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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.
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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.