What are Widgets and What Do They Do?
Widgets are pre-built sections of the page which perform specific functions. Examples are the Search Box, Browse by Category, Browse by Manufacturer, Side Column Shopping Cart, Sale Products, and even Custom HTML.
Some controls are typically only used on the side columns, while others are used only on the home page. You can view a list of widgets available on each page type within the Themes area. Browse to Themes > Active Themes and select any page type (Home Page, Category Page, Manufacturer Page etc) and you can view a complete list of Widgets available for that page type.
Below is a list of each AmeriCommerce online stores widget and a description of what each one does. Here are a couple of things to note about widgets
- Certain widgets will need the left and right column layout in order to show. Some will not show if “Content Only” layout is selected.
- You will have to save the widget settings, then save the page of the theme. Always remember to save at both stages
- Widgets allow for CSS modification as well. The “Enable Merge Code” function allows the widget to be hidden and then placed anywhere on the store using a merge code. Here is an article with futher explanation.
- Some widgets can only be used in certain areas of your theme, such as the homepage. Some controls are typically only used on the side columns, while others are used only on the home page. You can view a list of widgets available on each page type within the Themes area. Browse to Themes > Active Themes and select any page type (Home Page, Category Page, Manufacturer Page etc) and you can view a complete list of Widgets available for that page type.
Attribute Drop Down Group
This widget displays a drop down navigation for a configurable list of attributes.
Displays a list of specific attributes used for filtering products
Attributes and their groups allow your customer to filter products in a category based on commonalities about your products. For example, if your store sells TVs, your customers can use attributes to filter by screen size - a common element seen on many web sites.
The banner Ad widget displays a rotating banner ad comprised of multiple images. The images can be set to display in any desired order.
Bill Me Later Banner
This widget is used to display a ‘Bill Me Later’ advertising banner on your store.
An interface that allows users to drill down through blog posts by year & month.
An interface that allows users to drill down through blogs & their categories
Use this widget to display blog posts for a specific blog on your site
Blog/RSS Feed Reader
The content from any RSS feed
Browse By Attribute
This widget displays an interface that allows users to navigate by attributes.
Browse By Category
This widget creates an interface that allows users to navigate by categories.
Browse By DropDown
An interface that allows users to navigate by manufacturer, product, or category.
Browse By Manufacturer
This widget displays an interface that allows users to navigate by manufacturers.
This widget displays a list of products of a particular type with thumbnails that can rotate horizontally or vertically. You can display a variety of product types ranging from featured items to product lists.
This widget displays a drop down list that allows a user to view all products for a given category. Note: the root category must be defined by the ‘Root Category ID’.
Category Quick List
This widget allows a quick listing of featured categories for navigation. This widget acts as a scaled down version of category navigation. It can be set to display specific categories or all if needed.
Use this widget to add any custom HTML to your site, including external files. This widget is especially useful for adding content of functions to your site that cannot be achieved using existing widgets.
A navigation list of particular products or categories.
Any custom widget. The is a Legacy widget and is no longer recommended for use on newer themes.
An interface that allows customers to login to your site.
This widget allows the user to upload a file. This is particularly useful for items that have customization elements, such as an item that customers can add pictures to. This widget is usually added to product details pages.
Full Category List
Displays links to all categories in your store in basic link format.
Image / Logo
Use this widget to display an image on your site that can easily be dragged and dropped. This image can also have a URL link assigned to it. Most commonly this link is directed to the home page.
Once added, this widget allows users to sign up for one of your mailing lists.
Note: If you enable the "Use Captcha" option, you need to add the $$CAPTCHA$$ merge code to your layout for the captcha to appear
The menu list widget is a menu that displays the links for a particular menu on your store. It can be set to show any existing navigation that you have already created in basic link form and be set to display both vertically and horizontally.
You can use this widget to create a horizontal menu that displays the links for a particular menu on your store. This common navigation feature is considered an industry standard and is used in most site designs.
The menu list widget is a vertical menu that displays the links for a particular menu on your store. It can be set to show any existing navigation that you have already created in basic link form. Unlike the menu widget, this menu will only display vertically.
The microstores widget adds essential navigation to your site that allows users to navigation to a particular microstore.
The Product Display Widget is designed to show a list of products that displays details, ratings, etc.
Question & Answer
This widget allows customers to ask questions and respond to questions that have been asked.
Quick Order Entry
This widget allows users to quickly add products to their shopping cart. It is especially for power shoppers who know the product numbers and want to add multiple quantities of each products all from one convenient spot.
This widget displays the reCAPTCHA form to cut down on spam. It is supported on the Register and OnePageCheckout pages.
Adding this widget to your site will allow users to search your site.
Side Column Shopping Cart
A smaller version of the shopping cart for the current user that can be placed in either the left or right columns. To add this widget to your theme, your default must have a left or right column.
The slideshow widget is used displays a series of slides that can contain images or custom HTML. It is frequently used on the home page for featured promotional items.
Customized content displayed as a tab interface. This widget comes in handy for having a large amount of organized information simplified in terms of tabs.