The Independent Bookstore Day feature for IndieCommerce and IndieLite will allow stores participating in Independent Bookstore Day this year to have the products listed on their site while also providing more control over the product pages themselves.
This all-in-one feature, called Indie Bookstore Day 2021:
Once our team has enabled the feature (enabled for participating stores on 3/31/21 automatically), all of the above will be created and available for the store to promote right away! All products are created as the Product Class titled ‘IBD Product’ and available under ‘Content’. No one will be able to place an order for these products until the official date.
Please note: because the products and page are created automatically, they will appear as being created by an 'anonymous' user when this feature is enabled.
In addition, participating stores should already have placed orders with Ingram for the products they will be offering. There is no Ingram fulfillment for these items from your IC/IL website. All orders are to be filled with the stock available in-store. For more information, please see the Independent Bookstore Day Bookseller Information Packet and Independent Bookstore Day website.
Below, we have videos demonstrating this feature on both IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores, along with written steps on how to make this most of this feature for your store.
When this feature has been enabled, all of the Independent Bookstore Day products will be listed on your IC or IL site. To verify that these products are available, click ‘Content’, and then filter by ‘IBD Product’. You should see the IBD products on your site, created as the ‘IBD Product’ type (product class).
You may want to click on a few products and see what it looks like. Each product page has the:
In many cases, your store might not carry all of the IBD exclusive products. For items that the store is not selling, you can simply unpublish the product page, which will make it unavailable to customers. To unpublish the product page:
This will unpublish the product page and not make it visible to customers or available for purchase on your website. You may still carry the item at the store, if you are offering specific products, but this gives you the option to remove it from your website.
To make it easier and save stores time in creating promotional content, the IBD feature also comes with a pre-created page with a booklist of all IBD products. To access this page, head to ‘Content’, filter by ‘Page’, and you should see one of the newest pages titled ‘Independent Bookstore Day 2021’.
The booklist contains all of the IBD exclusives by default as well. Just like any other piece of content, this can be edited as needed if you’d like to add text or images to the body!
Important note: if you previously unpublished an item, it may still appear on the booklist here when logged in as an Admin. Please keep in mind that a customer will not be able to see the unpublished product on this list!
To upload an image to the body of the page:
When logged in as an admin and looking at the Independent Bookstore Day 2021 page, click ‘Edit’.
This will bring up the editing options for the piece of content. In the WYSIWYG toolbar, click the Image button icon in the editing toolbar (7th icon in from right - top row). We have more on uploading Images at our Help Center as well.
To Rearrange Titles on the List
You can edit the booklist and rearrange the products as well! When on the IBD 2021 page, click ‘Edit’ and scroll down to the ‘Books’ section.
On the left hand side are square arrows with four points, which can be used to re-order the products. Click on the arrow and drag the IBD products into the desired order and then ‘Save’ the changes at the bottom.
A block, linked to the IBD page on your site, is a great way to promote the event and drive customer traffic to the exclusive products your store is offering online.
Before getting started, make a note of the URL for the IBD 2021 page. You may want to copy the URL or keep this page open in a separate tab so the URL is nearby for later use-it will be needed to create the link in the block!
Once you’re ready, navigate to Structure > Blocks > Add Block
Blocks are disabled by default after being created. From the list of all available blocks, head down to ‘Disabled’ to find the one you just created, and place it in a region that fits your theme. This can be done either by the four-pointed arrow to the left or by the drop-down menu; be sure to save your changes using the button at the bottom of the page.
We always recommend double-checking any changes to the site as a customer. When doing so, you should not be logged into the site; it’s best to log out of your account to verify the edits, additions, and other changes you’ve made to the IBD content on your site.