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Save your time and boost your sales with Featured products for Magento!

Features

New features in the last version

  • One product can be added more to one category.
  • Option to display product in slideshow only on main page is added.
  • Warning message is shown if no products were found.
  • Ability to use custom image instead of the product image.

Other features

  • New display type - Slider.
  • Flexible system of displaying product information - you choose what, where and how to display.
  • Customizable positioning and layout.
  • More slideshow and slider behavior control.
  • All sizes can be re-defined from the configuration panel.
  • Less CPU-consuming and smoother animation.
  • CSS in a separate .css file - customize it in the way you need.
  • Ready to use CSS presets in the package.
  • Localization-ready.
  • Easy copy-and-run installation.
  • Fully customizable look - just edit a simple CSS to change any colors, objects placement and size, round corners etc.
  • New attractive Advance Slideshow display type.
  • 5 types of displaying - Advanced Slideshow, Compact Slideshow with or w/o bottom text, Simple Row with or w/o bottom text.
  • Tooltip option.
  • Control panel for the quick setup of the extension.
  • Alternative product text.
  • Smooth JavaScript animation.
  • 100% pure JavaScript and CSS, no flash or other embedded content, so your featured products won't be blocked.
  • No side libraries, all code is custom and very compact.
  • Different styles of the product buttons: numerical or the product thumbnail.
  • Set the featured products to be displayed in current category.
  • Automation options: display last added X products or random X products.
  • Restrict the automation to the current category.

How it works

The extension adds:

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Now you can safely remove old template, placed at your-skin-dir/template/catalog/product/aw_featured_products.phtml. This is not necessary step but it may be useful to keep the skin clean.

Installation

Clear the store cache under var/cache and all cookies for your store domain. Disable compilation for Magento 1.4+. This step eliminates almost all potential problems. It's necessary since Magento uses cache heavily.

Backup Your Data

Backup your store database and web directory.

Download and Extract

Download and unzip extension contents on your computer and navigate inside the extracted folder.

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Step 1

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1. Backup your web directory and store database.

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You can make backup copies with any tool you find appropriate

If you are going to use the native Magento backup function, navigate to System -> Tools -> Backups and perform System and Database backups

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 2. Log in to the Magento backend

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 3. Disable compilation

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Navigate to System -> Tools -> Compilation.

If Compiler status is Disabled, you can skip to the next step

If Compiler is enabled, disable it.

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IMPORTANT: after the extension is installed, you can enable the compilation again; IT IS CRUCIAL that you use "Run Compilation Process" function, not just "Enable button"

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Warning

Installing an extension with the Compilation enabled will result in store downtime.

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 4. Flush store cache

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You can flush the store cache in 2 ways:

  • via the backend:

Navigate to System -> Cache Management menu, and click Flush Magento Cache button

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  • via filesystem:

On your server, navigate to Magento root folder, then proceed to /var/cache/; delete all the content there.

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 5. Download the extension package from your account and extract the downloaded archive

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 6. Copy the content of /Step_1/ folder to your store's root directory

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In case you are using a custom theme, it is recommended to copy the design files to your current theme's folders. In case there are several themes in use at the same store, the design files must be copied to each of them.

  • Find this folder in the package: /step_1/app/design/frontend/

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  • base/default/ ; copy its content to /app/design/frontend/[your_package]/[your_theme]/
  • Find this folder in the package: /step_1/skin/frontend/base/default/

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Step 2

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  • ; copy its content to /skin/frontend/[your_package]/[your_theme]/
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 7. Copy the content of /Step_2/ folder to your store's root directory

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 8. Flush store cache again; log out from the backend and log in again.

Configuration

To configure the extension navigate to System > Configuration > aheadWorks Extensions > Featured Products. Here you can play with different options and look how does it fit your store.

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