Rotating Dynamic Blocks

Multiple dynamic blocks can be added to a rotator to present a slide show of interactive content. The Widget tool is used to place the rotator at a specific place on a either a single page, or on multiple pages throughout your store.

Dynamic Block Rotator

Step 1: Create Individual Dynamic Blocks

Follow the instructions to create the dynamic blocks that you want to place in the rotator.

Step 2: Add a Dynamic Blocks Rotator Widget

  1. On the Admin sidebar, choose Content. Then under Elements, choose Widgets.

  2. In the upper-right corner, click Add Widget. Then, do the following:

    • Under Settings, set Type to Dynamic Blocks Rotator.

    • Choose the current Design Theme of the store. Then, click Continue.

      Settings

Step 3: Complete the Options

  1. Under Storefront Properties, do the following:

    • Enter a Title for the rotator.

    • In the Assign to Store Views list, select the view where the rotator will be available.

    • (Optional) Enter a Sort Order number to determine the position of the rotator in the target container. This is relative to other widgets that might be assigned to the same container.

      Storefront Properties

  2. Under Layout Options, click Add Layout Update. Then, do the following:

    • Set Display on to the page, or type of page, where the rotator is to appear.

      The options vary, depending on the display option you choose. In this example, the rotator is to be placed on a Specified Page.

    • Select the specific Page where the rotator is to appear.

    • Set Container to the part of the page layout where the rotator is to appear.

      If other widgets are assigned to the same container, they appear in sequence according to the sort order.

    • Accept “Dynamic Block Template” as the default Template.

      Layout Updates

    • Click Save and Continue Edit.

  3. In the panel on the left, choose Widget Options. Then, do the following:

    • For the Dynamic Blocks to Display, accept Specified Dynamic Blocks.

    • To Restrict the Dynamic Block Types that can be used with the widget, select Content Area.

    • Set Rotation Mode to one of the following:

      • Display all instead of rotating
      • One at a time, Random
      • One at a time, Series
      • One at a time, Shuffle

        Widget Options

    • In the Specify Dynamic Blocks grid, select the checkbox of each dynamic block that you want to include in the rotator.

  4. When complete, click Save.

Field Descriptions

Field Description
Settings  
Type Determines the type of widget to be created.
Design Package/Theme Identifies the current package or theme that determines the page layout of the store.
Storefront Properties  
Widget Title A descriptive title for internal use, that identifies the rotator.
Assign to Store Views Determines the store view(s) where the rotator is available.
Sort Order Determines the position of the rotator in relation to other widgets which might be assigned to the same container on the page.
Layout Updates  
Add Layout Update Adds a layout update that determines where the rotator is to appear on the store.
Display on Determines the type of page, or a specific page, where the rotator is to appear.
Categories - Displays the rotator on either anchor or non-anchor category pages. Options: Anchor Categories / Non-Anchor Categories
Products - Displays the rotator on either a specific type of product page, or on all product pages. Options: All Product Types / Simple Product / Virtual Product / Bundle Product / Downloadable Product / Gift Card / Configurable Product / Grouped Product
Generic Pages - Displays the rotator on all pages, a specific page, or only on pages with a certain layout. Options: All Pages / Specified Page / Page Layouts
Page Identifies the specific page where the rotator is to appear.
Container Identifies the position on the page where the rotator is placed.
Template Determines the template that is used to format the rotator, based on whether the rotator is to stand alone, or be placed inside existing text. Options: Dynamic Block Template, Dynamic Block Inline Template
Widget Options  
Dynamic Blocks to Display Determines the type of dynamic blocks are included in the rotator. Options:
Specified Dynamic Blocks - Includes only specific dynamic blocks.
Cart Price Rule Related - Includes only dynamic blocks that are associated with a cart price rule.
Catalog Price Rule Related - Includes only dynamic blocks that are associated a with catalog price rule.>
Restrict by Dynamic Block Types Limits the banner to a specific part of the page layout. Options:
Content Area - Places the dynamic block in the main content area of the page.
Footer - Places the dynamic block in the page footer. Header - Places the dynamic block in the page header.
Left Column - Places the dynamic block in the left column of the page layout, if available.
Right Column - Places the dynamic block in the right column of the page layout, if available.
Rotation Mode Determines the presentation and order of the dynamic blocks as they appear in the rotator. Options:
Display all instead of rotating - Displays a stack of dynamic blocks, where all are visible.
One at a time, Random - Displays the specified dynamic blocks in a random order. When the page is refreshed, a different (and random) dynamic block appears.
One at the time, Series - Displays the specified dynamic blocks in the sequence they were added. When the page is refreshed, the next dynamic block in the sequence appears.
One at the time, Shuffle - Displays one dynamic block at a time in a shuffled order. This option is similar to the One at a time, Random option, except that the same dynamic block is not repeated.
Specify Dynamic Blocks Displays a grid of the available dynamic blocks, and includes all selected dynamic blocks in the rotator.