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Must-have and extremely effective extension for your Magento store. Any products of your choice will be animated or statically displayed on the store pages and draw visitors attention enticing them into viewing the product pages. Lots of new options allow you to customize it right to any store while intuitive and clear interface helps you to make it in no time!

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:

  • 3 products attributes, aw_fp_enabledaw_fp_category and aw_fp_description
  • A control panel under system configuration, where you configure the view of your extension
  • A tab under product configuration options, where you can define featured products and enter alternate text for slideshow
  • A template, which should be inserted in the store CMS on one or more pages where you'd like to see your featured products

After the template has been added to a live page and at least one product marked as featured, it would start rolling.

Upgrade

Upgrade from 1.x to 2.0

The upgrade procedure is the same as installation procedure, except that it would overwrite the old files. You should confirm all file overwrite requests. Please note that after the upgrade your extension may not look like the old one. Adjust the look using variety of controlling options in System > Configuration > aheadWorks Extensions > Featured Products

Upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1

Please note, that CMS block format has changed since 2.1.

Open CMS blocks/pages you used to slideshow and replace

with

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.

Upload Files

Step 1

Navigate inside step_1 directory. If you use a different from default theme - be sure to rename step_1/app/design/frontend/default/default and step_1/skin/frontend/default/default folders to your store's values. Using your FTP client upload content of step_1directory to your store root.

Step 2

Navigate inside step_2 directory and upload its content to your store root. Some extensions do not have files in step_2 directory, so just ignore this step.

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.

Now, mark some products as featured by going to Catalog > Manage Products > Edit a product > Featured. Set This product is featured to Yes. If you enter alternative text - it will be displayed in Advanced Slideshow instead of the original.

Finally, place the following code in the place(s) where you want featured products to be:

Use CMS of your store to fulfil this task. Do NOT insert the line in .phtml files directly.

To have more customization options, you can edit the CSS manually.

The CSS is located in skin/frontend/default/default/aw_featuredproducts/css/main.css file.

Troubleshooting

After the extension installation the store gives an error, or blank page, or suggests to start Magento installation procedure.

Change the owner of the extracted extension files to the web server user and set 775 permissions on them. Clear the store cache and try again.

There is no aheadWorks extensions under my configuration section, or having the extension tab clicked I get a blank page, or Access Denied error.

Clear the store cache, browser cookies, logout and login again.

I've set up everything correctly, inserted the HTML code but there is nothing on that page.

Clear the store cache, clear your browser cache and domain cookies and refresh the page.

My configuration changes do not appear on the store.

 Clear the store cache, clear your browser cache and domain cookies and refresh the page.



You can always find the latest version of the software, full documentation, demos, screenshots and reviews at http://ecommerce.aheadworks.com
License agreement: http://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/LICENSE-M1.txt
Copyright © 2013 aheadWorks Co. http://www.aheadworks.com

 

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