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magento home page enhancement

i currently have a great ecommerce website based on the following template with a great homepage.


look at our current home page:

[url removed, login to view]

if you look at the template demo home page, you can see a slider and then a block of 'new releases'

i would like to add several new blocks below the block of 'new releases', similar to the way netflix displays their offerings here: (PM me for the link)

job must be completed on or before Oct 21st, 2011.

project details: (the current code for the current homepage block is posted below)


1) after the 'new releases' i want to add 10 blocks for the following categories





year 2011

blu ray


(and 3 more categories)

essentially this should be writing the block code once and copying it 10 times for each category and making sure the variables can be changed for whatever category we want to promote at the time...

2) we need to be able to change the block categories as needed for promotions, etc. I understand basic code, (as I understand it) this should simply be changing a few variables in the block and moving the blocks around to fit our needs..or commenting out the code if we want to 'delete' the block from the home page

2a) currently we can manipulate the block by determining how many columns and rows we can see. we need to keep that functionality for each block.

3) we also need to change the link in the right hand block in the demo link that says 'all movies' that points to [url removed, login to view] (which was a demo category that no longer exists). we need to be able to do the same for each block. (Truthfully, someone just needs to tell me where to find that variable in the web files and how to change it)

here is the current code for our homepage block. pretty simple..yet for me, not so simple

------------------>START HOME PAGE BLOCK

<reference name="header">

<block type="cms/block" name="home_slider">


The content of this block is taken from the database by its block_id.

You can manage it in admin CMS -> Static Blocks


<action method="setBlockId"><block_id>home_slider</block_id></action>



------------------>THE 'NEW PRODUCT' BLOCK of code

<reference name="content">

<block type="catalog/product_new" name="" alias="product_new" template="catalog/product/new.phtml" after="cms_page">

<action method="addPriceBlockType"><type>bundle</type><block>bundle/catalog_product_price</block><template>bundle/catalog/product/price.phtml</template></action>

<action method="setColumnCount"><columns>5</columns></action>

<action method="setProductsCount"><count>40</count></action>



<block type="reports/product_viewed" name="home.reports.product.viewed" alias="product_viewed" template="reports/home_product_viewed.phtml" after="product_new"><action method="addPriceBlockType"><type>bundle</type><block>bundle/catalog_product_price</block><template>bundle/catalog/product/price.phtml</template></action></block>

<block type="reports/product_compared" name="home.reports.product.compared" template="reports/home_product_compared.phtml" after="product_viewed"><action method="addPriceBlockType"><type>bundle</type><block>bundle/catalog_product_price</block><template>bundle/catalog/product/price.phtml</template></action></block>




<reference name="right">

<action method="unsetChild"><alias>right.reports.product.viewed</alias></action>

<action method="unsetChild"><alias>right.reports.product.compared</alias></action>



Skills: eCommerce, Magento

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Project ID: #1253396