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nopAccelerate 2.7 released for nopCommerce 3.50

We are happy to announce the release of latest version for nopAccelerate – Solr integration plugin for nopCommerce; nopAccelerate Search – Advanced Search Plugin for nopCommerce which supports nopCommerce 3.50.

The newer version of nopAccelerate includes several new features enhancements and bug fixes.

What’s New in nopAccelerate?

  • Added support for nopCommerce 3.50
  • Now nopAccelerate is compatible with Apache Solr 4.10.2
  • Enhanced Search – Diacritics character are now supported in search terms
  • Enhanced Search – You can now select default search operator (AND / OR) for search query
  • Enhanced Search – You can now define Minimum Should Match criteria for search result – Minimun-Should-Match
  • Enhanced Search – Added Vendor filter on search result page
  • Added Infinite Scrolling for all Catalog Pages (Manufacturer, Category, Tags and Search Result Page)
  • Added support for State aware URLs using HTML5 History State API, so filtering now supports deep bookmarking and the browser’s back button
  • Added Filters on manufacturer page
  • Several Bug fixes

Please read the full release notes here.

It’s time for you to upgrade to the latest version. For those who haven’t yet tried nopAccelerate, start with taking a free trial here. Moreover, we do offer nopAccelerate plugins with full source code under enterprise license.

nopAccelerate is now official solution partner of nopCommerce

nopcommerce logoWe are glad to announce that nopAccelerate is now a Silver Solution Partner of nopCommerce, one of the best and fastest growing e-commerce platform for asp dot net.

We are happy to announce that nopAccelerate (a business unit focused to serve nopCommerce related services) is now official partner of nopCommerce. Xcellence-IT has been serving its customers under the trade name of nopAccelerate and also offers plugins, theme development and customization services for nopCommerce.

NopAccelerate has been offering best-in-class e-commerce solutions to its clients across the globe for the last 2+ year using nopCommerce. The partnership will enable nopAccelerate to offer its clients reliable and professional nopCommerce development services.

How to add CSS and JS resource files into nopCommerce Plugin Views

If you are a nopCommerce developer you will definitely come across a situation where you need to add a custom resource files like CSS and JS to your nopCommerce plugin’s view files.

For most developers working on the nopCommerce for the first time, the simplest way to add such files is to directly add their references into plugin’s view files. However, this is highly not recommended. For your nopCommerce plugin to work correctly, you need to ensure that you’re using the standard way to add your resources.

If you already know, nopCommerce do a bundling of the JS and CSS files on the fly for performance optimization. However, if you’re using a direct link to resource files, it won’t include your JS and CSS files during bundling. Moreover, there may be chances of other issues as well.

So here are the simple steps for you to add your custom resource files into your nopCommerce plugin’s view files.

Before you begin, you should have a well organized plugin folder structure. For CSS you can use Content folder, and for storing your JS files, you may use Script folder. Here is the screen shot from one of the existing plugin of nopCommerce.

nopcommerce plugin folder structure

Screenshot of nopCommerce Plugin Folder – Displaying how to organize your CSS and JS files

Move your CSS and JS files into appropriate folder. It is not compulsory to follow this folder structure, but if you’re using standard structure then it becomes easier for your and others working on it in future, and you don’t need to remember where you stored it.

Now, to load resource files correctly you need to add its references into your plugin’s view files.

You can use Html.AddScriptParts() or Html.AddCssFileParts() helper methods.

  • Html.AddCssFileParts() method has two parameters first is optional and second is required.
  • Html.AddScriptParts() method has three parameters first and third is optional and second is required.

You can check into more details about this methods by going to its definition in your nopCommerce projects.

Coming to the point, here is how you can add resources into your Plugin’s view file.

@{
     //Loading CSS file
     Html.AddCssFileParts(ResourceLocation.Head, "~/Plugins/{PluginName}/Content/{CSSFileName.Css}");

     //Loading js file
     //Third parameter value indicating whether to exclude this script from bundling
     Html.AddScriptParts(ResourceLocation.Foot, "~/Plugins/{PluginName}/Scripts/{JSFileName.js}", true);
}

 

If you want to add resource link in the header then you can use ResourceLocation.Head and for footer you can use ResourceLocation.Foot. Note that you need to give correct plugin name and resource file name in above, and then it will work.

If you have any question, make sure to post your issue at nopCommerce forum. And if you’re looking for professional nopCommerce development company, make sure to checkout the amazing nopCommerce services we offer.

How to add a menu item into the administration area of nopCommerce from a plugin?

If you’re a nopCommerce developer, you’ll find yourself using nopCommerce plugins to add your custom features into the nopCommerce. While nopCommerce IAdminMenuPlugin doesn’t allow to add your custom menu items under its default menu items, you can still add your custom menu items into Plugins menu.

In nopCommerce, administration menu is build from the Sitemap.Configuration file which is located in Nop.Admin folder. To add your custom menu items in nopCommerce administration panel, you can add it by extending SitemapNode class of nopCommerce.

To do the same, you can use following sample code which you need to add in your plugins’ cs file, after your plugin’s Install and Uninstall method.

    public bool Authenticate()
        {
            return true;
        }

     public  SiteMapNode BuildMenuItem() // SiteMapNode is Class in Nop.Web.Framework.Menu 
        {
            var menuItemBuilder = new SiteMapNode()
            {   
                Title = "Title For Menu item",   // Title for your Custom Menu Item
                Url = "Path of action link", // Path of the action link
                Visible = true,
                RouteValues = new RouteValueDictionary() { {"Area", "Admin"} }
            };

         var SubMenuItem = new SiteMapNode()   // add child Custom menu 
            {
                Title =  "Title For Menu Chile menu item", //   Title for your Sub Menu item
                ControllerName = "Your Controller Name", // Your controller Name
                ActionName = "Configure", // Action Name
                Visible = true,
                RouteValues = new RouteValueDictionary() { {"Area", "Admin"} },  
            };
            menuItemBuilder.ChildNodes.Add(SubMenuItem);


            return menuItemBuilder;
           
        }

In the above code, you can find comments where you need to replace values depending on your requirements. Moreover, the above code also explains how you can add a child menu items inside main menu.

Note that this code is tested to work on nopCommerce 3.40. Moreover, if you find any issue or need help, feel free to post it into comments or use nopCommerce forum.

Thank you nopCommerce team for special recognition!

September 1st, 2014 has been a special day for all of our team member here at Xcellence-IT and nopAccelerate, as our CEO, Mr.Krunal Jariwala, has been recognised and awarded by nopCommerce as nopCommerce MVP (Most Valued Professional) for his contribution to the nopCommerce community. Check the snapshot here.

nopCommerce is a popular open source e-commerce solution built on the top of latest ASP.Net MVC with MS SQL as database backend. It has all the features that any modern e-commerce site will need.

 

nopCommerce is among the top 5 featured apps (only e-commerce app featured on top 5) on Microsoft Web Matrix, downloaded more than 368,000 times from there and witnessed more than 1,107,340 source code downloads from Codeplex.

 

If you’re new to nopCommerce, make sure to checkout nopCommerce Review article!

We, at Xcellence-IT, have been working with nopCommerce since September 2011 and since then worked on numbers of nopCommerce projects some of them are huge success. Since 2013, we have created a separate business unit focusing on the nopCommerce plugin, themes and custom development. And as a result, we have launched nopAccelerate.

nopAccelerate is an enterprise grade plugin for nopCommerce which integrates Apache Solr with nopCommerce, enabling you to offer enhanced catalog navigation and advanced search features and at the same time makes it very easy to scale your store to support millions of products and visitors without slowing down your store front-end. This helps improve overall usability of the store directly improving the conversion rates and profitability of the store.

It has been really great to be a part of nopCommerce community for all of us. We’ll continue contributing to the success of nopCommerce and its users helping them build their online stores using nopCommerce.

With this joyous moments, we want to share special thanks to nopCommerce community – specially to the incredible nopCommerce team who build and maintain nopCommerce solutions in a true open source spirit for their great effort in building nopCommerce, nopCommerce community and to all our customers, friends and family without the help of them, this wouldn’t be possible!

We are now offering high quality and affordable nopCommerce development services to our customers worldwide under the name of nopAccelerate. Moreover, we’re getting ready to start offering free and premium themes for nopCommerce very soon.

And we’ll have some more exciting news soon for all of you. Stay tuned!

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