Feature Pack 5 or later

Aurora starter store

The Aurora starter store showcases the latest in storefront features, and models best practices in store development, demonstrating a wide scope of retail scenarios. Simplify your responsive consumer direct or B2B direct web store implementation and reduce your time-to-market by using the Aurora starter store as your development base.

Aurora header

The Aurora starter store is packaged with WebSphere Commerce as a store archive (Aurora.sar). You can publish the Aurora starter store as any of the following store types:

  • Consumer direct stand-alone store
  • WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseConsumer direct storefront asset store in the extended sites business model
  • WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseFeature Pack 8B2B direct stand-alone store
  • WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseFeature Pack 8B2B direct storefront asset store in the extended sites business model

Store features

The Aurora starter store offers an extensive set of site-level, category-level, and product-level features:
  • Site level features: Using site-level features, you can customize the look and feel of your storefront. Site level features are visible from multiple pages in your store.
  • Category level features: Category-level features help customers to browse categories, search the catalog, and filter product listings to find the right product.
  • Product level features: Product-level features showcase details about a specific product in your store.

Feature Pack 8Aurora offers B2B-optimized features to enhance and simplify catalog browsing, order placement, and administration tasks for B2B direct customers:B2B-optimized features

Technology

The Aurora starter store demonstrates the latest technologies for store development and includes the following features:
  • Feature Pack 7 or laterResponsive web design (RWD) patterns in catalog browsing page layouts and widgets.
  • Feature Pack 7 or laterCustomizable REST services to facilitate the invocation of classic controller commands and the activation of data beans.
  • Ability to define store functions as self-contained widgets.
  • Ability to combine Ajax and Dojo widgets to build a store page layout.
  • Easier styling and customization of the site.
  • Use of WebSphere Commerce services for all marketing, member, and order component interactions.
  • Ability to retrieve product attributes with catalog services.

Aurora starter store feature set

The following tables provide a comprehensive list of Aurora store features, including new features introduced in feature packs. The table also compares Aurora features to those offered in the previous starter stores, Madisons and Elite.

Catalogs

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Master and sales catalogs
Categories, products, SKUs, bundles, kits, and dynamic kits
Predefined dynamic kits
Support for swatches for attributes, such as color and size.

Feature Pack 6 or laterSupport for product-specific swatch images

Merchandising associations, defining, and descriptive attributes, list and offer prices
Simple and advanced search
  • Feature Pack 5Simple search only
  • Feature Pack 6 or laterSimple and advanced search
Faceted navigation ✓(Solr-based) Product Fast Finder Product Fast Finder
Tiered pricing policy (offer price)
Attachment assets for products
Product ranking
Browsing history
Ribbon ads (image overlays) for catalog entry thumbnails

Marketing

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
E-Marketing Spots to display promotional content, products, categories, and merchandising associations

Promotions

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Promotion code entry
Product-level promotions
Order-level promotions
Shipping-level promotions
Support for personal coupon management with a coupon wallet

Registration

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Support for guest and registered customers
Support for persistent sessions (Remember Me)
My Account flows
Shopper registration (for consumer direct only)
Buyer registration (for B2B direct only)
Organization registration (for B2B direct only)
Buyer participation in multiple organizations (for B2B direct only)

Orders

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Quick order
Recurring (scheduled) orders
Inventory availability
Shopping cart/current order and mini shopping cart
Shopping cart/current order pagination
Wish lists
Shipping charges and taxes
Order status and tracking
Multiple saved orders
Expedited orders
Requisition lists (for B2B direct only)
Requisition list uploads from CSV files (for B2B direct only)
Contract-based pricing (for B2B direct only)
Contract-based shipping provider and charge type (for B2B direct only)
Product entitlement (for B2B direct only)
Order approval process (for B2B direct only)

Checkout

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Payments
  • Payments subsystem
  • Punch-out payment
  • Payments subsystem
  • Introduced in Feature Pack 1Punch-out payment
  • Payments subsystem
  • Introduced in Feature Pack 1Punch-out payment
Support for guest and registered checkout
Support for multiple shipping addresses
Quick checkout
Ship as complete or partial shipments
Shipping instructions
Multiple payments per order
Buy online, pick up in-store
Multiple entry points, with customizable integration points on the store locator page
Order status and tracking
Purchase order number tracking (for B2B direct only)
Credit line payment method (for B2B direct only)

Store locator

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Multiple entry points, with customizable integration points on the store locator page
WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseFeature Pack 8

Organization and buyer administration (for B2B direct only)

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Buyer organization administration (tasks done in Organization Administration Console)
Buyer administration (tasks done in Organization Administration Console)
Buyer registration and order approvals (tasks done in Organization Administration Console)
Buy on behalf of feature for Buyer Administrators

Technology

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Required Dojo toolkit version 1.5

Feature Pack 6 or later1.8

1.3.1

Introduced in Feature Pack 31.5

1.3.1

Introduced in Feature Pack 31.5

Support for Web 2.0 technologies, with Ajax and Dojo widgets
Support for Web 1.0 technologies
Drag-and-drop support for the mini shopping cart and compare zone
Support for changing product attributes directly on the shopping cart/current order, such as color or fabric changes
Progress indicators on store pages, which are displayed while operations are in progress, for example, when an Ajax request is triggered.
Double-click handling implemented with JavaScript on store pages that benefit from blocking multiple requests. For example, adding items to the shopping cart/current order, or completing an order at the end of the checkout process
Support for
Support for SMS order status notifications and marketing messages
Search engine optimization
Globalization support for stores that display bidirectional languages. The store uses a locale-specific common1_1iw_iL.css Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file where the directionality attribute can be specified

Feature Pack 6 or later

Feature Pack 5For your store to support bidirectional languages, you must install the interim fix for APAR JR44407.

Fully translated into multiple languages to support globalization 13 languages

Feature Pack 6 or laterTranslated into Hebrew

Feature Pack 7 or laterTranslated into Arabic and Turkish

13 languages
Note: Full Arabic support (ar_EG) is also available for the Madisons starter store. To enable this feature, you must apply interim fix technote 4025874.
13 languages
Support for accessibility standards, enabling persons with disabilities to interact with web content by using assistive technologies
Deprecated featureRemote widgets

Introduced in Feature Pack 1

Introduced in Feature Pack 1

Feeds from e-Marketing Spots and wish lists

Feature Pack 6 or later

Support for IBM Tealeaf Customer Experience for WebSphere Commerce
Click-to-edit function in store preview

Feature Pack 7 or laterAdded support for Commerce Composer layouts and widgets

Tolerance for tablet devices (Madisons has a separate store archive for use with tablet devices.)
Feature Pack 5 or later

Page design

Feature Aurora starter store Deprecated featureMadisons starter store Deprecated featureElite starter store
Support for designing and managing store page layouts with the Commerce Composer tool
Support for using responsive web design (RWD) techniques for store page layouts and widgets
Feature Pack 8

Aurora sales catalogs

The Aurora starter store uses sales catalogs to differentiate the catalog data in the consumer direct and B2B direct versions of the store.
  • If you publish Aurora as a consumer direct store, the default catalog is set to a sales catalog called Aurora consumer direct sample data. This sales catalog has a housewares theme, with departments that include Apparel, Electronics, Grocery, Health, Home and Furnishing, and Newsletters and Magazines.
  • If you publish Aurora as a B2B direct store, the default catalog is set to a sales catalog called Aurora B2B direct sample data. This sales catalog has a hardware theme, with departments that include Fasteners and Lighting.

The default catalog setting is controlled in the Catalogs tool in Management Center. For more information, see Sales catalogs and Default catalog.

Mobile store pages

The availability of store pages designed for viewing on mobile devices depends on your feature pack level and whether you have published the Aurora starter store as a consumer direct or B2B direct store.

Availability of mobile store pages for the Aurora starter store

Feature pack and business model Availability of mobile store pages
Consumer direct The Madisons mobile starter store is available to publish with the Aurora sample data. However, limitations exist when you use this approach. To use the Aurora starter store as a mobile starter store requires customization.
Consumer direct The Aurora mobile starter store (AuroraMobile.sar) is available.
Consumer direct
  • The catalog browsing pages and certain content pages, such as the Site Map and About Us pages, are responsive. By using fluid grids and flexible images, the page content adapts to a range of devices, including mobile devices.
  • For the remaining store pages that are not responsive, the mobile specific assets, such as mobile specific pages, or JSPs are included in the Aurora.sar store archive. They are included as a fallback when the page is viewed on a mobile device.
B2B direct
  • The catalog browsing pages and certain content pages, such as the Site Map and About Us pages, are responsive. By using fluid grids and flexible images, the page content adapts to a range of devices including mobile devices.
  • For the remaining store pages that are not responsive, only the desktop page is available when the page is viewed on a mobile device.

Limitations

  • The following features are not demonstrated in the Aurora starter store:
    • Gift registry (Gift Center)
    • Deprecated featureCoshopping
    • Deprecated featureRemote widgets
    • Specific social commerce features including social bridging, public-facing user profiles, blogs, photo galleries, and social bookmarks. However, social commerce features are available through IBM Commerce Partner Solution. IBM partners offer Commerce Composer widgets that can be integrated into the Aurora starter store through the Commerce Composer tool. For more information, see the IBM Commerce Partner Solutions website.
  • Bi-directional language support limitations:
    • Feature Pack 8The store pages that are introduced in the Feature Pack 8 Aurora starter store do not have bi-directional language support. These new store pages are designed primarily for B2B direct stores and include pages for requisition lists, B2B-optimized browsing, saved orders, self-registration, and buyer and organization administration. If you require a store translated into the Arabic and Hebrew languages, consider using the Feature Pack 7 Aurora starter store. If you decide to use the Feature Pack 8 Aurora starter store in Arabic or Hebrew, you might need to fix the bi-directional language display issues in the new pages.
    • Feature Pack 6 or laterThere are known limitations with the Internet Explorer 7 browser when you view the Aurora store in the Hebrew language. Limitations include misalignment or exclusion of certain page elements throughout the store.
  • The Aurora starter store contains default behaviors that might affect storefront performance. Changing the default behaviors might improve your storefront performance. For more information about limitations, see Troubleshooting: Performance considerations for the Aurora starter store.
  • Feature Pack 7 or laterThe video/mp4 MIME type must be enabled in your WebSphere Application Server configuration. This enablement resolves potential video playback issues for Firefox and Internet Explorer 9+. For more information, see MIME type collection.
  • The mini shopping cart displays a maximum of 50 items by default. If a customer reaches 50 items and adds more items to the shopping cart, the mini shopping cart does not display the new additions. You must increase the default value in the mini cart JSP file fragment when you are expecting typical shopping cart sizes to exceed 50 items.