June 15, 2010

New UrbanExcess.com site goes live running on ASPDotNetStorefront MLv9

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The latest design refresh of UrbanExcess.com went live over the weekend. Urban Excess runs on the ASPDotNetStorefront platform and in addition to creating a completely new look for the site, we also took the opportunity to upgrade it from ASPDotNetStorefront MLv7 to the latest MLv9.0.1.3 release.

This is one of the first UK sites to be running on ASPDNSF version 9 and almost certainly the first to be running v9 with the Sage Pay UK payment gateway.

Custom ASPDotNetStorefront Development

Not content with a straightforward upgrade, Webopius also developed a number of custom features for the new Urban Excess site including:

  • WordPress blog integration with ASPDotNetStorefront
  • Lots of nice JQuery effects
  • SagePay error reporting module, no longer just ‘payment not accepted’, also tells the Customer why there card didn’t work
  • Dynamic Sizecharts
  • JQZoom for product images
  • Custom product pricing display in the category and product pages
  • ‘Sale’ image overlays on products for sale
  • Dynamic CSS using XMLPackages depending on the category (e.g. Mens, Womens)
  • Product filtering by Brand, Price, Sale etc on the category pages
  • Custom paging control
  • Fixes for some ASPDotNetStorefront VAT issues

ASPDotNetStorefront v9 – plan in advance

Moving to Version 9 of ASPDotNetStorefront should not be taken lightly. A lot of preparation is needed in addition to migrating all your site skin templates to the new format. We spent at least 3 weeks beforehand running the site on a staging server and we also went through at least 5 dry runs of taking the existing version 7 database and upgrading it to version 9.

It’s early days, but the site is now running well. Despite all the preparation, we did have a few hours of panic when the site went live but this appears to have been resolved by recycling the IIS server’s application pool.

ASPDotNetStorefront v9 upgrade and migration services

Webopius have now worked on many ASPDNSF version 7, 8 and 9 sites and have particular strengths in getting European businesses running on ASPDotNetStorefront. If you would like to discuss getting a world-class e-commerce system implemented, then contact us for a chat.

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