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    Posted: 15-January-2014 at 3:41pm
Message Center / section.
For other than sales / product information.
Could be called PR feed.

An area for the store manages to display messages:
Such as:
12-25-2013 - Merry Christmas - our webstore remains open but our staff will celebrating the holiday.
1-1-2014 - Happy New Year - our office will be closed.
1-15-2014 - 10pm to 1AM - Website will be closed for 4.7 upgrade .
1-15-2014 - new shipment of surf boards arriving.
2-1-2014 - Order Deadline for July Shipments.

All messages that are useful but don't need a lot of space.
Also the message center could be tied into Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Post once and message could potentially be broadcast to all channels:
- Home Page
- Newsletter
- Email
- Twitter
- Facebook
(checkboxes for broadcast message options)

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Oh and mobile version
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The prefect Home Page - Wish list

0. Multiple home page templates for quick toggles such as holiday pages which can be cloned and scheduled (okay maybe not scheduled but it would be cool).

1. Native Jquery navigation (No more third party referencing, this should be automatic)
 a. GUI to control appearance (Size, color, effects, tiers...)
 b. Toggle switch in "view categories" admin view to add or remove categories to navi
c. Thumbnails optional

2. Slider 100% yes
a. Add fourth image field for both product and categories to toggle usage with slider
b. Slider manager: Width, Height, Speed, Transition, Buttons etc.
c. Slider content manager: Just like content page manager. Add, clone, deactivate, editor, link control, Position...

3. Product showcase carousel manager:
a. Create unlimited showcase carousel: Featured, Recommended, On Sale...
b. Ability to sort, size and position
c. Ability to add/remove products through manager
d. Ability to customize text display such as turning off product name, price, or savings
e. Mouse over effects such as increase size or change background or text color

4. Ad manager - Ability to add advertisement blocks and define them.
a. HTML editor only (for copy and pasting ad such as google adsense)
b. Container control: Size, Z-index, position, link control...

I have added a slider to my homepage using jquery as well a navigation using jquery but it's labor intense and so hard to manage. Updating means I have to relearn what I did before. I think PC should have this built in so I don't have to be a webmaster and instead focus on my business.

http://www.dirtdigits.com



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Thanks to a spam post this mornig on this thread from last year, it came back to my attention. 

Last year we released what I think is a very nice solution here: our Home Page Sliders and Carousels.

It enables one to display any set of Featured, Special, New Arrivals and/or Best Sellers as either sliders (one product at a time using PC's vertical layout -- just like PC's "Product of the Month") or carousels (groups of products displayed at a time in the horizontal layout common on category pages & such) based on the controls PC already has for showing these products on your home page (no need to change anything in the control panel).

It also has a content slider for the main content area at the top of the page (which does not diminish the use of the content field for the home page in the control panel). Here one can build slides using any HTML content using PC's Content Pages (each slide's content control by a child content page).

We also added a top level category grid (pretty much the same thing as viewcategories.asp default display) one might elect to use on their home page as well.

Meanwhile, all "out of the box" PC options for one's homepage are still readily available. The combinations of what can be done are nearly endless.

You can check it out here:

I can't think of a more comprehensive, easier way to provide so many options to quickly and affordably give one's PC home page these cool features that are so common in contemporary site design.


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We put a slider on www.sndkids.com.  IIRC it reads the products marked as "featured" in the admin.  We could do that for other clients who might need a similar mod.
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Hi Matt, we have not worked on this yet. Many ProductCart customers asked us to prioritize other projects.

There are many stores, however, that have implemented sliders on the home page. Since jQuery is built into ProductCart, you can rather easily introduce a jQuery-based slider. There are many.

For example, take AzarDisplays, a ProductCart-powered store with a slider on the home page: they appear to be using a slider called "Anythingslider".
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I was wondering whether EI were still looking to make changes to Productcart's standard Home Page features ?
I was looking to spruce up my site with an image slider and notice that this was one of the main topics of conversation in this thread of last summer ?
 
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If I get back in developing for clients (right now I'm taking time off to do my own project) I know they would want a simple built-in slider feature (until that trend dies out at least) and be able to turn home page boxes on/off easily.

While not just specific to the home page, I've noticed people mentioning RSS integration, and I'd love to see that built in.

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EasySlider is a great slider and easy to implement. It uses image files for the slides, but you could probably use HTML. I've used image maps to achieve multiple links on one slide. You can see it comes built in with this theme:

http://www.hellothemes.com/demo/?theme=hellominty

*edit*

Tested, hmtl works fine in the slides. It uses javascript + css

http://cssglobe.com/post/5780/easy-slider-17-numeric-navigation-jquery-slider

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More on the slider:
 
Staples, Dell and Office Depot are all using Flash for their sliders.
 
If it's going to be manageable on the home page it will need to be coded in a way to allow the image selection from the control or the html editor.
 
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