ELEMENTS of the Front Page

The FRONT PAGE (index.html) is the most flexible of the Yahoo! Store basic templates. The property PAGE-ELEMENTS determines which ELEMENTS you want to use on your FRONT PAGE, as well as the position they occupy on the page. You may use one ELEMENT or all of them in any order you wish.

The ELEMENTS of the FRONT PAGE are: Intro-Text, Name, Image, Buttons, Message, Specials, Contents, Final-Text, Search, & Address



How to change the PAGE-ELEMENTS field

To make any changes to your front page's PAGE-ELEMENTS,
  1. Click the EDIT button on the FRONT PAGE,
  2. then click the PAGE-ELEMENTS CHANGE button.
  3. Make your changes,
  4. click UPDATE which takes you back to the EDIT page.
  5. If you want to save your changes, click UPDATE and the changes to your FRONT PAGE have been made.

CONTENTS (Front Page Element)

The CONTENTS field shows all of the OBJECTS that are contained on the front page. You can have sections, items, or links in the contents field

ADVANCED:This is the TOP-LEVEL of your Yahoo! Store. If you call the CONTENTS in the NAV-BAR, then whatever OBJECTS are in the CONTENTS field will show up on your NAV-BAR in the order that they appear in this field.

SPECIALS (Front Page Element)

The SPECIALS field shows all of the OBJECTS codes for items that you have selected to be featured on the front page by using the SPECIAL button on each item or section.

TRICK: You can also manually cut and paste the object codes in this field for faster manipulation of the order of these items.

INTRO-TEXT (Front Page Element)

This is a simple caption field. You can place regular html in this field as well as text.

Separate paragraphs with a blank line. This generates two BR tags.

IMAGE (FRONT PAGE Element)

The IMAGE allows you to upload a JPEG or GIF as a featured image. I recommend loading a JPEG of a product photo that is about half the width of your homepage. This way, you can select the LEFT constraint which allows the MESSAGE field to wrap around the image.

The height and width of the image are determined by the IMAGE-HEIGHT and IMAGE-WIDTH settings under VARIABLES.

Remember, the IMAGE will load almost twice as fast if you resize your JPEG to the size constraints you set under VARIABLES.

If the IMAGE-HEIGHT and the IMAGE-WIDTH are set to 250 (pixels) and you have a 300x300 pixel JPEG, the Yahoo! Store software will redraw the IMAGE as a GIF file at the 250x250 pixel resolution. Usually this image will take twice as long to load as a JPEG of the same size, and it will look kind of funky, too, with the dithering that the file conversion software does.

BUTTONS  (Front Page Element)

If you use TOP-BUTTONS, this determines where the buttons go in the order of the page.

MESSAGE (Front Page Element)

This is a simple caption field. You can place regular html in this field as well as text.

Separate paragraphs with a blank line. This generates two BR tags.

FINAL-TEXT (Front Page Element)

This calls the FINAL-TEXT field. To edit this field click on VARIABLES on your EDIT NAV-BAR.

This field is a BIG-TEXT style field that can contain text or simple html and shows up at the bottom of your ITEM and SECTION pages.

SEARCH  (Front Page Element)

This element puts a search bar centered in the middle of the FRONT PAGE. I use this to separate elements as well as allow users to see that the site has SEARCH capability.



TRICK - Calling SEARCH form with html



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