Getting Started with Drupal Commerce
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Learn everything you need to know in order to get your first Drupal Commerce website set up and trading
Drupal Commerce is emerging as the preferred option for open source e-commerce, and it also stands up to comparison against established proprietary systems.
Getting Started with Drupal Commerce is an introductory guide to building an online store using Drupal Commerce in Drupal 7.
Getting Started with Drupal Commerce takes you step-by-step through a complete e-commerce website build, from a clean installation of Drupal to a working example store. Starting with how to set up a Drupal development environment, we then discuss the planning of an e-commerce site and the typical questions you should be asking before getting started.
Next, we walk through all of the essential setup required for most types of e-shop, including taxes, shipping, discounts and coupons, the checkout process, and backend order management. By the end of Getting Started with Drupal Commerce, you will be fully-equipped to plan and build your own store and you will understand the fundamental principles of Drupal Commerce that will enable you to progress to more complex store builds.
What you will learn from this book
A simple yet concise step-by-step tutorial that starts from scratch and builds up your knowledge with focused examples that will enable you to set up and run an e-commerce website.
Who this book is written for
This book is for beginners and will take you through the installation and configuration of Drupal Commerce from scratch, but some familiarity with Drupal 7 will be an advantage. All examples are based on development on a local computer - you do not need a hosted Drupal environment.
About the Author
Richard Jones is the Technical Director of i-KOS, a UK-based digital agency specializing in Drupal and e-commerce. He has been working with the project leads of Drupal Commerce since the early planning stages, and he maintains a number of contributed modules on drupal.org under the username ikos.
Since joining i-KOS as Technical Director in 2003, Richard has worked with Managing Director Myles Davidson to build the business from a 3-person web agency into a 20-person e-commerce consultancy powered by Drupal. During that time, he has worked on some of the largest high-profile Drupal Commerce builds to date.
He heads up all Drupal site builds and e-commerce projects at i-KOS. He specializes in Drupal site development, training and bespoke module development, Internet strategy, and e-commerce. Richard is a prolific Drupal module contributor and a regular speaker at UK and international Drupal events.
Outside of the Drupal world, Richard lives on the south coast of England in Hove with his wife and two young daughters.
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A Useful Introduction to Drupal Commerce
By Phil Glatz
I've been a Drupal developer for seven years, and have used Ubercart to create a number of ecommerce sites. About the time Drupal 7 was introduced, Ubercart became less maintained, as the Commerce Guys were shifting their efforts to Drupal Commerce. It is a very good product, but the shift to it was not as easy as I had thought it would be. I wish I had this book when I was first getting started with Commerce, as it explains many of the new concepts very thoroughly. I've become a big fan of Packt books for their clarity and useful knowledge, and the way they are edited for accuracy.
This book starts by explaining the basic structure of Commerce, and a list of companion modules that allow extending its features. The most useful lesson was the stress put on good up-front planning of a commerce site. By carefully considering the features and options required, you will save a lot of time and grief when building out your site if you think out a correct structure before diving in.
One area of confusion to new Commerce user is the difference between product entities and displays. This book explains the concept well, and suggests some helper modules to make creating a product catalog much easier.
The backbone of Commerce is using Rules, which allow a great deal of customization of the ordering, checkout, and payment processes. This is explained with some good examples. Payment and shipping choices are also explained quite clearly. There are lots of small pieces that fit together to create the final store, and I found the overview this book gives helpful in understanding their relationships.
Finally, there is a discussion of tax options, discounting, and order management. By the time you complete this book, you will have a very clear understanding of the basics of creating an online store. One of the things I liked about this book is that it has good examples of different strategies and presents them in a clear and readable way, but doesn't dumb them down. There is enough explanation for the first time user, and some excellent advice even for the most seasoned of developers. It helps to have some basic experience with Drupal, but I think in combination with the Kickstart distribution, most developers would have little trouble creating a successful store by following the good advice presented here.
I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to come up to speed with Drupal Commerce, especially since the author stresses good planning and best practices in a way that makes them easy to understand.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Commerce backoffice causes trouble
By Sam Katz
I am working on a Drupal Commerce site. The instructions for installing were great. It told me to install Commerce Backoffice, which changes the terminology by their own admission. No other tutorial assumes you are using it, and therefore you can use nothing else except for the book. For someone that is familiar with Drupal, this is off-putting. I recommend perusing drupalcommerce.org and lynda.com instead.
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