nopCommerce Tips: Your First NopCommerce Site, Part 2: Customizing Your nopCommerce Store

Learn all about setting up a nopCommerce project in Part 1!

I’ve been using nopCommerce for my e-commerce clients since their 1.4 release. To say that it’s progressed significantly since then (version 2.5 as of this writing) is an understatement of epic proportions. The improvements in functionality and usability have been amazing, and it just keeps getting better. One of the most significant additions to nopCommerce has been the introduction of plugins and widgets. With these additions, your ability to customize your nopCommerce application is expanded immensely. With free and premium plugins/widgets available, as well as the ability to select custom themes, you’ll find that customizing nopCommerce is amazingly painless.

Let’s start with the best way to find plugins, widgets and themes for nopCommerce; the nopCommerce.com website. Under the Extensions section of the site, you’ll see that all extensions (themes, plugins and widgets) are organized by type and version of nopCommerce supported. For this instance, we’ll choose 2.5, the version we’re currently working with. Learn More

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How to Connect to a FTP Server with an Android Device

Hello,

You’ve probably wondered if there was a way to transfer files between your server and your mobile device on the road, where no computer is available. Well, this will definitely solve that. You will learn how to transfer files between a FTP server and your Android device with a free app called: AndFTP.

Difficulty level: Easy

1. Download and install the app from the Android Market. Learn More

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nopCommerce Tips: Your First NopCommerce Site, Part 1: Setting Up a nopCommerce Project

In the course of my IT career, I’ve built many e-commerce solutions, from a simple shopping cart to a complex e-commerce solution for a nationally-known retailer. Over the years, I’ve evaluated a number of “out-of-the-box” solutions, and in terms of features, flexibility, and price, the best solution I’ve seen overall is nopCommerce. The fact that it’s an open-source, .Net-based (C#/MSSQL) solution, has a huge supporting community, as well as great plugin support are all factors in why it’s my e-commerce solution of choice. Today, we’ll talk about how to get started with this great e-commerce solution for your clients.

The nopCommerce group provides downloads of current and previous versions at http://www.nopcommerce.com/downloads.aspx – due to the fact that I usually create customized solutions for my customers, I opt for the download labeled “(with source code)”. Download the .zip file to your preferred location, and extract it. As of this writing, the latest version is nopCommerce 2.5, so your extracted folder will be named ‘nopCommerce_2.50_Source’. Learn More

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