Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 for Retail-Development & Customization

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 for Retail-Development and Customization

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Lesson 2: Logical Design of the E-commerce Site

Logical Design of the E-Commerce Site

Logical Design of the E-commerce Site : The Ecommerce site (online starter site), once deployed, and creates web applications and site collections for hosting the product. The Cross-site publishing feature of SharePoint 2013 is used to separate the authoring content site with the publishing content site (which is visible to the end-user).

Lesson Objectives

  • To understand the information architecture of the Ecommerce site
  • To highlight the major components of SharePoint used to build the e-commerce site.
  • To list the customizable controls available for extensibility.

Logical Architecture

The Logical Design figure provides a detailed view of the web applications and the site collections that are created on the SharePoint server when you deploy the Retail online store. This figure also lists the associated classes and zones that are created for the applications and the site collections.

Site Collections

There are 2 main site collections created when you deploy the Retail Online Channel. They are the Product Catalog site collection (RetailProductCatalog) and the Retail Publishing Portal site collection (RetailPublishingPortal).

Product Catalog Site Collection

The Product Catalog contains catalogs such as list of product items, which are tagged with metadata. All lists are shared as catalogs. The site collection is located in an independent web application. The product catalog content web application uses Windows authentication (Active Directory) to authenticate content authors.

Retail Publishing Portal Site Collection

The publishing portal site collection is located in separate web applications. The publishing portal web application uses Windows authentication (Active Directory) for designers and forms-based authentication for web users. The second web application is also configured so that web users can have anonymous access.

The publishing site collection has an asset library. Here, rich media content such as images and videos can be stored. In case, the publishing site collections are outside the , the asset library can be located in a separate site collection. This site collection is in the same web application as the publishing site collections so that users on the publishing sites can have read access to those assets. Internal users such as designers and other content authors have Contribute permission level to add, update, and delete items in the asset library. The asset library is added to the Suggested Content Browser Locations list for the authoring and product catalog site collections so that content authors can use those assets in their content.

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