New Products List Widget
The list of new products is an example of dynamic content, and consists of live data that is pulled from your product catalog. By default, the “New Products” list includes the first eight of the most recently added products. However, it can also be configured to include only products within a specified date range.
To make a product appear in the list by date range, the dates must be specified in the product record. The product then appears in the New Products list during the date range specified.
|1.||On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Manage Products.|
|2.||Find the product you want to feature, and open the record. Then, do the following:|
|a.||In the Set Product as New From Date field, click the calendar button and select the first date that you want the product to be featured.|
|b.||In the Set Product as New To Date field, click the calendar button and select the last date that you want the product to be featured.|
|3.||When complete, click the Save button.|
|4.||When you are prompted to reindex and refresh the page cache, click the links at the top of the workspace, and follow the instructions.|
The product will now appear in the New Products list during this date range. Repeat this step for each product that you want to feature.
The code that determines the content of the list and its placement in your store is generated by the Widget tool. To create your own working copy of the New Products list, simply save a copy of the existing widget. Your working copy is a new “instance” of the widget, and any changes you make will not affect the original.
|1.||On the Admin menu, select CMS > Widgets.|
|2.||In the upper-right corner, click the Add New Widget Instance button.|
|3.||In the Settings section, do the following:|
|a.||Set Type to “Catalog New Products List.”|
|b.||Select the Design Package/Theme that is used by the store.|
|4.||Then, click the Continue button.|
|5.||In the Frontend Properties section, complete the following fields:|
Widget Instance Title
Enter a descriptive title for your widget. This title is visible only from the Admin.
Assign to Store Views
Select the store views where the widget will be visible. You can select a specific store view, or "All Store Views."
(Optional) Enter a number to determine the order this items appears with others in the same part of the page. (0 = first, 1 = second, 3= third, and so on.)
|1.||In the Layout Updates section, click the Add Layout Update button. Then, do the following:|
|a.||Set Display On to “Specified Page.”|
|b.||Set Page to “CMS Home Page.”|
|c.||Set Block Reference to “Main Content Area.”|
|d.||Set Template to one of the following:|
- New Product Lists Templates
- New Products Grid Template
|2.||Click the Save and Continue Edit button to save your changes.|
|1.||In the panel on the left, select Widget Options. Then, do the following:|
|2.||Set Display Products to one of the following:|
Lists products in sequence, starting with those most recently added.
Lists only the products which are identified as “New.” A product is considered to be new during the date range specified in the “Set Product As New From” date and “Set Product As New To” date. fields of the product. The list will be blank if the date range expires and no additional products have been set as "New."
|3.||Complete the remaining information as follows:|
|a.||To provide navigation control for lists with multiple pages, set Display Page Control to “Yes.” Then, in the Number of Products per Page field, enter the number of products you want to appear on each page.|
|b.||Set Number of Products to Display to the number of new products you want to include in the list. The default setting is 10.|
|c.||In the Cache Lifetime (Seconds) field, select how often you want to refresh the list of new products. By default, the cache is set to 86400 seconds, or 24 hours.|
|4.||When complete, click the Save button.|
|5.||When prompted to refresh the cache, click the link in the message at the top of the workspace, and follow the instructions.|
|1.||On the Admin menu, select CMS > Pages > Manage Content.|
|2.||Find the published page in the list, where you placed the New Products list. Then, in the Action column, click the Preview link.|