Introduction to Setting up a Storefront

Once the catalog is populated, you need a way to display its contents to buyers, along with an interface for placing orders. If you choose not to use an Accelerator such as Breccia, you must set this up manually.

Here are the components you need:

  • Product landing pages

  • Product category landing pages

  • A shopping cart

  • A checkout page

  • A search page

  • A compare products page

The product and product category landing pages are described in Displaying Product Pages and Displaying Category Pages.

Shopping Cart

The product detail widget (see Displaying Product Pages) lets users add products to the cart, but it doesn’t make the cart visible. A cart widget does that.

There are three separate cart widgets, each with its own uses. They can be found at the Add MenuWidgetsCommerce.

The Commerce Cart Content widget displays the cart’s current contents. It includes controls to change the quantity of the products it holds, or to delete them entirely.

The Commerce Cart Content Total widget displays the total price of all items in the cart, including a checkout button. It doesn’t list the cart’s contents.

The Commerce Cart Content Mini displays the cart’s contents and includes a checkout button, but has no controls to edit its content. Instead, it displays an Edit Cart button that links to the Commerce Cart Content widget. Because of this link, the Content Mini widget can’t function without a page containing a Cart Content widget.

Follow these steps to set up a cart:

  1. Create a page.

  2. Go to Add MenuWidgetsCommerce and add Commerce Cart Content and Commerce Cart Content Total widgets to the page. This is your main shopping cart page.

  3. On other suitable pages, such as product and category pages, add the more compact Commerce Cart Content Mini, which provides quick reference to the cart as well as a link to the main cart page.

Checkout

The purchase process is handled by a Commerce Checkout widget. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a page.

  2. Go to the Add MenuWidgetsCommerce and add a Commerce Checkout Widget to the page.

Without any further configuration, the Checkout widget features a four-step process: users are prompted to enter a shipping address, a billing address, an order summary, and finally an order confirmation. When you configure Shipping Methods and Payment Methods, additional steps are added automatically to the checkout portlet’s process, prompting users to select one of each.

The Commerce Search Results widget displays a product list resulting from search. There are two ways to populate search results with products: by clicking on a link in a Commerce Category Navigation widget, or by entering search terms in a Search Bar widget.

Category Navigation

Category navigation always searches by category. When a user clicks on a link in the navigation widget, the appropriate category page is displayed. If there is a search results portlet on that page, it shows the products assigned to that category. See Displaying Category Pages for details.

In contrast, a search bar takes entered search terms and displays appropriate products in the results widget. See Configuring Search for details on how to set up the search bar. Keep in mind that those instructions assume the use of the standard search results widget. To search the catalog for products, you must use the Commerce search results widget instead, but the process is otherwise the same.

Search Facets

Regardless of whether users click on links to categories or type keywords into a search bar, they need a way to filter their results. Search facet widgets make this possible.

The two facet widgets that filter the catalog are Specification Option Facets and Option Facets, both of which are in Add MenuWidgetsCommerce. Place either widget onto a page that also contains a search results portlet to filter results by specification or option, respectively.

Compare Products

The product comparison feature displays the details of multiple products on a single page. Follow these steps to enable this feature:

  1. Create a page.

  2. Go to Add MenuWidgetsCommerce and add a Compare Products widget to the page.

  3. Go to your product page and add a Compare Products Mini widget to the page.

When a user clicks on the Compare box in the Product Detail widget, the product is saved to compare and displayed in the Compare Products Mini widget. When a users clicks on the Compare button in the mini widget, the page with the Compare Products widget appears, showing all products that have been selected for comparison.

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