Magento natively integrates CMSfeatures.
Two types of objects are available to allow you to create content in Magento:
- Pages, which allow you to display general information such as your terms of sale, contact information, store locations, et cetera.
- Static blocks ( “static” is not quite the appropriate term as discussed below, it means that the content of these blocks is editable directly from the back-office, without modifying php source code), which allow you to enter information to be usually displayed on several pages, such as footers, headers, but also specific informations (predictive site shut down, promotions …).
Note that these objects, static pages or blocks, may contain elements dynamically calculated and it is relatively easy to make create new ones for the webmaster (for instance to display current date and time, number of online customers, last item sold…).
Furthermore, these blocks and pages can also contain other blocks, static (ie, whose content is changed here) or not (block articles, bestsellers block …).
Finally, these pages and blocks fit perfectly into the Magento architecture: for the same page or static block identifier, you can (but do not have to) create one version per View Store. It becomes very easy to create specific content for each language and the system will display the version corresponding to the language of the customer without you having wrote a single line of code.
Of course the system is not without fault and we can regret:
- The lack of a rich text editing tool,
- The inability to manage hierarchical content,
- The lack of online form management.
We shall see very soon how to find a workaround these deficiencies.