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Store Spree Images on AWS

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Peter Berkenbosch

How to Store Spree Images on AWS S3

A concern for some Spree users is that the backend no longer gives you the option to configure s3 for storing images. Fortunately, there is now a workaround which we’ll detail in this blog post.

The first step is to add AWS-SDK to your gemfile with this command: gem ‘aws-sdk’. Once you’ve done that, install the gem by running bundle install.

Once you’ve completed that, you’ll need to configure Spree to use s3. You can add an initializer, or just use the spree.rb intitializer, which can be found at config/initilizers/spree.rb.

It’s important to recognize that the url: “:s3_domain_url” setting is used in order to enable the DNS lookup for your images, without specifying the specific zone endpoint. You would need to use a bucket name that makes the subdomain valid. Don’t use dots if you’re planning on using the DNS lookup configuration.

About the Author

Peter is an early Spree adopter. He launched his first Spree Commerce storefront for a client back in 2008. Since then he has written a number of Spree extensions and contributed a lot to the Spree open source community. Since July, 2013 Peter has worked full time on the Spree open source stack and supports customers on the edge of Wombat and the Spree storefront code. You can access this blog in its original format on his website.

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FuturePay Extension for Spree Commerce

Posted on August 20, 2014 by FuturePay

FuturePay Announces Extension For Spree Commerce

FuturePay, a payment option that lets shoppers buy now and pay later, is now integrated with Spree Commerce, one of the most popular ecommerce platforms in the world. As part of the partnership, FuturePay is now seamlessly integrated with the Spree Commerce online shopping cart, allowing thousands of ecommerce merchants to instantly offer FuturePay as a payment option to their customers.

FuturePay provides shoppers with a new payment option that is secure and convenient, with no credit card required. Instead of entering multiple fields and credit card information, FuturePay shoppers can checkout in one step, putting purchases on their FuturePay Tab with just their username and password.

“With more than 45,000 online stores using their platform, Spree Commerce is an exceptional partner. We are thrilled to offer Spree Commerce merchants another payment option for their cart,” said Bobbi Leach, CEO FuturePay. “Now, with FuturePay, it’s easy for Spree Commerce merchants to provide their customers with the convenience and security of shopping without a credit card.”

About FuturePay

FuturePay is a payment option that enables consumers to shop online without a credit card. Shoppers simply put purchases on a FuturePay tab, making it easy to buy now and pay later. Instead of entering multiple passwords, credit card information and many fields, FuturePay only requires customers to enter their username and password to complete a purchase, greatly streamlining the checkout experience.

To view this blog in its original format, visit FuturePay, or click here to visit the full press release.

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Real time dashboards for your store

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Cerebrate

Real time Business Intelligence for your Spree Store

Business Intelligence is critical for the success of an e-commerce business. As an owner, you want to have a complete overview of your store operations, sales, inventory, customers, and customer service. This allows you to manage your online business more effectively and efficiently.

Traditionally, setting up BI systems and dashboards has been a very time-consuming and expensive process. This approach is not suitable to work in today’s fast-paced dynamic environments. You need a system that is agile, flexible, collaborative, and easy to deploy and use.

Keeping this in mind, we here at Cerebrate have built an out-of-the-box integration with Spree Commerce to set up a BI solution with minimal effort. You can be up and running with a full-fledged BI dashboard in a matter of minutes. Below is a simple overview of how to set up an analytics dashboard for your storefront using our BI solution – CIBI!

Solution Overview

Cerebrate’s Business Intelligence Solution

CIBI stands for Cerebrate Integrated Business Intelligence. It’s a web-based Business Intelligence product developed for small and medium scale enterprises. CIBI can get you set up for your reporting needs in a matter of hours—not weeks or months! It’s hosted at https://cibi.co & we offer a free trial for you to check it out.

Setting up Spree Commerce Dashboard

Setting up BI dashboard for your storefront with CIBI can be done in two simple steps.

Step 1: Connect your store
You just need to enter just three simple inputs

When you hit save, CIBI creates an appropriate schema, which can then be used to generate charts. In the background, our data-harvesting system starts collecting and aggregating data that will be available on your dashboards within minutes.

Step 2: Create Dashboards & Charts
Users can create visuals by using a simple drag and drop interface. Different aggregations can be applied on any field. There are plenty of visualization options that give you a lot of flexibility on how you would like to represent your data.

Views and Filters

Define different views and filters and share your dashboards with colleagues.

Built in role-based access controls allow you to control the flow of information within your organization. All dashboards are interactive. In other words, it’s really easy to filter in any field, on any chart, to slice and dice your data along any dimension. CIBI is secure, scalable and very easy to use. You don’t need programmers to get started – all you need is 5 minutes!

About Cerebrate

Cerebrate is a Business Intelligence company headquartered at Santa Clara, CA. Having worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the past like Cisco, VMWare, Intuit, etc., we decided to leverage our 10+ years of consulting experience and software development expertise to create a web-based BI product targeted for SMEs. We started developing CIBI in 2013 and are very excited to partner with Spree Commerce to develop great analytics solutions for their users.

Get in touch

If you are interested in enabling CIBI for your storefront, feel free to contact info@cerebrateinc.com. To view this blog in its orginal format, check out Cerebrate’s blog.

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Introducing the Wombat Blog

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Introducing the Wombat Blog

By now you may have heard of Wombat, Spree Commerce’s ecommerce integration platform. For a quick introduction, Wombat is the first Scaling as a Service platform for ecommerce. Scaling your ecommerce business with Wombat means you’ll never worry about losing an order, or integrating your drop-shipping, accounting, ERP or POS systems.

With Wombat, you can connect any store to any service, no custom code required. Wombat works with any storefront: Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce, Spree, even custom-built solutions. Connect your storefront with your mission critical services in just minutes, not weeks or months.

You may have already checked out Wombat’s well-stocked knowledge base of screencasts, developer documentation, list of integrations and features. Now we’re adding a robust, developer-centric blog for Wombat to the mix. The Wombat blog will cover product and feature releases as well as issues ecommerce businesses are facing. In keeping with open source principles, expect to catch a good play-by-play post when we write good code and hacks for Wombat. In short, this blog is largely written by developers, for developers.

Lastly, we’re committed to the open source community and would love to see more outside contributions. We absolutely love to receive content from our partners. Feel free to contact us with any story ideas at press@spreecommerce.com.

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