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Migrating Your Shop to Spree Commerce

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Resolve Digital

Resolve Digital’s Essential Guide to Migrating your Shop to Spree

Your business is booming and that’s great! Now for the bad news: The limitations of your existing e-commerce platform are costing you money.

Growth is fantastic, and is what you strive for. But lack of integration options, limited customization, and poor inventory management are just some of the common pains associated with growth. Spree Commerce can help you resolve those issues.

Resolve Digital, a Spree Commerce Certified Partner, has published the complete guide to migrating to the Spree platform. The Spree platform is known for its specialization in adaptabilty and scalability as your business expands. With that being said, these are the ten crucial issues to consider when planning a platform change.

1. Data Migration

Depending on your existing platform, your developers will use an API to migrate your product and customer data. Or if there’s no API available, they will connect directly to your database.

2. URL redirects

It’s important to set up redirects so any visitor who previously bookmarked a product page is directed to the correct page on your new site.

3. Passwords

Depending on your current platform, it is possible to come up with a solution so customers can keep their current password on your new Spree site.

4. Payment Providers

Check with your current payment provider to confirm that Spree, which uses Active Merchant, is compatible with the existing gateway for that provider.

5. Third-Party Integrations

Your site may integrate with applications like Xero, Netsuite and Shipwire. It is essential that these applications continue to function properly after the transfer.

6. Multi-channel

Wombat has a variety of pre-built integrations that cover POS (point of sale) systems, multiple brick-and-mortar retail locations and other online channels like Amazon or eBay.

7. Wombat Integration Platform

If your site processes more than 500 orders per month, you’re a good candidate for Wombat. As a fully managed environment, Wombat ensures users are registered, tracks orders, confirms that they’re completed, and that product pages are created.

8. Hosting and Performance

Spree works especially well with Ninefold, another partner, whose hosting platform specializes in deploying and hosting your site. It offers economies of scale and consistently high performance.

9. HTML and CSS

In addition to data migration, you may want to port your existing design to your Spree site. If your current design is not responsive, it should be. Spree offers responsive design out-of-the-box for a quality user experience across all devices

10. You own the code

With the Spree platform, you own the complete source code and can modify it to meet the specific needs of your business. As one of the world’s most active open source projects, Spree is used by thousands of developers worldwide.

To view these ten keys in more detail, as well as other essential ingredients to a successful platform change, download Resolve Digital’s full essential guide to migrating your shop to Spree Commerce.

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Latest Wombat Integration: Salesforce

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Netguru

As you may know, Spree has created Wombat, an automated e-commerce solution. We are proud to announce that we have integrated it with Salesforce! Now, you can easily bring all your clients’ information straight into Salesforce.

What it does

The integration allows you to keep all your clients and order details in one place. When a new product is added to the shop, or a new order is created, the integration passes all the relevant information to Salesforce. The three main categories are:


You can move your products’ data from your storefront to Salesforce, including product name, code, description and price. The products aspect is fairly straightforward, so we will focus more on orders.


Now, every time an order is placed in the storefront, the order details are passed to Salesforce. It is of course linked to the relevant product and the relevant customer account. It also allows for updates, so the changes in the shop will be reflected in Salesforce.

Besides the basic information, in Orders you can also see payments and/or cancellation information.


Each order is assigned an account, and each account has one or more contacts. In the context of Salesforce, “Contacts” includes your customers and their contact data. Accounts may be treated just like contacts, but for the sake of flexibility, you can add as many contacts as you need. For example, if the customers Jon, Kate and Bill are buying something for Netguru, the account name may simply be “Netguru,” but there may be three contacts assigned to it.

Right from the account page, you can navigate to other relevant sections like Payments, Orders and Contacts.

All you Wombat users, feel free to grab the integration straight from Github. Yup, it’s open source!

That’s all for now! Feel free to check out this post in Netguru’s original format. And if you love Spree as much as we do, make sure to check out other handy Spree extensions crafted by Netguru:

Spree Customer Care
Add Like Button to your Spree Store
Add Q&A Section to your Spree Store

PS. We’d also love to meet you on Twitter, @netguru!

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5 Tricks to Connecting to Quickbooks

Posted on August 06, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

5 Tips to Connecting Quickbooks to your E-Commerce Storefront

“5 Tips to Connecting to Quickbooks” was the latest in our webinar series, and was recently hosted by our very own Chief Product Officer Sameer Gulati. Many developers and store owners invest into Quickbooks, but don’t take full advantage of the e-commerce integration’s full range of features. Thus, they do not maximize the full return of investment that Quickbooks represents.

Sameer went into great depth on how to simplify the process of connecting to Quickbooks, and how to get the most out of your Quickbooks investment. The presentation gives a full rundown of how you can take advantage of many of the underutilized features. Sameer uses live connections to Wombat to give real examples of the requisite functionalities. Specifically, Sameer goes into these five tricks:

• How to connect to Quickbooks’ applications
• How to use Quickbooks to manage inventory
• Using Quickbooks to simplify income accounts
• How to automate sales data input
• Syncing Quickbooks’ inventory with your storefont

For an in-depth account on these points, and much more, be sure to check out the full recording. The next webinar is already in the works, so be sure to keep an eye out.

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Spree Stores for Manufacturers and Distributors

Posted on July 31, 2014 by 3llideas

Why Manufacturers and Distributors Choose Spree

At 3llideas, the online stores of the businesses we manage are our main focus. We specialize in developing e-commerce projects that are adaptable to every need, big and small, of businesses that offer their products directly to their customers.

Of course, not all businesses sell their services directly to the client. Some offer their goods as a third-party service and provide a showcase for the seller. Spree Commerce, the solution we recommend for commercial vendors, is not only suitable for these vendors, but also saves a lot of headaches due to the possibilities offered by Spree’s integrations and solution management.

When we think of online shopping, the first application that comes to mind is to sell directly to consumers, or B2C. However, business to business, or B2B, sellers often face similar problems. Speaking personally, we have had issues in the past with these following issues:

• Manufacturers: A company that manufactures a product and want to have an online store for the customer, distributor, retailer or consumer
• Distributors: Companies that manage one or more providers, and need to facilitate trade with their customers

Speaking exclusively of online trading platforms aimed at distributors, the main objectives are to:

Position products online: You have a catalog that is accessible to everyone, in the sense that it only displays the information that is relevant to the customer’s interest. These are provided for the benefit of great placement on search engines such as Google and Bing.

Private sales to authorized customers: On a case by case basis, customer purchases are validated and accepted based on a specific profile. These customers, through an authorization procedure, must be able to enter the online store, view product information, and are given the option to easily process and pay for orders.

Brand Promotion: As a website that is open to the public, the brand must take the opportunity to promote the brand, the company and other values on the storefront, in order to increase the recognition of the company’s marketing efforts and corporate image.

It is at this point that Spree Commerce differentiates itself as a perfect solution for business looking for a virtual showcase to display its showcase. Spree’s advantage is that is it much more than an online store, as it has a host of features that facilitate development. Among the advantages you gain by going with Spree Commerce are:

Flexible discount system: Althouth the order has to be managed in the company’s ERP, Spree’s advanced order system provides users with a simpler way to manage shopping carts. This helps our clients manage the various states of their sales, and facilitates the export management system.

Categorization of orders: This point is made very easily on the Spree Commerce online store. We provide many options for how and where our products are organized and categorized, and they are displayed in relevance to the existing inventory. Customers are interested to know the availability of the products, and Spree’s categorization keeps these figures and displays up to date.

Mobile Support: Spree already has the support needed to customize a website for a smooth transition to mobile, including excellent navigation on all screens. This is a huge factor for storeowners, as mobile commerce continues to increase in popularity, and Spree Commerce exceeds all expectations. Feel free to check out this post, where we explain more in depth.

With Spree Commerce, it is possible to achieve an excellent and complete solution for e-commerce, at a very competitive price. Spree does this with a free open source framework that provides many default features one might pay extra for elsewhere, not to mention its simple customization features.

About 3llideas

3llideas was born as a commercial enterprise with a mission to leverage growth of internet retailers. 3llideas specializes in development and implementation of online stores, using Spree’s open source software to come up with the best e-commerce solutions. 3llideas offers a flexible solution that lets you differentiate and integrate your online store with your business in mind, and develops your internet channel with your specific objectives. To view this original post in its Spanish format, click here.

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