Breccia

The Breccia Accelerator adopts the site model used by most major retailers. Its home page enables searching for individual products, while a series of links connect to product category pages. Familiar cart and checkout features are also included. Breccia gives you a ready-made theme, a complete set of customer-facing pages, a sample catalog divided into basic categories, and populated country and currency lists.

Theme

Several functions are embedded in the Breccia theme, including a search bar and several links. Users can access the site’s catalog, their personal accounts, or their virtual carts. In addition to the search bar, the Explore Products menu shows product categories from any page on the site.

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Figure 1: The Breccia theme models a basic site that prioritizes ease of navigation.

For more on navigating store sites, see Setting up a Storefront.

Pages

Running the Breccia Accelerator creates several pages and places various applications—furnished with appropriate display templates—on them. To see Breccia’s pages, go to Site MenuBuildPages.

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Figure 2: To see a page’s layout and widgets, click optionsView.

In general, these pages work as described in Setting up a Storefront. The site’s Catalog page, however, is a little different. The page contains a category detail widget, so it is the target of all the links in the site’s category navigation widgets (as well those in the embedded Explore Products menu). When a user selects a category from one of those links, she is directed to the Catalog page, which displays content appropriate to the selected category.

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Figure 3: The Catalog page takes whatever shape is called for by the displayed products.

The Catalog page can also be accessed from the embedded link at the top of every page. In this case, however, there is no option to filter results by category. As a result, the category detail widget remains invisible, and the search results widget displays all products in the site’s catalog.

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Figure 4: Search results can be filtered using the facets widgets to the left of the page.

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Keep in mind that there is no option to sort products by category in this case. However, you can offer that functionality by dropping a category facets widget onto the page.

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Figure 5: Category facets still appear—displaying a single option—even when the Catalog page is only used to display a single category.

Catalog

Not to be confused with Breccia’s catalog page—a display page for customers—is the site’s actual catalog, which stores data on its products. Breccia’s catalog includes a range of sample products divided into a handful of categories; these products have been assigned options, specifications, images, and SKUs.

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Figure 6: Of course, sample products are no help if you’re setting up a live store—but they can save you a lot of time if you’re working to understand the functionality described in Catalog Management

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Settings

Breccia populates some of the fields in Site MenuCommerceSettings.

Countries: Breccia populates the countries list in SettingsCountries tab. With the exception of the US and Italy, regions lists are not populated. See Countries for more details.

Currencies: The currency list in SettingsCurrencies tab is populated with several of the world’s most widely-used currencies. See Currencies for information on updating exchange rates and other details.

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