Oct 28, 2014
The Volusion Platform Enhancements (v13)
V13 New Homepage Slideshow
Have a great template you love, perhaps a new responsive one, or a free one you found some time ago, and want to add something new to it? What about a slideshow!
A new, self-service slideshow is available for all templates (including free, premium, responsive, and non-responsive) to display on homepages with a revolving set of your image slides. These slides give you the power to display advertisements, incentives to purchase, holiday savings, coming soon promotions, and any other idea you can think of for increasing sales and pinpoint directing shoppers through your storefront.
New trial and merchant v13 accounts automatically have the Homepage Slideshow installed and active along with the Ethereal responsive theme. Three demo images display in the slideshow, ready for replacement with your artwork and links. Current trial and merchant v13 accounts can enable the slideshow, receiving a demo image (1 to 3) based on the installed and activated current template. If you are using v5 or v6, you must upgrade to receive and use the Homepage Slideshow. Support can provide further info as needed.
Need a few pointers and walk-throughs on the slides and slideshow? Learn more about the Homepage Slideshow through our Knowledge Base article! Need help with slides? Let our design experts give your site and amazing first impression. Learn more about our slideshow design services!
What does it do?
Do you have marketing art, photos of products, text on specials, and a product or category you want to direct shoppers to? Then you have the makings of a great slide!
You can add slide images and customize your slideshow through the Design > Homepage Slideshow page in the Admin area. The feature includes the following options:
- When ON, the slideshow displays at the top of all content on the storefront homepage.
- Displays a sortable list of slides. Drag and drop to set the order!
- Customizable alternate text for each slide image, to increase the SEO.
- Add a URL link support per slide to direct shoppers to a product, a category, a daily deal, anything on your storefront.
- Set a layouts with Bullets (default), Numbered Bullets, Arrows, and Images Only.
- Set a transition with Fade & Slide (default), Slide, Fade, Slide Up, and Zoom In. A preview displays with the transition using your slides!
- All templates include demo slides as a sample. All templates for current accounts come with 1 demo slide. All new accounts receive 3 slides for responsive, 1 slide for all others. You can clear these slides to add your own, and load them again for ideas based on that template.
When added, the slideshow displays at the top of your homepage with the slide images rotating using the selected transition. Shoppers can view the slides, click to follow, and purchase your pinpointed deals and visit highlighted storefront pages.
Sounds great! How do I make slides?
You can make your own with any photo or image software or a great online app called Pixlr. All you need is some artwork, photos, text to add, and an idea. Beyond the specifics of image size and file type, you may want to consider the content. Moving one slide to the next like a story, highlighted promotions and seasonal sales, trending products and categories, and much more.
If you want to create the slides, all slides must follow these guidelines:
- Recommended dimensions 960x540px.
- File size should be less than 2MB in size.
- Supported formats include JPG, PNG, and GIF.
- Drag and drop or upload each image, one at a time.
The Knowledge Base article can also help, including a template image to download and use for building your slides, flow ideas for your slideshow, and much more! Of course, you can also check out the demo slides for more ideas. Our Volusion bloggers will also post ideas, tips and treats, and more to give insights.
If you need help with custom slides, our Volusion Design Services team does provide a slide creation service.