Installing Commerce using Visual Studio extensions
Dec 21, 2014
We have received a lot of feedback from developers requesting an easier way of creating an empty EPiServer Commerce project without using Deployment Center. Update 48 of EPiServer with Commerce 8.6 includes the possibility to install a new EPiServer Commerce site from Visual Studio, using an extension package for Commerce.
About the features
Key points about the new features:
The EPiServer.Commerce NuGetpackage is responsible for adding the correct Commerce configuration and installing the Commerce database. It does not install any CMS configuration or database.
The installed database is in the form of a local mdf file. Please make sure the parent folder where you are installing has write permissions since Local Database does not respect the Administrators group. If you want to move the database, just attach the file to an SQL server instance.
There is an SQL file in the tools folder of the EPiServer.Commerce.Core package that contains the install file for the current version of Commerce. This can be used to create a new database for automation tasks.
Note that installed website will not have any templates. Furthermore, the installation does not include Commerce Manager (the Commerce administration interface), however most parts of Commerce can be accessed from code.
Creating a project
Follow the steps below to create an empty Commerce project: