Exclusive to an DYO Product, a template is a design idea, made available to the buyer as a starting point to aid in their design. Even though VCG's Online Store has thousands of professionally designed templates available for you to use, you can create as many custom templates as you'd like.
To create a custom template for your Store, visit your Online Store and go to the product you'd like to design a template for. You can use any of these templates to begin, if you'd like to start from a blank design, click on the Design Your Own option (circled below). If you'd like to create a new template from one of the pre-designed templates, you can choose the template you'd like to edit. If you're unsure on how to use the Online Designer, we suggest viewing the How to use the Online Designer tutorial.
In the DYO Product editor, use the tools provided to create your DYO Product. Any images you upload will be available to your customers as they design your Online Product. All text and images will be displayed exactly as you create them during this step.
To include custom vector art in your template design, you will need to upload that artwork in svg format, which can be produced through vector based programs such as Adobe Illustrator (please refer to the documentation that came with your software on how to create each format). Other acceptable, non-vector based file formats include png, jpg, or gif. Any of these raster (pixel) based images will inform you if it's uploaded at a resolution that doesn't fit industry standards for print quality.
- Once complete, click the Share link at the bottom of the screen.
- Copy the Share link URL provided. This is the Design ID URL that you will need to copy in the Custom Template Form request (see below).
- Once the template is created within your Online Designer on your Website, you can the start to create it within the portal at MyVCG.com. To navigate to create a template, you'll click on Store, then hover over Products and click Create a DYO Template.
- All Customer Access - Check this if you'd like all of your clients to be able to see this template
- Label - This will display under your thumbnail for the template
- Design ID - You'll want to copy and paste the URL of the design you just created for this template, but you'll want to delete the copy before "DesignID". So, for example, if this was your URL: "http://myvcgstore.com/store/index.cfm/do/site.dyo/DesignID/081915_CA92D459-AF58-DEF7-2D5820701D5D7BA8" - you would only use "081915_CA92D459-AF58-DEF7-2D5820701D5D7BA8"
Once your template is saved, you'll be able to add images. For this, click on the Images tab on the left, then click Upload Image. You can then click to browse on your computer to upload a new image.
Important note: Your product must have an established connection to your Store at all times. If you are not yet ready to place your product in your Store's department hierarchy, DO NOT remove the existing floating connection. The floating connection maintains the relationship between your product and your Store until the product has been placed in a department. Removing the floating connection will disrupt that connection and may cause your product to be lost.
This section allows you to place your product somewhere in your Store in relation to the existing department hierarchy.
Upon initial setup, your product will be related to the Floating department, which means that your product is active but will not appear anywhere on your Store. When you are ready to make your product accessible to your customers, you will need to place it in a department somewhere within your Store department hierarchy.
To place your product on an existing department page, click to expand arrow next to your company name. Click the expand arrow next to Hierarchy to view all the top-level departments in your Store.
Some of your departments may be labeled with a yellow icon while some may have a white icon. The departments with yellow icons are currently active and can be accessed by your customers through your Store. To view additional layers of departments, click on the expand arrow that appears next to departments that contain sub-departments.
Once you've located the department in which you want your custom product to live, double click the department name to add it to your Connections list below.
Once you've established the relationship to the Store department where your new product will live, you can manage that connection here.
The Active check box allows you to decide whether the product will appear on your site or not. To automatically make your product activate and/or deactivate on specified dates, click the fields under Start Date and End Date to open the calendar and determine your schedule.
If you would like to remove a connection completely, click the red X located in the Remove column.
Click save and your new template will be visible within the product you set your hierarchy to. But as always, if you have any questions please contact your support team by clicking the live chat in the upper right, or by giving us a call at 1-800-558-3054.