After ceating the Custom Products and their Groups its time to create the appropriate menu items to display the product builder layouts to the Front-end.
Product Builder comes with 7 different layouts. Each menu item type represents a different layout.
There are 6 layouts for displaying and customizing a custom product and one for displaying a list with the exitsing custom products (Custom Products Browse Page).
Some info about the layouts.
1. Default : It displays information (Image,Short Description, Manufacturer) about a selected product of a group after the user selects a product.
2. Static Images to the Right : After every selection in a group it displays the image of the selected product at the right of each group.
3. Static Images at the Top : It displays the images of all the selected products at the top of the layout.
4. Image Overlay : The images of the selected products are overlaid one above the other. This way you can use transparent png images to generate the final image of a product which consists of layers. e.g. A t-shirt that consists of the t-shirt and the stamp.
5. Minimal : It just displays the product groups without displaying more info about a selected product in a group.
6. Non-editable : This layout displays only groups that have default products assigned. The user cannot change the default product of the groups. It is usefull for displaying product bundles that can be purchased with one click.
7. Custom Products Browse Page : Displays a list of the existing Custom Products. You can set it to display all or specific Custom Products.
Menu Items Settings
The menu items come with a series of settings. The menu items settings are overwriting the settings of the Product Builder component.
Lets see some of those settings.
Here you have to select the Custom Product you intent to display in that layout. This setting is mandatory so you have to select a Custom Product from the list.
Consists of some options that concern this layout. Every type of layout has different features, so you have to set which of those features and how you want to use them.
Here there are some of those settings that exist also in the Product Builder Component's settings. As these settings are overwriting the component's settings you have to check them carefully. They regard some important issues such as the price display, the compatibility button display the group display type and others.
Using the steps you can split the groups display to different pages. This way the user experience can become much better and less tiring.
Here is how it works:
You have to press the "New Step" button wherever you want to add a page break. This will split your groups at that point and create a new step. Using the title inputs (below the groups) you can set the titles of each step.
- The Virtuemart Products should have prices to be displayed inside the PB groups. A price can be zero (0) or negative but not null (blank). Except the child products which can take their price from the parent.
- A product should be published.
- If stock check is is used within Virtuemart, the product should have stock.
- Each used product should belong at least to 1 category. Except the child products which can take their category from the parent.
- When there is not even one product that can be displayed in a group, that group won't be displayed in the front-end.
- Only Custom Fields which are set as "Cart Attribute" and "Cart Input" are being loaded by Product Builder.
- To use custom fields to select the child products of a product, you can use either the Child Variants (Virtuemart 2.x) or our Stockable Custom Fields (Virtuemart 3.x)
- If the Virtuemart shop is set to be used as catalogue, the cart button/functionality won't be displayed.
- In the dashboard of Product Builder (right side) you are able to see if your version is updated. If not "Update" and "Changelog" information will be displayed.