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User Guide

3.4.0 Edition


Table of Contents

I. Guide for Administrators
1. Installing SoftSlate Commerce
Overview and System Requirements
Download SoftSlate Commerce
Create an Empty Database
Upload and Deploy SoftSlate Commerce
Run the SoftSlate Commerce Installer
Installation Troubleshooting
Installing SoftSlate Commerce Manually
Provisioning SoftSlate Commerce with Tomcat on RedHat Linux
Installation Procedure for Ensim Servers
2. Getting Started
Adding Your First Product
Placing a Test Order
Viewing Your Test Order
Next Steps
3. Important Settings
Store Contact Information
Outgoing Email Settings
Advanced System Settings
Built-In Categories Setting
Shipping Selection Required Setting
Security Code Required Setting
Default Layout Setting
Encryption Settings
4. Managing the Product Catalog
Overview
Products
Categories
Attributes
Manufacturers
SKUs
Discounts
Advanced Search
Using the Administrator
The Administrator Control Screen
Using Power Edit on the Administrator Control Screen
Making Assignments
Tracking Inventory with SKUs
Overview
Product-Level Tracking
Attribute/Option-Level Tracking
Attribute-Only SKUs
Discounts
Overview
Global Discounts
SKU Discounts
Quantity Discounts and Discount Ranges
Coupons
Virtual Products
Advanced Search With Lucene
5. Configuring Taxes
Basic Tax Rates
AvaTax Processor
6. Configuring Shipping
Flat Rate Shipping Methods
Quantity-Based Shipping Tables
Weight-Based Shipping Tables
Price-Based Shipping Tables
Shipping Rules
Overview
Package Shipping Rules
Adding Method Limitations to Package Shipping Rules
Shipping Discount Rules
'Method Limits by SKU' Shipping Rules
'Method Limits by Location' Shipping Rules
Another Package Shipping Rule Example
7. Configuring Payments
Payflow Pro Advanced Settings
8. Managing Orders
9. Template Placeholders
Template Placeholders Reference
10. Upgrading SoftSlate Commerce
Upgrading Overview
Important: Read This Before Upgrading
Upgrade Procedure
A. Change Log
B. Release Notes
Version 3.4.0
API Filter Configuration in web.xml
Custom Typeahead CSS File
Version 3.3.5
Implementing Envers
Version 3.3.3
New sscProduct.created Field
Remove Old Jar Files
Add Necessary Hibernate EhCache Factory Setting to hibernate.properties
Remove Old DateUtils.java File
Version 3.3.2
HTML5 Default JSP Templates Based on Twitter Bootstrap
Version 3.3.1
Change to web.xml
Remove Compiled JSP Files
New Custom Configuration Files
New Fields in sscAdministrator
Interface Changes in Business Objects and DAOs
Version 3.3.0
Change to web.xml
Version 3.2.7
JDK version
Change to web.xml
Version 3.1.0
Remove Old .jar Files
Remove Compiled JSP Files
Change to orderEmails.jsp
Update Payflow Pro Vendor Setting
Version 3.0.3
Remove softslate.jar File when Upgrading the Free Edition
No More .tar Files
Change to web.xml
Version 3.0.0
Copy appComponents.properties to appComponents-custom.properties
JSP templates related to appComponents-custom.properties
Changes to custom Hibernate mappings files
Change to web.xml
Administrator Changes
Interface Changes
Version 2.x
Version 2.3.5
Version 2.3.2
Version 2.3.1
Version 2.2.1
Version 2.1.1
Version 2.0.10
Version 2.0.9
Version 2.0.7
Version 2.0.5
Version 1.0.11
Version 1.0.8
C. Migration Guide from 1.x to 2.x
Migration from 1.x to 2.x - Overview
Migration from 1.x to 2.x - Procedure
Incorporating 1.x Customizations into 2.x
Interface Changes
JSP Template Changes
II. Guide for Designers
11. Making Basic Customizations
Display Settings
CSS Themes (default-xhtml layout only)
12. Creating a Custom Layout
Setting Up Your Design Environment
Custom and Default JSP Templates
Customizing Your First Screen
Customizing the Core Layout Files
Customizing Screen Sections: Working with the Tiles Framework
13. Multiple Custom Layouts
Adding an Additional Custom Layout
14. More Customization Examples
SoftSlate Commerce's Built-In Categories
15. SoftSlate Commerce's Screens
Welcome Screen
Contact Screen
About Screen
Search Screen
Cart Item Edit Screen
Category Screen
Product Screen
Product List Screen
Search Results Screen
Cart Screen
Account Login Screen
Register Screen
Lost Password Screen
Checkout Invite Login Screen
Checkout Force Login Screen
Checkout Invite Register Screen
Error Screen
Order Form Screen
Account Addresses Screen
Account Password Screen
Account History Screen
Account History Details Screen
Checkout Addresses Screen
Checkout Payment Screen
Checkout Combo Screen
Checkout Confirm Screen
Checkout Thank You Screen
III. Guide for Developers
16. Setting Up Your Development Environment
Overview
Apache Tomcat
Eclipse
Useful Eclipse Plugins
Eclipse Web Tools
MyEclipse
Hibernate Tools for Eclipse
Struts Console
Amateras EclipseHTML Plug-In
Databases
17. Overview for Developers
Application Architecture
The Web Controller or Struts Layer
The Business Layer
The Data Access Layer
The Presentation Layer
Database Structure
Anatomy of a Request: Adding an Item to the Cart
18. Extending SoftSlate Commerce
Strategies for Extending SoftSlate Commerce
7 Simple Rules for Making Customizations
Extending SoftSlate Commerce's Business Objects
Using Built-In 'Extra' Fields
Storing Custom Data in Settings Tables
Adding Fields to the Database Tables
D. Included Libraries and Licenses

List of Tables

6.1. Package Shipping Rule Ranges
9.1. Template Placeholders Reference
A.1. Change Log
A.2. Change Log - Version 2.x
B.1. Potential JSP and Struts Customization Conflicts
12.1. SoftSlate Commerce's Core Layouts and Their Screens
15.1. Welcome Screen Reference
15.2. Contact Screen Reference
15.3. About Screen Reference
15.4. Search Screen Reference
15.5. Cart Item Edit Screen Reference
15.6. Category Screen Reference
15.7. Product Screen Reference
15.8. Product List Screen Reference
15.9. Search Results Screen Reference
15.10. Cart Screen Reference
15.11. Account Login Screen Reference
15.12. Register Screen Reference
15.13. Lost Password Screen Reference
15.14. Checkout Invite Login Screen Reference
15.15. Checkout Force Login Screen Reference
15.16. Checkout Invite Register Screen Reference
15.17. Error Screen Reference
15.18. Order Form Screen Reference
15.19. Account Addresses Screen Reference
15.20. Account Password Screen Reference
15.21. Account History Screen Reference
15.22. Account History Details Screen Reference
15.23. Checkout Addresses Screen Reference
15.24. Checkout Payment Screen Reference
15.25. Checkout Combo Screen Reference
15.26. Checkout Confirm Screen Reference
15.27. Checkout Thank You Screen Reference
D.1. Included Libraries and Licenses

List of Examples

1.1. Creating an Empty Database in MySQL
1.2. Creating an Empty Database in Microsoft SQL Server
1.3. Deploying SoftSlate Commerce with Tomcat on Linux
1.4. Installing SoftSlate Commerce on an Ensim Server
2.1. Adding a Product
2.2. Placing an Order
2.3. Viewing an Order
4.1. Updating Prices for a Group of Products at Once
4.2. Creating an Attribute and Options, and Assigning it to a Product
4.3. Tracking Inventory at the Product Level
4.4. Tracking Inventory at the Attribute/Option Level
4.5. Setting up a Global 10% Discount
4.6. Setting up a SKU Discount to Give $10.00 off
4.7. Setting up a Quantity Discount
5.1. Configuring Taxes for a Store in Boulder, Colorado
6.1. Charging Flat Rates for Shipping
6.2. Charging Shipping Based on the Quantity of Items in the Order
6.3. Charging Shipping Based on the Weight of Items in the Order
6.4. Offering Free Shipping on Large Orders
6.5. Defining Packages with Package Shipping Rules
6.6. Defining Shipping Rules When One Product Is Shipped in Multiple Packages
12.1. Customizing the Welcome Screen
12.2. Customizing the Layout of the Checkout Screens
12.3. Replacing the Welcome Screen's Header
13.1. Creating an Additional Custom Layout for Visitors Coming from an Affiliate
14.1. Adding a Built-In Category
18.1. Extending the Product Object by Adding a Field to sscProduct
18.2. Adding a New Product Field to the Administrator Screens

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