When you need to share the company and products news and updates with your community, use the News add-on facilities.
News Add-on Installation and Setup
To install the add-on, follow the directions from Installing Add-ons from X-Cart App Store.
When installed, proceed to the add-on settings page to configure it.
Here, you can define the number of messages in the "Top news" block and the number of messages per page on the News page in the storefront:
Don't forget to submit the settings to make them active.
News Block Management
News messages are a great way to build community around your products and notify clients about recent updates.
To add news on the site, open the News Messages page in the store's Admin area (Content -> News Messages) and click the "Add news message" button:
This opens the "Add News Message" page, where you can edit the message details.
Date: Set the date when the message becomes visible on the site.
The upcoming news does NOT display in the News block on the storefront.
News title: Add an appealing message title for the News block that summarises the content.
Content: Describe the event. This description displays on the News details page in the storefront. The WYSIWYG editor allows to format the content text, add images and videos, insert html code if required.
Brief description: This text displays in the News block on all the storefront pages.
Enabled: This checkbox defines whether the message is active in the storefront.
Clean URL: In case the "Autogenerate Clean URL"checkbox is enabled, leave this field empty. If you need to specify the Clean URl value manually, disable the checkbox and add the value in the field.
News page title: If you need a different title for the News details, add it here.
Meta keywords: Add keywords to describe a news content shortly and concisely as important indicators to search engines. Use lower case and commas to separate values.
Meta description: Select the page meta description between autogenerated and custom. The default autogenerated meta description copies the page content. Custom meta description allows adjusting the default value the way you need.
Click Create, to add the news message to the news list:
If necessary you can enable/disable, edit or even delete news from the list later on.
All enabled up-to-date news display the News block on every storefront page. Following the links in the block, a customer can view the news list and the news details pages.
News details page