In the following post we describe core features and functionality of HandiCraft by TemplateMonster. This responsive template is designed to create handmade goods shop from scratch with the minimum time and effort. The theme includes lots of extensions out of the box and provides modern shopping experience, so visitors will be impressed how user-friendly your ecommerce website is.'
Table of contents
- Bunch of pre-installed extensions and AJAX-based features;
- Support for all screen sizes (100% responsive);
- Better main menu with MegaMenu;
- Newsletter popup window and subscription area;
- Advanced sorting and filtering;
- Search autocomplete + AJAX search;
- And many more.
Now, we should tell a few more words about extensions and AJAX-based features of the HandiCraft Magento 2 handmade goods shop theme. On the official template’s page, you can find almost 20 Magento 2 modules that are included in HandiCraft by default. Due to the AJAX usage, the template allows to eliminate reloads for search, wishlist and compare, various catalog operations, etc. Besides, there are modules the enable shop by brand functionality, Google Maps integration, and various social features, such as login and sharing. For further information, follow the link below the post.
As for mobile support, it is a mandatory requirement for every ecommerce website. Despite the market and the target audience, more and more people use smartphones to buy something on the Internet. Therefore, you will lose potential clients, if your storefront won’t work correctly on a small screen. What about handmade goods Magento 2 shop? We think, that 100% mobile support is vital in this case, since there are be lots of modern customers among potential buyers who use their mobile devices to discover the desired products. And the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme is fully compatible with all modern requirements related to mobile devices.
Beautiful customized menus are also very important. Unfortunately, they are not available in default Magento 2, but you can easily enhance your handmade goods storefront with better navigation if you use HandiCraft. The template allows to fully leverage the mega menu functionality, so you can easily add various content to menu items. Promote sales or just attract the attention of store visitors to certain subcategories or goods by adding images.
The newsletter popup feature is another useful component of the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme. It allows to get more newsletter subscribers than you can even imagine. The appropriate window is displayed right after a store page is loaded (but you can customize its appearance) asking a visitor to subscribe for your newsletter. Although this approach seems to be aggressive, it works much better than a plain newsletter subscription area, which is also available in the template.
As for advanced filtering and sorting options, they are a little bit ordinary and has some problems common for the default category page of Magento 2, but we will describe how to improve them below. If you are wondering what exact features are provided by the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 template, each category page allows to sort products by position, name and price, switch between grid and list layouts, as well as display 9, 15, or 30 items per page.
AJAX search is also among important improvements introduced in the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme. It not only works without reloads, but also supports the autocomplete functionality and displays both product and category pages among search results.
Unlike many other Magento 2 themes from TemplateMonster, HandiCraft offers a single top row with suc elements as brand logo, main menu, search, customer menu, wish list, and mini cart widget. To illustrate the advantage of the mega menu over the default menu, we’d like to show the following two images. Check the first one that contains a common menu item:
And this is how the MegaMenu extension can improve it:
The difference is dramatic: the improved item provides better shopping experience by introducing more user-friendly navigation. Besides, it looks well and is more engaging. You can easily add lots of new elements, such as product links, images, and banners. Thus, the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme allows to promote selected product and special offers right in the main menu. Also check Magestore Mega Menu Magento 2 Extension.
As for the search field, it allows to discover the desired products on every page of your handmade goods Magento 2 store. As mentioned above, the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 template displays both products and categories among search results.
Next, there is a huge slider with an attractive background image, title, description, and “Shop Now” button. The banner can be replaced with a slider to promote more products, sales, and special offers. A reliable alternative banner extension: AheadWorks Rich Banner Slider Magento 2 Extension.
We also recommend you to check the following shop by brand Magento 2 extensions: MageDelight Shop By Brand Magento 2 Extension, AheadWorks Shop By Brand Magento 2 Module, Magestore Shop by Brand Magento 2 Plugin. They provide some advanced functionality that this template lacks.
A section that contains both banner and displays products is available below. The banner redirects you to a selected category, while products can be also linked to it (not like in the demo version that we explore). The product information seems to be limited: you can see only a product image, title, and price. Indeed, more elements appear when you hover over a product: Add to Cart/Wishlist/Compare.
Also note that a newsletter subscription block is combined with banner and below there is a selection of products.
The footer of TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 Theme looks quite minimalist. It is divided into 4 columns: Categories, Information, Why buy from us, and My account. Also pay attention to the “Up to Top” button that is always available on every store page. Click it, and you will rapidly return to the top part of the page. It is also necessary to mention that the main menu works as a sticky element in the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 handmade goods template.
Also note that Magento 2 blog extensions are gathered here: The Best Blog Extensions for Magento 2. If you need a blog (and we know for sure you need it), choose one of the solutions mentioned in the post.
The same top menu is available on a category page. Below, you have a row with various sorting options. The TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme allows to sort items by name, price, and position. Besides, you can switch between ascending and descending order. Next, the template shows how many products are displayed on a page and shows the amount of items in a category. Note that every customer can limit the amount of displayed goods to 9, 15, or 30 per page. And there are two layouts: grid and list.
As for filters, they are designed to improve navigation even more, but there is one drawback: it is impossible to apply several parameters of each filter simultaneously. But you can still narrow down the selection of products. Note that the amount of available items is displayed in front of every filter parameter. Better improved layered navigation extensions for Magento 2 are available here: Magento 2 Layered Navigation Comparison.
To add a product to cart, hover over its area and the “Add to Cart” button will be displayed. Besides, there are more buttons: “Add to Compare” and “Add to Wishlist”.
On a product page, you can check product availability, view SKU, name, price, rating, and short description, as well as change quantity, add a product to cart/wishlist/compare, or send it to friend.
A full description, a grid with additional information, and a review section are displayed via three tabs: Details, More Information, and Reviews correspondingly.
the mini cart widget allows to edit product details (you will be redirected to a product page), delete items from a cart and change quantity (right in the widget), view product details, proceed to checkout, or go to a shopping cart page.
The same manipulations are available on a shopping cart page. Besides, you can calculate estimate shipping and tax as well as apply a discount code in the Summary section. Note that the TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 template allows to checkout with multiple addresses.
The best shopping carts are here: Magento 2 AJAX Cart Extensions Comparison.
The checkout page looks quite familiar: it is divided between two steps: Shipping & Review & Payment. Besides, there is the Order Summary section on the right. Make the checkout procedure better with one of this Magento 2 one step checkout extensions.
The TemplateMonster HandiCraft Magento 2 theme looks quite minimalist especially in comparison with other modern templates, but it doesn’t mean that this is a drawback. The theme provides all the necessary features and allows you to improve your handmade goods shop even more. The price of the template is $179, and you can purchase it here:'