Need help with template design possible design job

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Need help with template design possible design job

Postby Steve » Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:01 am

I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating the
templates to match our site. I would also like to take this time to fix
up and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can find someone who
know about shopsite and making templats? Any time I post at forums or
the rentacoder sites all I get are people wanting to redesign the site.
I already have a new site design I like. I just want o make shopsite
match. Apparently this is a very hard concept for some people.

Thanks,
Steve
 

Re: Need help with template design possible design job

Postby Jim » Mon Jun 27, 2005 10:26 am

Steve,
See the topic "fastest way to get a design layout into shopsite?"
from a few days ago. It gives some basic starting steps.
Post a link to your sample page so we can see what the layout is and
maybe we can give you some pointers.

Jim

Steve wrote:
I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating the
templates to match our site. I would also like to take this time to fix
up and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can find someone who
know about shopsite and making templats? Any time I post at forums or
the rentacoder sites all I get are people wanting to redesign the site.
I already have a new site design I like. I just want o make shopsite
match. Apparently this is a very hard concept for some people.

Thanks,
Jim
 

Re: Need help with template design possible design job

Postby Steve » Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:43 pm

Here is my current shop:
http://www.strokersdallas.com/store/

I had the main site layout recoded into a cleaner xhtml file and want to
update the shop. At the same time maybe polish up the site a little.

Jim wrote:
Steve,
See the topic "fastest way to get a design layout into shopsite?"
from a few days ago. It gives some basic starting steps.
Post a link to your sample page so we can see what the layout is and
maybe we can give you some pointers.

Jim

Steve wrote:

I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating
the templates to match our site. I would also like to take this time
to fix up and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can find
someone who know about shopsite and making templats? Any time I post
at forums or the rentacoder sites all I get are people wanting to
redesign the site. I already have a new site design I like. I just
want o make shopsite match. Apparently this is a very hard concept
for some people.

Thanks,
Steve
 

Re: Need help with template design possible design job

Postby Rodney Blackwell » Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:40 pm

If you just want to pay the money and have someone do everything for you,
shopsite has a few "shopsite certified designers" posted on their site here:
http://www.shopsite.com/csd.html

If you are the do-it-yourself type or if you want to save some money, then
the tips that Jim posted may save you anywhere from a few hundred to a few
thousand bucks.

I was initially the former, but once I grasped how shopsite does things, I
decided to take on the customizations myself and it's working out pretty
well. Only a few more all-nighters and I'll have my shopsite redesign all
done :)

--
Rodney

"Steve" <steveb@strokersdallas.com> wrote in message
news:d9p7sg$sa9$1@eval.shopsite.com...
I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating the
templates to match our site. I would also like to take this time to fix up
and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can find someone who know
about shopsite and making templats? Any time I post at forums or the
rentacoder sites all I get are people wanting to redesign the site. I
already have a new site design I like. I just want o make shopsite match.
Apparently this is a very hard concept for some people.

Thanks,
Rodney Blackwell
 

Re: Need help with template design possible design job

Postby jim » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:09 pm

I see you are posting more advanced questions so you may not need help
on this now but here is a basic breakdown of the page.
It looks like you have a nice banner section across the top of the page.
Some Links to other pages on the left side, The page name is under
the top graphic and under that are more links to someother pages. Under
those links are your products.

You need to decide where you are going to place the page information in
ShopSite and then use the appropriate custom template tags to put the
information in your template. Here are some examples;
You could put the top banner in the store Header section if it will
be on all pages or you could include the code for it in the template
itself. To get the content of the header into the page you simply use
the tag [-- HEADER --]
If the links on the left are going to be on all pages and don't
change you could again include them in the template or create an
"include" file containing the links and then just use the tag
[-- include <filename> --] where you want them.
For the page name you would use the tag [-- Page.name --]
The links under the page name look like they might change depending on
what page they are on. For those you would probably want to use the
[-- loop Links --] [-- link --] [-- end_loop links --] syntax.
Where you have the products you simply put a
[-- loop products --] [-- product --] [-- end_loop products --]

Your page appears to be laid out in a table with sub tables as needed.
You would simply replace the content of your table with the appropriate
custom template tag to put the information in the appropriate place.
There are some simple examples on the ShopSite help pages. You can also
look at the custom templates (rounded, stained glass, tabbed )that ship
with ShopSite to see how to do different thing. Because of the numerous
configuration options available in ShopSite and because our templates
need to take advantage of all the options the included templates are
much more complicated than most people really need but they can give you
lots of ideas on how to do things.

Hope that helps.

Jim

Steve wrote:
Here is my current shop:
http://www.strokersdallas.com/store/

I had the main site layout recoded into a cleaner xhtml file and want to
update the shop. At the same time maybe polish up the site a little.

Jim wrote:

Steve,
See the topic "fastest way to get a design layout into shopsite?"
from a few days ago. It gives some basic starting steps.
Post a link to your sample page so we can see what the layout is and
maybe we can give you some pointers.

Jim

Steve wrote:

I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating
the templates to match our site. I would also like to take this time
to fix up and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can find
someone who know about shopsite and making templats? Any time I post
at forums or the rentacoder sites all I get are people wanting to
redesign the site. I already have a new site design I like. I just
want o make shopsite match. Apparently this is a very hard concept
for some people.

Thanks,
jim
 

Re: Need help with template design possible design job

Postby jim » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:23 pm

I forgot to mention that for your shirt products with various sizes,
colors and prices use Order Options found in the Edit Product Info
screen. Order Option Pricing is easy to setup and allows the shopper to
select the size, color etc and have the price adjusted automatically
(Pro stores only) It is really easy to setup you just enter something
like this:

Select Size;n
Small
Medium
Large
Extra large
XX Large;+1
- Large;+2

Select Color;n
Black
Red
Pink

When the product is displayed the options will display in two pulldown
lists titled Select Size and Select Color with the various options
displayed in the list. When they select one of the options if the price
has a ;+# that much will be added to the base product price.

Jim

jim wrote:
I see you are posting more advanced questions so you may not need help
on this now but here is a basic breakdown of the page.
It looks like you have a nice banner section across the top of the page.
Some Links to other pages on the left side, The page name is under the
top graphic and under that are more links to someother pages. Under
those links are your products.

You need to decide where you are going to place the page information in
ShopSite and then use the appropriate custom template tags to put the
information in your template. Here are some examples;
You could put the top banner in the store Header section if it will
be on all pages or you could include the code for it in the template
itself. To get the content of the header into the page you simply use
the tag [-- HEADER --]
If the links on the left are going to be on all pages and don't
change you could again include them in the template or create an
"include" file containing the links and then just use the tag
[-- include <filename> --] where you want them.
For the page name you would use the tag [-- Page.name --]
The links under the page name look like they might change depending on
what page they are on. For those you would probably want to use the
[-- loop Links --] [-- link --] [-- end_loop links --] syntax.
Where you have the products you simply put a
[-- loop products --] [-- product --] [-- end_loop products --]

Your page appears to be laid out in a table with sub tables as needed.
You would simply replace the content of your table with the appropriate
custom template tag to put the information in the appropriate place.
There are some simple examples on the ShopSite help pages. You can also
look at the custom templates (rounded, stained glass, tabbed )that ship
with ShopSite to see how to do different thing. Because of the numerous
configuration options available in ShopSite and because our templates
need to take advantage of all the options the included templates are
much more complicated than most people really need but they can give you
lots of ideas on how to do things.

Hope that helps.

Jim

Steve wrote:

Here is my current shop:
http://www.strokersdallas.com/store/

I had the main site layout recoded into a cleaner xhtml file and want
to update the shop. At the same time maybe polish up the site a little.

Jim wrote:

Steve,
See the topic "fastest way to get a design layout into shopsite?"
from a few days ago. It gives some basic starting steps.
Post a link to your sample page so we can see what the layout is and
maybe we can give you some pointers.

Jim

Steve wrote:

I am in the process of updating our site and need help with updating
the templates to match our site. I would also like to take this
time to fix up and polish the cart a little. Any ideas were I can
find someone who know about shopsite and making templats? Any time
I post at forums or the rentacoder sites all I get are people
wanting to redesign the site. I already have a new site design I
like. I just want o make shopsite match. Apparently this is a very
hard concept for some people.

Thanks,
jim
 


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