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Online Gallery Snippet – Shopify

Online Gallery Snippet for Shopify Websites

Seamlessly display your collection on your Shopify website through this Online Gallery Snippet. Easily show your customers your Rental Items with the images, descriptions, tags, and all of the other important details you’ve included in your RW Elephant account. When you update your inventory in RW, it will automatically update on your website as well. 

This Snippet allows you to display your inventory in RW as Gallery on your Shopify website as well as the ability for various styling customizations. Enable the Wishlist feature to let your Clients pick their favorites and submit them right to your RW Elephant Account.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. The Online Gallery feature is only available for RW Users on the Pachyderm or Herd Leader Plans.
  2. Installing the Online Gallery Snippet requires editing your Shopify Theme Template (*.liquid) files. We highly recommend that installation is carried out by an experienced Shopify developer, as mistakes could potentially lead to changes to your site.
  3. To use the Online Gallery Snippet you’ll need to request a Public API Key. Important Note: Do NOT use the Private API Key available from within the RW Elephant Application. Please contact us at help@rwelephant.com and we will generate and provide a Public Key for use with the Snippet.

INSTALLATION

Step 1:

Create a new page on your Shopify website that will hold the Inventory Gallery. You can use an existing page if you’ve already planned ahead. We recommend using a page with minimal content to display the Inventory Gallery on, using a more complex page with lots of extra content could lead to slower load times.

Give your new page a Title, and “Save” the changes.

Note: You can Title the page anything you like, but make a note of what Title you’ve chosen as we will need this later. For this guide, we’ve titled the page “Inventory”.

Next, add the new page to your main navigation. We’ll need to do this so that we can access the page.

Do this by clicking on the “Navigation” tab, navigate to the main menu and add the new Inventory page to the menu.

You should now be able to access your new page using the main site navigation.

Step 2:

Now that the page is setup and we can access it, we’ll go back to the Page settings and begin the first stage of the Online Gallery Snippet installation.

Reopen the “Pages” menu and select the page you set up earlier to hold the Inventory Gallery (“Inventory” in our case). We’ll need to add a snippet of HTML code within the “Content” area.

Click the “Show HTML” button.

Enter the snippet below:

<!-- RWE Inventory Component -->
<div class="rwe-inventory"></div>

“Save” the changes.

Step 3:

We’ll need to add the script that allows the Inventory Gallery to run on your page. Click on the “Themes” tab.

Note: We’re using the “Brooklyn” theme for the purposes of this guide, so you may see a different Theme listed on your site. Click on the “Actions” button, and select “Edit Code”.

On the Edit page, you’ll see a list of all the individual template parts that make up your current theme. The template parts are usually divided into folders, navigate to the “Layout” folder, and select the “theme.liquid” file.

We’ll need to add the final snippet in a specific location within the “theme.liquid” file. With the file selected, press Command + f on Mac (Ctrl + f on Windows) to search the document, and enter closing head tag formatted like the example below. Press return, and you should see the closing head tag within the theme.liquid file. This is where we’ll enter the configuration settings for the Online Gallery Snippet.

Configuration using the Online Gallery Snippet Creator

Use our “Online Gallery Snippet Creator” tool to easily generate your custom configuration Snippet. You’ll need the Shopify Page Title chosen in the previous step, so keep note of it.

Online Gallery Snippet Creator for Squarespace & Shopify

Go to the Online Gallery Snippet Creator

Once you’ve used the Creator, enter the Snippet in the page header, immediately before the closing head tag.

Once you’ve pasted the snippet, click on the “Save” button and exit the Editor

Important Note: Please do not use your RW Elephant Private API Key, get in touch and we can provide a Public Key!

Step 4:

Finally, you’ll need to register the live site domain inside the RW Elephant application. Open your RW Elephant account and visit the “Account” settings:

Click on the “Online Gallery Settings” option on the left menu:

Click “Edit” and then scroll to the bottom of the available options to find “Online Gallery Snippet”. Here you can enter your live domain in the space provided:

Note: If your site is available with and without the “www”, enter both domains separated by a comma “,” e.g. rentmusicalchairs.com, www.rentmusicalchairs.com. You can also add a valid test domain here if your site is still under development e.g. rentmusicalchairs.com, www.rentmusicalchairs.com, test-domain.com.

After adding the domain/s inside RW Elephant, you should now be able to view the Inventory Gallery on your new Shopify page.

ADDITIONAL CONFIGURATION OPTIONS

There are some additional configuration options available that can be activated or updated by adding the relevant value to the rwe_config object. Below is an example of all currently available options:

var rwe_config = {

    // Tenant Information
    tenant_id: 'your_tenant_ID_here',
    public_api_key: 'your_public_API_key_here',

    // Activate cropped thumbnails for listings (Default is false)
    cropped_thumbnails: true,

    // Activate Wishlist
    wishlist_active: true,

    // Add Wishlist Form Message
    wishlist_form_msg: {
        wishlist_form_heading: 'Additional Information',
        wishlist_form_text: 'Short text paragraph…',
    },

    // Add to Wishlist from Item Listing
    add_to_wishlist_item_listing: true,

    // Listing Thumbnail hover displays second image
    listing_item_img_hover: true,

    // Change Default Breadcrumb Page Label
    breadcrumb_index_label: 'Collection',

    // Remove Breadcrumb
    breadcrumb_remove: true,

    // Related Items Heading (Defaults to "You might also like:")
    related_items_heading: 'Related Items:',

    // Set a custom "no image" thumbnail and gallery
    no_img_url: 'https://some-url.com/no-image-found.png',
    no_thumbnail_img: 'https://some-url.com/no-image-found_thumb.png',

    // Set a Currency symbol (Defaults is "$")
    currency_symbol: '£',

    // Styles
    styles: {

        // Search
        search: {
            // Search Button colors
            btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
            btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
            btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
        },

        // Other button styling is available, see Styling section below…

    },

    // Set a custom CSS file
    custom_css_url: 'https://some-url.com/styles.css',

    // Print debug info to the browser console (Default is false)
    config_debug: true,

};

Cropped or Padded Thumbnails

cropped_thumbnails: true,

When you upload an image to the RW Elephant application we generate a 320px square cropped image that is used for Item listing views within the plugin. “Padded” thumbnails are shown by default (no need to activate this by including anything extra) or you can switch to “Cropped” thumbnails by adding cropped_thumbnails: true,

Padded Thumbnail example:

Cropped Thumbnail example:

Thumbnail Image size

thumbnail_img_size: 600,

Thumbnails shown for Items displayed in listing views can be enlarged from the default value of 320px to show clearer images. Please be aware that using large images can affect page speed. (Maximum value 1200px)

Wishlist Feature

wishlist_active: true,

Activate the Wishlist feature by setting the above option. Additionally, a short Title and Paragraph can be added using the following option. This will display the text alongside the Wishlist form, right before the user submits.

wishlist_form_msg: {
    wishlist_form_heading: 'Additional Information',
    wishlist_form_text: 'Short text paragraph…',
},

Allow users to add items to the Wishlist directly from Item listings by adding the following option.

add_to_wishlist_item_listing: true,

Note: Switch the Wishlist icon displayed on listing views [defaults to Heart icon] from the default to Plus/Minus icon.

wishlist_item_listing_icons: 'plus-minus',

Customise the default “Wishlist submitted” message shown after a user submits a Wishlist:

wishlist_submitted_msg: 'Custom Wishlist submitted message…',

Item Listings – Show second image on hover.

listing_item_img_hover: true,

For listing Views, items can be set to display a second item image on hover using the above option.

breadcrumb_index_label: 'Collection',

Change the default index breadcrumb label (‘Inventory’), or remove the breadcrumb completely by setting the following option.

breadcrumb_remove: true,

Related Items Label

Change the default heading (‘You might also like:’) for related items within the Item Detail view.

related_items_heading: 'Related items:',

Kit Items Label

Change the default heading (‘Kit contains:’) for kit items within the Item Detail view.

kit_items_heading: 'This kit contains:',

Custom Default Images (Image Unavailable)

no_img_url: 'https://some-url.com/no-image-found.png',
no_thumbnail_img: 'https://some-url.com/no-image-found_thumb.png',

The default images for “Image Unavailable” (shown when an Item doesn’t have an image assigned in the RW Elephant application) can be replaced for both Thumbnail and Item images.

Thumbnail example (recommended size – 320px x 320px):

Item example (recommended size – 600px x 420px):

Currency Symbol

currency_symbol: '£',

The currency symbol used throughout the Online Gallery Snippet can be changed to any currency symbol using the above option.

Button Styling

styles: {
    
    // Search Button
    search: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // Add More Items Button
    add_more_items: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // View Wishlist Button
    view_wishlist: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // Submit Wishlist Button
    submit_wishlist: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // Add/Remove Wishlist Button
    add_remove_wishlist: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // Submit Wishlist Form Button
    submit_wishlist_form: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

    // View Wishlist Button
    view_wishlist: {
        btn_text_color: '#FDF4FA',
        btn_bg_color: '#BD4A97',
        btn_bghover_color: '#A93984',
    },

},

You can change the color of all Button background and text using the above options:

  • btn_text_color sets the button text color.
  • btn_bg_color sets the default button background color.
  • btn_bghover_color sets the button hover background color

We recommend using a standard hexadecimal color code, however, you can add any value that works for CSS rules.

Note: We hope to add further customization options for lighter styling, however, a skilled developer could potentially rewrite styling for the whole Gallery styling using the Custom CSS Stylesheet option below.

Custom CSS Stylesheet

custom_css_url: 'https://some-url.com/styles.css',

If you are a skilled developer, you can write a custom stylesheet that replaces the Online Gallery Snippet stylesheet. Replace the default stylesheet with your custom stylesheet by adding custom_css_url: 'https://some-url.com/styles.css', (don’t forget to change the URL to match the location of your own stylesheet).

If you’d prefer not to start from scratch you could build your customizations on top of the already existing stylesheet. Download either the expanded or minified source file, and use that as a starting point. We highly recommend re-minifying your newly created stylesheet once your updates are complete to help keep file sizes to a minimum and help the snippet run as fast as possible.

Debug

config_debug: true,

If you’re experiencing issues with the Online Gallery Snippet or having problems during installation, we may ask you to activate debug by adding the config_debug: true, option. Activating debug can provide useful information about your setup, and may help us with a resolution.