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STEP FOUR: Basic Registry Settings

Return to the main menu and click the Registry Settings icon in the Registry Managment panel.

This will bring up the settings screen.

STEP FOUR A: Registries, Wish Lists, or Both?
Registry Valet is capable of supporting different types of registries. Before we start creating code, the first thing to do is decide if you want to allow Dated Gift Registries, Wish Lists, or both. What's the difference?

Dated Gift Registries
This is a registry that is setup for a specific event such as a Wedding, Anniversary, Baby Shower, or other event. This type will remain active in the system for the number of years after the event date (1 to 5) that you can select in the settings section of the administrator.

Wish Lists
A Wish List is an open-ended type of registry that has no specific event or ending date associated with it. Your customers will be able to add, edit, or delete items on their wish list for as long as you allow. Wish lists can be deleted within the administrator at any time.

Selecting Allowed Registry Types

About halfway down the Settings page is the "Allowed Registry Types" setting. Click the dropdown list to reveal the 3 choices;

Choose which type of registries you wish to offer and click the "Update Settings" button at the bottom of the page. This will change the text and links throughout the system to match the choice you have made.

Background color
The Background Color field affects the look of the registry page background. This setting uses internet hexadecimal color values. If you decide to use a background wallpaper, the color setting will be ignored.

Logo Alignment
The Logo Alignment field allows you to select either left alignment or center alignment. NOTE: If you are using a custom HTML header, your company logo will not be displayed independently. Of course, it is a good idea to include your company logo in a custom HTML header. Click the dropdown box arrow to make a selection.

Page Alignment
The Page Alignment field allows you to select either left alignment or center alignment for your registry pages. This means that the page content will be either aligned to the far left of the browser window or aligned in the center of the browser window. Click the dropdown box arrow to make a selection.

Page Width
The Page Width field allows you to define the width of the content section of your site's registry pages. 750 is a good starting point, but you may make your registry pages (such as the registry signup form page) whatever width you like. The page content will be surrounded by the background color you selected above. If you choose to have a background wallpaper, your page content will be surrounded by the wallpaper. If you choose to align the page content to the left, then the wallpaper will be displayed to the right and below the page content.

Thumbnail Height
In the registry list (both the one that the bride works with and the one that friends and family view) the size of the item image thumbnail is controlled by entering a height in pixels into the Thumbnail Height field. The width of the thumbnail image will be proportional to the height based upon its actual size.

Head Tag Code
If you want to include special code in the HEAD section of your registry pages, such as CSS style sheet links, special meta tags, javascript code, and so forth, add that code to this field. Whatever is placed in the Head Tag Code Field will be inserted between the head tags on each page in the system.

Show Custom Header
If you wish to display a custom HTML header, select "yes" for the "Show Custom Header" field and enter the full URL (beginning with http://) into the "Header URL" field.

Show Custom Footer
Similarly, if you wish to display a custom HTML footer, select "yes" for the "Show Custom Footer" field and enter the full URL (beginning with http://) in the the "Footer URL" field.

If you are using GiftSuite or CommerceSuite, the default URL for brides clicking the "Add additional products to my list" link is the catalog home. If you wish to send the bride to another URL, enter it into the Catalog Home URL field.

Catalog Home URL
If you are using Registry Valet as a standalone application, you must enter the Catalog Home URL so that when the bride clicks "Add additional items to my list" link in the main menu, it goes to the correct location. If there is no URL entered into this field, an alert message will popup when this link is clicked.

Confirmation Email Return Address
Enter the email address that you wish registrants to see as the return address on all emails they receive from the system (such as the signup confirmation) into the "Confirmation Email Return Address" field.

Incoming Alert Email Address
When a new registry is created, you will receive an alert email. To specify the email address to which you would like this alert sent, enter it into the "Incoming Alert Email Address" field.

Add to Registry Button Label
This button label has two functions. First, it sets the default button label text in the code generator so that if you, for example, want your buttons to read "Add to My Gift Registry", you won't have to retype it each time to generate an Add to Registry form. Second, if you are using GiftSuite, it sets the button label on the Add to Registry buttons on your product pages.

Enable Guest Password feature
Most registrants want to secure their private information such as names and addresses from unauthorized viewing. Our software provides a guest password feature which allows each registrant to create a private password to give to their friends and family. The system makes sure that the password contains both letters and numbers to increase the strength of the security. Although this feature is available, it is not required, so each registrant can decide on their own if they wish to create this guest password. To enable this feature, select "yes" for the Enable Guest Password feature.

Allowed Registry Types
The software allows you to preset what types of registries can be created. There are two types: Event-Based Registry (such as a wedding, anniversary, etc.) or an ongoing wish list. You can set this so that your customers can create one type or both. Your choices are: "Both dated registries and wish lists", "Dated Registries Only", and "Wish lists only". NOTE: This feature should not be confused with the Event List. The Event List allows you to specify the types of events that a dated registry may pertain to. The event list is maintained by clicking the "Event List" icon in the menu. If you are only allowing ongoing wish lists, then the event list is not applicable. See "Event List Icon" below for more information.

Keep Registries Available For
The software will maintain registries for a specific number of years according to what you select in this field. You may select between 1 and 5 years. After this period of time, the registrant will no longer be able to access their registry.

Hide Additional Shipping Addresses
The main "New Registry" form contains 2 additional addresses which are used for shipping items to registrants for Event-Based registries only. One address is for shipping prior to the event and the other is for shipping after the event. If you do not feel that your customers need these additional addresses or you want to keep the size of the form to a minimum, you may hide these addresses and they will not be used. To hide these addresses, select "yes" for this field.

Registry Confirmation Email Text
Would you like to add some additional information to the confirmation email that is sent when someone signs up for a new registry? Just type your message into this block. You may also include any HTML code and graphics that you like. To include graphics, the HTML IMG tag's SRC attribute must contain the fully qualified URL starting with http://.