How To Create Sections Within Actinic

Actinic Sections Explained

Each section you create in Actinic becomes a page on your website. There are fields that you should always complete when creating a section, these help search engines to understand the content on your pages and they will also help your visitors. Actinic allows you to setup new sections by only putting in the section name and not filling out these other fields, this is not ideal. The fields which you should always try to complete are:

  1. Section Name
  2. Section Image (optional)
  3. Section Description (optional)
  4. Page Name
  5. Page Title
  6. META Description (hidden on your website)
  7. META Keywords (hidden on your website)

Items 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7 should be completed on every section you ever create. If you would like to use section images or section descriptions, then you have the option to use these also (items 2 & 3). When you create a new section, you will see 3 tabs - General, Page Settings and Details. You will find all of the above mentioned fields on one of these 3 tabs.

To understand what these fields actually do on your website, please see the below image of the example Actinic store. They are numbered in accordance with the above list. If you already have an Actinic store, then choose one of your existing sections and note the details in these fields and how you see them on your website. Items 6 & 7 are not visible on a page as they sit in the background html code that produces the page. Items 1-5 can all be seen on your website, however items 2 & 3 are seen a level up from the below image.

Sections Explained

These details are important on a page, they are also very important to search engines. If you employed a company to do the Search Engine Optimisation on your Actinic store, these fields would be the very first things they assessed. Although SEO encompasses a number of different factors, these are the fundamental basics and should always be in place. Not having these fields completed is like trying to drive a car with no tyres.

Do I Need To Create A Section Or A Sub-Section?

When you want to create a new section, right click on an existing section and you will get the option to create either a 'New Section' or a 'New Sub-Section'. A 'sub-section' sits one level below (i.e. within) the section you currently have selected. A 'section' sits at the same level as your currently selected section. Clear as mud eh? It is important to understand what a 'Top Level Section' (TLS) is. A TLS is a section in the first level of your content tree. Any sections that sits within a TLS would be classed as a 'sub-section' of that TLS. The settings for a 'sub-section' are identical to those for a 'section'.

Shop Top & Sections Explained

Content Tree

The image to the right illustrates a section structure in Actinic. The green wad of dollars labelled 'Online Catalogue' is called the shop top. The first set of sections i.e. 'Hard Back Books', 'Clothing', 'Homeware' and 'Computers' are what we call Top Level Sections or TLS for short. As the name suggests, they are sections that sit at the very top level of your store.

Within the 'Hard Back Books' TLS you can see 4 sections - 'Great Expectations', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Far From The Madding Crowd' and 'Gone With The Wind'. These sit within a TLS, a level down in the content tree, these are what we call sub-sections. Remembering that a section equals a page on your website, therefore when you select any section, the page displayed will show the sections or products sitting within it, much like a family tree.

Single Product Per Page Setup (SPP)

If you would like to understand what SPP means, we have written a specific tutorial on the subject, you can read it by clicking on Actinic SPP Setup.

Key Points To Remember

Extra Tips & Tricks When Managing Sections In Actinic

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