Site Management Tools Overview

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The Commerce web stores Site Management Tools (SMT) feature lets you perform several important website management tasks, including:

  • Managing content.

  • Adding landing pages and enhance existing pages.

  • Managing commerce categories and subcategories.

  • Assigning items to categories.

Website management is facilitated by the SMT user interface on the website. You can manage content by dragging and dropping new content, editing or removing existing content, and rearranging content by dragging it from one location to another.

You manage content directly on the pages of your website. This lets you preview content changes in real-time. SMT uses NetSuite roles and permissions so that only an authorized user assigned a role with website management permissions can manage content.

Types of Content

Content is a general term used to identify data elements you can add. When you install the SMT Core Content Types bundles, the following core content types are available:

  • SMT Image Content Type — Home page banners or main images, promotional notifications or content such as, Free Shipping, and images that link to product categories are all examples of image content. Each image can have a link that leads to another URL, such as a facet listing of products or a product detail page. Image content also lets you set the alternate text attribute to use when an image does not load or for page readers.

  • SMT Text Content — Headers for images or merchandising zones, blocks or paragraphs of text, text in header or footer areas, and hypertext links are examples of what you can achieve with text content.

  • Merchandising Zone Content — Merchandising rules are product listings defined in NetSuite. The rule determines the products included in the list, the order of the products, and the number of products to display. A merchandising zone defines the area where that product listing is displayed on a web page. For more information on merchandising zone content, see Product Merchandising.

  • HTML Content — Videos, social widgets, and forms are examples of the type of content you can use with the HTML content type.

Custom Content Type

An additional content type, the Custom Content Type (CCT), is a user-created Commerce web stores extension which can be implemented and integrated with SMT for adding custom content. See Custom Content Type.

Content Publication

When you add content or landing pages, they remain in an unpublished state, and invisible to site visitors, until they are published to the site. After publication, the content or landing page is displayed based on the visibility options you specified for that piece of content. See Visibility Dates.

The SMT Review and Publish Changes screen lets you select one or more pieces of content to publish or to discard. Discarding content deletes it from the site. You can also discard unpublished content. See Review and Publish Your Site

Visibility Options

When you add content, you set the visibility attribute for that content. There are three different visibility attributes:

  • Always visible.

  • Displayed as of a specific date and time and never expires.

  • Displayed as of a specific date and time and expires at a specific date and time.

For details, see Visibility Dates.

SMT Areas

SMT areas are <div> tags that are defined in a template file. The <div> defines the location on the page where you can add content. Commerce web stores include page template files that have pre-configured areas. You can use these areas as they are defined, edit the areas, or add new areas to the templates. For details, see SMT Templates and Areas.

Area Scope

Each area has an assigned scope, and the scope of the area determines when the content placed in that area is displayed. For example, if the scope of an area on the product detail page is this page, then any content added to that area displays only for that product. Area scopes include all pages, page type, and this page. For more information on area scope, see Site Management Tools Areas.


Category pages support content in areas with page type and all pages scope. Areas with this page scope are not supported on category pages.

Landing and Enhanced Pages

In addition to adding content, SMT also lets you create new pages and enhance existing pages.

  • Landing pages are new pages you can add to provide additional content. About Us, Contact Us, and Return Policy are all examples of landing pages. As with content, when you create a landing page, you set the visibility options for that page. Like content, the landing pages are published using the same workflow. It is displayed according to the visibility options you specify. For more information about visibility options, see Visibility Dates.

  • Enhanced pages are existing pages for which you set additional attributes such as the page title, meta description, or meta keywords. For example, you might enhance the home page to set the title and meta description for SEO. You cannot set visibility dates for enhanced pages. Page enhancements go into effect immediately when you save them.

For more information, see Pages in SMT.


SMT landing and enhanced pages replace the landing and enhanced pages available in the content delivery system.

Theme Customizer

The Theme Customizer feature lets you make style changes to predefined elements. For example, you might to change the size or style of heading fonts, the background color, or the color of links. Define the elements available for customization in the deployed them. These customizable elements are defined by the theme developer.

Customizable elements can be defined as skins, which are groups of elements designed to let you quickly change the look of your site by applying the skin. A theme can have multiple skins or no skins at all. Skins are not required for defining customizable elements.

The Theme Customizer is available in SMT only when the deployed theme contains customizable elements. See Theme Customizer.

Commerce Categories

SMT enables you to create commerce categories and subcategories, and assign items to those categories. Categories are presented to visitors on category and subcategory pages. You set important properties, including SEO related properties of the category or subcategory page when you create the category. For details, see Commerce Categories in SMT.

For information on creating categories, subcategories, and item assignments by CSV import, see the help topic Commerce Category Import.

Preview on Different Screen Sizes

The preview on different screen sizes feature lets you preview how your site displays to visitors on different devices and various screen sizes. See Preview Screen Sizes.