08/31/2017 12:00 AM Deploy Storefront from source code
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Deploy Storefront from source code

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Use this guide to deploy and configure Virto Commerce Storefront from source code and setup development environment.


Downloading source code

Fork your own copy of VirtoCommerce Storefront to your account on GitHub:

  1. Open VirtoCommerce Storefront in GitHub and click Fork in the upper right corner.
  2. If you are a member of an organization on GitHub, select the target for the fork.
  3. Clone the forked repository to local machine:
git clone https://github.com/<<your GitHub user name>>/vc-storefront.git C:\vc-storefront
  1. Switch to the cloned directory:
cd C:\vc-storefront
  1. Add a reference to the original repository:
git remote add upstream https://github.com/VirtoCommerce/vc-storefront.git

In result you should get the C:\vc-storefront folder which contains full storefront source code. To retrieve changes from original Virto Commerce Storefront repository, merge upstream/master branch.

Restore NuGet packages in one of the following ways:

  • Open VirtoCommerce.Storefront.sln solution in Visual Studio. In Solution Explorer window right-click on solution and select Manage NuGet Packages for Solution. In the opened window click the Restore button. Restore NuGet packages for solution
  • Run this command:
    nuget restore C:\vc-storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront.sln

Build the solution.

Configuring VirtoCommerce Platform URL

  • In the C:\vc-storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront\web.config file in the connectionStrings section find the add node named VirtoCommerceBaseUrl.

  • Change its connectionString attribute value to the URL of your VirtoCommerce Platform application.

      <add name="VirtoCommerceBaseUrl" connectionString="{VirtoCommerce Platform URL}" />

Configuring API client credentials

VirtoCommerce Platform supports 2 types of authentication for API calls:

  • Simple - when user id is passed in url for each API request, e.g. http://demo.virtocommerce.com/admin/api/catalog/catalogs?api_key=a348fa7508d342f6a32f8bf6c6681a2a%20
  • HMAC - Hash-based message authentication code (HMAC) is used to identify a client and ensure the request integrity.

In order to enable Storefront app using VirtoCommerce Platform API, first of all create a user in VirtoCommerce Platform and generate API key of appropriate type (Simple or HMAC). Article Working with platform API describes how to configure and use API in your custom solution. Then set API client credentials in C:\vc-storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront\web.config

Example of HMAC authentication configuration

  <add key="vc-public-ApiAppId" value="27e0d789f12641049bd0e939185b4fd2" />
  <add key="vc-public-ApiSecretKey" value="34f0a3c12c9dbb59b63b5fece955b7b2b9a3b20f84370cba1524dd5c53503a2e2cb733536ecf7ea1e77319a47084a3a2c9d94d36069a432ecc73b72aeba6ea78" />

Example of Simple authentication configuration

  <add key="vc-public-ApiAppId" value="a348fa7508d342f6a32f8bf6c6681a2a" />

Configure CMS content storage

You can configure CMS content storage path in one of the following ways:

  • Create a link to VirtoCommerce Platform cms-content folder:
    mklink /d C:\vc-storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront\App_Data\cms-content C:\vc-platform\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\App_Data\cms-content
  • Change CMS content connection string:
    • In the C:\vc-storefront\VirtoCommerce.Storefront\web.config file in the connectionStrings section find the add node named ContentConnectionString
    • Change its connectionString attribute value to the path of folder specified in CmsContentConnectionString connection string in your VirtoCommerce Platform installation (~/App_Data/cms-content by default, i.e. you must use provider=LocalStorage;rootPath=C:\vc-platform\VirtoCommerce.Platform.Web\App_Data\cms-content connection string in this case)
      <add name="ContentConnectionString" connectionString="provider={provider name};rootPath={URL to CMS content location}" />

Configure themes

If you did not install sample data for your platform, you need to configure theme for you storefront stores. To upload theme in VirtoCommerce Platform UI, follow this steps:

  1. Download zip file from latest release of any storefront theme.
  2. Go to VirtoCommerce CMS Content module in VirtoCommerce Platform UI (More → Content).
  3. Open Themes widget for your store.
  4. Click to Upload button and select downloaded zip file.

If you want to develop storefront theme, follow theme development documentation to learn how to setup theme for your store in theme development environment.