9.1 Building the Webshop

9.1 Building the Webshop  <<  9.1.1  >>  9.1.2 Frames & Pages 

9.1.1 Themes

A Theme defines one visible outlook entity visible for the customer. The outlook consists of the pages of the Webshop, namely their content and mutual relations. The content of the pages is defined by Workspace Action Elements (WAEs) positioned on the pages. Frames define the relations between pages.

The Webshop has several themes. One of the themes, a so-called public theme, is used whenever a new customer enters the shop. It can be chosen freely from the available themes. Other themes can be set visible according to customer groups. The theme shows what the Webshop looks like, what texts it contains and what product lists are chosen. With the help of themes, the Workspace software can be used for building services for many different customer groups. For instance, there can be one shop for consumers and another, a company shop, for wholesalers in Workspace.

You receive several ready themes with Workspace, but it is also possible to modify themes. Workspace has a very wide range of functions for modifying outlooks, but it takes a while to learn to use them. You can practice safely by keeping the theme closed until it is finished. A closed theme can only be viewed in the Administration Interface. The Webshop works normally during theme modification. So long as the visible themes are not modified, the customer has no way of knowing that the outlook is being modified.

Themes can be saved to your own computer. You can also import themes to Workspace and themes can be transferred from one Workspace application to another. The outlook of the Webshop can then be ordered from an advertising agency, for example, with the finished theme file simply being exported into Workspace. There exists only one theme in the Small Business Edition.