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Item layouts

The new Ceres online store

As of now, online store projects are based on the new online store plugin Ceres. The Ceres store uses the latest and future-proof plugin technology. Ceres can be customised easily and extended by additional plugins from the plentyMarketplace.

Online stores that have been created on the basis of the old CMS will be maintained during the transition period. However, no new features will be developed for the old CMS. We recommend to use the new Ceres online store for all future online store projects.

In the System » Client » Select client » Item layouts » Settings menu, you configure how items are displayed in the online store. You also select options for checking and displaying attributes and attribute values. You also select settings for checking the attribute availability. This check can either be done via the server or the client. The client check will ensure that only variations are shown that are currently in stock.

1. Carrying out the basic settings

Proceed as described below to configure the basic settings.

Carrying out the basic settings:

  1. Go to System » Client » Select client » Item layouts » Settings.

  2. Pay attention to the explanations given in Table 1 and carry out the settings.

  3. Save the settings.

Table 1. Options in the store item layouts menu
Setting Explanation

Item display

Select one of the options for item display: Always display or Display only after login.

Item name

Select which item name is to be used in the order process: Name 1, name 2 or name 3. This setting is relevant to the order process only. It does not have an influence on the item and category layouts in the online store.

Attribute availability

Select whether an individual variation’s availability should be checked and displayed when the very last attribute value has been selected.
No check = The availability will not be checked.
Server check = If an item has multiple attributes, e.g. size and color, then customers have to select a value for each attribute before the variation’s availability can be checked. The availability will not be checked until the very last attribute has been selected in the order process. However, if only the last attribute is selected or if the selected variation does not have sufficient stock, customers will get an error message.
In order for the availability to be checked, the last attribute has to be selected from the drop-down list. If images are displayed for the attribute values, then the availability will not be checked. If you do not want attribute images to be displayed, then go to System » Item » Attributes and make sure that you choose Select with a drop-down list for the Attribute selection in the store option.
Client check = Customers only can select those variations that are purchasable.
If an item only has one attribute, e.g. shoes that are available in different sizes but not in different colors, customers will only see those variations that are available at the time. If an item has 2 or more attributes, then any combinations that are currently unavailable will be grayed out. This lets customers see the combination but prevents them from selecting it.
The client check adjusts both the images and the availability (estimated shipping date). In order for the availability to be adjusted, the template variables $AvailabilityIcon and $AvailabilityString have to be inserted. If the template variable $PriceDynamic is used, then the price will be adjusted dynamically as well. This option only works in the item’s detailed layout (ItemViewSingleItem). If the client setting is chosen, then the attribute availability will be updated hourly.

Attribute selection default value

Determine how the last attribute in the order process should be selected.
First attribute value = The attribute value with the lowest attribute value ID listed in the drop-down list is selected by default and can be changed by the customer.
Option "please select" = No value is selected by default. Rather, the text please select lets customers know that they have to make a selection.
*Tip*: You can modify the error message text Invalid selection in the System » Client » Settings » Languages. Open the drop-down list Notes and edit the note No. 42.

Sorting of item categories level 1 and level 2

Select how the items are to be sorted on the first and second category level, i.e. how the items are to be displayed in the online store if customers click on a category on the first or second level.
After making changes to the way that items are sorted on the first and second category level, go to System » Item » Categories and save any category once in order to regenerate the cache.

Automatically sort by monthly sales

Select whether you want to automatically sort variations by monthly sales.

2. CSS

Use CSS to modify how the features described here are displayed. For further information and a code example, refer to the Displaying item variations dynamically best practice page of the manual.

3. Item units

In this menu, you can select whether or not you want to use decimal places for each of the individual item units. You can assign an item unit to each one of your items. This is done in the Settings tab of a variation.

4. Settings

The most logical setting is selected by default for every item unit. For example, it is not common to use decimal places when working with milligrams, but it is common for kilograms.

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Figure 1. configuring the decimal place options for item units

Select the most appropriate setting for every item unit and click on the save icon to save the settings.

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