The ForgeLife Solution Manager builds on the market-leading open source Liferay Portal framework. Each component guarantees a seamless user-experience to manage digital assets across channels, across devices and across industries.
The ForgeLife Solution Manager is unique in the industry in that it is built as a collection of native plug-ins to be added to a Liferay installation. The suite is composed of multiple major relatively independent products that can be used individually or in combination with each other for customer, employee or partner facing digital experiences.
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Stimulate the interest of your customers, partners and employees by adding our ForgeVideo premium feature to your strategy. Through easy annotation and personalization we take video marketing and learning to the next level ...
Videos are becoming an ever increasing essential component of information sharing and effective learning.
ForgeVideo's modern browser-based video editing capability allows users to tag, cut, trim or edit videos, to generate new video including picture-in-picture feature from different source videos.
Its interactive video features allows to add configurable and interactive popup messages, hot spots, images, quiz and answers with calls-to-action, iFrame, individual chapters and chapter menu, free pen drawing (annotation), among others on top of the existing videos as overlay.
All meta-data and added text annotations are indexed and searchable. Individual videos can be linked to specific organization, individual and/or event. Configurable workflow can be implemented in the content review process. Any organization can use these features for targeted learning, sharing experiences and even marketing purpose.
Drive growth through our omni-channel eCommerce solution, natively embedded into the ForgeLife digital asset platform ...
ForgeCart is a complete eCommerce solution that is based on Liferay Portal platform.
ForgeCart consists of 25 end-user facing shopping cart portlets and several feature-rich portlets for mall or store administrators, each with configurable UI. It is flexible enough to generate different views to meet your custom needs.
Key features in the ForgeCart Enterprise Edition (EE) include:
For End User: Read more...
For Mall and/or Store Administrators: Read more...
For Mall Administrators: Read more...
For End Users
Product List View
The products are displayed in list view or icon view, which is configurable. Products can also be filtered based on tags or categories. Displayed products can also be further filtered by price ranges, number of views, number of sales, reviews, prices, and the dates to be added to the system.
Product Detail View
When clicked, the selected product's details will be displayed with images, processing, review, descriptions, videos, attributes, attachments, among others.
Basic & Advanced search
Products can be searched with one or multiple keywords.
Faceted search of tags, categories, attributes and date/time.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Each product, order, wishlist, image or attachment has a unique SEO friendly URL for indexing and QR code image. All products' SEO URLs are auto generated in sitemap.xml. Multiple SEO features are available for search engines like Google, Bing and Baidu, etc.
Signed in user can post rating, review, comment, like/unlike and flag for any product. The Review system is a standalone component that can be applied to any object in Liferay, that means that a signed in user can write review with a product, an order, a vendor, and more.
Guest user or signed in user can add items to shopping cart, set up shipping address and payment method, and check out to finish the order.
Promotion & Coupon
Products on sales display promotion price. User can get discount with coupon code.
Store administrator can configure the online store to accept one or multiple payment methods. Accordingly, user can choose the payment method during the checkout process.
ForgeCart currently supports the following payment methods:
- Credit Card
User can pay by all major credit cards including Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, etc. The transaction will be processed by authorize.net or PayPal.
User can pay with his/her existing PayPal account.
- Pre-paid Account
VIP user can set up a debit account in the online store and pay from the balance in the debit account.
- Pay Upon Delivery
For some stores with their own delivery personnel, user can choose to pay to the delivery personnel upon the delivery of the product(s) he/she has ordered online.
User in China has an option to pay with Alipay, which is similar to PayPal.
- Pay with Bank Withdrawal
User in China has an option to pay with direct withdrawal from his/her bank account.
Shipping & Tracking
User selects shipping method during checkout. Tracking of shipped items is available online.
Signed in user can add user profile, upload picture, change password, add one or multiple addresses, set up one or multiple credit cards on file for orders, and all review posts.
The complete order history is available for print and review.
Categories Cloud & Tag Cloud
Depict tags / categories on products; retrieve products by tag and / or category.
User can add products to My Wish List, My Compare List, My Latest List. User can also view related products and featured products.
Share by Email
Product list, product, order, review, My Wishlist, among others can be shared by email. An unique SEO friendly URL is included in the email for convenient access to the shared item.
Native integration with Facebook, Twitter & Google+
Product list, product, order, review, My Wishlist, among others can be shared to the user's Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts, with native integration.
For Mall and/or Store Administrators
Mall or store administrators can create products online. A WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) online editor is available for creating product content and features. Images, videos, PDF files and other attachments can be uploaded to the product details in a drag-and-drop way. Multiple overview images will be generated automatically for multiple purposes. Attribute set, attribute and option model are also available for creating products.
Mall or store administrators can create manufacturers, which will be used to show the originality when a product is created.
Visualize categories with an image (multiple overview icons)
ForgeCart supports up to 43 languages.
Tags & Categories
For search, filtering and targeted rendering of related advertisements.
One or multiple currencies can be configured in a store.
Attribute Set, Attribute & Option
For product's attributes management.
For product's stock (SKU) management - product level SKU, attribute-option level SKU.
Mall or Store administrator can configure the store to enable SMS services.
If SMS service is enabled, all SMS history will be available for store owner as a tracking history.
Mall or Store administrator can configure email templates for different email purposes. The email history is available for the store owner for tracking.
Mall or Store administrator can create different promotions, which can start and expire at a particular date/time. For example, a Black Friday promotion can start from November 28 at 1:00 AM and end on November 31 at 12:00 PM. The promotion can be configured with maximum allowed usage times. the value (such as 15% off), the coverage range (such as all products within the store, all product of the same category, all product made by the same manufacturer, or individually selected product). Future or expired promotions are labeled in different colors. Administrator can also manually deactivate a promotion. All products eligible for the promotions will be automatically labeled with promotion icon.
Similar to Promotions, Mall or Store administrator can create different coupons such as $20 off. A user can apply the coupon code during check out process.
- Group Shopping
Similar to Groupon shopping, Mall or Store administrator can create Group Shopping so that users can order the same product with big discount. The orders will be valid once it reaches a certain number orders.
- Special Offer
Mall or Store administrator can create Special Order such as "buy one get one free". This can be applied to all products within the store, all product of the same category, all product made by the same manufacturer, or individually selected product.
- Discount Package
Mall or Store administrator can create Discount Package such as "Buy these two products together for a discounted price".
- Gift Card
Mall or Store administrator can create different gift cards with different face values. A user can apply the gift card code during check out process.
- Shipping Card
Mall or Store administrator can create different shipping cards with different face values or free shipping. A user can apply the shipping card code during check out process to save or waive shipping fees.
- Award Points & Redemption
Users can earn points by following pre-defined rules. Users can redeem the points for award such as free products. Users with high points can also be put in different categories such as VIP customers.
Mall or Store administrator can browse all Pending, Incomplete, Complete orders within the store. Each order detail is also available for search and sorting. The order detail is available for display online or in PDF format.
Mall or Store administrator can browse all Pending, Completed, Invalid, or Cancelled payments within the store. The payment is linked to the order detail.
Mall or Store administrator can browse all Pending, Shipped, Delivered, Invalid (for example, due to wrong address) or Cancelled shipping within the store. The shipping is linked to the order detail.
Mall or Store administrator can generate order statement reports for each customer of the store.
Customer Location on Google Map
Based on customer's address, all customers of each store are dynamically labeled on the integrated Google Map for store owner's view.
Product management with barcode
All products are centrally managed. Configurable barcode (for example, CODE 39, CODE 128, DATA MATRIX, PDF 417, QR CODE) is used for easy management.
Order management with barcode
All orders are centrally managed. Configurable barcode (for example, CODE 39, CODE 128, DATA MATRIX, PDF 417, QR CODE) is used for easy management.
All payments are centrally managed; set up payments rules.
All shipping are centrally managed; get rate, print label, and track; set up shipping rules; generate barcode image for tracking ID.
Set up store preferences on order management.
Set up stock-keeping unit or SKU in both product level and product-attribute-option level.
- Tax (TaxCloud, AvaTax)
Online service calls to either TaxCloud or AvaTax to dynamically calculate the taxes of the order. The tax is based on the shipping address.
- Payment processing
Store owners can set up the payment methods and according payment processing gateways. ForgeCart currently supports multiple payment methods including:
Credit Card payment through authorize.net or PayPal
Pay upon delivery of products
Pay with direct bank withdrawal
- Shipping (FedEx, UPS, USPS)
Configure the store's shipping methods and link the shipping to the vendor's shipping accounts with FedEx, UPS or USPS. Real time shipping rate will be calculated based on the shipping address and the product details like weight and size.
- Shipping Rules
Configure the store's shipping rules.
- SMS Rules
Configure the store's SMS rules, if enabled.
- Award Rules
Configure the store's Point Award rules, if enabled.
Add the store's license from ForgeLife online license tool.
Multiple dashboard features are available for store or mall administrator.
Dynamic and online report generation & publishing and other report features are available in a separate distribution for store or mall administrator through the seamless integration with JasperReports.
Revive Adserver (OpenX) integration
Seamless integration with Revive Adserver (OpenX) for advertisements is available in a separate distribution.
For Mall Administrators
Mall-stores concept, with hierarchy
The same system can be used to create a mall-stores concept, with multiple stores in one mall and the hierarchy relationship can be enabled.
Mall administrator can create and configure multiple stores, each store is independent. The products and other configuration setting in Global store are available in each individual store.
Mall administrator can create reports for individual store, and combined reports for multiple stores in the mall.
Create new opportunities and drive campaigns through online marketing with our personalized advertising solution based on online history, access time, location, user's profile, and relevant web content ...
ForgeAds is an advertising solution with seamless integration of Revive Adserver (OpenX) as the backend ad server to create and manage ads. It includes 3 portlets for mall or store administrators, 4 display portlets for targeted rendering of ads based on user's online browsing history, user's profile, time and location of the access of information, and relevant web contents on the same web page. ForgeAds works well with other components in the ForgeLife Solution Manager to create a complete digital solution.
Refer to www.revive-adserver.com for more information about Revive Adserver, formerly known as OpenX Source.
ForgeAds is an advertising solution with seamless integration of Revive Adserver (OpenX) as the backend ad server to create and manage ads, with 3 portlets for mall or store administrators, 4 display portlets for targeted rendering of ads based on user's online browsing history, user's profile, and web contents with the same tags or in the same category. ForgeAds work well with ForgeCart and ForgeBIRD to create a complete eCommerce solution.
Revive Adserver is the world's most popular free, open source ad serving system that enables publishers, ad networks and advertisers to:
Revive Adserver is an open-source advertising server, featuring an integrated banner management interface and tracking system for gathering statistics. It enables web site administrators to rotate banners from both in-house advertisement campaigns as well as from paid or third-party sources, such as Google's AdSense. It provides standard banner rotation, click tracking, zone-based ad selection, zone-based campaign targeting, direct ad selection, ad targeting (per browser, domain, language, etc.), ad capping and full Adobe Flash support, etc.
Refer to www.revive-adserver.com for more information about Revive Adserver, formerly known as OpenX Source.
The following main terms are used:
Ad server: Normally operated by a third party, an ad server delivers and tracks ads on websites. Ad servers perform a useful role in building trust between advertisers and publishers since the statistics they supply are likely to be free of spin.
Ad space: The area on a web page set aside for the display of ads.
Ad units: These refer to the different types of ads which appear online, including banners, interstitials, pop-ups, skyscrapers and text links.
Affiliate marketing: An advertising system based on the CPA (Cost Per Action) payment method, where websites display advertisers' banners for free but receive payment when registrations or sales result from click throughs.
AIDA: Attention, Interest, Desire and Action - a simple marketing acronym that describes the supposed path to successful selling.
Campaign: Refers to an advertising project in its entirety, from conception through creation and buying to tracking and final analysis.
ForgeAds plugin includes:
Ads Server Admin portlet: (multi-tenancy supports) manage server-level mappings - Portal Instances and Agencies.
Ads Mall Admin portlet: (multi-tenancy supports) manage mall-level mappings - Stores and Clients; tracking information reporting; generate reports about clicks of banners and zones.?
Ads Store Admin portlet: manage store-level banners and zones, and tag banners and zones; ads tagging and categorization, related assets association.
Ads Banner Display portlet - select a banner and publish it on any page
Ads Publisher portlet: online-real-dynamic display ads; match banners by tags and categories and publish them on any page; 1st portlet instance will pick up 1st place matched banner; 2nd portlet instance will pick up 2nd place matched banner; etc.
Ads Zone Display portlet - select a zone and publish it on any page; align tags and categories of current page with zone-banners variables.
Ads Featured List portlet - select banners and publish them as a slideshow on any page
Same as the support of multi-tenancy in ForgeCart, ForgeAds also support multi-tenancy, i.e. each mall or store can have its own administration of ads, without affecting other malls or stores within the same Liferay installation.
Secure enterprise-grade digital asset sharing capabilities for user-friendly convenient and efficient collaboration ...
ForgeChat is a unique purpose-build chat feature for industry and enterprise needs. It contains a secure online communication mechanism that enables online users to communicate in one-on-one or group setting. Users can share images, documents, audios, videos and other information without leaving the integral environment. Friends can share their own moments as well.
A JasperReports engine-based business intelligent (BI) solution to generate dynamic BI reports in tabular or graphical formats.
JasperReports is an open source Java reporting tool that can write to a variety of targets, such as: screen, a printer, into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, Comma-separated values or XML files.
ForgeBIRD is a Liferay plugin with most recent JasperReports engine (version 5.6) fully integrated. It includes four portlets so far:
A series of components to enable ForgeLife solution across all major mobile devices including iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Different devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones including iOS, Andriod and Windows Phone) have different size of display screens.
Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience - easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling - across a wide range of devices.
ForgeMobile takes the same RWD approach in building responsive portal solutions. The HTML5 web pages dynamically adjust themselves according to the display screen. If needed, native mobile apps with HTML5 pages wrapped give users better user experience while keep the same features and fast response.
ForgeMobile helps creating websites that respond to their environment:
ForgeLife professional service team is very experienced in designing and building native mobile App.
A knowledge base (KB) solution to consolidate and manage the most accurate information in one place by authoring articles and organizing them in a hierarchy of navigable categories.
ForgeKB is our Knowledge Base (KB) solution that enables content creators and publishers to consolidate and manage the most accurate information in one place by authoring digital assets and organizing them by hierarchy and category.
ForgeKB covers a wide range of use cases, including support and help desk functions. It allows to rate and comment on all digital assets, export them into other formats, or subscribe to it. Similar to wiki functions, but with different look and usability, plus additional workflow capabilities for approval functions.
Some of the main features include:
ForgeKB is a Knowledge Base (KB) solution that enables content creators and publishers to consolidate and manage the most accurate information in one place by authoring articles and organizing them in a hierarchy of navigable categories. This is something like a MSDN KB article. It'll be possible for users to rate and comment on articles, export them to PDF and other formats, or subscribe to changes in the articles or the whole KB. In a sense it's similar to the wiki but has a different look and usability plus a more formal workflow which will require approval to be published.
ForgeKB can be widely used in different areas such as support and help desk. It can also be customized for other user cases.
Some of the main features include:
Users with different permission can view, create, edit, review, and/or approve (publish) individual article (content) in WYSIWYG online editor.
Articles are groups under 4 different tabs: All Articles (published only), Draft Articles, Templates, and My Favorites (bookmark). Users with different permission can see some or all of these tabs.
Workflow engine such as jBPM or Kaleo is integrated into Liferay Portal. Custom workflow definition is available as part of the medical content management process.
The articles (contents) can be individually tagged and/or categorized
Category can include category hierarchy such as Diabetes >> Type II Diabetes or Software >> Windows Office
Related articles can be displayed in a group by a simple click of the name of the author, a tag name, or a category name in a category hierarchy.
Articles are searchable based on article id, title, subject, body, description, tag, and/or category. Both basic search and advanced search are available. Third-party search engine such as Google can be integrated.
AJAX-based search prompt (similar to Google search) of keyword, category name, and tag name
Each article is retrievable through a unique URL
Each article can be configured with different permissions such as View, Update, Delete, Share, Subscribe, Configure Permissions, and Add Discussion.
Version control includes history, revert, line by line comparison of different versions, etc.
Multiple language supports in article title, content, and summary. Only articles in the user's current locale will be displayed
Automatic conversion of KB article to formats such as PDF, MS Word, TXT, and all other formats supported by OpenOffice
User can rate or comment on articles.etc.
Statistics and reporting such as Most/Least Viewed, Most/Least Rated articles
Import/Export features. Third party contents can be imported/exported in the format of Docbook. Articles can also be exported as lar format and imported from lar file.
Email notification at multiple levels such as waiting for approval notice, etc.
Notification emails are based on configurable email templates
Share article with a friend by sending email
Articles can be shared across different organizations or communities through up to four different sharing mechanisms, which are configurable and can be individually enabled/disabled by administrator
Administrator can configure many default settings in properties file, Configuration UI pages, etc.
Sortable columns in the list view of articles
Personalization such as selective view of different columns (Minimal View, Normal View or Maximized View). User with different permission can view different columns.
My favorite (bookmark features)
Create article with template
The following screenshots show some of the major features: