Version 5.0 Features & Changelog
Posted by Barbara House on 11 October 2014 08:41 PM
New Features added in version 5.0
Fluid Template - Modern Responsive Design
Fluid has been crafted for a clean, modern and professional look. This template is fully responsive which means it will show perfectly on mobile phones and tablets, allowing you to reach a bigger audience of customers. All the new features of v5 have been implemented - User Reviews, Widgetized Homepage, etc. - and we've made sure to include mobile-friendly social sharing, streamlined checkout and more.
Choose Related Products
You can now choose to either let the "Related Products" section of your product detail pages show products automatically, or you can manually select the exact products to display - giving you complete control over this area for upselling accessories, other products, etc.
When you look at your Edit screen for each product, you will now see a "Related Products" tab. On this tab you can select the checkbox that says "Use manually selected related products?" to turn on this new feature, and then use the search to manually select the products. You will need to do this separately for every product you wish to use this feature for. If the "Use manually selected related products?" is NOT checked, it will default to displaying products automatically as before.
Depending on the template you are using, the title of this section on your product details page can be changed in your template options. For instance, in the new Fluid template you would use the "Related Products Title" option to change this text.
As of version 5.0, we now have implemented a Widgetized Homepage into all templates. Existing templates released prior to FSB version 5.0 have this featured turned off by default, and you can choose to enable the Widget Homepage by going to your Template Options => Choose Standard or Widgetized Homepage. The new Fluid template, and all new templates, automatically support the Widgetized Homepage and there is no option to turn it on.
Please read the full instructions on setting up the widgets for the homepage and descriptions of the various widgets available for more information.
As of version 5.0, we have implemented a Customer Reviews feature into all templates. This is in addition to the Amazon Reviews, and we have provided template options to choose whether to show both User & Amazon reviews, only User Reviews or only Amazon reviews. We have also implemented a star rating system for the User Reviews, provided for review moderation, and setup rich snippets microdata markup on the reviews for enhanced SEO.
New to version 5.0 is the implementation of Facebook Stores, which are linked to your FSB store. Click here for an example store
In order to use this feature, you will need to be running your Fresh Store Builder site securely with SSL, as this is a requirement imposed by Facebook.
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR SSL CERTIFICATE INSTALLED ON YOUR DOMAIN AND YOUR FSB STORE SETUP FOR HTTPS BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO SETUP A FACEBOOK STORE. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL THESE STEPS ARE COMPLETED.
Facebook Post Scheduler
Also new to version 5.0 is the ability to post your products to Facebook.
Facebook Share Default Image
We have added a template option to uploade a default sharing image for Facebook. For Product detail pages, when a visitor goes to share the page on Facebook it will automatically pull the product image. On all other pages, facebook does not always find an image to use in the post, or it uses an image you might not want. In these cases, the Facebook Share Default Image can be used instead. This image would also be used if someone just pasted in a link to your homepage, for example, on their facebook status.
Facebook caches the images from your site for 24 hours, so you will not immediately see this change. Once the facebook cache of your server has updated, then the new image you uploaded will be used.
Other Changes, Updates & Considerations
PHP Versions Supported
We have updated Fresh Store Builder to run on PHP versions 5.3.x, 5.4.x and 5.5.x.
If you do not know what version of PHP you are running please ask your web host. We do not anticipate any problems here as version 5.2 has been out of use for a number of years.
Ability to Disable Content Templates
We now have the option to disable content templates. If you are upgrading your store, content templates will remain enabled. If you haven't edited the default templates we strongly recommend you disable them. Content templates will be automatically disabled on new store installs.
These Content Templates are the ones used to spin content, e.g (the "we are please to present ...."). To Enable / Disable them, go to Spinning => View Templates. Click the icon to edit the template and you will see a checkbox labeled "Content Template Enabled".
Site Not Live Page
We have added this as a page available in the Content => View Pages so that you can now add your own Main & Secondary Text, translate text, etc.
Amazon Compliance Disclosure
In order to be fully compliant with Amazon's Terms of Service (TOS) and to provide the appropriate disclosures, we have added 2 messages and parameters in your store so you can choose to show or hide these messages.
First, we have added the Affiliate Disclosure message in the Footer the templates. This will be enabled by default, and you can choose to Show / Hide by going to Tools => Change Parameters => Store Settings and changing the "Show Amazon Associate Disclosure in Footer?" option. The text is as follows, and the Amazon.com site name will changed based on your store's locale: (e.g. Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, etc.), however the Amazon.com, Inc will always stay as Amazon.com because there is only one global corporation (Amazon.com, Inc):
"FSB Dev Site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.com, SmallParts.com, or AmazonWireless.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates."
Next, we have added the required disclaimer about Content Availability. This displays on the product detail pages, and depending on your template will either display in a popup box, or a toggle box. This will be enabled by default, and you can choose to Show / Hide by going to Tools => Change Parameters => Products and change the "" option. We have added a "more info" link next to the new Product Information box, and it displays this text:
"CERTAIN CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON THIS SITE COMES FROM AMAZON SERVICES LLC. THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR REMOVAL AT ANY TIME."
Bundles including Products with Variations
We have enhanced the way that adding a Bundle to the cart works, in order to deal with bundles where one or more of the products has variations (e.g. different color or size options). If the bundle includes a product that the user needs to pick an option for, it will now display a popup box and walk the user through selecting the options before adding all the products to the cart. This has been implemented into all existing templates as well as new v5 templates.
If the user is on the Bundle Detail page, and there are products with options, then the button will change from "Add to Cart" and will display "Select Options & Order". If the user is on a category page and clicks the Add to Cart on the same bundle, it goes immediately into the options select popup box.
SSL Compatibility and Setup
We have implemented full SSL compatibility for version 5, and have been able to get the Amazon images to be served securely along with other content. We have also added an easy migration tool if you have a normal site (http) and need to change to SSL (https). This tool can be accessed by going to Tools => Migrate to https://
Click on the "Update Database References" link, and it will go through the various database tables and make sure any images or other settings are migrated to use https urls.
As of 5.0.2, we have updated the sidebar headings (e.g. the sideboxes such as Brands, Page Links, etc.). To change the text of Category sidexboxes (e.g. Browse Categories), go to Categories => View Category Groups and change the name of the group. For all other sideboxes, the heading will be whatever text you have entered as the Sidebox title.
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