Configuring Visual Merchandiser
The Visual Merchandiser configuration determines the layout of the merchandiser window, the format of the products in the category, and way updates are managed when smart category rules dynamically change the selection of products.
To configure Visual Merchandiser:
|1.||On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration.|
|2.||In the panel on the left, under Catalog, select Catalog.|
|3.||Click to expand the Visual Merchandising Options section. Then, follow these step to complete the configuration.|
|1.||To determine which attributes appear in the product block, enter the code of each attribute that you want to include, separated by a comma. By default, the color, name, and price attributes appear.|
|2.||In the Column count field, enter the number of product blocks that appear on each row of the merchandiser window. To make the window resemble your storefront, use the same number of columns that are used to display the product list when viewed as a grid.|
|3.||If you want to include additional images from the gallery for reference, set Show extra images to “Yes.” When the Max extra images thumbnail field appears, enter the number of additional images you want to include from the gallery.|
You can hover over each thumbnail to view a larger image. If you decide that one of the thumbnails is a better choice, you must open the product in edit mode, and change the Base Image assignment.
|4.||To help you decide which products to feature based on the age of each product, set Show creation date to “Yes.”|
|5.||Do one of the following to determine how the system manages dynamic page loads:|
- If the category has a large number of products, set the Ajax page load threshold to the maximum number of products that you want the system to manage before triggering Ajax page loads. Ajax page loads prepares the next batch of product images in advance. When the customer scrolls down the page, the images appear without delay.
- To disable Ajax page loads, leave the field blank.
Depending upon the configuration, products that are set to “Not Visible Individually,” such as simple products that are associated with a configurable product, and disabled products can be either grayed out or hidden from view.
|1.||For products with a Visibility setting of “Not Visible Individually,” do one of the following:|
|a.||To display a grayed-out image, set Hide not visible products to “No.”|
|b.||To hide the products from view, set Hide not visible products to “Yes.”|
|2.||For products with a Status setting of “Disabled,” do one of the following:|
|a.||To display a grayed-out image, set Hide disabled products to “No.”|
|b.||To hide the products from view, set Hide disabled products to “Yes.”|
|3.||To prevent other administrators from using the Category Products tab to change category positions, set Hide category position input fields to “Yes.” The input fields in the Position column disappear and the position of each item is set to zero.|
|1.||To ensure that any smart category rules that are in place remain current, do the following:|
|a.||Set Rebuild on product save to “Yes.”|
|b.||Set Rebuild on category save to “Yes.”|
|2.||To update to categories automatically on schedule, set Rebuild on cron to “Yes.”|
To determine the time interval between scheduled updates, set Cron Schedule to indicate the length of time between updates. The character positions in the cron format represent the number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months between cron updates. The default interval is set to run every two hours, starting at midnight, as follows:
0 */2 * * *
To override the cron schedule and update the categories immediately, click the Rebuild Category Products for Smart Categories button.
|1.||To determine where new products are added by smart category rules in relation to other products in the list, set New product handling to one of the following:|
- Add to top
- Add to bottom
|2.||Enter a number in the Minimum stock threshold field to establish a section at the top of a sorted list that contains products with quantities that are below the threshold.|
Products that are in stock, but below the threshold are sorted separately from the rest of the list, and appear at the top of the list in ascending order. Products with the lowest quantities in stock have the highest placement in the list.
|3.||Enter a number of months from 1 – 12 in the Best seller data period field, to determine the sort order of products based on the monthly aggregation of Bestsellers report data. The default value is 6.|
|4.||Enter the name of the Color attribute code to use to sort products by color. The default attribute name is
|5.||On separate lines in the Color order box, enter each color value that you want to use as a sorting parameter.|
Color values are case sensitive, and the spelling must match the value that is entered in the Manage Labels and Options section of the color attribute.
|6.||When complete, click the Save Config button.|
|7.||When prompted to refresh the cache, click the Cache Management link. Then, select the checkbox of each invalid cache, and click Submit.|