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SoftSlate Commerce

User Guide

1.0.14 Edition

SoftSlate, Inc.

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
Using a Web Server To Handle Non-Java Requests
Installation Procedure for Ensim Servers
2. Getting Started
Adding Your First Product
Placing a Test Order
Viewing Your Test Order
3. Important Settings
Email Template Settings
Currency Code Setting
Shipping Selection Required Setting
Security Code Required Setting
Default Layout Setting
Security Settings
4. Using the Administrator
The Administrator Control Screen
Saving Time with the Administrator Control Screen
Making Assignments
5. Configuring Taxes
Basic Tax Rates
6. Configuring Shipping
Flat Rate Shipping Methods
Quantity-Based Shipping Tables
Weight-Based Shipping Tables
Price-Based Shipping Tables
7. Configuring Payments
Payflow Pro Advanced Settings
8. Template Placeholders
Template Placeholders Reference
9. Upgrading SoftSlate Commerce
Upgrading Overview
Important: Read This Before Upgrading
Upgrade Procedure
A. Change Log
B. Release Notes
Version 1.0.11
Version 1.0.8
II. Guide for Designers
10. Making Basic Customizations
Dynamic Font Styles
Using CSS Stylesheets Instead of Dynamic Styles
Display Settings
11. 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
12. Multiple Custom Layouts
Adding an Additional Custom Layout
13. More Customization Examples
SoftSlate Commerce's Built-In Categories
14. 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
15. How to Customize SoftSlate Commerce
7 Simple Rules for Making Customizations

List of Tables

8.1. Template Placeholders Reference
11.1. SoftSlate Commerce's Core Layouts and Their Screens
14.1. Welcome Screen Reference
14.2. Contact Screen Reference
14.3. About Screen Reference
14.4. Search Screen Reference
14.5. Cart Item Edit Screen Reference
14.6. Category Screen Reference
14.7. Product Screen Reference
14.8. Product List Screen Reference
14.9. Search Results Screen Reference
14.10. Cart Screen Reference
14.11. Account Login Screen Reference
14.12. Register Screen Reference
14.13. Lost Password Screen Reference
14.14. Checkout Invite Login Screen Reference
14.15. Checkout Force Login Screen Reference
14.16. Checkout Invite Register Screen Reference
14.17. Error Screen Reference
14.18. Order Form Screen Reference
14.19. Account Addresses Screen Reference
14.20. Account Password Screen Reference
14.21. Account History Screen Reference
14.22. Account History Details Screen Reference
14.23. Checkout Addresses Screen Reference
14.24. Checkout Payment Screen Reference
14.25. Checkout Combo Screen Reference
14.26. Checkout Confirm Screen Reference
14.27. Checkout Thank You Screen Reference

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
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
10.1. Changing the Body Font Size
10.2. Setting the Store to Use CSS Stylesheets
11.1. Customizing the Welcome Screen
11.2. Customizing the Layout of the Checkout Screens
11.3. Replacing the Welcome Screen's Header
12.1. Creating an Additional Custom Layout for Visitors Coming from an Affiliate
13.1. Adding a Built-In Category

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