nopCommerce Tips: Adding a Custom 404 Page

It’s highly recommended for a website to have a customized 404 page. Customized 404 pages provide an opportunity to re-direct site visitors to areas of interest and focus, and maintain branding visibility. At this time, nopCommerce (2.65) doesn’t have a built-in 404 customization solution. However, there is a way to implement one, using the MVC framework nopCommerce is based on.

I’d like to express my appreciation to nopCommerce forum user “Threadrock“, who posted the link to Dave Bouwman’s how-to article “Custom 404 Pages for ASP.NET MVC 3“.  In this article, Dave Bouwman covers the steps to create your custom 404 route for an MVC solution. Since nopCommerce is based on Asp.Net MVC, you’ll find the detailed explanation to be very helpful. In the following summary, it’ll be assumed that you’re working from Visual Studio 2010, working on the source version (which can be downloaded from here).

To cover the highlight steps: Learn More

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How to Publish Your ASP Application Using FTP Method in Visual Studio

On a previous post, we showed you how to publish your application with Web Deploy. However some of our users were experiencing issues with Web Deploy and were looking for an alternative way to publish their applications. In this article, I will give you a step by step guide on how to publish your ASP Application using FTP Method in Visual Studio

1. First, create a virtual directory. This is where your application will be installed. If you don’t know how to create one, please read this article Learn More

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nopCommerce Tips: Upgrading Your Existing Pre-2.x nopCommerce Site

I’ve been using nopCommerce for my clients for quite some time. However, I’ve had one client I hadn’t done an upgrade for since the 2.x update to nopCommerce – we’d wanted to wait until the mobile support was in place, and performance/stability issues had been addressed. Earlier this summer, we started planning a re-design to work with her expanded market. Finally, it was time for the upgrade. After having completed two other 2.6 nopCommerce sites in as many weeks, I thought this would be smooth sailing. Well, maybe not quite so much. Here’s some of the snags we hit, and the workarounds put into place.

Because there was such a gap between the old version (1.9) and the newest (2.65), pretty much everything was a wash (thus the opportunity for a re-design), so I decided to take advantage of the “Fashion” theme from nop-Templates. The clean lines and simple color scheme made it easy to strip down and incorporate the design elements for the new site. Since the client is a milliner, the extensions that come with the theme were a great addition. Learn More

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