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Categories & Microsites - How-to Guide

Tom Williams
by Tom Williams 5 hours ago
 

The Categories & Microsites Menu Tab in Flyerlink is the Control Panel for printing.com, nettlBrandDemand, w3client and w3shop Microsites.

Menu Location: Workgroup > Customers > Categories & Microsites

Important Sections

  • Microsite Pages (Used to build/add/edit w3shop pages)
  • Customers (A lists all customers associated to this Microsite)
  • Available Products (Lists all products available to Customers associated to this Microsite)
  • Apps (Apps are the Menu Tabs shown to the client within their Account Dashboard, such as My Orders and Invoices)
  • Financials (Set your default payment terms/options for all customers assocaited to this Microsite)

Customer Accounts

Customer Account consists of a Main Account Contact and several Additional Contacts who work for the same business.

Each Customer Account is assigned a unique Customer Account Code to differeantiate them from other customers.

The relationship between Customers and Microsites

All Flyerlink Workgroups are set up with a Default Microsite that all customers are assigned to when first created found under Workgroup > Customers > Categories & Microsites > View/Amend

Moving Customers for one Microsite/Category to another

You can move customers to different Categories/Microsites using the dropdown menu under Workgroup > Customers > View/Amend > Nuts & Bolts.

Microsite Settings

my.printing.com

w3shop

w3shop - How-To Guides w3shop - How-To Guides

w3client & BrandDemand Microsites

Main Details

Allowing TemplateCloud Designs or just your products Allowing TemplateCloud Designs or just your products

Financial

Customer credit & payment controls Customer credit & payment controls

Side Menu

Microsite Apps - Choosing your menus Microsite Apps - Choosing your menus

Basket quotes Basket quotes

Product Pricing & Available Products Filter Product Pricing & Available Products Filter

Redirections on w3shops Redirections on w3shops

w3shop product images w3shop product images

Personalising Emails Personalising Emails

Microsite Images

Everything else...

Categories & Microsites - How-to Guide

The Categories & Microsites Menu Tab in Flyerlink is the Control Panel for printing.com, nettlBrandDemand, w3client and w3shop Microsites.

Menu Location: Workgroup > Customers > Categories & Microsites

Important Sections

  • Microsite Pages (Used to build/add/edit w3shop pages)
  • Customers (A lists all customers associated to this Microsite)
  • Available Products (Lists all products available to Customers associated to this Microsite)
  • Apps (Apps are the Menu Tabs shown to the client within their Account Dashboard, such as My Orders and Invoices)
  • Financials (Set your default payment terms/options for all customers assocaited to this Microsite)

Customer Accounts

Customer Account consists of a Main Account Contact and several Additional Contacts who work for the same business.

Each Customer Account is assigned a unique Customer Account Code to differeantiate them from other customers.

The relationship between Customers and Microsites

All Flyerlink Workgroups are set up with a Default Microsite that all customers are assigned to when first created found under Workgroup > Customers > Categories & Microsites > View/Amend

Moving Customers for one Microsite/Category to another

You can move customers to different Categories/Microsites using the dropdown menu under Workgroup > Customers > View/Amend > Nuts & Bolts.

Microsite Settings

w3shop - How-To Guides

This help article contains links to guides that help you make the most of your w3shop. We recommend watching the 6 minute overview before you begin.
These guides MUST be followed exactly. Unfortunately we will not provide any assistance were your w3shop website has been created using Workarounds to achieve an outcome that is not intened or described in the articles below.

w3shop Overview

w3shop First Steps...

1. Select your w3shop Category Workgroup > Customers > Categories & Microsites

2. Under Microsite Style, edit your Theme, Fonts, Colours and upload a personalised website header image.

3. Add common web pages to your w3shop website.

4. Add Google Analytics, Meta Data and Descriptions to each page to help Google to find you.

5. Build your own products to sell online.

6. Cherry pick products you wish to sell from the Marqetspace product range.

7. Add a Payment Gateway to accept online payments.

8. Link your Domain Name to your w3shop website.

How does the cache work on my w3shop?

What is a cache?

A cache is a feature that transparently stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster.

Your w3shop uses a number of caches to make it work as fast as possible. These include a price cache, a voucher cache, an image cache and an html cache.

If you sell designer templates, we automatically scan your w3shop six times each day to look for products which are suitable for templates. If you don't have, say, an A6 double-sided product, then we won't show any designs which are that size. Create a product, and later that day, matching designs will show up.

Why are you telling me this?

The vast majority of support queries we receive relate to changes not yet showing. If you've recently updated your products, please wait one hour before reporting missing products, missing images or incorrect prices.

What's the alternative to a cache?

We could just run queries 'live' and load images every time. If you've ever tried to compare flight prices or car insurance quotes, you'll probably have seen a "please wait while we search" message - this is an example of a database query being run live.

If we did that, your w3shop would run very slowly indeed. Instead, we pre-calculate certain things and then serve the 'saved' version to your visitors. This technique is used by many ecommerce sites.

If you're used to editing a blog or a static website, then this concept will be new to you. However, if you've build an ecommerce site or sold via third party sites, you'll know that changes don't appear 'instantly'.

What's the downsides of a cache?

Since the page might have been saved a little while ago, there could be a delay of up to one hour before changes you make to your w3shop become live. That means, if you add products, change prices, replace images, it could be one hour before your site shows them.

You'll notice the cache most strongly on your w3shop Homepage, which can take upto 1 hour to update with new text.

Why does my site feel slower after I make any changes?

Every time you change your site - adding a product, changing some text or editing images, we need to delete the 'saved' version of your page (or pages, if the change affects many things).

It doesn't matter whether you've drastically changed the page, or just fixed a typo - we need to clear the cached/saved version and create the page again.

This means the next person to view the affected page will trigger a 'redraw' and 'recalculation'. Since that person is probably you, the first time the page is viewed will be the slowest. For the second visitor onwards, the page will feel snappier.

If you make more changes, and save again, you'll be going through this cycle again. So try to make changes in 'batches'.

Why does Flyerzone feel faster than my w3shop?

The more visitors you have, the faster your site will feel. Although that sounds counter-intuitive, the more people that view a page, the less likely they're the first to view it. More visitors mean more people viewing a cached/saved version of the page.

Have you recently changed the way the cache works?

Yes. On 17th February 2014, we upgraded all our caches to run automatically when certain events triggered them. Before then, some caches had to be run manually by administrators.

Choosing a w3shop Theme

A w3shop Theme is  a ‘framework’ or layout to start from. Each theme comes with some basic page layouts which are a ‘starting point’ rather than a blank canvas. Whichever you pick, you can replace text and images with your own, as well as change colours and fonts.

Certain complex pages are the same on all themes, like Design Search pages, product filters, the basket and checkout pages.

We have provided 5 themes: Delicious Metro, Minimal Regular, and Zone Red, Zone Clean and Cumulus.

We strongly recommend using Cumulus, our only responsive theme.
Cumulus is the most flexible theme, with the greatest number of page layout options, and it is responsive on mobile and tablet devices.

You can see an active demo of Cumulus on http://lish.io
Check out the pages underneath the About Us menu to view the different default page layouts available.

The Cumulus theme: