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  • Learn How to Use Multiple Modules in an Extension

    A frequently asked question is whether it's possible for an extension to have multiple modules, and if it's possible for them to use each other's files. The answer is yes, and I'll show you how.  Read More...

  • 2018: End of Year Review

    As 2018 draws to an end, let's look back at some of SuiteCommerce's new features and enhancements, as well as the best supporting blog posts.  Read More...

  • Use Your Browser's Developer Tools to Troubleshoot Your SuiteCommerce Site

    If you're new to SuiteCommerce site development, you might know how you can troubleshoot your site in your browser's developer tools, or some of the cool things you can do with the extensibility API.  Read More...

  • Check for Missing Product Images with the Item Search API

    The item search API is a REST API that powers every product-related page on your SuiteCommerce site. However, what novel uses are there for it? This post looks at how we could use it to quickly search for missing item images, including those for matrix color options.   Read More...

  • Get Started with SuiteCommerce Themes

    We changed how to theme a SuiteCommerce site in Aconcagua. This post will take you through all of the new pieces of a theme, and then put them together with a step-by-step tutorial on making your first design changes.  Read More...

  • Learn How to Develop an Extension for SuiteCommerce

    Extensions are our new way to add functionality to SuiteCommerce sites. We've already looked at the nature of them and the commerce extensibility framework, so this article offers a basic tutorial for writing your first extension.

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  • Develop Your First SuiteCommerce Advanced Module (Kilimanjaro) - Part 4: Styling and User Experience

    This tutorial is the fourth and final part of a tutorial on the basics of developing a SuiteCommerce Advanced site. In this last part, we look at the basics of styling and user experience with Sass and some built-in UI features.  Read More...

  • Develop Your First SuiteCommerce Advanced Module (Kilimanjaro) - Part 3: Create, Read, Update and Delete Records

    The third part of the tutorial transforms the dummy service we wrote into a fully functional part of the module. It looks at creating a custom record in NetSuite, and then performing the four standard HTTP methods on it (create, read, post and put).  Read More...

  • Develop Your First SuiteCommerce Advanced Module (Kilimanjaro) - Part 2: Data Basics

    In this, the second part of the tutorial, we will look at the basics of handling data in a SuiteCommerce Advanced site by adding a service controller, models and a collection to our code. This will let us request dummy data, sending it from NetSuite servers to the frontend of the site.   Read More...

  • Develop Your First SuiteCommerce Advanced Module (Kilimanjaro) - Part 1: Hello World!

    This blog post is the first part of a tutorial that teaches the very basics of developing a SuiteCommerce Advanced site. To do this, we're going to add new functionality to the account section of your site that allows shoppers to save some preferences. The end result will be a 'hello world' like experience.  Read More...

  • 2017: End of Year Review

    Let's look back over 2017 at the platform and product improvements, as well as the resources we have provided to aid you in your site's development.  Read More...

  • Build a Contact Us Form: Part 2

    This is the final part of a two-part tutorial on how to build a contact us form in SuiteCommerce Advanced. The first part created the barebones operation of the form, and in this part we're going to look at enhancing it, such as adding validation and improving the user experience.  Read More...

  • Build a Contact Us Form: Part 1

    Being able to directly contact the administrators of a site is often considered a baseline feature for any site, regardless of whether it is an ecommerce site or not. In this two-part tutorial, we'll look at adding one to your site, with this part focussing on the barebones functionality.  Read More...

  • Nine Essential Customization Tidbits for Beginners

    Despite having nearly a couple years' worth of experience on SuiteCommerce Advanced, I still frequently find myself trawling through old code to find little snippets of things I do regularly. I don't know about you, but sometimes the less frequently used stuff can be hard to find. So I had a think and then wrote down some of the ones that I think might trip up beginners.  Read More...

  • Add Modals, Confirmations, Expanders and Other Messaging to Your Site

    In the olden days, if you wanted to grab a user's attention with some additional information, you made JavaScript alert appear. But now it's 2017, so let's take a look at some modern alternatives and when each one may be the best design option for your site.  Read More...

  • 2016: End of Year Review

    As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to take time to talk about some of my picks — as editor of the site — of the best things that have come out this year. It'll be a mix of content ranging from tutorials, news, videos and documentation. I hope you'll find the list useful in case you've missed anything throughout the year.  Read More...

  • Add a Free Shipping Indicator as a Child View

    If there's one thing that comes up time and time again that online shoppers say that they want, it's free shipping. While the decision to offer it is one that requires deep and long thought from your organization, we can certainly take ourselves through a tutorial on how we might encourage customers to take advantage of it.  Read More...

  • Get Started with Commerce Categories

    In the Vinson release of SCA, we added in commerce categories, which enable you to group together items and other categories into groups. In this article, we're going to talk about the features and go through some best practices.  Read More...

  • Add Custom Translation Text

    When running a multi-language site, a key component is offering text translations to shoppers who use the different languages. As a platform, NetSuite offers a number of translations built in, but these only cover backend data and labels, and some frontend ones. Thus, if you do custom frontend work you will need to provide your own translations, as well as ensure the code you write is written in such a way to serve translations.  Read More...

  • Announcement: Vinson Release

    We are pleased to announce the release of Vinson, the latest iteration of SuiteCommerce Advanced. This release focuses on improving user experience with features such as categories, store locator, and checkout improvements.  Read More...

  • Extending JavaScript: Add MSRPs to your Products

    Purchasing incentives come in many forms, and the typical ones tend to be things like promotional discount codes, free or discounted shipping, multi-buy discounts. In this article we're going to see how to add retail prices to products, and learn about extending JavaScript along the way.  Read More...

  • Build a Testimonials Module: Part 3

    This is the third and final part of a series taking you through the process of adding a testimonials module to your site. In this part we're going to work with child and composite views, improve the user experience and, finally, display approved testimonials on the homepage in a carousel.  Read More...

  • Build a Testimonials Module: Part 2

    This is the second part in a series of articles on building a testimonials module on an SCA site. In this build we on the basic structure of the first part by focusing on gathering and handling the user's data. We'll look at forms, models and services.  Read More...

  • Build a Testimonials Module: Part 1

    We had a lot of speakers at SuiteWorld 2016 talking about SuiteCommerce Advanced. You may remember that I wrote an article recommending five breakout sessions, and that one of them was Pablo Zignani's on building a testimonials module. If you couldn't make it then don't worry as I'm going to take you through the same process of adding a testimonials module.  Read More...

  • Get Started with the Site Management Tools (SMTs)

    The site management tools (SMTs) provide an easy-to-use and powerful interface to manage content, add landing pages and enhance existing pages on your SCA site. We added SMTs in the Denali R2 release back in October 2015 and some of you have been interested in getting started, so let's take a look.  Read More...

  • Subtlety, Buttons and Custom Cursors

    I came across an interesting article that explains how to use custom cursors. For ecommerce sites, this gives us an opportunity to encourage an action in a subtle and fun way, that may enhance your site's user experience.  Read More...

  • Get Started with Facets

    Faceted navigation refers to the use of refinement options on search results. In this post I look at the options available in the SCA product, as well give you information and links to documentation on how to make your own customizations.  Read More...

  • New and Updated Resources

    Every week we update Developers.SuiteCommerce with new and updated content from our technical publications team. You may not be aware of some of the changes that have happened recently, so I want to run through a few of my favorites that have been published over the past few weeks.  Read More...

  • Announcement: Mont Blanc Release

    We are pleased to announce the release of Mont Blanc, the latest update to SuiteCommerce Advanced! This release focuses on providing key integrations that enhance operational efficiency, SuiteCommerce In-Store support, detailed performance analysis and increased marketing and analytical capabilities. In addition, the Mont Blanc releases focuses on key features for the manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries.  Read More...

  • TIL Thursday: Add Modals to your Forms

    TIL Thursday is a series of articles that illustrates an area of functionality or part of SuiteCommerce Advanced that you may not know about. By the end of it, you should be able to say "Today I learned..." This article will take you through the simple steps of implementing modals on a list page, including the template changes to launch the modals and the code change required to 'refresh' the list when a record is added or changed  Read More...

  • Add a jQuery Plugin or Third-Party JavaScript Library to Your Site

    Third-party JavaScript libraries can be a quick and effective way to fill the gap in any JS-powered application. While the SuiteCommerce Advanced includes a number of these libraries (such as jQuery, Bootstrap and Underscore), you may want to include your own third-party libraries. This article will take you through the steps to adding your own JavaScript library, which roughly follows the same steps of creating your own module.  Read More...

  • Add Static Images

    This article is going to quickly run through how to add static imagery to a module, which is useful to customers when navigating through the site and completing forms.  Read More...

  • Announcement: Denali Release 2

    We're pleased to announce the latest version of our SuiteCommerce Advanced bundle. Dubbed Denali 2, we've released an update to the original Denali release that add some new features, and a bug fix to the deploy process. This post is a heads-up about the release, featuring a conversation with Mariano Ferrario who is Director of Ecommerce at NetSuite.  Read More...

  • Developing Your First Custom SuiteCommerce Advanced Module: Part 4

    In the preceding articles we built our module to the point where it is a fully functional form and list where can perform all of the basic API operations. In this article we're going to look at how we can make improvements to the user experience in the form of changes to site design and styling.  Read More...

  • Override a Module to Make a Color Change

    While we've covered adding new modules to your site, another customization you can make is overriding an existing module with your own. You may want to do this, for example, if you want to make a global changes to styling, such as to the color scheme.  Read More...

  • Developing Your First Custom SuiteCommerce Advanced Module: Part 3

    In the article of this series, we added code that allows us to perform the API operations. In this – the third article – we're going to focus on implementing some aesthetic changes to the module as well as introducing validation, so that the data users submits conforms to acceptable standards. So we now have an application that returns a static object of data to our site. But now we want to interact with the NetSuite application so that we can manipulate data stored on it.  Read More...

  • Developing Your First Custom SuiteCommerce Advanced Module: Part 2

    This article is the second in the series. The first introduced the SuiteCommerce Advance development tools and file structure; this article builds on the previous one, teaching you about models and collections. By the end of the article our code will be able to create records and use templates to display information on the frontend.  Read More...

  • Developing Your First Custom SuiteCommerce Advanced Module: Part 1

    Once you have your SuiteCommerce Advance site and developer tools set up, it's time to get developing. This article will guide you through the process of making changes to your site by adding functionality to the My Account section of a site.  Read More...