This isn’t “fresh” news, the feature pack has been available for a week or two, I have just been swamped with vacation and work to write about it. There are a lot of great enhancements to WebSphere Commerce in this feature pack, most of which came directly from customer demand so kudos to the lab for executing on these! I highlight some of my favorite ones here.
Aurora Starter Store
Completely redesigned starter store to be more up to date with today’s look and feel. The new store is very fresh looking and will be a great demonstration and starter asset going forward. Aurora has a very nice look and feel and demonstrates the many new features in this feature pack.
Page Layout Tool
One of my favorite new features is the Page Layout Tool. As a Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Category Manager, or Sales Manager you can use the Page Layout tool in Management Center to manage layouts for your store pages. — link here.
A really great feature for retail store fronts is the new price promotions around fixed pricing. This in my opinion has been a gap in the out of the box promotions – many times customers just extend the product to do this, now it comes for free!
Fixed price on the subtotal of catalog entries
Fixed price on individual catalog entries
Fixed price on the subtotal of catalog entries from a category
Fixed price on individual catalog entries from a category
Buy A (and B and C), get a percentage off Y
Buy A (and B and C), get an amount off Y
Even though we have supported this integration in the past, this new feature pack has a much tighter integration with in Aurora – meaning much less partner and services in order to get social onto your site. More information can be found here:
- Ratings summaries at the top of product pages and item pages.
- Listings of ratings and reviews in a “Customer Reviews” tab at the bottom of product pages and item pages.
- Review and comment creation through the Bazaarvoice review submission container with support for multiple authentication methods.
- Data feed upload to Bazaarvoice.
- Basic SEO support for ratings and reviews.