Creating Competition

Competition is the core element in NorrCompetiton. All work in the component is around it – fields and categories are created for competition, it is not possible to submit application form from the front-end and add the participant in the control panel without competition.

You will need to assign a category and fields on competition creation and that is why categories and fields should be already created. Read more in documents Fields – Creating field and Categories – Creating Category.

There are two ways of creating competition: from control panel (read below) and from frontend.

To create a new competition proceed to the competitions list and click on the "New" button. A new competition form will open:

Competition Edit Form

In the "Title" field you should set the competition title and alias.

Below is the list of all available tabs and its descriptions.

Competition

The description and short description of the competition. Short description is displayed in the list of competitions. If empty then normal description is displayed.

In the right sidebar you can set the following parameters:

  • Category – a category that the competition should be assigned to.
  • Type – the type of the competition: Photo, Video or Simple. The Photo type is used for photo contests and requires to upload a photo for participant. The Video type is used for video contests and requires to specify a video URL for participant. The Simple type can be used for any type of competition and does not require a photo or video, only optional custom fields.
  • State – the state of the competition: Published, Unpublished or Trashed.
  • Status – the status of the competition: Active or Completed.
  • Access – the access level group that is allowed to view a competition.
  • Start Date – the start date and time of the competition.
  • End Date – the end date and time of the competition. When this date is reaching the competition status is automatically set as "Completed".

Publishing options

In this tab you can set the various publishing options, such as: author, meta description, meta keywords, etc.

Fields

  • Field type 'Title' - the field which will be used as a title for participants in the competition. This field will be used for alias in URL and as the main participant's identifier throughout the competition. For example, if you have a model’s competition then for this field it is better to use a participant fullname. If it is a pet’s competition then for this field you would use pet name.
  • Competition Fields - the fields which will can be assigned to competition. Later participants will fill in these fields during the submission of application form for competition. You can change the order using the drag and drop interface.

Basic Options

  • Image - the image for competition.

Application Form Options

  • Application Count – the application count that a user can submit for one competition.
  • Application Approval - select what kind of applications should be automatically approved (will not require moderation): Use Global, None, New, Changed or All.
  • Additional Photos - if set to 'Yes', then in competitions of 'Photo' and 'Video' type in addition to the main media user can upload more photos that will be displayed as a gallery on the participant's page.
  • Photos Limit - the limit of additional photos per participant.
  • Application Creator - if you allow submission of application forms by unregistered users then you have to set a user who will be the default creator for this applications.
  • Captcha - show or hide captcha for unregistered users in the application form.
    Please note that only Google reCAPTCHA v2 is supported. Do not forget to setup and enable reCAPTCHA plugin.

Voting Options

  • Enable Rating - if rating is enabled then the users will be able to vote for participants. This parameter is working only for active competition.
  • Voting Start Date – the voting start date and time. This parameter is working only when rating is enabled. If not set it equals to competition start date and time.
  • Voting End Date – the voting end date and time. This parameter is working only when rating is enabled. If not set it equals to competition end date and time.
  • Votes - show or hide the votes for participants.
  • Votes per Competition – the maximum allowed votes for one voter during one competition. Set to zero for unlimited votes.
  • Vote Frequency – if you allow to cast more than one vote in competition then you can set the vote frequency. You can choose from standard options: no limit (default), once per hour, once per 6 hours, once per 12 hours, once per day, once per week, once per month.
  • Custom Vote Frequency - if the standard options of vote frequency do not meet your requirements then you can set the custom vote frequency for competition. This parameter will override the standard vote frequency.
  • Custom Frequency Mode - the mode for your custom vote frequency in competition: seconds, minutes, hours or days.
  • Votes per Participant - the maximum allowed votes for one voter per participant. Set to zero for unlimited votes.
  • Vote Frequency – if you allow to cast more than one vote per participant then you can set the vote frequency. You can choose from standard options: once per hour, once per 6 hours, once per 12 hours, once per day (default), once per week, once per month.
  • Custom Vote Frequency - if the standard options of vote frequency do not meet your requirements then you can set the custom vote frequency in minutes. This parameter will override the standard vote frequency.
  • Custom Frequency Mode - the mode for your custom vote frequency: seconds, minutes, hours or days.
  • Count Past Votes – if yes, then all the votes regardless of the voting period will be included for counting the current votes of the voter. If No, then only those votes are included, that were casted after the start of the current voting period. This allows to organise several voting stages per one competition.
  • Vote Own - allow users to vote for own participants.
  • Check IP - check the IP of the voter to prevent the unfair voting. If yes, then IP of the voter will be stored in the database.
  • Check IP + User-Agent - check the IP + User-Agent combination of the voter to prevent the unfair voting. This only works when IP check is disabled.
  • Check Cookie - check the cookie of the voter to prevent the unfair voting. By default the cookie expiration time is 1 year after the vote cast. It can be overridden for the specific competition.
  • Cookie Expiration Time - set the date and time when the vote cookie should expire. Setting this to the voting end date of the competition allows to organise several voting stages per one competition.

Integration Options

  • AUP Integration - enable the processing of specific AUP rules for this competition. Please install NorrCompetition AUP Plugin to handle the rules..

Layout Options

See the document Competitions - Competition Layout Options.

Participant Layout Options

See the document Participants - Participant Layout Options.

Images

See the document Configuration - Images.

Permissions

To give users permission to submit applications and edit them, you should enable Create and Edit rights. Additionally you can extend these permissions by enabling Create Before*, Create After* and Edit After* actions.

Read here how to allow unregistered users to submit applications.

Right to delete applications is working in the control panel only.

To give users permission to vote for participants, you should enable Vote right.

If you do not want to set up the same permissions for every competition, then you can set them globally in the component options.

Read more about permissions in the Configuration - Permissions document.