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Creating Container Pages
This article will teach you how to create a container page, which is used for various purposes, including as a way to create a quick and easy catalog of your products, to offer additional products or services that are related to each other, to allow a quantity to be specified on a subscription product, and to list products together so that you can test multiple products at once. A container page will also allow you to list different versions of a single product, such as standard and professional editions. Note: It is best to have all of your products set up before creating a container page.
Creating a Container Page
Go to SpringBoard's Store Home » Products and Pages » Create Container Page
Enter in a name for your container page which will be displayed on your live page. If you are using a container page to offer multiple versions of one product, here is where you would enter in the description of the product and choose the file of a screenshot of the product. If you are using a container page to show multiple products, you most likely will not enter in information for the description nor should you choose a file of a screenshot.
Adding Option Groups
To configure options for the product group contained in the container page, enter in a display name which will be the heading displayed for a specific group of options. For example, if you are offering types of licenses, one possible header would be "License Types." Then select a Selection Type (described below) for this group of options and click Next.
Selection Types and Requirements
Selection Type: One Selection Only
This selection type allows the customer to select only one of the options you give them, using radio buttons. One example of a situation when this selection type is appropriate is offering license types for one product, such as:
- student license and professional license
- 1 user, 5 user, or 10 user licenses
Selection Type: Multiple Selections
This selection type allows the customer to select multiple options you give them, using check boxes. The are many examples of a situation when this selection type is appropriate. When you are suggesting configuration options to your customers, such as different plug-in options, extras, or support, you want your customers to be able to pick as many options as they want. You might want to offer your customers the chance to also order some of your other products, so you want your customer to be able to pick whichever products they want.
Selection Type: Bundle / Auto-Select
This selection type will include the product options that you add, but the customer will be required to choose them because they are included in the order by default and cannot be de-selected. These are rarely used in a container page.
Leave this box checked if you want to require that the customer pick at least one of the options you provide, e.g. when you require that a customer choose a license type.
Adding Product Options to a Product Options Group
Now you need to add the options that your customer will see on your container page. Click Add Option. A box will pop up.
Choose the product that you want to include as an option in the option group. These products must already be set up in SpringBoard. Click Create.
Click Add Option and repeat this process for all product options you want to offer. Remember to click Save when you have added all product options.
The order in which your products appear in SpringBoard is the order in which they will appear in your container page. You can change the displayed ordering of option groups (if you add more than one group), and options within groups, by dragging the handles next to each item. Remember to click Save when you make changes to the display order.
Testing a Container Page
If you go to store testing, you can see what your container page will look like. You can then go back and make changes.
For additional ways of presenting multiple products to customers, see Displaying Multiple Products on One Page.