Classification by Position

 Organise the information to be displayed
Based on the nature of the information that you want to make available to your visitors, the display order may vary. In certain cases, the most favorable order is obvious. If you display events or news bits, the date is the obvious, and practically only, commanding classification criterion. In this case, the most recent elements will be displayed first.
 Ambiguous cases
Other cases are more ambiguous. Let's take the example of a catalog containing a few dozen products. What's the best order? Price may represent a good classification criterion, displaying your lowest priced items at the top of the page. However, if your visitor is searching for a product, and they know its name, a classification based on price will not allow them to quickly find the product in your catalog. For this reason, we have made the "properties" tab available in each component. This tab allows you to select the initial order and to decide if you wish to allow visitors to change this order when navigating on your site. Be careful not to give your visitors too many options when they aren't very useful. If you sell 5 products that are all displayed on the same page, letting your visitors change their order will only cause them to ponder the meaning of this pointless option! Let them concentrate on what you do rather than having them ponder the functions offered by the Actinic system. On the other hand, as soon as one of your components contains numerous elements, don't hesitate to implement this extremely practical function. The visitor will be more inclined to try and understand its use rather than going through 40 pages of your catalog to find what they're looking for.
 Classification by position
Date, name, price: all very logical information that can be used as criteria for classifying elements. But in certain cases, logic is illogical! If you decide to use the Bios component to introduce the associates in your law firm, there is very little chance that the founder, president, expert attorney, or any other person you wish to display first in the list will have a last name that begins with the letter "A", thus landing them at the top of the list! The same goes for your associates, some of whom are more important than others - a fact that has nothing to do with their name. This is also true for your hot links, and even your products in certain cases. For example, you may want to display certain products first because you've manufactured them yourself, you have the exclusive rights, they are the products with the largest profit margin, they are on sale this month, etc. Your choice is purely arbitrary. This is where the concept of classification by position comes into play. The "Element Classification" tab, which is located in all of the components that manage elements, allows you to assign an arbitrary position to each element in the component. For example, you can assign the first and second place positions in the bios list to the two founders of your law firm. Likewise, in your catalog, you may want to assign the first three positions to the three leading products in your line.
 Let the user decide
Obviously, once you start going to the trouble of defining positions for each element, don't forget to put this option into effect by defining that the starting display order for this component will be position based. When using this option, give your visitors the possibility of changing this order, if so desired, to find the information that they're looking for more easily. It's logical to want to display the CEO at the top of the bios list. However, if the visitor is searching for a specific member of your team, give them the possibility of classifying the bios by last name!

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