Products ApplicationLast updated 11.03.22
The Product Application is a powerful database of product names, photos and related information that appears in the Featured Product Widget and the Product Category page type.
For an example of a robust product catalog, visit https://www.ourcoop.com/livestock/feed-products.
How to access the Product Application
From the Atlas Kentico main dashboard open the Application List by clicking on the white sun icon on orange on the upper left. From here, shortcut to the Products application by typing “Products” in the search applications field. Click on “Products” to open application.
Getting Started with a Product Catalog
The creation of a catalog requires data be added to the Product Application in the form of product properties and pre-built product page types added to the Pages Application for the products to display in the website.
The Product Application in Atlas is a non-ecommerce catalog for the presentation of detailed product data. This can be as simple as a few products to feature occasionally or as large and complex as needed. The first step is planning out what the catalog needs to be. Are you featuring all one root category of product such as feed? Or will there be other categories such as clothing or machinery? What parent categories will be needed? What kinds of sub-categories within the parent categories will be useful to allow your visitors to narrow down the product type or form?
You can imagine the categories as a pyramid with the root category at the top, parent categories spread out at the next level beneath it, then product types under each parent category.
Atlas - Master Category Page Type
To construct the catalog in the Pages Application, begin with the top-level Atlas - Master Category Page Type. It works well as the home page of the product catalog. It contains large photos and clickable links to each of the parent categories and has an expandable left product navigation automatically generated by the Product Application.
Atlas - Product Category Page Type
This page type displays a listing of all products that fall under a product category. The products include an image, title and product form text, and are clickable to their individual Product Page Type. It also has an expandable left product navigation automatically generated by the Product Application.
Atlas - Product Page Type
Each product needs this page type as a product detail page. It focuses on one product and automatically includes all the data related to the product. It also has an expandable left product navigation automatically generated by the Product Application.
|Item Code (Required)||Each product needs an individual code of text and/or numbers to work properly. This could be an invented code, an internal code or a manufacturer’s code.|
|Name (Required)||Descriptive product name in text which will appear as the header in various product widgets.|
|Detail||Paragraph of more of descriptive text which will appear on the Atlas – Product Page Type (a product detail page featuring one product)|
|Select Category||List of product categories presented with checkboxes from Product Category Properties section of this application. Multiple categories can be selected. If no categories are selected, the product will not appear in the site.|
|Product Type||Product type is a useful way to create a subgroup of a product. For example, new versus used. Like many elements of the product properties, it is dependent on the products being featured and the customer need.|
|Product Form||For example, bagged feed versus block feed. Will automatically be a clickable link in the Atlas - Product Category Page Type|
|Product Animal/Other||Descriptive text appearing on the product detail page|
|Image||Select product image from the Media Library Application|
|Image Title||The title attribute on an image adds a tooltip with title text to the image. Hovering the mouse over the image will display the tooltip. Optional but recommended.|
|Image Alt Text||This attribute provides alternative information for an image if a user for some reason cannot view it (because of slow connection, an error, or if the user uses a screen reader). Optional but recommended.|
|Image Description||Provides description for image.|
|Show on Live Site||Checkbox to show or hide product on live site|
|Bulk Option Available||Checkbox to show or hide the Bulk Option Available text on the Atlas – Product Page Type|
|Redirection Link Button Text:||This optional button could serve as a link to a manufacturer’s product PDF, to an MSDS or whatever is needed. The button text should reflect its purpose. It will appear on the detail page - the Atlas - Product Page Type.|
|Redirection Link Button URL:||Add URL directing to a document in the Media Library Application or a full URL on the internet|
|Page Redirection URL:||This optional button could serve as a link to a manufacturer’s product PDF, to an MSDS or whatever is needed. |