Upgrade to AbleCommerce Gold R2

Released Version: AbleCommerce Gold, Release 2, Build 4487

Release Date: 09/21/2012

Change Log

These instructions apply to installations running AbleCommerce Gold Build 4194.

Make sure you are upgrading to the latest version available to you.  It is not necessary to apply incremental upgrades.

Click here to view the release history notes, and find the latest version of AbleCommerce Gold

Hot Patches
:  This version has hot patches available.  You should install the Service Patch for Gold R2 before applying hot patches.


1)  Download Upgrade to temporary location

This upgrade is available to active subscription holders.  To obtain the file, login to the ablecommerce.com website and go to the customer account area.  From the Downloads tab, in the top section, you can see all files that are available to you by subscription.  Be sure to download the files here and keep an original for backup.

  1. Determine the type of version you are using, WAP or WSP, and download the applicable file.

  2. Extract the contents.  Only changed files are included in the upgrade set.

  3. Compare the new upgrade files with your original ones, and merge any custom changes.

  4. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS - This version contains new Mobile Store templates.  After upgrading, users with mobile devices will be directed to the mobile version of your store. During the upgrade, make sure that your custom themes include the new mobile files, located in the App_Themes folders of the default themes for Auto, Computer, Pets, and Wireframe.

2)  Confirm License

Do not install the upgrade unless your license subscription is valid through the "release date" of the build you are installing, or you have a license key for the latest version.

There are two ways to see if you have a valid subscription for this upgrade:

Login to your AbleCommerce Merchant Menu and go to the Configure > Security > Licensing page.
The "License Details" section will indicate whether a subscription is included with your license, and the subscription's expiration date will be shown.

- OR -

Open the "commercebuilder.lic" file located in the \app_data\ folder with a txt program such as notepad. 

e.g. <subscription>9-21-12</subscription>

If your license purchase included a subscription, a line similar to the one above will be shown in your key file.  
Make sure the date is on, or after, September 21th, 2012, which is the release date for AbleCommerce Gold R2.  

NOTE:  A store in DEMO MODE is not valid for the upgrade.  Make sure you have a license key installed before continuing.  The key type can be Development or Live, but not DEMO.  

3)  Backup your Existing Production Files

Always make a backup copy of the entire AbleCommerce folder and the database before beginning any upgrade.

This upgrade does not require any database changes.


4)  Installation of New Files to Production Server

For WSP versions:

  1. Stop the IIS web service, or application pool, to release a lock on the DLL files in the \bin\ folder.

    FAQ: How do I stop a website to upgrade?

  2. Copy all files, from step 1c) above, to the corresponding folders on the production server.

  3. Restart the IIS web service application.

For WAP versions:

  1. Recompile the application.

  2. Republish to the target server.



If you need to merge any customizations, we recommend that you use a file compare and merge utility such as WinMerge.  WinMerge is Open Source file compare and merge utility which runs on all modern Windows versions.  Latest WinMerge version and other WinMerge information is available at http://winmerge.org


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