Setting Up uCommerce on a Content Delivery Server

Posted 4 March 2016 12:00 AM by Vicent Galiana

Installing uCommerce on a content delivery server is pretty simple, nothing new, just install the package on Sitecore and done.

Perfect! Everything is up and running, but what if now you follow the standard procedure of "security hardening" for a CD server?

One of the usual steps is to remove any link to the master database. You do it, and nothing happens. Sometimes uCommerce must read items directly from the Sitecore tables and by default it reads it from the master database. One example is the confirmation emails; uCommerce will fail with the error: Could not find configuration node: databases/database[@id='master']

You can control the particular database uCommerce reads the items from by changing the property "nameofcontentdatabase" of the component "SitecoreContext". By default, this configuration is stored in the configuration file shell.config. However, uCommerce recommends to apply those changes in the custom.config file instead of modifying any uCommerce file directly.

How to install uCommerce? Simple:

  • Copy the following code into custom.config

<!-- Services --> <component id="SitecoreContext" service="UCommerce.Sitecore.ISitecoreContext, UCommerce.Sitecore" type="UCommerce.Sitecore.SitecoreContext, UCommerce.Sitecore"> <parameters> <backEndDomainName>sitecore</backEndDomainName> <nameOfContentDatabase>web</nameOfContentDatabase> </parameters> </component>

  • Restart your application

In my opinion, we should always apply this change as our users are expecting to be able to edit in the master database without those changes being applied on the front-end. Additionally, in scenarios such as this, the email will be generated with the content from master which is not the expected behaviour.

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