this post contains announcements for both the link-up tool in the project manager so please choose the link you want from below or just read the whole post thank you

I am interested only in the Linkup features part of the post 

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A long-requested feature was to be able to add more than one target shop under one product thumbnail. This way, the reader would be more inclined to click on something that she liked, if there would be a choice of preferred shop.

Using two shops on one link

Using two shops on one link (from Tim Holtz’s blog)

 

This is now available for all Crafter-tier Project manager accounts and it is very easy to use too!

The only thing you need is to set a short description properly as this is what will be shown on the links to the shops:

 

Setting what shows up on the shop link

Setting what shows up on the shop link

 

when you drag and drop links in their collection area you will notice that your icon that will allow you to join the links together.

The "join" icons on every link

The “join” icons on every link

 

Clicking on it will change the appearance of the current in the previous link and it will put both links in one separate box. Your links are now connected. If you want to separate them, you can either remove one of them by using the trashcan icon or just click at the join icon between them. This will make them again as two separate links.

 

Linked links

Linked links

 

You can now save your collection and put the code in your blog post.

 

This is how the collection will show up on the blog post:

 

The double links show up on the blog widget

The double links show up on the blog widget

 

What happens is that the displayed image is the image found in the second link of the two links we have linked together. The short description that it is displayed is the one we entered when we defined the links.

Clicking on the image now, does not direct the reader to either of the shops but rather mentions that the user has to choose one of the two.

the benefits of having two different shops to link to is that the reader has a choice to view the product in share favorite shop does increasing the possibility of actually making the purchase.. So compare this, too just having text links pointing to shops.  The difference in the number of readers that actually click and buy something is fast and you now make it even easier for them.

 

Please note that the double links are only available for the new dynamic widget. Product lists rendered with the all too widget will stimulate either as two different links pointing to two different shops. We are considering extending the double link feature to the all the widget to so please let us know of your thoughts.

new features in the link up widget

we have added a couple of new features to the link up widget that have been requested:

Links per page

First of all, you can now control the number of the links in each page of the paging widget, not by altering the code in your blog, but setting it from your dashboard.

You will find this setting in the advanced options:

Setting the number of links per page from the dashboard

Setting the number of links per page from the dashboard

 

Numbering links

Another requested feature was to remove the numbers before the links. You can now set the linkup to not display the numbers and your list will display as a gallery rather than a typical linkup/challenge:

Linkups without numbers!

Linkups without numbers!

Again, this setting can be found under the advanced options:

To number or not to number?

To number or not to number?

 

Sorting by name

Sorting links by their names instead of the time they were added (or randomly) has been a long since requested feature. You can now choose to sort links alphabetically, based on their links name. Again this option can be found on your dashboard under the sorting menu:

Arranging links by name

Arranging links by name

 

Visited links not fading out anymore

We have sorted out a confusion point, in the new dynamic widget. Fading of the links where the one link was visited is now gone.

Up to now when the reader clicked on the link, the link would fade to gray to indicate that it has already been visited. This is very useful in cases where the linkup has many links or when the sorting was set to random. New users though would some times be confused because the links would appear like being disabled instead of just visited.

This has now been fixed by replacing the fadeout with an icon at the top left of the link. This way, it both gives a visual feedback to the reader that she has already visited the specific link and does not  make the linkup ugly by fading the links:

Check instead of fade. Prettier linkups!

Check instead of fade. Prettier linkups!

Please note that these options are only available in the new dynamic widget. The all the widget will just ignore these changes.

Want to propose a new feature ? Just leave a comment and let us know of your thoughts.