Deploy and Replicate Code

Use Business Manager to replicate code from Staging to Production.

  1. Ensure you have the current updated version of the API on which the instance is running.
    1. Ensure that deprecated APIs are accounted for in your application. (Check the WebDav/Sites/Logs/deprecation/ directory on your server for a full list of deprecated APIs in use.) This will ensure that references to deprecated APIs are removed before the API is discontinued.
    2. Ensure that any sandbox used for site development is upgraded at the same time as the Primary instances.
  2. Merge code in the code repository.
  3. Retrieve the collective changes from the code repository, then deploy the code to a Build/Merge instance.
  4. Use Business Manager to create a new B2C Commerce version directory on the Staging and Development instances.
    1. Select Administration > Site Development > Code Deployment.
    2. Select an active version for these instances.
  5. Provide a readme.txt file in the cartridge that lists the code fixes/enhancements in this version.
  6. Copy the cartridge to the newly created version directories on Staging and Development via WebDav.
  7. Test the new version (see above consideration).
  8. Push the newly tested version to the Production instance for live usage. Use Business Manager to push code from Staging to Production. Click Administration > Replication > Code Replication. The replication process takes the current active version directory, creates the same version directory, then copies the cartridge code from Staging to Production.
Important: You must follow these steps for each version that is being replicated from Staging to Development and from Staging to Production. If any change, no matter how insignificant, is made to a site, it must be delivered via a version change. A new version must be created, even if it's intended to find or fix an issue that occurs with a new version, so that if a problem exists, the site can be rolled back to a known working version as quickly as possible.
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