Hey Mark, these guys already answered a lot. The last unanswered question, once you start working in the DN8 page editor, you will no longer be able to configure or make changes to your live 7.5 website as you will no longer have access to the older Website Pages interface. It will be replaced by the new DN8 page editor once you select one of the new themes to start working on.
Do you have additional videos we can review for the functionality of version 8? I'd like to get a better feel for how easy it is to customize the product page specifically as that is where we did a large portion of our custom code.
Ok, I've played around a little bit V8 I have a few questions....
1. Has anyone implemented a better/customizable top nav (see screen shot from our non-deco development site)?
2. Has anyone implemented a layered nav? does the deco platform support layered navigation (see screen shot from our non-deco development site)?
3. Product image sizing: what product image sizes are supported for both decoratable and non-decoratable views? I see on apparel there was a large full screen model but the image was upscaled from a very small image.
4. SanMar product image library for 2018. Have the new 2018 products been added? if so, at what resolution?
5. Is there a fully built out demo site to look at?
The nav layout itself is set by the theme, and once its set it cant be moved around or changed except for its styling. More themes will become available over time. The nav area is extremely complex and easy to break so it not super editable.
The menus that appear under the nav are fully editable in both functionality and style. From another post I did recently on menus:
"If you go into page options, there is a setting for "dropdown menu"
This controls the behavior of the nav menu bar. By default it will most likely be simple or hide. Simple will auto generate the menus, hide packs them away. If you set this to any of the other 3 which end with (system pages) this will let you set up the menus specifically, with the chosen option determining how wide the menu will be on rollover.
specify width - as per your setting
content width - as per the width of whatever you put into the menu
full width - menu as wide as the screen
If you chose any of those 3 options you can then configure the expanding menus to appear however you want, using the web page editor to design it. The "menu page" appears under the system pages divider on the pages tab. Any page that contains a menu will have a corresponding page under the "dropdown menus" item. The screen to configure works just like a normal web page config; you can set columns and widgets and all that other good stuff.
In your case you are looking to set up a list of links widgets / text fields
So just remember; you can make a menu be a page, you can do some fairly wild stuff. Below is a quick demo with the products menu altered to be a page.
A nav menu on the left is achieved by dropping a Product category listing into a column. This will give you a nav to the product categories. Otherwise, use the list of links widget, and set it to vertical display; the menu items then stack up on top one another.
I set up a quick demo at
Ive made a fat cobra menu there to show you what I mean with respect to setting what you showed us, its put together in 5 minutes while getting the kids ready for school so no effort at choosing / organising catagories to suit the menu, but with some fiddling around it can be done.
An alternative is to do it via the list of links widget and set up individual links to product category pages laid out exactly as you like.
Ultimately there are a few different ways to achieve what you are after, there are just 2.