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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Retail Application-Installation and Configuration

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Lesson 3: Web Parts and Display Templates

Web Parts and Display Templates

Web Parts and Display Templates : This lesson describes how search-driven Web Parts and display templates are used to present content in the online storefront.

Lesson Objectives

The objectives are:

  • Describe how search-driven Web Parts and display templates are managed
  • Describe how they can be used to create dynamic pages and manage metadata.

Managed Properties: Map Attributes

When content is crawled, the metadata of the items that are crawled is represented as crawled properties. While publishing content from Microsoft Dynamics AX, crawled and managed properties are mapped. This explicitly controls names for the managed properties (only managed properties are included in search results).

In a catalog, managed properties are the specifications of the items in the library or list, such as Title, Color, or Product Category. You can specify settings for managed properties to affect how content appears in Search Web Parts and in search results. We recommend that you maintain and control managed properties from Microsoft Dynamics AX, since changes made in SharePoint are overwritten every time a new publishing is done from Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  1. Click Retail > Common > Retail channels > Online stores. In the Online stores list, double-click a store.
  2. Click Map attributes. In the Map attributes form, for each category in the online store, select the options that indicate how the attributes for each category or channel product should behave in the online store on the SharePoint site. The attributes are mapped to the managed properties on the SharePoint site.

For example, you can select whether an attribute can be searched, refined, retrieved, sorted, and queried. These options determine how the value of this attribute is saved in the search index on the SharePoint site, and if and how this attribute appears in the online store pages.

Page Model

SharePoint uses templates to define and render the pages that a site displays. The structure of a SharePoint page includes three main elements:

  1. Master pages define the shared framing elements for all pages in your site. These elements may include the header and footer, top navigation, breadcrumbs, search box, site logo, and other branding elements. The master page remains consistent as visitors navigate your site.
  2. Page layouts define the layout for a specific class of pages. A page layout is a template for a specific type of page in your site, such as a product gallery page or a product details page. As its name implies, a page layout defines the layout or structure for the body of a page.
  3. Pages are created from a page layout by authors who add content to page fields.
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