How to design a Brand Portal using Plytix
Designing a Brand Portal in Plytix is very easy. No need to download any software or call upon a professional designer to help you out. This article will walk you through all you can do using the Brand Portal designer in Plytix. First things first, you need to create your Brand Portal.
To enter the Brand Portal designer:
- Click on "Brand Portals" in the top navigation menu
- Click on the name of the portal you want to design (or click on "Add Brand Portal" to create a new one). This will take you to that Brand Portal's details page
- From here click on "Designer" found on the right
When you enter the designer you will see the following sections on the left menu:
The Branding tab is where you'll define settings to make your portal match the rest of you brand.
Fonts and colors
Here you can select from our array of fonts and choose colors to match your brand.
Title color This will apply to the title of each product (the text below the thumbnail).
Text color This will apply to other text like the side menu and featured attributes¹.
Theme color This applies to the top banner and some icons.
¹more on featured attributes in the product overview section
The header will sit above the top banner.
Display header - This can be toggled to show or hide your header. By turning this off, title, subtitle, logo and header background will not be displayed on your Brand Portal.
Title - If added, it will sit in the top left of the header section.
Subtitle - This will sit right below the title.
Logo - This will appear in the top left of the header section pushing the header background to the right of it. This logo will also be applied to any downloads.
💡 Header display is often turned off when embedding your portal into your own website
⚠️ For the best looking outcome we recommend staying within the recommended image size.
In this section you can adjust your footer settings.
Display footer - Toggle the switch to make your footer visible or not.
Logo - Add your logo or another image.
Background color - This will be the color of the bottom banner.
Text color - This will apply to any text line added.
Text lines - Add up to three text lines, which can include hyperlinks, to your footer section.
Social networks - Connect your social networks to your Brand Portal.
From here you can set how users filter, sort, search for product in your Brand Portal, as well as how they see them in the overview.
Click on the settings icon next to filters to enter the filter settings. You can also turn filters on/off from here.
ℹ️ Turning filters off means visitors will not be able to filter which products they see. This can make it difficult for them to find a specific set of products within your Brand Portal.
Expand/collapse the filters menu - This means you can select if the filters should be shown expanded or collapsed when visitors enter the Brand Portal. Viewers of your portal can always expand/collapse them manually.
Choose filter attributes. You can choose different attributes to add to your filter menu. For example, filter by product type, categories, size, color, etc.
💡 Drag and drop the filters up and down to arrange the order in which they become displayed.
Click on an attribute to:
- Rename your filter title for output
- Choose the appearance of your attribute: tree, dropdown, list (see below: options vary based on attribute type).
Adding sorting options allows viewers to choose in which order to view the products. For example, by ascending or descending price, name, weight, etc. This will be added to the top banner of your portal.
If you choose to activate the search bar, you can select up to 2 attributes visitors can search your portal by (e.g. name and product ID).
⚠️ Keep "help text" to 22 characters to ensure it's not cut off.
Group variations with parent - This will define how visitors see products with variations: grouped with the parent product or displayed separately.
Grid size - Select the size of products in grid view.
⚠️ Grid can affect how many products visitors see per line.
Product title - Choose which attribute to use for your product title (the text that is shown below the product thumbnail).
ℹ️ Product title is limited to short-text attributes.
Product thumbnail - Here you can select what media attribute you want to use as the featured product image. Let the system take the first image of the product gallery and make it your overview thumbnail, or select a specific image attribute to use.
Featured attributes - You can choose up to three additional attributes to include beneath the thumbnail of each product.
The product page is what visitors see when they click on a product. In this sections you define which attributes to show, and how they should be organized. From here you can also choose which image attribute to use for your product gallery.
When autofill is switched on, the system will show all attributes loaded in the Brand Portal settings. You can then choose if you want to organize these attributes by attribute groups or not. When organizing attributes by group, the attributes will be in the same order as shown in the attribute groups settings. If you choose to not organize attributes by group, attributes will be displayed in alphabetical order of the output label.
⚠️ The ordering of attributes is case sensitive meaning all attributes that are capitalized will show first.
When autofill is switched off, you can customize which attributes to show, and drag and drop them in the order you want. Attributes are divided into featured attributes and components.
Featured attributes are displayed in the product header, next to the gallery.
Components are sections added below the product header. You can name these sections however you want and they can include attributes, galleries, variations, and relationships. Each component has its own additional settings, and you can drag and drop these components in whatever order you'd like.
ℹ️ Learn more about how to add relationships to your Brand Portals.
For assets to appear here, you must first add them to the Assets tab of the Brand Portal settings. Like in the product overview section of the designer, the file overview section gives you the option to allow visitors to filter, sort, and search through your assets. This is also where you can select the default grid size.
Turning on filters allows visitors to filter through assets. This can help them find what they are looking for, faster. To do this, add the "category" filter attribute. Click on it to expand the settings options.
Now you can
- Rename the label
- Define how to display it (as a tree, or dropdown), and
- Set which level to begin the filter tree from.
In the sorting section you can decide how your assets should be sorted.
If sorting is switched "off", you can set the default way to sort assets.
- Choose if you want to sort by filename, last modification date, or created date
- Choose if you want it to be in ascending or descending order
If sorting is switched "on" it means visitors can choose how they want to sort assets.
- You can select which attribute options to include (created date, filename, last modification date)
- You can rename the label (in the example below we've renamed "created" date to "date added"
Naturally, turning the search bar on gives visitors the option to search for a specific asset or groups of asset by its name. To do this, add the attribute "filename".
You can also enable direct sharing of your Brand Portal. By enabling this, visitors will be able to share the portal directly to Facebook and Twitter. Set a thumbnail and descriptions that will appear when someone shares your portal.
- Review your Brand Portal settings to add products and assets.
- Learn how to embed a Brand Portal into your website
- Learn how to navigate your Brand Portal
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