Applies To: AbleCommerce 7.0.3 through 7.0.7 installations wanting to upgrade to AbleCommerce Gold
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
These instructions apply to installations running AbleCommerce 7.0.3 through 7.0.7. If you are running an earlier version, then you will need to upgrade to version 7.0.3 or later before beginning.
AbleCommerce Gold is a major upgrade, so the files cannot be simply copied or directly upgraded. First you should install a new version of AbleCommerce Gold, so you can spend some time editing the style of the store and apply your design theme. If you have customizations, and still need them, then you will need to merge them to the new version. The next step will be to restore a copy of your database and access the install page to perform the database upgrade. After that, you can copy over your personal data folders for images, email templates, etc.
We recommend that you start by installing AbleCommerce Gold to your local development server or PC. Microsoft has free tools like Visual Studio Express that allow you to easily install and modify Ablecommerce files. For simple layout changes and color or theme changes, you can use the built-in Theme and Layout editor within AbleCommerce Website editing menu.
The new store templates are W3C compliant with all new html coding and CSS to make them more search engine friendly. However, this means that you cannot directly copy your existing AbleCommerce store templates or CSS into AbleCommerce Gold.
If you need to migrate your custom changes from a previous version of AbleCommerce, or another shopping cart system, you will probably want to use a style sheet editor, such as the one within Visual Studio, and manually search and replace the stylesheet colors and attributes with your own. An excellent tool to aid in this task is the Firebug add-on for Firefox browsers.
Prerequisites before Upgrading
1) Download AbleCommerce Gold
Find the latest version of AbleCommerce Gold. See Release History to for a list of all releases.
To install the AbleCommerce Gold software, you will need to have an active subscription for your current license key, or a separate development key for version 7.0.8.
a. Login to your AbleCommerce Merchant Menu and go to the Configure > Security > Licensing page.
b. Open the "commercebuilder.lic" file located in the \app_data\ folder with a txt program such as notepad.
If your license purchase included a subscription, a line similar to the one above will be shown in your key file.
See Release History to determine the date of release for the version you are installing.
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.
2) Install AbleCommerce Gold
NOTE: You can access the \Install\Upgrade.aspx at any time to complete the database upgrade step.
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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