The Featured Products in zen cart is a perfect way for you to highlight products. Once a product is made Featured it can be shown on the main page, the product listing page, or in a sidebox. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a Featured Product and promote it throughout your store.
This tutorial shows the Apparel Boutique zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it you can download it for free here.
Part 1: Create the Featured Product
1. Log into your zen cart admin and select Catalog ->Featured Products
2. Click on “new product” or if you have a lot of products click on “select” Product ID to be Manually Added as a Featured Product.
3. This screen has 3 bits of information to fill out.
- A. Scroll through the list to select the product you want to mark as Featured. The list is alphabetical.
- B. Available Date
- C. Expiry Date–leave it blank if there is no expiration date.
Then click on “insert”.
4. View your Featured Product in the admin.
And in the storefront. Shown in the example is our free Apparel Boutique zen cart template. You can download it for free here.
Part 2: Promote the Featured Product
Featured Products Sidebox
A great way to promote your featured products is to activate the Featured Products Sidebox. By default, the sidebox will be shown on all pages on your zen cart store.
In your zen cart admin go to Tools -> Layout Boxes Controller
Find the sideboxes/featured.php and click on the “e”.
Click on Left/Right Column Status: “On”, Location: (Single Column ignores this setting) “Left”, enter your Left/Right Column Sort Order , and then click on “Update”.
The Featured Products Sidebox is now activated.
View the Featured Products Sidebox and Featured Products Centerbox (instructions for adding this are next) on the main page.
Featured Product Center Box on the Main Page and Other Store Pages
Another great way to promote your Featured Product is by adding the Product Center Box to the Main Page of your zen cart store.
In your zen cart admin go to configuration -> Index Listing
Select Show Featured Products on Main Page and click on the “Edit” button.
Click on the 1, 2, 3, or 4 to set the sort order of the box and click on “update”.
The procedure is the same for turning on the Featured Products to show below the product listing, on the Category with SubCategories pages, and the Errors and Missing Products Pages. All of these can be set from the Admin -> Configuration -> Index Listing.
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