The section Managing Website Categories explains how to setup menu items that display on a webpage.
This section explains how to map spare parts and units into those categories so that they display.
You can map spares or units into website in multiple ways. You can either map them individually one item at a time or you can map them in groups. i.e. put all Yamaha parts or all Road Motorcycles onto a website with a single click. The option you select depends on how you want to organise your data and how organised your data is.
The Basics of Mapping
There are multiple entry points into c9 where you can map items onto the website.
The simplest to understand as a beginning is as follows:
- Web site Structure
Highlight the menu item you wish to manage and select the option 'Web Items'
For a brand new menu item you will get an empty list like so:
Use the add button to add items. You can add multiple items of different types. Things you can add are:
- Individual spare parts
- Individual units
- Individual Price File/Master file items
- Entire Franchises (all stocked parts)
- Entire Accessory suppliers (all stocked parts)
- All stocked parts by stock type (e.g. all Boots or clutch levers)
- All Unit types (e.g. all road motorcycles, or all jet skis)
- All Unit makes (e.g. all Yamaha or all Stihl)
Adding one of each the list now resembles this:
Now on the website, within a few seconds the page will update showing all these details. e.g.
An important note about adding items : an item, such as an individual part can only appear once on entire website. So if you add something to a page, the adding will 'remove' it from any other pages it happens to be visible on. A single part can appear on a website by virtue of being mapped individually, by its franchise or by it's stock type or accessory supplier. So a part can be seen in 4 different pages on the website. But you can only map a part individually, for example once.
Basics Setting images and text
In the above example most of the items except for a unit have no images.
You normally assign images and descriptions on individual spares and units items. To do this goto:
- Stocked items
The option will show you all units/stocked items currently visible on the website. Select the item you want to setup images for and press the Edit Text/Images button
Then in here you can select a new image and type in text.
To select a new image click on new image. Then navigate to either your connected digital camera or to 'My pictures' where you keep images. And select the image. C9 will give you the option to size the image. Generally select the biggest size available. On clicking ok the image will be saved and the website will automatically update.
The website will update automatically
Reusing existing images
When you edit text/image you can select an option 'image gallery'. If you want to use a stock image. The image gallery looks at all images you have used so far and allows you to filter and find the one you want. e.g.:
Setting up generic image/text picture
Keying in images for every item can be tedious. You can setup a stock/generic image say for all spares or a certain franchise to save you having to key in images for everything. If a given part does not have an image, it will revert to any default/generic images setup for broader groupings. e.g. for stocked items with stock type of battery, we can include a generic image of a battery.
To do this goto:
- Website Structure
- Select the menu item which the generic item is defined under
- Select 'Web Items'
- Select the generic tem.
- Select 'Text/Images'
Now on the website, where batteries are displayed you will see an image of a generic battery, unless the individual item has it's own defined image.
Accessing Mapping elsewhere
Mapping is accessible elsewhere in the software,in units view/modify unit and in spares point of sale. In spares point of sale for example you can F6 a part and modify it's text/images from there. e.g.: