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About Menus

You can use menus to customize your presentation layer.

Using Menus

Add menus that map to settings within your search. Each item within a menu specifies the value for the setting of the menu. You can also customize the menu labels.
In your presentation template, you can reference the menus that are defined. You can then put them in any HTML component that you want, such as a select control. This combination enables users to customize their search results. Three menu types are supported: sort, count, and navigation.

Adding a new menu

You can add menus that map to settings within your search results.
Be sure you reference the menu in your presentation template so that it is visible on the website.
To add a new menu
  1. On the product menu, click Design > Navigation > Menus .
  2. On the Menus page, click Add New Menu .
  3. On the Add Menu page, set the options that you want.
    These settings affect both the behavior and the default presentation of a breadcrumb. You can override some of these settings by way of the presentation template's settings.
    Option
    Description
    Menu Name
    Name of the menu.
    Menu type
    Sets one of the following three menu types:
    • Sort
      Organizes your search by any of your defined metadata types.
      For example, you might define a sort menu with the following metadata types: three items of relevance; a custom metadata field such as an availability code; and price. The three items can be given the labels "Sort by Relevance", "Sort by Availability", and "Sort by Price", respectively. When you include this in your presentation template, the customer can use this control to sort their search results.
    • Count
      Defines the number of search results to show. This menu type maps to the cgi parameter sp_c .
    • Navigation
      Specifies a set of static URLs that are associated with menu items. Typically, a navigation menu is used to create a top-level navigation bar on your search results page.
      For example, you could create a menu that has women, men, boys, and girls where the menu items would be something like the following: /?q1=womens;x1=gender , /?q1=mens;x1=gender
    Merchandising
    This option is only available if you chose the menu type Sort.
    Number of items in menu
    Specifies the number of items in a menu. Changing this setting adds or deletes fields from the form.
    Default item
    Lets you select which menu item is displayed by default.
    Item value
    The item value depends on the menu type you have set.
    • Sort menu type
      Identifies what the selected item in the menu should sort by. The select items are populated with sortable metadata fields.
      For a single item you can sort by three metadata fields. The sort is done in the order that is specified.
    • Count menu type
      Lets you specify the number of results that you want to return when the customer selects this menu item.
    Item label
    The item label depends on the menu type you have set.
    • Sort menu type
      Identifies the custom label that you want your customer to see when they view this item in the menu.
    • Count menu type
      Identifies the custom label that you want to have displayed for this menu item.
  4. Click Add .
  5. (Optional) On the Menus page, do one of the following:

Editing a menu

You can edit the settings of any menu that you have added.
Be sure you reference the menu in your presentation template so that it is visible on the website.
To edit a menu
  1. On the product menu, click Design > Navigation > Menus .
  2. On the Menus page, click Edit to the far right of a menu name.
  3. On the Edit Menu page, set the options that you want.
    See the table of options under Adding a new menu .
  4. Click Save Changes .
  5. (Optional) On the Menus page, do one of the following:

Deleting a menu

You can delete any menu that you have added.
To delete a menu
  1. On the product menu, click Design > Navigation > Menus
  2. On the Menus page, click Delete to the far right of a menu name.
  3. In the Confirmation dialog box, click OK .
  4. (Optional) Do one of the following: