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Yahoo Store Editing: HOW TO


The Contents Page: more useful functions.

As you already may know (from the Yahoo User Guide), the Contents Tree page is located in the Advanced Toolbar ( a button called “Contents”), and it includes important advanced store functions:

1) The Contents page is the fastest way to access the store’s RTML Templates (by clicking the “Templates” button).

RTML Templates button

2) The Contents page displays the store structure visually (the store’s Content Tree).

All page IDs listed under the link INDEX are considered as “structured”, or included in the store structure.

Below the structured page IDs there is a white gap (white spot), which separates the “Structured” area from the “Basement”, a special location that holds non-structured pages.

Yahoo store contents area

Not all pages need to be structured (i.e. special system pages norder, nsearch, ind, etc.), but don’t forget to keep this area maintained on a regular basis. Keep in mind that unstructured pages are not visible in the store Menu table and will not leave behind a “breadcrumbs” link trail.

To “structure” a section page, simply list it within the Content property of the home page (Index). Only list a main section pages to avoid a “Number of Menu Links limitation” reminder.

The “+” sign is located next to a bolded section page link, and opens up to reveal other ID’s (“child” IDs). The section page is a “Parent” for all the pages listed within.

If the page ID has a small button [SHOW PARENTS] from the right side, you could click on it to reveal all parent pages of this page. It is very useful if you have a page listed in multiple categories and need to find out where they are all located.

3) The Contents page has a unique button [NEW]. This is the only place in your editor to manually create store pages with a custom page ID (for instance, keyword-related page ID) and to select a desirable page type from the list (drop-down menu).

4) The Contents page has another special area called “Siberia, which appears after you “CUT” a page.

If you remove your pages from the store structure, they will be put into the “Basement.” They could still be accessible from the published store by direct links; however, the pages that are “Cut” will be sent to “Siberia” (or the Clipboard) and could not be accessed or searched from within your on-line store.

You could use “Siberia”, for example, to store unavailable products if you are planning to use them in the future.

If you end up having a lot of items in Siberia, keep them organized:  create a page called “Unavailable Items”, cut it and then list all the Siberia IDs in the content of this page. From now on, you will only see the link “Unavailable Items” at your Clipboard.

Yahoo Store Clipboard

How to access the store RTML templates list

Use the page’s Editor toolbar:
Click [Templates] or [Page Template] to open the last visited template, then you’ll see the button [Templates] at the top toolbar.

Or Click [Contents], get into the Contents Tree page, then you’ll see the button [Templates] at the top of the page.

RTML Templates button

Reasons to turn ON the Advanced Editor Mode

Click the red triangle in the Standard mode Editor Toolbar.

Yahoo Store Advance Editor Button

A second bar with additional yellow buttons will appear at the page toolbar:

Yahoo Store Advance Editor Mode

Contents
– to control your store structure (Contents Tree), page dependencies, “Basement” and “Siberia” areas.
Files – access to your store library /lib directory
Templates or page template – access to the last viewed store template (also the “shortcut” to templates library)
Types – access to the list of store page types, either default or custom (editable)
Database Upload – another access to DB upload with a wider list of functions comparatively to DB upload via Catalog Manager
Config – access to store properties
Controls – store editor settings, including the store editor Search page and Edit by ID function

Editing of RTML templates

Let’s suppose that you’ve just opened a brand new Yahoo store account. You’re excited and ready to put up your items for sale. But hold on a second. Before you upload the inventory items we insist that you follow these steps to create a list of Editable Templates.

By default RTML templates cannot be edited. To be capable of enhancing these templates, you need to make copies of all your base templates. This is a necessary step because afterwards, these template copies and newly created templates will have the possibility of being altered and edited.

As we have already said, you must make this list of Editable Templates before you upload any items because it will help you avoid the process of changing the templates for each item one by one.

So how does someone create a list of Editable Templates?

The first step you must take is to turn on the Advanced Editor Mode in the Control panel.

Yahoo Store Advance Editor Button

You will now see a second row of control buttons on the bottom of your main page

Yahoo Store Advance Editor Mode

-Click on the tab called “Contents”

-In the contents page, click the yellow button named “Templates

-Once you access this page you will see a list of all the templates.

-Find the template “Storetemplate.” and click to open it.

-Find the “Copy Template” button and click it.

RTML "Storetemplate." Copy Template button

-There will be a field that will appear where you have to type in a name for the new template. An example could be, “New-Storetemplate

-Click the “Copy” button.

Yahoo Store Editor - Template Copy

Congratulations. You have successfully created a List of Editable Templates! To recap, this was made possible through a process of copying the parental template (Storetemplate). Afterward, the RTML system automatically copies subsequent templates on it’s own, and all you need to do is apply this new template to your store pages by editing the store properties. This method will benefit you because you will have fewer pages to edit, and your workload will greatly decrease.

For example, let’s edit the first page of the site (Home page). Open up the Home page and click Edit. Then within the “Template” property change Storetemplate to New-Storetemplate and click on the Update button. Do not worry; the page layout will remain the same, because the new template is the exact copy of the old one.

Finally, all you need to do is apply some changes to the Config page. This is marked by a yellow button called “Config” at the top or bottom of your store pages (depending on the page settings).

Yahoo Store Editor Config Button

When you are in the Config page you must edit three drop-down menus (Default-item-template, Default-section-template, Default-group-template) and change Store-template to the new editable template.

As a result of taking these steps you now have the possibility to edit templates and to have all newly created pages under an editable template by default.

In our future articles we will discuss how to improve your Yahoo Store functionality by adding some small changes to the templates.

-Click on the tab called “Contents”

-In the contents page, click the yellow button named “Templates”

How to define “FREE SHIPPING” over a certain amount and how to apply it to different UPS shipping methods

Storeowners who use flat rates, custom rate tables, or other custom methods, are able to define “Free shipping” by adding new conditions to previously defined rules. But how does one define “Free Shipping” if one is using UPS’ built-in methods (UPS Real-Time Rates)? How does one set-up rates that are followed by a statement that says: “Free ground shipping over $100 of your order”?

It’s pretty easy:

1) In the Store’s Shipping Manager go to: Store Manager > Shipping Manager > Ship Rates

Click the “Add Rule” Button, Select location, then on the next page select the UPS Ground method (or any other listed methods based on your preference). Click “Next”.

2) On the next page select the “Rate Table” radio button and proceed to the next page.

3) On this page select “TAXABLE_AMOUNT” from the first select box and then change the second line of the table with these following statements:

a) From: 100 (do not write the dollar/cents sign)

b) Add: -5000.00 (input a large negative value to override any possible shipping charges calculated by UPS)

4) Click “NEXT”. On the next page do NOT check the box “Apply ONLY this rule, even if other rules match”.

Click “Done”. Now you will see that the newly created rate table has been added to your list of Shipping Rates.

To test the new rule, go to “Shipping and Tax Test” page, select the “UPS Ground” shipping method, click “Calculate” and review the result.

Please do not forget to clearly explain a “free shipping” promotion to your store visitors. Add the appropriate notification to your store pages and to shopping cart pages.

If you would like to enhance the functionality of this option by having the ability to:

– Make it possible to show the notification text at your shopping cart pages upon different order conditions,

– Hide/show shipping methods depending on order “Ship To” address (i.e. display only “Second Day” if shipping to HI or AK),

– Exclude certain items from the “free shipping” promotion,

– Prevent placing orders with different shipping methods together in the same basket (i.e. item with the “second day” only method and item with “freight” method only),

– Display and submit a custom form at “Confirmation” page (i.e. “Prescription” form)

Please call us at 908-338-3992 or send us an e-mail to discuss your request or to talk about any other custom modifications.

How to add Global or Local properties

If the property is going to be used only on a particular page, it is referred to as “Local” and is located on that page under the “Custom properties” header.
If the property is going to be used on the entire store, then it is called “Global” and is located in the “Variables” section (see page’s Editor toolbar) under “Custom Variables” header.

To add a Local custom property open a particular page, then click the [Edit] button on the Editor toolbar.

Yahoo Store Editor Edit Button

Click the [New Property] button. Input the Name of a new property, and select its type.
Click [Update]

To add a Global custom property, click the button [Variables] at the Editor toolbar.
Click the button [Define New Variable] on the page toolbar.

Define New Variable in Yahoo Store Editor

Input the Name of a new property, and then select its type.
Click [Update]