Magento Extensions

Competition Creator

Competition Creator allows you to create your own competitions in a simple way. Collect a huge amount of email addresses and improve the relationship between you and your customers with that extension for Magento.

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Overview of Competition Creator for Magento

Competition Creator, what is it?

Competiton Creator is a Magento extension which allows you to create your own competitions.

First of all, you can create a competition, choose the start and end date, detail the competition and finally, select the winners thanks to the automatic random draw of Competition Creator. 

This Magento extension allows you to improve the relationship between you and your customers by proposing competitions. But the main aim of Competition Creator is to allow you to collect some email addresses to send newsletters for example.

How does it work?

Once you have created your competition, visitors of your Magento website will have a direct access to that one thanks to the url rewritting, used to optimize the dynamic pages indexing.

The competition will show a description, a disclaimer, the competition’s end date. Your customers will have the choice between subscribe to the competition or not. They will have to fill in their first name, last name and email address to be able to participate in the competition. Once the subscription is over, a notification will appear at the top of the page.

Your customers will also be able to discover the list of all the competitions you are proposing on a page available via the url: example.com/competition.

Get familiar with Competition Creator for Magento

To use Competition Creator, go to CMS > Competition.


How to create a competition?

In Competition Creator, you can either edit a competition or create a new one.

To create a competition, it is easy, click on Add one competition. To edit a competition, you just have to click on the one you want to modify.  

How to configure the competition's details?

You can now configure all the details needed to create the competition in the Competition Details tab on the left.

First of all, you have to name your competition.

In the Url Key field, you must enter a unique url, without any space just as in the example below.

Then, define the number of winners you want (only one, or several winners).

You can also add an image to your competition by clicking on Parcourir and by choosing among your files, an image that corresponds to the competition’s topic.   

After that, define the different store views in which you want the competition to appear.

In the next field, you must choose the customer groups that can participate in the competition. You can select all customer groups or just choose retailers for example.  

Then, define the start and end date of the competition. Once the competition is over, and only after that, you will have the possibility to draw the winners.

Next step, write a detailed description of your competition helping with the complete editor that you can show or hide by clicking on Show / Hide Editor.


Show Editor

Hide Editor


The next field corresponds with the disclaimer that you must write for each one of your competition.  

How to get to know the entrants?

In order to collect data about the entrants, such as their email addresses, go in the Competitors tab on the left.

You have then the possibility to see all the competition’s entrants, their first names, last names, email addresses as well as their status (subscribed, non-activated, unsubscribed, non-confirmed).

Whenever you want, you have the possibility to delete the competition by clicking on Delete this competition.

To save it, click on Save this competition or Save and Continue.

A notification will then appear to indicate if the competition has been correctly saved.

To have an overview of your competition, click on the following tab on the competition management page:

You can also see all the competitions you have created listed on a page by using this url: example.com/competition.

Here is what you get:

How to draw lots?

In order to be able to select one or more winners, according to your settings in the competition’s details, the competition must be over.

Once the date exceeded, a new tab is available in the competition’s edition. Click on Draw lots now to select automatically the winner(s).

After that, a notification appears and indicates that the winner(s) have been drawn.  

Let’s go to Competitors tab to know the names and addresses of the winner(s).

Now you hold all the cards! It’s your turn!

General questions Installation questions
General questions

How to modify text in the page of your competition on the frontend?

For example, you want to translate some expressions for the German store view.

Go to your Magento root directory. Copy the Wyomind_Competition.csv file under app/locale/fr_FR to app/locale/de_DE

In that file, you can add some entries and translations. For example:

  • "First name","Vorname"
  • "Last name","Name"
  • ....

You could also use the "Translate Inline" available in the magento system (System > Configuration > Advanced >Developer > Translate Inline).

Installation questions

I didn't receive my payment confirmation for Competition Creator

1. The payment confirmation email should only take a few minutes, rarely more than one hour
2. Check your spam filter
3. Contact us: we will try again to send it

If I want to test an extension first on a staging server, do I have to buy 2 licenses for 2 domains ?

When installing a module on a new environment, you should see a screen as below offering to update the license, just click on the link Request a free license update in your admin, and your request should be approved within one hour.

How do I install Competition Creator?

1. Before installing the extension, it's advisable to backup your Magento installation. To complete the setup of your extension in the best way, you first need to disable the compiler in your Magento admin. For that, go to System > Tools > Compilation.

If the compiler is activated, you must disable it by clicking on Disable.

2. Then, you need to refresh caches in System > Cache Management.

 

3. Now you can download the zipped extension from your Wyomind account > My downloads. Choose the one you just purchased and click on the grey arrow.

4. Click on the orange link (example: 3. 1.0 available) to download your extension.

5. Once you have downloaded it, unzip the folder content.

6. Copy the folder content (app,skin and lib directories) and paste all files and directories into your Magento web site root directory.

7. Once your installation is complete, don’t forget to enable the Compiler if it was activated before the installation and to Run Compilation Process.

8. Clean the cache and log in again.  

Well done, your Wyomind extension installation is all set! Have a look at our next FAQ on how to activate your license.

How do I activate Competition Creator ?

Now you must activate your license.

1. Copy the activation key (example: ACTKEY-ABCD)
2. Go to System > Configuration > Wyomind and choose the Wyomind extension you have installed.
3. Paste the activation key (that you previously copied from your Wyomind account) in the Activation key field.
4. Save your data.
5. Choose an activation method between Automatic (Yes) and Manual (No) .
Automatic (Yes): you allow a connection to Wyomind's license server
Manual (No): you must log in with your browser to Wyomind's license server

6. A notification appears at the top of your admin: Activate it now! Click on it.
7. Copy and paste the license code in the License code field of your admin or click on Activate now!.
8. You must log out and clean the caches so that the installation is complete. And that's all!

I'm asking to overwrite /lib/Varien/Data/Form/Element/link.php, should I carry on?

You can skip this file, it's only for magento < 1.4.

I get an error saying "err_connection_reset".

It can happen on localhost environments because of rights on session files stored locally.
You have to rename app/code/local/wyomind/competitioncreator/sql/competitioncreator_setup to something different: for example competitioncreator_setup_XX.

I get a 404 error instead of the configuration page in the admin panel

Most of the time log-out/log-in may solve this issue.

I'm getting an error message when I try to send the form from a secure page.

The error is because although it's on a secure page it's trying to send the form insecurely.



To solve that problem, you need to update:

    \app\design\frontend\default\default\template\competition\competition.phtml

At line 25, replace:

Mage::getBaseUrl()


with:

getBaseSecureUrl()

How do I uninstall Competition Creator?

In order to uninstall Competition Creator, you must remove all the following files and directories:

  • app/etc/modules/Wyomind_competitioncreator.xml
  • app/code/local/Wyomindcompetitioncreator
  • design/adminhtml/default/default/layout/competitioncreator.xml
  • design/adminhtml/default/default/template/competitioncreator
  • skin/adminhtml/default/default/competitioncreator
  • app/locale/lang_LANG/Wyomind_competitioncreator.csv

 

Clean the cache and re-launch the compiler (if you use it).

Competition Creator Features

  • Create your own competitions
  • Choose the number of winners
  • Define the start and end dates of the competition
  • Draw winners automatically
  • Collect a huge amount of email addresses
  • Improve your customer relationships

Competition Creator Screenshots
Magento Compatibility

Magento Community Edition

1.9.0.1 1.9.0.0 1.8.1.0 1.8.0.0 1.7.0.2 1.7.0.1 1.7.0.0 1.6.2.0 1.6.1.0 1.6.0.0 1.5.1.0 1.5.0.1 1.4.2.0 1.4.1.1 1.4.1.0 1.4.0.1 1.4.0.0 1.3.3.0 1.3.2.4 1.3.2.3 1.3.2.2 1.3.2.1 1.3.2 1.3.1.1 1.3.1

Magento Enterprise Edition

1.14.0.1 1.13.1.0 1.13.0.2 1.12.0.2 1.12.0.1 1.12.0.0 1.11.2.0 1.11.1.0 1.11.0.2 1.11.0.0 1.10.1.1 1.10.0.2 1.10.0.1
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