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Old January 9th, 2011, 09:40 PM
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Default Replicate a V1 Product Block

I know I know... somethings are just going to be different.

On some of my sites, on the home page, I had a product block (from V1) with specific products in it (ie the most popular products). I did this by marking those products as featured and then chose to display only featured products in the product block module.

So how do I replicate this in V3.

There is now only a Product List in the Views. I can remove the pagination, set the number of products, specify where I want the urls to go to... but where do I specify the products?
I see in the module settings there is custom query string.... can I set this to point to a hidden category, as you mentioned somewhere before? Or is there another way to do it? How can I enter multiple product ids in the query?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 09:55 PM
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Hi

It sounds like you are almost there.... and if I hadn't forgotten to document that part of the query string, you probably could have gotten it! Here's what you need to do:
  1. Add a product list module to the page where you want to display the 'product block'.
  2. Click the "settings" icon for the module.
  3. Configure your module's settings like so:
  4. In the Custom query string field, you can enter product IDs separated by commas. For example: p=850800195448491,194700040367924
  5. Make sure you also choose the "Use custom query" option.
  6. Configure the module's layout by clicking the template icon.
  7. Update your store.
  8. I did something like this but you can configure the layout to look anyway you want it to look:

It's much easier in V3 to get product blocks looking exactly how you want!

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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:02 PM
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Okay so that would work.
But also, while you were busy creating that, I also just found the "Hidden" option for a category. So is this an alternative way to do it?
Set up a hidden category of the most popular products and then use a custom query, on a product list module, to only show that category?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:03 PM
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By using a hidden category, that way it would be easier to actually "see" what products I had in the "most popular" category, rather than a list of meaningless numbers.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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But also, while you were busy creating that, I also just found the "Hidden" option for a category. So is this an alternative way to do it?
Set up a hidden category of the most popular products and then use a custom query, on a product list module, to only show that category?
Yes, that's also another way to do it. Just add "c=123456" or "c=category-slug" to the query string field and those hidden products should be viewable.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:09 PM
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By using a hidden category, that way it would be easier to actually "see" what products I had in the "most popular" category, rather than a list of meaningless numbers.
I agree, it's much easier to manage. I just tested using a hidden category and it worked beautifully!
 


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