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Custom Themes

If you have a hired or are considering hiring a third party developer or designer to work on a theme for your website please have them review the information below. We highly recommend confirming they are familiar with Drupal.

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Store Name IndieLite URL
32nd Avenue Books Toys & Gifts 32ndavenuebooks.indielite.org
Another Chapter Bookstore anotherchapterbooks.indielite.org

Mobile Optimized and Responsive Websites

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • The importance of mobile optimized websites
  • What to consider when you plan your website
  • Tools available to achieve your goals

Website Best Practices

Creating a leading website takes thought and planning, a site is typically considered successful if it is well designed, useful and in e-commerce aspects, lucrative. While different stores each have different website needs, there are some best practices that are global to all sites. In this guide, we explain those best practices and have broken them down into 4 categories:

 

Front Page

For a website, the ‘Front Page’ is what site visitors land on when they go to www.yoursitename.com. Any published content ‘promoted to the front page’ will be the default content on the front page. You may, however, create a custom front page and set that to display by default instead.

The first step to creating a custom front page is to create the page itself. If you’re not familiar with creating pages you can find the instructions here, or you can watch our training video.

Themes

This webinar covered topics related to site themes and included the following:

  • Responsive Drupal themes offered by IndieCommerce
  • Theme features
  • Switching themes using Theme Key
  • Administration theme
  • List of popular themes
  • Tips and tricks for testing and selecting a theme

 

Images

Using images on your website should be done with careful consideration, just like any other component of your site. The images used should enhance the user’s experience, help with branding, and improve visual appeal. Below, we review the various ways in which images can be uploaded to your website and some tools that can be used with them.

Taxonomy Filters

You can use “Taxonomy” to filter your content. For example, let's say you have 3 locations and events happening in all those 3 locations. Visitors to your site may not want to look through your entire calendar at events across all of those locations; they may want to see only the ones happening close to them. What you want is a way to categorize your events by location, and allow your visitors to filter the events by location.

In the example below, we add taxonomy to the ‘Event’ content type and place a filter on the calendar.

Drupal 7 Themes

To aid users in their search for new themes, we have compiled a list of the themes and their corresponding features below. You can also see how some look at this sample IndieCommerce site: http://videodemo.d7.indiebound.com, by using the 'Switch Theme' option on the upper left.

Menus

A website navigation menu is a collection of links grouped together in a horizontal or vertical block. Menus are usually at the top of a website; menus can be added to the footer and side navigational bars as well.

Organized and easy-to-follow navigation for a website is very important for the overall user experience. When planning your menu, it’s important to keep in mind the information your users need to access quickly and frequently, and make those items clearly identifiable and accessible. 

Blocks

Blocks are the boxes of content (such as "Find a Wishlist" or "IndieBound Next List") that can be displayed in regions (such as header or sidebar) and be set to display on all or specific pages. Blocks can be composed of text, images, links, and other standard HTML. They can also be used to embed codes for widgets from outside sources like YouTube or Facebook.

Constant Contact

This documentation was modified on 12/15/2017, to comply with the latest changes by Constant Contact.

Embed your Constant Contact signup form into your website to allow customers to easily sign up for newsletters, coupons, event notifications, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you have pasted the ‘Embed Code’ and saved, editing the block will strip the code.Therefore we recommend you save the code to a plain text (Notepad) file, in case you need it again.

Theme Key

You can change your site to a different Theme, that only you can see when logged into your account. This allows you to prepare a different Theme, while still displaying your current Theme to customers.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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