New Yola Online Store Questions

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I have a couple questions about the new Yola Online Store widget.

1. I need to set up a few products that have conditional options and I'm not sure if this can be accomplished. Here is an example:

Product #1
Fabric #1
Color #A
Color #B
Fabric #2
Color #C
Fabric #3
Color #D
Color #E

Please keep in mind that each Fabic sellection is unique and each color within that Fabric is unique. You can not get color #C in anything but Fabric #2. Make sence?

2. I would prefer to see a Catagory Menu on the left of my screen. Button style would be nice. Is that possible.

3. I would also like to have a button style Sign In.

4. I would also love to see a feature that allows batch changes.

5. How about reporting to show the total of sales tax collected.
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Sorry my example losts it's indent formating.
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Gop

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Hi Bonnie,

May I suggest that you go to the Ecwid design Forum to post this query. It's quite complex and it probably would be quickly handled by the people there.
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Hi Bonnie,

This wasn't as complex as I first thought and referring to the Ecwid Knowledge base and Forum archives, I was able to get this information.

  1. I understand that in fact for product #1 you have five options. If this is the case then simply as a suggestion, I suggest that you create images of these 5 options and for the sake of convenience make Product#1 a category, then the five fabrics as separate items within the category.


  2. You can certainly create your store pages with a left column category selection and it is possible to create buttons for each of these using an online button creator facility and then linking the button to a page of the specific category.


  3. Button sign in is possible and an outline has been put forward by Ecwid for this need. It requires the creation of specific CSS.


  4. Batch changes of products is possible as well and this can be managed by the file upload facility using a CSV file created most easily in a spreadsheet.
    You can also allow for the resumption of an old batch if you wish by marking it disabled and when required enable it again.


  5. The sales tax reporting can be done to your requirements. It requires the download of the tax payment details and then some manipulation within a spreadsheet to tailor it to your needs.



If you would like specific details let me know.
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Thanks for researching all of this, Gop! It's really helpful.
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Hi Bonnie

Have you followed Gop's suggestion? If not we would be happy to research the answers for you.

For future reference, the Yola Online Store is an integration with Ecwid. So it is possible to make use of their support if you wish to do so. However, as you bought the feature from us we are fully committed to supporting it as well. More complex queries may take longer, and Gop may well be right that the amazing Ecwid team can get you an answer faster due to their in depth knowledge of the product. However, we do not want you to feel that we are passing off the responsibility of supporting you.

While Gop was making this suggestion as a fellow user, I just want to clarify our position on this so that it is not taken as a statement of our support policy.
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I have attempted to use some of the sample code they have provided on there support pages and spent days on the subjuct and it's not working. I have been able to get small changes to work with code but nothing related to adding a vertical menu. I am still very interested in trying to accomplish this.

On the upside I have discovered a work around that is very simple for the average person to do. When you create your Yola Store you have created a "page" within the Yola system. Now create Submenu pages that are consistant with your categories. HTML code can be inserted within each of those pages to forward to the category page requested.

This Submenu within Yola will now show above your "ecwid" widget and can be used a menu bar.

Ecwid also offers code that will easily remove those links on their widget if you prefer to have a cleaner design.

Let me point out... This is not the "look" I wanted but rather a work around that might work for others.
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Hi Bonnie,

If you wish to create a vertical menu of Buttons then an easy way is to place a column divider widget on your page.

Create all the buttons you need with some sort of online button creator like "Da Button. Place these within text widgets stacked vertically in your left column. Create a link with HTML to each of the relevant category pages.

You category content can be then placed in the right hand side of the column divider. The central divider is movable so you can create max space for content and the limited space for your buttons.

Once you have the page setup to your liking then you can use the "Save As" feature to replicate the page for each category needed with a unique page name that you will use in your site. Then just edit the category placed into the right side of the divider to match your destination.

If you would like specific instruction on any detail please leave a message here and someone will pick it up with you.
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I've tried that and it won't work. The ecwid widget popluates a different page beyond the original one and the buttons will not follow. I would need to do this for EVERY single ecwid page created... and that is insane!!

Unless Yola creates the ability to "Frame" this widget!
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Hi Bonnie,

It will work. I have used part of this strategy for a number of sites.

The way to overcome this tedium of replication is to use the "Save As" facility. Then you need to edit each page to add the appropriate category.
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Would you not only need to do this for each category but also for each individual item? Seems like alot of work depending on the size of inventory you have. In my case... UGGH!
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The good news is for each category. of course it depends on how many categories you have created.

How many do you have.

I have successfully done this with 20 categories and approx 9000 items.
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That would not be so bad. I'm still setting things up and I currently have five categories. I suspect that number would not exceed 10, 20 Max. The detail comes in the number of size and color options within each and every item.

The confusion is that ecwid has code written for some of the basic ways to accomplish this within their platform, which of course is the ideal way of doing this. Unfortunately for some reason I can't get that code to work. I have seen in done on other sites using ecwid but after speaking with the owners of those sites they are telling me they are using wordpress or similar pages that have already created the ability to easily do that within their site. After just thinking that outloud... I'm thinking I might need to do something on the back end of Yola rather than Ecwid. Something within the code of the page. A feature that is not an option within the simple "widget" design of Yola.

Ps. Do you mind shareing the URL of the page you set up using the vertical menu you described above? I would like to take a deeper look into that option as well.
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I haven't done a vertical menu but rather a horizontal menu for my current showcase site . The principle is almost identical.

Have a look at http://davidsorchids.yolasite.com/spe.... here there is currently 5 categories with 300 odd products. You will only see 4 categories on any active store page as I remove the current category.

To see the intro menu with 5 categories look at: http://davidsorchids.yolasite.com/orc...

The first level intro menu is one step back again at : http://davidsorchids.yolasite.com/pro... but only the orchid option is active.

Finally there is a wholesale list not on the store facility due to issues like PayPal risks for wholesale, but rather a vertical list of products for display and selection. A catalogue really.
http://davidsorchids.yolasite.com/who...
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I think I would also have to do this for the submenus.
My shop is still in design phases but this is what I have thus far. I will post the right menu bar I'm working on now to give you idea of what I have in mind. Please know that this is a work in progress...

www.woitasacres.com/shop
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Thanks Bonnie. never apologise for where a site is at. It's always a perpetual work in progress :)

I'll have a look now.
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OK. I undersatnad that it's a work in progress and you re moving well.

So you don't or do want the categories in the thumbnails published on your site?
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The thumbnails are fine. What I want is the menu bar on the right side to populate on all screens. I don't like the existing small textural links on the top of the widget that ecwid provides. I have found code that actually works to remove that text but by doing so I would need a menu to get to those additional pages.

I found this site that also uses ecwid and I love how he has the menu shown. Unfortunately he uses wordpress and those features are implimented very differently than they are with Yola.

http://www.palminteractive.com/nanoli...
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easily accomplished with Yola. You can use the individual placement option of the Store for this. The difference between the platforms really doesn't have an effect on this simply the process of doing it.
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The "frame" you would need to find or create for your image but you should be able to find that by a search say "round picture frames for web-site images" or "creating round frames for images with photoshop" or similar.
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http://www.aspexdesign.co.uk/frames.htm

Is one to start you off. :)
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Easily said... my brain hurts after trying to find that "process" for three days now! It should NOT be that difficult. I think with some of these other providers they are able to likely frame the widget itself and then create the column they need. Unfortunately I am not aware of such an option with Yola.
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Nope.. we lost you. I'm not trying to change the photos or thumnails. I'm not trying to duplicate how is product is show but rather just the look and feel of the menu bar on the right of the page. I love the shopping bag at the top, categories in the middle and would prefer the client log-in on the bottom rather than company text.
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OK. Understand you. Once again an easy solution.

Drag the column divider onto you page and in this case build a list of categories as you have done in whatever and place this in the right hand side of the column divider. Your content will be placed in the left hand side.

Sorry about that Bonnie. I focused on the word "Texture" Sorry!

The login could be placed at the bottom as you wish. It would require a bit of CSS and a fair bit of thought but achievable. I guess for the minute you can be confident that this is ale to be achieved. happy to have a go at a solution with you if you wish.
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I've come along way since we spoke last. Check out the site now and let me know what you think.

www.woitasacres.com/shop
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It's great. Well done Bonnie.
I would get rid of the thumbnails as these are a duplicate of your list and will cause confusion to your customers thinking "Ok I need to select from the list but what do I do with the thumbnail?"

The thumbanil space is where you would display your products ideally.