Practical Ecommerce

Tutorial: Create Multiple Product Views with SimpleViewer

Ecommerce merchants frequently want to display multiple photo views of their products. Many services are available that allow merchants to do this, but often at a price.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through setting up and customizing SimpleViewer, a free alternative for creating additional product image views.

Free and Paid Versions of SimpleViewer

To begin, I will take you to the SimpleViewer home page and show you where you can download this free software. I will also discuss some of the differences between the free version of SimpleViewer and the premium version, SimpleViewer Pro.

After taking a brief look at SimpleViewer and viewing a sample of its capabilities, I will take you into the files provided in the SimpleViewer download. I will discuss the varying file types and which files you need to be aware of to set up your own SimpleViewer.

Use Dreamweaver to Customize SimpleViewer

Next, I will take you into Dreamweaver, where I will show you how you can set up SimpleViewer to display your own images and image thumbnails. I will also show you how to customize the color, size and positioning of SimpleViewer, as well as how you can enable and disable certain features.

By the end of this tutorial, you should have a better understanding of how SimpleViewer can be used to better display product images, as well as how you can manipulate SimpleViewer to best suit your needs.

Drew Coffin

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  1. dean_iconweb April 14, 2010 Reply

    Gotta love the flexibility and simple editing that this product provides. The big question for me is what about search engines?

    This product clearly would be great eye-candy. But I would think twice about turning over prime content real estate over to Flash.

    The question came up in their forums. Their reply was less than optimistic.

    http://www.simpleviewer.net/forum/topic/5956/simpleviewer-and-search-engine-optimization/

    I would much rather use a HTML/Javascript solution that I know Google can crawl.

    IMHO

  2. felixturner April 14, 2010 Reply

    Great tutorial thanks!

    Re the Search Engine issue, I’ve updated the forum response to describe how you can make a SimpleViewer gallery search engine optimized: http://www.simpleviewer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=5956