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nopCommerce Days 2016: Annual nopcommerce conference event feedback

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

nopCommerce conference 2016 event (nopCommerce Days’16) came and went with a bang! The annual conference event 2016 was held on October 20-21 at Aristo, Amsterdam (Netherlands). The business center was located just outside the hustle and bustle of the city center. Basically, the conference had two different tracks: the developer track which covered various topics related to developing on top of nopCommerce and the store-owner track which focused on the important aspects of making a store successful such as logistics, payments, security, customer service and marketing.
We are happy to announce the launch of Striving Programmers new website

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

We have gone through a re-branding process and one of our primary focuses was to make the content on our site (articles / how-to tutorials) more visible and easily accessible to all of our community members. Striving programmers website has been completely re-designed and upgraded.
We hope you like our freshly revamped website. Looking forward to your feedback!
Time-saving nopCommerce SQL query snippets you wish you knew earlier (Series) - Part 2

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

In this article, you will learn about some more time-saving nopCommerce SQL query snippets you wish you knew earlier.
I hope you got some good usage out of my 1st installment of "Time-saving nopCommerce SQL query snippets you wish you knew earlier" series. In case you missed it, you can find the "Part -1"  of this series HERE.
3 Time-saving nopCommerce SQL query snippets you wish you knew earlier

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

nopCommerce is driven by Microsoft SQL database and every single scrap of information is stored in that SQL database. Information like products, orders, customers, plugins, blog posts, comments, product reviews, pages etc; everything is stored in that SQL database.

Sometimes you may need a quick fix for a specific problem or need to change some information (or data) across the board in nopCommerce. When you are dealing with a ton of information (or data), it is not feasible to go through each and every record because it can be a very tedious process. By running a few SQL queries against your nopCommerce database, you can easily make necessary changes without any kind of manual effort.

In this article, we will go over 3 time-saving nopCommerce SQL query snippets.
Beginner's Guide to nopCommerce Plugin Development (ASP.NET MVC Based e-Commerce Solution) - Part 2

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

In the first part of this series, Beginner's Guide to nopCommerce Plugin Development, we learned the basics of nopCommerce plugin including how to develop a sample test plugin. The main aim of this series is to create a definitive guide so that you have a single point of reference for properly developing your custom plugins.

To continue with the series, today we will go over some advanced features and functionality that any developer can accomplish by nopCommerce plugin.

These are the topics that will be covered in this article:

- How to add a menu item from your custom plugin into the administration section 

- How to override a default view from your customer plugin

- How to add JS and CSS references in your custom plugin

What are nopCommerce widgets and how to create one? (A complete nopCommerce widget guide)

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

A widget is an element of a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays information which can be changed by the user or store admin. nopCommerce has several built-in widget plugins such as Google Analytics and Nivo Slider etc. When adding a widget to the public store, site administrator needs to define (or select) a widget zone. Now, you must be wondering, what is a widget zone? A widget zone is part of the UI (user-interface) in the public store where the widget can be displayed or rendered. For example, you can place Live Person chat widget on the left column or on the right column widget zone. Widget zones are basically the pre-defined locations in nopCommerce public site that makes it easier for the store admin to display any information.
Learn how to create a custom widget from scratch.
Handy NopCommerce Hacks You Can Do Without Plugins (Series) - Part 2

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

In this article, you will learn about some more handy nopCommerce hacks you can do without plugins.

I hope you got some good usage out of my 1st installment of "Handy NopCommerce Hacks You Can Do Without Plugins" series. In case you missed it, you can find the "Part -1" of this series HERE.

nopCommerce is one of the most widely used e-Commerce solutions in .NET framework and it is backed by a very active and helpful community. There is no shortage of ways in which you can tweak your nopCommerce site as per your requirements / needs. There are many times you come across a feature and you start thinking how you can get the same feature on your nopCommerce store site. You can always find a 3rd party theme or a plugin that matches your needs as nopCommerce community offers 1250+ extensions. But, in some cases you can simply tweak your nopCommerce site (source code) and accomplish the same results (i.e. feature) without any plugin.
Three Handy NopCommerce Hacks You Can Do Without Plugins

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

In this article, you will learn about three handy nopCommerce hacks you can do without plugins. One of the things I love about nopCommerce is its flexibility for customization and ease of extending functionality via plugins. With 1250+ plugins (free and paid), there is a plugin for every need and budget. Installing plugins on a nopCommerce site is a great user-friendly way to add new features and functionalities. The plugins aren't the answer all the time. You do not need plugin(s) every time. You may wish to add a new feature to your store site, because nopCommerce alone can do many cool things with little customization.
Beginner's Guide to nopCommerce Theme Development (ASP.NET MVC Based e-Commerce Solution) – Part 2

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

Following on from the previous article Beginner's Guide to nopCommerce Theme Development (ASP.NET MVC Based e-Commerce Solution) – Part 1, this part will cover all the remaining aspects of nopCommerce theme development that includes:

·         Views

·         Override views

·         Layouts

·         Adding JS & CSS references

·         Customization

All these topics in this article (including part-1) should get you well introduced into nopCommerce theming and help you in making advanced customizations in regard to layout and design.

Beginner's Guide to nopCommerce Theme Development (ASP.NET MVC Based e-Commerce Solution) – Part 1

Written by Lavish Kumar

written by Lavish Kumar

This beginner’s guide to nopCommerce theme development will introduce you to the basics of creating a nopCommerce theme. This post is aimed at beginners, it does presume that you have a basic knowledge of nopCommerce and you are familiar with HTML & CSS. Any front-end developer(s) will also be able to benefit from this post.