There’s a rollover action that you could use for the change between viewing the image and the summary information, You need to create the summary information as another image with the same dimensions as the original product image for it to look good.
Then just use an internal link to the detailed product page. The detailed product pages can be easily set up using a different Master page. You can even set the master page with an Exhibeo item and then just change the files that Exhibeo picks up on each live page.
All the buttons you need are already in Freeway. You just have to add them on your page and configure them.
If you have many repeated design elements with just the content changing, make one set perfectly, and use master pages, and then just copy and paste and change the content. It takes a while a to set up initially but once it’s done, you only have to maintain content and new products can be easily added by copying, pasting and changing content again. It can be done, all in Freeway with Mals. Also, to get some of the image functionality that the example site has, you can use Exhibeo - to display galleries/slideshows of images on the product detail pages.
On 3 Jun 2020, at 1:25 am, tonzodehoo email@hidden wrote:
On 2 Jun 2020, 12:00 pm, SteveB wrote:
Thanks for the kind words! Apologies for the delay in replying, but I’m not always at my computer these days. The wonders of semi-retirement and the world we now live in!
As you say there is a lot of work in the Cotswold site, and it has evolved over time so this is the result of refining the way it all works. I know this can be daunting, I started developing this site back in 2006 and it has been an evolving process over the years.
I once was a novice using Freeway, but as the needs of my client and what he wanted to achieve changed along with the developments in browsers, responsive sites etc, I learnt as went along and the result, so far, is the website.
A bit more about how it all works together…The link from the product to Mal’s is via a form with the details of the login to Mal’s in hidden form fields and the product details tacked on to the end of the url.
The products themselves are selected from the database on the server by MySql/php with the query added to the link using the PHP Text Link with Query Action which adds the query to the end of your link to the product page.
Originally this was part of a Freeway Menu item but as the number of products grew the Freeway Menu Action couldn’t cope with all the items in the menu and as the same menu was on each product section page it took ages for Freeway to make up each page until eventually it timed out! The product menu is still basically the same but it is now part of a JQuery Menu, made up on a Master page and included on each page with php.
I think all this information might put you off trying, but as they say Necessity is the Mother of Invention, and as such I had to develop a database hierarchy that could be expanded as the number of products and sections were added. I’m not saying that I’m a master of coding but I have learnt how to get it all to work together as well as amending some of the Actions used to be more up to date.
Next on my list is redoing the site in the new Xway, the testing continues!
Well that is a fulsome and helpful answer! No problem re any delay. Your input is really appreciated.
I can relate to how things evolve over such a period of time. That is where I am at with this sites evolution! Not quite dragging knuckles metaphorically speaking but certainly needing to progress from where its at. This is all part of my own evolution in designing websites. Never ending I guess.
May I ask how much of what is visible is constructed in freeway? The actual product pages?
I’m afraid that the unseen functions of the php and queries are something I have only dabbled in and my capabilities with Mysql are very limited so its an area where theres a learning curve to be assailed! Crash course required. It hasn’t put me off but suffice to say it may lead me in a direction I hadn’t intended.
For this project in particular at the stage of development then I reckon I shall try to do as much as I can within Freeway and make use of Mals. I don’t think at this stage a database setup is required but if the shop took off then its something to be revisited.
I like the relative simplicity of this:
And such a visual presentation would be good. It has a nice flow as a responsive site but not sure how much of that is achievable within Freeway.
Trying to find a way to simulate the rollover to the information panel.
The clicking on to open a page with more images and details and Buy It, Continue Shopping buttons etc.
I think this may be doable without a database for say twenty or thirty items though I know it will maybe be an issue with possible load time. Not as streamlined or efficient as a database solution.
I reckon that there is as much if not less work in this method than the learning curve and input needed to get any of the existing shopping cart sites to function as I’d want, whilst utilising the existing domain name.
Sounds like I have a plan eh! Talk is cheap. Actions required! Doubtless more questions will arise.
Thanks again for your time. You have given me much to consider.
Best of luck with the Xway upgrade!
Best wishes for now
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