Magento - Setup CMS


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Magento CMS (Content Management System) section is used to manage all website pages. It is a way of promoting the products by providing valuable information to the customers and increases search engine visibility. It can be used to create rich content for your web store.

The CMS section contains following topics −

Pages

You can create or setup new pages in Magento. You can include text, images, blocks of content etc. For more information on setting up new pages, you can refer this link Setting up New Pages.

Static Blocks

Static block is a piece of content that can be used anywhere in the pages. Magento allows creating blocks of content that can be used through the store and can be added to any page or another block. To create static blocks, follow these steps −

Step (1) − Go to CMS menu and click on the Static Blocks option.

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Step (2) − You can create a new block by clicking on the Add New Block button.

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Step (3) − Next, it will open a window for creating new block as shown in the following screen.

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The page contains the following fields −

  • Block Title − It adds the title for the block.

  • Identifier − It assigns identifier to block which uses lower case characters, underscores, etc.

  • Status − Set this field as "Enabled" to make block visible.

  • Content − It includes content of the block and uses editor to format text, creates links, tables, images, etc.

After filling the all fields, click the Save Block button.

Widgets

Widget allows displaying a wide range of content and placing it at block references in the store. They can be inserted into pages, blocks or they can have blocks inserted into the widget.

You can create the widget by using following steps −

Step (1) − Go to CMS menu and click on the Widgets option.

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Step (2) − To create new widget, click the Add New Widget Instance button.

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Step (3) − Under the settings section, select the Type of the widget and Design Package/Theme and click the Continue button.

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Step (4) − Next, it displays the Frontend Properties and Layout Updates sections.

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In the Frontend Properties section, fill the following details −

  • Widget Instance Title − It specifies the title for the widget. It is only for internal use and won't be visible to the customers.

  • Sort Order − It is used to specify the order of the block when listed with others.

In the Layout Updates section, click the Add Layout Update button and set the Display On field to type of category where you want the widget to appear. It can be set with the other options as shown in the following screen.

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In the Block Reference list, select the section of your page layout where you want the widget to appear and set the template with Link Block Template or Inline Template.

Step (5) − Click Save and Continue Edit button to save your changes and continue editing. Next, it will open Widget Options panel with the following options.

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  • Anchor Custom Text − It adds custom text for the widget.

  • Anchor Custom Title − It adds custom title for the widget.

  • CMS Page − It allows selecting the CMS page with the widget.

After done with the settings, click on the Save button.

Polls

Polls are used to get customer's opinions and preferences. The poll results appear immediately after response is submitted.

You can create the poll by using the following steps −

Step (1) − Go to CMS menu and click on the Polls option.

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Step (2) − Next, it will open a Poll Manager window where you can add new poll as shown in the following image.

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Step (3) − In the Poll Information section, enter the Poll Question and you can set the Status to "Open" or "Closed".

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Step (4) − In the Poll Answers section, do the following −

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In the Answer Title field, enter the answer as you want it to appear in the poll for which you had entered the poll question and to weight an answer, enter a number in the Votes Count field. When complete, click the Save Poll button.



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