RTML for Yahoo! Store - A visual quick-start tutorial to modifying templates

RTML for Yahoo! Store: A visual quick-start guide to modifying templates

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Yahoo! Store is a powerful e-commerce platform for small businesses. Business owners can set up a virtual store and be selling their products and services online in minutes. The standard templates provide an easy way to build the store without requiring programming skills, while providing very powerful backend tools.However, if you want to achieve a truly unique storefront you need to know about RTML - the programming language of the Yahoo! Store system.

Using our experience with the Yahoo! Store system, we put together this introductory guide, which contains valuable tips and tricks for other Yahoo! Store owners. We hope that it will form the basis for you to explore many other ways of modifying your store.

Who is this Yahoo! Store tutorial for?

What you will find in this guide

The format is a visual quick start guide; 60 pages with lots of screenshots and many step-by-step instructions. Real practical examples include the following:

The focus is on learning by examples - showing you how to read and modify the relevant templates rather than going through the theory behind RTML. In most real-life cases you will be editing templates instead of creating new ones from scratch, and you won't need to know about all RTML expressions.

What you will not find in this guide

This is an introductory guide to modifying templates; if you are a full-time developer or require very detailed template customizations, then this guide may not be right for you. (For an additional resource on RTML, please refer to the book RTML 101: The unofficial guide by Istvan Siposs at ytimes.info).

Table of Contents

Sample Chapter

Additional Information


Creating a RTML compound statement

This is something that always stumps a few people when they start learning RTML, so I have created a simple Flash video that shows you how to create a compound RTML statement.

From chapter 8, page 28. Modifying the side-nav template.


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