front page carousel for "Product of the day"

How can I replace my current “Product of the day” display method with a more stylish carousel?



Is there something already made in cs-cart? or do I need to code everything by myself. If its the latter, are there any guides to help me?



Thank you.

To be more specific, I’d like to display the image of the product only, no description or price or anything, just a big image that animates/switches to the next image-product.

There are a few threads about sliders you may be interested in. here is one.

You could just toss in a flash banner. For the most part setup is pretty simple. There are a lot of threads about it on the forum.



Just chose a banner that you like from somewhere like http://www.activeden.net and then put it into your cart.



To add the flash do something similar to:



1.) create a folder like:



root/flash



2.) Put the flash, xml file and the images folder in that new folder



3.) Go to admin => design => blocks => Home Page



4.) Create a new html block and put it in the Central column



5.) In the html part click on the WYSIWYG link. There is an icon to add flash. Click the icon. The path to the flash should be flash/banner-name.swf



6.) You probably don’t want a wrapper so leave that blank



7.) That is it, the flash should be on your homepage.



There are a couple of other things though.



If the images aren’t showing up it’s probably because the flash isn’t finding them. A lot of flash files use a xml file to tell it what images are to appear and when. A lot of times the xml file is called up through the action script in the flash file. If your images aren’t showing up you might need to change the action script to reflect where you put your flash and xml files. Usually this is really easy and only takes a minute.



Also, if your flash isn’t being displayed correctly you might need to go back into your block and go the Advanced tab to change things like wmode, etc.



If you have any problems, just ask here on the forum. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of help.



Brandon

thank you both for your replies.



Since I don’t want a Flash (because I’m VERY against it for various reasons), so I’ll try the solution in whiplash13’s thread.

Just out or curiousity, why are you VERY against flash?



It doesn’t matter to me if you use it or not, but I am just curious.



I’ve read that between 95 and 97 percent of people have flash installed so I can’t imagine that being a problem.



Thanks,



Brandon

[quote name=‘brandonvd’]Just out or curiousity, why are you VERY against flash?



It doesn’t matter to me if you use it or not, but I am just curious.



I’ve read that between 95 and 97 percent of people have flash installed so I can’t imagine that being a problem.



Thanks,



Brandon[/quote]



I don’t use flash as a matter of principle.

I see no benefit of using Flash over JS (Javascript) for customer presentation.

http://www.barnlightelectric.com

Our office is Mac-centric at this time and while I’m not exactly enthusiastic about macintosh products - I have to admit they have significantly larger market share. Consequently new macs will not have adobe flash player preinstalled and to top it off, the zero-day exploits that plagued last couple of months.


http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/198575/adobe_fixes_flash_zeroday_with_massive_security_update.html

I guess I just haven’t really looked into JS before. I’ve seen things like the sliders and stuff, but just haven’t really messed with them.



It’s probably not a bad idea to look into JS a little more I guess. CS already uses JS and it would keep things down to one type of aplication instead of two.



I am wondering though:


[quote]I have to admit they have significantly larger market share.[/quote]



How do you figure that exactly? Macs have about 7% +/- of the online market share compared to 87% +/- that are on a Windows base operating system.



I don’t really care about what operating system a person loves, I feel it is kind of like thinking Ford is better than Chevy or vice versus, but I’m just wondering how you came to that conclusion.



Brandon

[quote name=‘brandonvd’]

How do you figure that exactly? Macs have about 7% +/- of the online market share compared to 87% +/- that are on a Windows base operating system.



I don’t really care about what operating system a person loves, I feel it is kind of like thinking Ford is better than Chevy or vice versus, but I’m just wondering how you came to that conclusion.



Brandon[/quote]



Depends on your market.

I’ll give you statistics :slight_smile: to demonstrate.



Browser and OS Visits Pages/Visit

[COLOR=Red]Internet Explorer / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 47.73% [COLOR=Red]48.62%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 63.14% 61.65%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Safari / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 22.64% [COLOR=SeaGreen]20.05%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 13.19% 15.10%

[COLOR=Red]Firefox / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 13.72% [COLOR=Red]13.65%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 14.73% 14.41%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Firefox / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 8.32% [COLOR=SeaGreen]10.75%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 5.36% 6.38%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Chrome / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 3.17% [COLOR=SeaGreen]3.08%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 1.29% 1.31%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / iPhone[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 1.17% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.57% [/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.68% 0.31%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Chrome / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.67% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.85%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.00% 0.00%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / iPad[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.65% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.77%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.00% 0.00%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Mozilla Compatible Agent / (not set)[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.35% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.66%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.42% 0.03%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.28% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.23%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.21% 0.20%




Quick report is Windows Down, Apples up.



Most significant is the fact that iPhone / iPhad visitors have increased meaning that more designers / architects are visiting as much as mom’n’dads are using apple devices.



1% of all traffic is now coming from an iPhone somewhere.



I guess you could say it’s a little more than a fad that I expected.

I cannot publish the actual figures however it goes without showing, you use flash and you lost 1% of our audience. 33% of our visits are apples…

I agree that it comes down to who you are selling to. It’s a good idea to know your demographics.



For me, I’m a little different.



09 - Windows - 85.61%

10 - Windows - 84.15%



09 - Mac - 12.20%

10 - Mac - 10.65%



09 - iPhone - 1.22%

10 - iPhone - 1.63%



So you can see that by far most of my customers are Windows based and that my Mac customers have actually declined a little bit.



Don’t get me wrong though, any potential customer is an important customer. And, if a potential customer can’t view your site it is an automatic lost sale. Any loss sale means loss profit.



Maybe by looking at things this way I should look into JS a little more.



Brandon

[quote name=‘JesseLeeStringer’]Depends on your market.

I’ll give you statistics :slight_smile: to demonstrate.



Browser and OS Visits Pages/Visit

[COLOR=Red]Internet Explorer / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 47.73% [COLOR=Red]48.62%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 63.14% 61.65%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Safari / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 22.64% [COLOR=SeaGreen]20.05%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 13.19% 15.10%

[COLOR=Red]Firefox / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 13.72% [COLOR=Red]13.65%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 14.73% 14.41%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Firefox / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 8.32% [COLOR=SeaGreen]10.75%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 5.36% 6.38%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Chrome / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 3.17% [COLOR=SeaGreen]3.08%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 1.29% 1.31%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / iPhone[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 1.17% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.57% [/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.68% 0.31%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Chrome / Macintosh[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.67% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.85%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.00% 0.00%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / iPad[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.65% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.77%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.00% 0.00%

[COLOR=SeaGreen]Mozilla Compatible Agent / (not set)[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.35% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.66%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.42% 0.03%
[COLOR=SeaGreen]
Safari / Windows[/COLOR]
January 1, 2010 - October 23, 2010 0.28% [COLOR=SeaGreen]0.23%[/COLOR]
January 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 0.21% 0.20%




Quick report is Windows Down, Apples up.



Most significant is the fact that iPhone / iPhad visitors have increased meaning that more designers / architects are visiting as much as mom’n’dads are using apple devices.



1% of all traffic is now coming from an iPhone somewhere.



I guess you could say it’s a little more than a fad that I expected.

I cannot publish the actual figures however it goes without showing, you use flash and you lost 1% of our audience. 33% of our visits are apples…[/QUOTE]





You need to re-evaluate the ‘Firefox / Macintosh’ category because of having 10+ employees using that combination actively managing the site 8 hours/day :mrgreen:

[quote name=‘S-Combs’]You need to re-evaluate the ‘Firefox / Macintosh’ category because of having 10+ employees using that combination actively managing the site 8 hours/day :mrgreen:[/quote]



That’s why their IP’s are not in the stats :stuck_out_tongue:

  1. Flash is a proprietary format and not open.


  2. Flash uses super-cookies that can’t be deleted or removed in any way. They are used to track your viewing habits, etc.


  3. Flash is slow to download, people don’t like the “66% complete” or whatever messages.


  4. Flash is incompatible with Flash! Its true that many Windows users have Flash installed, but if you look closely, some have version 8, others have version 9 and others version 10. There are issues between versions and the user gets the “please upgrade your Flash player”.


  5. Flash requires Adobe’s Studio tools for coding. We prefer open and free tools which can be used in various programming languages.


  6. Flash does not work in iPhone (which is good!) Apple shares the above views and thats why iPhone will never have Flash.


  7. We can do many basic (and some more advanced) animations with javascript, especially with the help of jQuery!


  8. We are against Flash as a principle :slight_smile:

For me it is simply how many Ipads and Iphones Apple has sold or will sell. These people have money and like to spend money, as one can assume from them buying Apple gadgets. Now they are estimated to sell 700,000 of the mini macbook airs this year. No flash on these. HTML 5 and js seem to be the way forward.



Scott

Those are good ways to look at things I guess. You definitely make some valid points.



I am actually redesigning a site for my mother-in-law. It is for an organization that members are sure to be using Macs. I know that she was just saying last night that she was going to show her group using my father-in-law’s iPad so maybe it would be a good idea to look into JS for this site.



Personally, the principal thing is what it is. I just like using what is easy and what I know. Plus, I thought Adobe products were free, I know mine were.



Brandon

No, adobe’s products are certainly not free and cost a small fortune. The player/reader part is free, like “Acrobat Reader” or “Flash Player”.



Adobe follows the monopolistic methods used by other major corporations (M$ for example). They give free (or nearly free) products to certain organizations. For example, if they give free stuff to a university, they believe that once your students have graduated they will only be able to use what they have learned to use during their university years, so they will be forced to go buy whatever product you had given for free to the university.



Thats why there are “student” versions of everything (M$ Office, Windoze, etc).

I was joking about them being free. I only meant that there are “free” versions around online and those are the ones I use.



Brandon

I like how all these Mac users are citing Adobe for being “a proprietary format and not open.” Pot to Kettle: You’re black.

My pots are stainless steel.

I forgot to mention that we use Linux :slight_smile:



(Fedora 13 to be specific)