user is automatically registered as an affiliate
An affiliate is added manually via the Affiliates ? Affiliates ? Add Newscreen
The slug generated is based on the rules defined in the add-ons settings.
Using Custom Affiliate Slugs as an affiliate
Affiliates can set their custom slug from the Settings tab of the Affiliate Area. They can also remove their custom slug entirely, or change it at any point.
Using Custom Affiliate Slugs as a site admin
Site admins can enable custom slugs for all affiliates, or just some. An affiliates custom slug can also be changed or removed from the Edit Affiliate admin page. When adding a new affiliate, the custom slug can be optionally set. When exporting a list of your affiliates, a new custom slug column will display each affiliates current custom slug.
If your Default Referral Format is set to ID or Username you can enable the Show Custom Slug option in Custom Affiliate Slugs settings, and the affiliates custom slug (if they have one) will be shown on the Affiliate URLs tab of the Affiliate Area alongside the affiliates ID or username so they can still use their ID or username.
When you install and activate Custom Affiliate Slugs, a new Custom Affiliate Slug option will also appear in the Default Referral Format select menu in the Affiliates ? Settings ? General tab. This allows you to show an affiliate their referral URL with their custom slug, rather than the ID or username. The affiliate will also be able to generate a referral URL using the URL generator with their custom slug (their ID or username will not be visible).
Here are some ways you and your affiliates can use this incredibly useful add-on:
Set a custom slug that is the affiliates name, i.e. http://yoursite.com/?ref=JohnJacobSmith
Set a custom slug that is their business name, i.e. http://yoursite.com/?ref=MyBusinessName
Set a custom slug per monthly promotion, i.e. http://yoursite.com/?ref=JohnSmithMay2016
Set a custom slug per sale, i.e. http://yoursite.com/ref/JJSmaysale2016
Set a custom random slug, i.e. http://yoursite.com/ref/j0hnj4c0b5m1th
(Remember, you can change the referral variable from the default ref – heres how.)
Allow all affiliates to create their own custom slugs when logged into the Affiliate Area
Allow only certain affiliates to create their own custom slugs
Automatically generate custom slugs for new affiliates who register
Set a maximum number of characters for auto-created custom slugs
Generate alphanumeric or alphabetic auto-created custom slugs
Modify an affiliates existing custom slug in the Affiliate Edit screen, or remove it entirely
Set a custom slug when manually adding a new affiliate
Use with pretty or non-pretty affiliate referral URLs
No duplicate slugs – no two affiliates will have the same slug
Custom slugs can be changed at any time – when one is changed, it is freed up for other affiliates to take if they try to change theirs
Confirmation required when changing a slug – the custom slug needs to be entered twice to confirm if the affiliate wishes to change it
Use the affiliate campaign feature with custom slugs
Give your affiliates more control of the URLs they share with their audience with the Custom Affiliate Slugs add-on!