With automatic updates, your website is always compliant to the modern standard. Read the blog article to find more options to further personalise your website and get to know all the new features in your ePages Store like new design options, content elements, administration extensions and more.
New ways of displaying your menu
Your header is the top line of a website that your customers use to navigate through the entire website content like categories, products and other content pages. Typically, header categories are divided into a main menu and subcategories:
As one of the most important areas of a website, the navigation bar should be optimally adapted to the needs of your business. With four new design options in the editor, this is easily possible. You can find the selection options in the live preview underneath the header button ().
You are undecided which header suits your shop best? We present the menu variants and show you for which category structure they are best suited.
With a mega menu, all main menu items are visible in the category bar and can be clicked directly. As soon as the mouse hovers over the corresponding main menu items, the subcategories appear:
The mega menu is suitable for a maximum of eight categories in the main menu. In full desktop size, it should not exceed one line.
If your users also search a lot via the search bar, a header with a large search bar is particularly suitable.
A burger menu is particularly minimalistic and simplifies the design of a more complex menu structure. On the desktop view as well as the mobile view, the navigation is hidden behind an icon. The menu items are shown listed when a user actively clicks on them:
Your shop logo or shop name is in the centre, the search function is displayed smaller. If you want to put the rest of your start page content in the foreground and emphasise the “discovery” of your products, the burger menu is particularly suitable.
If you want to customise your category structure first, we recommend this blog article with tips on how to create categories for your website step by step.
When showing product images, all important factors should be clearly visible and large enough to give customers an overview.
The size of product images can be adjusted in the editor. The function is available for images on category pages as well as in the product slider (Editor > Content elements > Products).
You can select the size of the images by clicking on the pencil symbol in the live preview of the editor. Size S-L determine how many images are displayed in one line. On classic desktop size, for example, these are
- Size S: Maximum 5 product images
- Size M: Maximum 3 product images (4 product images on category pages)
- Size L: Maximum 2 product images
If your product images are more detailed, size L is suitable. If you have a product range whose images are rather simple, you can select size S or M without hesitation.
Apart from product images, you can use other image elements on your website to show what your business is all about. Mood images are often used for this purpose, i.e. pictures with people or creative backgrounds that arouse certain emotions in customers. Many other contents of your website for which an image gallery is suitable are, for example:
- Background knowledge. Images of the manufacturing process of your products
- Presentation. A look into the local shop, introduction of the staff or special services on site.
- Product ideas. Demonstration of how to use products.
The image gallery is suitable for several images with which you want to create an overview. For example, the German ePages store “Claire’s Cottage Design” shows some products of their current design collection in a gallery:
Use these steps to create an image gallery:
- Add content element. You will find the element in the editor under Content elements > Images > Image gallery. Drag it directly into the live preview.
- Upload images. Click on “Add images” to select the desired images for the image gallery. A maximum of 24 images per image gallery is possible.
- Save. Your images will automatically be merged into a suitable gallery.
Product batch actions
Do you have several seasonal products on your website whose visibility you would like to edit? From now on you can edit such product settings in multiple selections and thus save a lot of time. These batch actions concern for instance:
- Publish products
- Reset products to draft
- Delete products
You will find the setting in the main menu under Products. Tick the desired products and click on Actions in the top line to select a batch action:
Dashboard in the administration area
The new cockpit in your ePages store contains all the important information you need at first glance, such as:
- Open tasks for products/orders
- Website status for availability/ordering
- Direct access links that guide you through the website (add products or pages, start marketing campaign, add new customer…)
- Recently made changes
This way you can find what you are looking for even faster in the future.
Visitor numbers, sales figures and product views from the last seven days can be found at the top of the cockpit. This data gives you a first insight into the development of your website. We recommend working with additional website tracking tools to break down user behavior on the website in detail and further optimise your online presence.