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Oracle iStore Implementation and Administration Guide
Release 12.1
Part Number E13575-06
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Verifying the Implementation

This chapter covers the following topics:

Verifying the Implementation

This chapter describes the tasks required to verify your implementation of Oracle iStore.

Oracle iStore Implementation Verification Tasks

Once you have launched your sites, you can continue to test and verify additional changes to the catalog before making the changes public.

Testing the Sites

Use the following procedure to test your specialty sites before launching them.

Prerequisites

A site has been created, and a supported iStore responsibility has been assigned to it.

Steps

  1. Navigate to the Site Selection Page at the following URL: http://<host>:<port>/OA_HTML/ibeCZzdMinisites.jsp

    If you are using the Site Selection Page, this page allows you to navigate to any of your specialty sites, and to sign in if necessary. If you are not using the Site Selection Page, you are automatically rerouted to the default specialty site or, if the default specialty site is not available to you, to the first specialty site you can access with your user responsibility.

  2. Optional: You can also access a site's specialty sites directly at the following URL: http://<host>:<port>/OA_HTML/ibeCZzpHome.jsp?site=<Store ID>

Note: Site ID (formerly called Minisite ID) is viewable in the Update Site: Details page. This is a unique identifier given to the site upon creation.

Using Preview Mode

Oracle iStore's Preview mode allows merchants to preview Customer Application specialty sites while working on them in the Site Administration Application.

Use the Preview feature of Oracle iStore to preview the appearance of your specialty sites, sections, and products before making them available to customers. Preview mode is available in the Sites, Sections, and Products pages.

Preview and Transactions

You cannot perform any transactional processes in Preview mode, such as place orders, check out, log out, etc. The only purpose of Preview mode is to browse the catalog. Icons at the top of the page and links in the Browse Bin are not selectable. If you select the Add to Cart button, an error message, Transaction is disabled in Preview mode will be shown.

Preview and Web Cache

In a typical scenario, when the merchant selects the Preview button in Site Administration Application, the Customer Application is retrieved through the application server and uses data cached through JTT Cache. This ensures freshly cached data. Changes made by the site manager in the Site Administration Application are immediately viewable in the Customer Application.

There may be cases however, when the merchant enters Preview mode through the Oracle Application Server Web Cache. This type of preview, however, is not supported due to likelihood of seeing stale cached data. See the chapter, Integrating Oracle iStore with Oracle Application Server Web Cache, for more information.

Preview and Languages

When previewing a specialty site, a section, or a product, in the preview site window, specialty sites which do not support the iStore administrator's current session language will not be listed. For example, if the iStore administrator's current session language is German, specialty sites which do not support the German language will not appear in the site list.

Accessing Preview Mode

You can access Preview mode in one of two ways:

  1. Select the Preview button in the Sites, Sections, and Products pages, and then select the name of the specialty site you wish to preview. All products and sections, whether published or unpublished, will display.

  2. Navigate to the Customer Application URL using the iStore Administrator responsibility. When the site manager (user with iStore Administrator responsibility) logs into the Customer Application while still logged into the Site Administration Application and using the same browser, he will be in Preview mode and will be able to see all sites, whether available to customers or not, and all products, whether published or unpublished.