Featured products 2.0 – revamped!

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One of the most requested feature in Magento is the ability to show featured products on the frontend. The idea is to choose the products that should be featured and display them on the home page or in a separate interface. Previous version had a huge demand. It was downloaded over 28,000 times. We are now presenting an update: Featured Products 2.0.

Featured products give you the ability to choose products that will be shown as “featured” from Magento admin area and depending on the configuration, those products can be shown on separate page on URL (http://yoursite.com/featured-products) or on any other Magento page as a separate block.

Featured products 2.0 features include:

  • Two separate ways to display “Featured products”:
    1. As stand-alone Magento page
    2. As widget-like block that can be inserted anywhere (mostly used for homepage)
  • Rich set of configuration options in Magento admin area
  • New improved user friendly Magento grid interface for Featured products management
  • Defining featured products on Store View level
  • Option to turn On/Off extension from configuration area
  • Option to show/hide price and addToCart button (if need to hide the price)
  • Change sort order for displayed products for CMS block
  • Set the desired number of items to be displayed in CMS block
  • Set the desired number of items per row
  • Define size for displayed product thumbnail images in CMS block
  • Set different layout options for stand-alone page
  • Defining featured products on Store View level
  • Define Meta-title, Meta description and Meta Keywords for standalone page SEO

This extension is improved following user reviews shared on the older version on Magento Connect. I hope that this new version will meet your expectations.

Here I will try to answer some of the most common user questions:

FAQ:

Q: Which Magento versions is the extension compatible with?
A: Featured products v2.0 is compatible with Magento CE 1.6 and greater and EE 1.11 and greater, and for older Magento versions there is an option to download Featured products v1.2.3

Q: How to increase image size in home page featured product?
A: In version 2.0 it is easily done through configuration options from Magento Admin (System|Configuration|Inchoo|Featured products|CMS page widget|Thumbnail image dimension)

Q: I have purchased the “Call For Price” extension which removes the price and add to cart button on the product page. But this extension still shows price and button on home page. Does anyone know how to remove the price and add to cart button on the home page as well?
A: In version 2.0 it is easily done through configuration options from Magento Admin area

Q: Why do I get 404 error every time I access the config?
A: If you even after log-out and log-in again to your Magento admin still get this error, it is necessarily to manually set ACL permissions for admin user through System|Permissions|Roles in order to make it work.

Q: I have added multiple stores in my site, this extension not able to collect data according to store wise. How can i customize this extension, so featured products are displayed according to store wise?
A: This is natively implemented in version 2.0 and you just need to select appropriate Store view when defining featured products through: Catalog|Featured products screen.

Q: How to make Featured products appear on my home page?
A:

  1. After extension installation, it is neccesary to navigate to: CMS|Pages and then click on Home page row in order to edit its content. Make sure to click on row that has “enabled” value.
  2. Click on the tab Content on the left side of the screen and then click on the “Hide editor” button on the center of the screen in order to hide visual HTML editor.
  3. Inside your Home page content HTML add this: {{block type=”featuredproducts/listing”}} and click on the save page button. That should display the block on your home page.
  4. Also make sure that your extension is set to “Active” in System|Configuration area.

The extension is currently being maintained by our Inchooer Zvonimir Buric and is available via his GitHub account. Extension is free, provided as is, without warranty of any kind.

Get Inchoo_FeaturedProducts Magento extension.

Note! This article was revised on Nov 30, 2012. You will notice that some of the comments are older. This is because the original article was posted in 2010 by Tomislav Bilic.

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Darko Goles

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Darko worked at Inchoo as Backend Developer from March 2011 to January 2014

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  1. Hi, could anyone please help change the block_featured_products.phtml from a table to an unordered list? I also want the first list item to have the class=”first” and the last to have the class=”last”.

    I have set the admin to show 5 per row.

    Any help is much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

  2. gagan

    I’ve put this {{block type=”featuredproducts/listing”}} in content area and extension is active.
    So far there is no error.

    But question is how to assign a category to this extension?

  3. gagan

    Thank you !!! awesome extension..

  4. Nikhil

    can you show some demo of this extension?

  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment
    is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thanks!

  6. Chamath

    Hi,

    I have installed this extension successfully. After saving product as a featured product it will clear all tier prices of that product.

    Please help us on this.

    Thanks,
    Chamath

  7. Rrroulio

    thanks for this module. Strange thing on front. I see all products featured or not, list and home
    magento 1.7.0.2 with 4 products and only 2 are featured.
    attribute has been created, no error in admin. no idea…

  8. How to add some cell spacing on my home page?
    I tried changing to in my theme folders /templates/inchoo/featuredproducts/block_featured_products.phtml , but it didn’t create any spacing, no matter what I set the cell spacing value to. I have a 5 per row layout … Please help !!

  9. Dove

    Hello,
    I get this error in magento 1.8
    ‘Mage_Core_Exception’ with message ‘Invalid block type: Mage_”featuredproducts_Block_Listing”’ in /chroot/home/site/siyte.com/html/app/Mage.php:594

    Any idea what to do ?

  10. sabari

    I installed and {{block type=”featuredproducts/listing”}} this code put in content area but no output in home page. pls help me

  11. Hi on my homepage i list ‘Featured Product’ with your plugin.

    I have one problem? The url is now: http://saintazul.com.stagingceezoo.nl/cape-town-business.html

    But i want it to be: http://saintazul.com.stagingceezoo.nl/cape-town/cape-town-business.html

    Because on each Category i have different CSS styles.

    How do i add the ‘category-name’ to the URL?

    Thanks a lot!

  12. On this page: http://saintazul.com.stagingceezoo.nl/cape-town.html in the footer i load some featured products with your plugin.

    But how do i load all featured products except the ones off the current Category?

    Is this possible?

    Thanks a lot!

  13. Kunal

    How to get featured products in the side bar?

    Want to be able to select how many items are shown one underneth another.
    The std code does not do this {{block type=”featuredproducts/listing”}}

    please help !!

  14. Clicking on featured product categories generate a 404 error. Example: Fitness Supplements |
    Whey Isolate == We are sorry, but the page you are looking for cannot be found.

    URL Redirect Management has:
    Request Path Target Path
    whey-isolate-12 whey-isolate-9
    whey-isolate-11 whey-isolate-8
    whey-isolate-10 whey-isolate-7

    How can I resolve this issue?

  15. In Magento 1.8 no featured products would shown up on Homepage. So I changed tried to use the “insert widget” button, and that is working perfectly.

    Instead of {{block type=”featuredproducts/listing”}} use the following code to show on homepage:

    {{widget type=”featuredproducts/widget”}}

  16. My Featured product images are showing the small image oppose to the base image and they aren’t centered within the block. How do I re-size and make the featured product images larger or use the base image and center them on my homepage?

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