Plant Database Mgr: Custom Settings Editor

Easily control key variables to expedite creating and updating your plant library. 

New Plants for 201X

What's New?  It's easy for your customers to answer that question on your website by setting the current year and using that year as the 'intro' year in the appropriate plant records in the Plant Database Manager.

Set Site 'Current' Year
You can quickly call attention to new plants.  introductions.If you have a “New Introductions” section of your site, plants with the current year can automatically be displayed on that page.  Additionally, a 'New' graphic can display on both the plant listing page as well as the plant detail page.  You can switch  the “current year” manually as soon as you know know the new plants you will be offering in the subsequent year.  Typically you would swtich the current year to the next calendar year at some point in the fall.

Set Plant Intro Year
On the GENERAL tab of your plant datbase manager, you can indicate which year you first offer a plant with the 'Intro Year' option (see image 5 on this page). The plant will be considered new when Plant Intro Year = Site Current Year.

Default Images Sizes

You can set the default pixel width and height for both the plant detail images and the plant thumbnail. As long as you upload an image larger than those dimensions, the Clarity ImageMagic&trade:

Set Alpha Index

If none of your plants names start with an 'A'  you can select a different letter so when visitors pull up your plant list, it will display a page with plants that start with the letter you enter.  If you prefer to have all of our plants display on the plant index/leisting page, you can enter 'ALL'. 

Companion and Substitution Plant Reciprocity

Are Companion Plants Recipricol? In most cases this would be yes. By selecting yes, once you select ‘B’ as a companion to ‘A’, than ‘A’ is automatically a companion to ‘B’ and will display on ‘B’s’ plant detail page.

Are Substitution Plants Recipricol? Typically this is set to no. Substitution plants are usually used when the original plant is out of stock or no longer offered. For example you might want to have Echinacea ‘Dixie Sun’ as the recommend substitute for Echinacea ‘Daydream’ when Daydream is sold out or you are no longer carrying it. By leaving this setting as ‘No’, then ‘Dixie Sun’ will NOT display as a substitute on the ‘Daydream’ plant detail page.