Support » Plugin: Product Advisor for Ecwid » [Plugin: Ecwid: Random Products] Expand plugin to display category products, latest products, etc

  • moens

    (@moens)


    I would like to expand this plugin to have a couple more widgets:

    1) Category View: show all the products in a category,
    2) Latest: show latest products (per category if specified)
    *) Maybe paginate it as well with http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-pagination/

    …do you use the wp svn, or do you use git? Anyway, I will use a local git repo. I could (git) push the changes to you, or I can just put a tarball somewhere and you can use the additions if you want to.

    BTW: Your plugin is called, “ecwid-useful-tools” but your class and config names all look like, “EcwidRandomProducts”, so I will probably generalize the germane name space to “EcwidUsefulTools”

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ecwid-useful-tools/

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  • dax702

    (@dax702)

    I really like your idea to expand this plugin to more than just random products. Are you actively working on this idea? Would it also be possible to use perhaps a shortcode to display the categories themselves instead of individual products in a category?

    moens

    (@moens)

    I am working on this today.

    When you say, “Categories themselves” I assume you mean that if I get the products-per-category view done, that you would like a navigation aid which would point users to, for instance, a page where all the products of linked category are shown. Is that correct?

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    Yes I think so,, for example, if I have categories called books, DVDs, t-shirts, to have a way to easily embed the product category images so customers can just click on a category they want to see and it takes them to the product browser… Does that make sense? Like I might want to have those category images display vertically in a sidebar for easy access, or maybe horizontally, or in a grid, etc..

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    see, I’m going to use this WordPress theme:

    http://themeforest.net/item/akita-responsive-wordpress-theme/1530025

    and it lets me build layouts, so I’d like to be able to have my product categories right up front with easy access to the site visitor.

    moens

    (@moens)

    k… so, ecwid already does this afaik.

    Look here: http://kb.ecwid.com/w/page/15853259/Ecwid%20widgets

    …and then look at “Horizontal Categories” or “Vertical Categories”

    On the other hand, if you want a wp shortcode that you can configure from the wp backend so that “dvd’s” category (with category info from ecwid, image, name, etc) links to a WP page called “DVD’s”… that is a different issue.

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    the built-in feature of the widget just shows a text listing, I’d like to show the category thumbnails as it’s more visually appealing, don’t you think?

    moens

    (@moens)

    Honestly, I think that a grid view of categories is not a great idea from a usability point of view… it adds just one more click for the user. Once they get to the product grid/list page, they are going to have the horizontal or vertical text nav anyway.

    However… a category overview page with cat. image, cat. description and maybe five teaser products per category might be cool.

    Short: let me finish the stuff I need, then I will see about the category ideas.

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    I don’t see how it adds one more click for the user? If I have say 5 categories of products and each category contains 10 products in it, then the user has to first click on the category of products that he wants to see right?

    moens

    (@moens)

    I see… for some reason I was thinking a grid page of category images. I got the module almost done on Thursday, but could not finish. I will work on it more on Sunday.

    Can you make or find for me a nice graphical categories navigation example that I can use for css and html? That will help me with your request. I don’t think I would use it myself, but I do have requirements for the basic functionality (categories view).

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    Yes, either a grid or a single row (vertical or horizontal) of category images. For example, someone might want to have a vertical sidebar of product category images going down one side of their site, or maybe someone will want to have a horizontal row of category images going across the header area, etc.. Or like you said, a grid of category images, although, that could probably just be done with the product browser widget, not sure though?

    Plugin Author fkie

    (@fkie)

    Hi there!

    Could you please let me know if you have finished the mod yet? Really want to look at the results.

    If you wish, I would have added these new features to the Random Products plugin in the future, but I need to look at how it works first. If you are interested in some kind of cooperation, pm me on Ecwid forum:
    http://www.ecwid.com/forums/member.php?u=1951

    Thank you.

    moens

    (@moens)

    The module is still not completed… but I should have it done today.

    Yes, I would love to give all the code to you if you want it. It is the type of thing that I need for a project but don’t really have any interest in maintaining.

    Do you use git or svn? If you use git I can push updates to you. Otherwise I can just upload a tarball when I am done and you can integrate it as you see fit.

    Plugin Author fkie

    (@fkie)

    I am using WordPress’ SVN, so the tarball would be very helpful for me.
    Honestly, really want to see the results when the module is completed.

    moens

    (@moens)

    Thought I would have it last night, but I am debugging now… knock on wood.

    dax702

    (@dax702)

    Moens, you’re referring to having what last night?

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