Magento Commerce, 1.14.x

Creating a Banner Rotator

A banner rotator can be used to display a single banner, or multiple banners in a specific sequence or random order. The next banner in the sequence appears when the page is refreshed. As a widget, the banner rotator can be assigned to a specific page, product, or category, and placed most anywhere in your store. In addition, a banner rotator can be associated with a specific shopping cart or catalog rule.

As an alternative, you can also use a jQuery slider or carousel that changes images automatically, like the one on the home page of the Magento demo store. There is a wide assortment of jQuery sliders available online, and many are free. To add a slider to your store, first create a static block. Follow the slider instructions to add the jQuery code to the block. Then, use the Widget tool to place the static block where you want it to appear in your store.

  • Banner Layout Update Options

    Option

    Description

    Display On Categories

    Determines the categories where the banner rotator appears.

    Anchor Categories

    Appears only on anchored category pages listed in the layered navigation.

    Non-Anchor Categories

    Appears only on non-anchored category pages, which are category pages that are not shown in the layered navigation.

    Products

    Displays the banner rotator for a specific product, or type of product. Options include:

    All Product Type

    Simple Product

    Grouped Product

    Configurable Product

    Bundle Product

    Virtual Product

    Gift Card

    Categories

    Displays the banner rotator for only the categories selected.

    Block Reference

    Assigns the banner rotator to a specific location by reference. Options include:

    Breadcrumbs

    Left Column

    Main Content Area

    My Cart Extra Actions

    Navigation Bar

    Page Bottom

    Page Footer Before

    Page Footer Bottom

    Page Header

    Page Top

    Right Column

    Store Language

    Template

    Options include:

    Banner Block Template

    Banner Inline Template

  • Banner Widget Options

    Option

    Description

    Banners to Display

    Options include:

    Specified Banners

    Shopping Cart Promotions Related

    Catalog Promotions Related

    Restrict by Banner Types

    Limits the banner to a certain section. Options include:

    Content Area

    Footer

    Header

    Left Column

    Right Column

    Rotation Mode

    Select the rotation mode for the banners. Options include:

    Do not rotate

    Display one banner after the other, in a stack where all are visible.

    One at a time, Random

    Displays the banners that you specify in a randomly generated order. Every time the page is refreshed, a different (and random) banner appears.

    One at the time, Series

    Displays the banners that you specify by the order of their position every time the page is refreshed.

    One at the time, Shuffle

    Displays one banner at a time in a shuffled position order. This option is similar to the One at a time, Random option, except that the same banner does not repeat back-to-back (unless you have only one banner).

    Specify Banners

    Select the banners to include from the list of available banners.