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Adding products to the homepage

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Video: Adding products to the homepage

When you visit your homepage inside of your Magento Go store, you're going to notice something that is obviously absent and that's your products. There's nothing on the homepage, and so, by default, this is what happens and we have to tell Magento Go to actually show our products on our homepage. In order to do that we need to go back into our dashboard, and inside of the dashboard we need to go back to something called CMS and go down to something called Frontend Apps. Inside of the Frontend Apps section you're going to click on Add New Frontend App Instance over here on the right.

Adding products to the homepage

When you visit your homepage inside of your Magento Go store, you're going to notice something that is obviously absent and that's your products. There's nothing on the homepage, and so, by default, this is what happens and we have to tell Magento Go to actually show our products on our homepage. In order to do that we need to go back into our dashboard, and inside of the dashboard we need to go back to something called CMS and go down to something called Frontend Apps. Inside of the Frontend Apps section you're going to click on Add New Frontend App Instance over here on the right.

Once that takes you through you are going to go into the Settings and you're going to pick Catalog New Product List, Continue. You're then going to give it a App Instance Title, this is required, so you just have to kind of make up a name, I'll call this newProds. And click Save and Continue. Now we actually have to tell it where to go, so we have to add something called a Layout Update. Inside of the Layout Update I am going to go down to specific page or Specified Page. It's then going to load up the information here, I am going to scroll down until I see CMS Home Page; the Block Reference I want this in the Main Content Area.

And so, again, if I switch back over, that's this big area right here in the middle, and then I want it in the New Products Grid Template or a New Products List Template. Let's do the Grid Template, and we'll Save and Continue Editing, just like so. If we want to change any of this we can go to the Frontend App Options and we can say Display what Type of products, All products or only New products. We can say do we want to Page this, meaning there are several pages of products. We can also limit the number of products to display here as well.

So I am not going to change any of these. I am just going to click Save, and now when I go back into my Manage Frontend App Instances screen, I should see this one right here, newProds, it is a Catalog New Products List. And if I go back to my homepage and refresh it, I now have my new products showing up on the home screen. And if you see any problems here this is a good time to go in and check that. So for instance right here, on this Blue Robot, I'm noticing there's no photo. And so this is a good time to go back into your settings, go into your Catalog > Manage Products and I'll find the Blue Robot, and I go to Images, and as you can see I don't have any of the images set, so I'll just go and make some changes to that.

And once I do I'll save it, go back to my homepage, let's do a little refresh and there is the robot. Now those are displayed prominently on my homepage and if I were to click on one of these it should take me to that product page. And once I get to that product page I can see all of the information about that robot, and I could also add it to the cart or checkout using PayPal, purchase the item. And I can also email it to a friend, you'll see at the bottom if there are any related products, they show up here, and so you can actually see that our store is really coming together, now that we have figured out how to actually display our products and let people interact with them.

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