Developer News #3/19

Build websites only with board tools

With the help of the Content/Contentmenu components it is easy for customers to prepare a simple set of pages to maintain their own content. Of course such a site focuses a little on the online shop 😉 but other tools like a CMS system can be saved.

Contents are stored in the content area – only the short name of the post has to follow a certain pattern to appear in the navigation. Post pages can also be used in the navigation (to be set in the PCG) as before.

In the standard template, the fastest way to go live with a shop, the corresponding components are already provided in the upper area and appear automatically if posts are available.

Posts can be written with the built-in HTML editor or in Wiki syntax. The WebDesigner also keeps a little more influence over the style of the articles written by the customer.

Besides, text modules can be used in another post as variables.

Images proxy

Images in the shop are usually delivered via the built-in proxy. This mainly catches too large images, wrong data and image formats of the stored images.

Now you can – via the configuration of the components – also scale individual dimensions, e.g. using wide narrow banners in the header area of the articles.

More display options

In some places further data elements are provided, e.g. the basic prices in the list view, information about blocked orders or indications for picture errors or article notes. Usually these parts are built in as non-intrusively as possible to avoid interfering with designs. In the standard template, all new features are always included first.

Individual designs therefore sometimes have to be corrected manually. Maybe you have to look into the Trello every now and then.

New online shop with standard template

The standard template for the online shops of model Shop2016 is now available. Similar to the previous Amperhof model, it is easy to integrate into websites, but now uses modern technologies and is responsive, adaptative to different screen sizes. In addition, customers benefit from a multitude of new functions.

Although the configuration of the components in the web pages – unlike an individually built shop – cannot be changed, the style (colours etc.) can be customized by web designers. For ambitious users there is also a style editor, so it’s possible to make your first attempts at the design.

The conversion from the previously used standard template is already possible in a few hours.  The new possibilities of the article display and the menu control need some training, (By now, only in German) Information about different shop models is available and about the standard template Shop2016. We have prepared instructions (after login) for users and web designers and are happy to support you with the change.


Use a Staging System!

More and more users are building on the web pages and generally on the design. The question arises how to try without affecting the current shop.
There were already some tools for the WebDesigner to do this. With a so-called “staging” system, this is now easier to accomplish, especially if the structure of the data is to be changed on a test basis.

Such a system can be requested once with costs of installation. From this point on it can be filled with “snapshots” of the database. The data is made anonymous. Now you can change settings or place orders – without affecting operation.
If the system is no longer needed, it can be suspended and does not cost a monthly fee anymore.