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How To Make Your Own Side Column

Making a Side Column will provide an additional menu-like area that will compliment your Top Menu. You can choose from a variety of Side Column items, depending on your website's needs.

What different types of items can I have in my side column? 

Your Side Column can consist of any number of the below items:

  • Standard Content Box
  • Featured Product
  • Shop Categories
  • Latest Blog Posts
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Shopping Basket
  • Product Search
  • Accepted Payments
  • Account Login 

How do I create my side column? 

  1. Log in to your Create account.
  2. Click the “Design” icon located on the Top Menu.
  3. Click “Side Columns” located on the Design Menu.
  4. Click “New Side Column Item”.
  5. Once the “Side Column Item” appears, click in the “Type” box and select the side column item that you wish to insert as shown below.  
  6. Click "Continue".

Below is a guide on each “Type” of Side Column Item.

Standard Content Box

This Side Column Item is great for a variety of uses, including:

  • External Website Link
  • Link to Your Pages
  • Decorative/Informative Item

Once “Standard Comment Box” is selected, the following table will appear:

 There are a number of options available with the “Standard Content Box” which are explained below.

External Link 

Here you can have an image or text link to an external website, or one of your pages in your “Site Content” screen.

a. External Website

To have your Side Column Item link to an external website, please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

You should then:

  1. Click in the “Title” box and enter a space by pressing the space bar.
  2. Click within the editing screen
  3. Enter the text you want to be the title of your Side Column Item,
  4. Or insert an image that you want to represent that Side Column Item (Click the tree icon to insert an image, please see our guide on using images on your website on how to initially add images to your Create account).
  5. Highlight the text or image and click the '”Insert/Edit Link” icon located on the editing menu.

The icon is displayed here:

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  1. Enter the URL that you wish to add as an external within the “Link URL/Email” box. 
  2. Click “Insert”. 
  3. Edit the appearance of your text or picture by using the editing menu. 
  4. Choose the “Location” of your Side Column Item.
  5. Click whether you would like your Side Column item to be visible on your website.
  6. Click “Add Side Column”.

Your external link should now appear as a Side Column Item.

b. Link to Your Pages

To have a Side Column Item link to a different page on your site, please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

You should then:

  1. Click in the “Title” box and enter a space.
  2. Click within the editing area and enter the text that you want to be the title of your Side Column Item.
  3. Or insert an image that you want to represent that Side Column Item (Click the tree icon to insert an image, please see guide on using images on your website on how to initially add images to your Create account).
  4. Highlight the text or image and then click the “Insert/Edit Link” icon in the editing area. 

 Next:

  1. Click inside “Your Pages” and select the page of your website that you wish to create a link to.
  2. Click “Insert”.
  3. Edit the appearance of your text or picture by using the editing menu.
  4. Choose the “Location” of your Side Column Item.
  5. Click whether you would like you Side Column Item to be visible on your website.
  6. Click “Add Side Column”. 

The link to your chosen site page should now appear as a Side Column Item.

 Decorative/Informative Item

To have a decorative or informative Side Column item as a picture or text, please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

You should then:

  1. Click in the “Title” box and enter a space.
  2. Click within the editing screen and enter the title of your Side Column Item.
  3. Or insert an image that you want to represent that Side Column Item (Click the tree icon to insert an image, please see guide on using images on your website on how to initially add images to your Create account).
  4. Edit the appearance of your text or picture by using the editing menu.
  5. Choose the “Location” of your Side Column Item.
  6. Click whether you would like your Side Column Item to be visible on your website.
  7. Click “Add Side Column”.

Your image or text should now appear in your Side Column.

Featured Product 

This Side Column Item is a superb way of promoting one of your shop products.

Once selected, the following table will appear:

 

To have a Featured Product on your Side Column, please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

You should then:

  1. Click in the “Title” box and choose a title.
  2. In the “Product” box, search for the product you wish to display as your Featured Product.
  3. Select the “Location” of your Side Column Item.
  4. Select whether or not you would like the item visible on your site.
  5. Click “Add Side Column”. 

Your Side Column Item should now be displayed on your site.

Shop Categories

You can also insert your Shop Categories as a Side Column Menu Item. 

Once selected, the Shop Category Side Column Item box will look like this:

In order to insert this item please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

You should then:

  1. Select a “Title” for your Shop Categories.
  2. Select a “Location”.
  3. Select whether you would like the Item to be visible.
  4. Click “Add Side Column”. 

Your Shop Categories Side Column Item should now appear.

Latest Blog Posts 

This feature displays the titles of your latest blog posts. To insert the item please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”. Once you select “Latest Blog Post”, the following will appear:

  1. Chose the name of the “Title”.
  2. Chose the number of blog items that you wish to display.
  3. Select the “Location”.
  4. Select whether you would like the Side Column Item to be visible on the site.
  5. Click “Add Side Column”.

Your Latest Blog Post feature should now be displayed on your Side Column.

Forthcoming Events

This feature is very useful for informing your websites visitors of any events you have coming up in the future. Visitors can be informed on every page of your website.

In order to insert this feature you will need to have already added a “Calendar of Events” page in your “Site Content”.

To learn how to do this please see here.

If you would like to hide your “Calendar of Events” page from your Top Menu, and exclusively have it in your Side Menu then please:

  1. Go to “Site Content”, located on your Top Menu.
  2. Select the Options icon next to your “Calendar Of Events page”.
  3. Where it says “Shown on Menu” select “No”.
  4. Save changes.

To add forthcoming events as a feature on your Side Column then please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”.

Then please follow the steps below: 

  1. Select a title for your Forthcoming Event Item.
  2. Then click on ''Events Page'' and choose the an “Event”.
  3. Choose the number of events you would like to be shown on your Side Column Item.
  4. Select the “Location”.
  5. Select whether you would like the Side Column Item to be visible on the site.
  6. Click ''Add Side Column''. 

The number of Forthcoming Event items that you have chosen will now be located on your Side Menu!

Shopping Basket

This is a Shopping Basket feature for the use of customers, allowing them to see what they have bought on any page of your site.

To insert it please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side menu” and select “Shopping Basket”.

The following table will then appear:

Here you can choose between a few details for your Shopping Basket. Please read below for further instruction:

  1. Chose a ''Title'' for your Shopping Basket.
  2. Select whether you would prefer for the Basket to show empty or not.
  3. Select the “Location”.
  4. Select whether you would like the Side Column Item to be visible on the site.
  5. Click “Add Side Column”

Your shopping basket feature should now appear in your Side Menu. 

Product Search

This Side Column feature allows your customers to search for your site's products, regardless of what area of your site they are on.

To insert it please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column” and select “Product Search”.

Next: 

  1. Select a “Title” for your Shop Categories.
  2. Select a “Location”.
  3. Select whether you would like the Item to be visible.
  4. Click “Add Side Column”.

Your Product Search bar should appear in your Side Column as shown below:

Accepted Payments

With this feature you can display the graphics for the payment methods that you accept, such as PayPal or WorldPay. Please see below for an example of an 'Accepted Payment' graphic:

To insert this Side Column item please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”, and select “Accepted Payments”.

Next:

  1. Select the title for your side column, such as 'Accepted Payment'.
  2. Customise the feature using the edit screen if you wish.
  3. Click “Add Side Column”.

The payment gateway that you have selected in your Create account will then be displayed in your Side Column.

Account Login 

In order to create an Account Login function on your website, which will display on your Side Menu such as the graphic displayed below, please follow steps 1-6 above, under “How do I create my side column”, select “Account Login”, and:

  1. Select a “Title” for your Account Login.
  2. Select a “Location”.
  3. Select whether you would like the item visible.
  4. Click “Add Side Column”.

Your Account Login Side Column Item should now appear as shown below:

If you have any questions at all please contact your Account Manager and we'd be happy to help.