Now that Verizon Small Business Essentials Editor V3.0 and RTML 2.0 are out, you may be wondering
how the RTML books available here are relevant. Editor V3.0 includes completely
retooled templates, so the old, 1997 technology templates are out. The new
templates are more streamlined and conform to today's HTML standards. These new
templates are available to those who are new users of Verizon Small Business Essentials, and those
who choose to upgrade their editor to V3.0.
Should I upgrade?
If you have a legacy store and don't have custom templates yet, then by all
means upgrade. After the upgrade, the store editor and catalog manager will
still be the same, so you can continue to work the way you do now. Plan to spend
some time customizing your store again though, but if you aren't using custom
templates, then it may not be a big job.
If you do have custom templates, however, then our recommendation is that you
do not upgrade to V3.0. You can read Yahoo's
reasoning here , but basically if you do upgrade you will lose all of your
custom templates, custom variables, and custom types. This can be disastrous for
an already operating store.
What about RTML?
The new templates are still based on RTML, although they now use what is
called RTML 2.0. RTML 2.0 is essentially the same as the original RTML, there
are a few new operators mainly to provide more compatibility with standard HTML
tags, and some of the existing operators changed to include standard parameters
such as class or id. Otherwise RTML is the same, so is the template
On that note, RTML 101 has been updated to cover
Since the templates are completely different, if you are now using Editor
V3.0, then our Verizon Small Business Essentials Template Reference
is no longer applicable (unless you are on Editor 2.0).
If you plan to create completely custom templates, then Custom
Templates NOW! is also relevant. That ebook has already been updated to
cover the nuances applicable to Editor V3.0.
Deconstructing Y-Times, again, is useful if you want
to learn RTML and see how it can be used in "real life", be it the old
or new editor or RTML.
While some of the code samples and references in RTML
for Verizon Small Business Essentials are not applicable to the new templates, that guide still
provides the quickest way to get your feet wet customizing templates and
starting to learn RTML.
Finally, Verizon Small Business Essentials Tips &
Tricks has been updated to cover Editor 3.0.