Indie Communication
Issue #8: Upgrade "Boarding Groups"
Boarding Passes Will be Emailed This Week
As noted in last month's issue of IndieCommunication, all IndieCommerce stores have been assigned to their upgrade group based on site development and other factors.  Actual migration dates have not yet been assigned, but we wanted to give stores at least a sense of when they will be eligible to upgrade. Stores will receive an email later this week with their "boarding group" number. (Group #1 sites are the most straightforward; it is anticipated that Group 1 migrations will begin in June, followed by migrations for Group #s 2, 3, and 4, and finishing in fall, 2014.)

Keep in mind, regardless of your Group number, you may postpone your site upgrade until 2015.  With such a diverse population of stores, and every business having a different busy season, we are prepared to migrate your site when it makes the most sense for you.  

Also keep in mind that if stores "clean up" their sites, they may be able to jump into an earlier group.  After receiving your group assignment,  if you would like more information on how you can optimize your site for the move, please email A staff member will provide specific details on what can be done to move into an earlier group if your site appears to be eligible.

Look for an email this week with the subject line: IndieCommerce Upgrade: Drupal 7 Group Assignment.
Team IndieCommerce at BEA

 BEA is just a few weeks away, and ABA staff is finalizing this year's special IndieCommerce programming.  The four types of sessions will be offered at a variety of times to accommodate everyone's busy schedule at BEA:

  • State of The Upgrade: Join Neil Strandberg, ABA Director of Technology, for the latest status report on the Drupal 7 migration.

  • Preparing Your Site for the Upgrade: The IndieCommerce team will migrate sites with as much or as little content as the store provides.

  • Drupal 7: A Sneak Peek! Join us as the IndieCommerce team gives a guided preview of the new Drupal 7 interface.

  • Choosing a Theme and Redesign 101: Our team will provide guidance on picking a theme, and offer tips on design usability, organizing content, and other best practices.

To view a full schedule of IndieCommerce programming or to sign up for a class, please click here.  If you would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with IndieCommerce staff at BEA, please click here.  Our team will be confirming appointments with members early next week.


If you are not attending BEA, don't worry!  Our team will provide plenty of information on the live sessions, and will adjust the material accordingly based on user feedback. If you're headed to NYC, we look forward to seeing you in the lounge!
What's Happenin' on

To ensure that members have multiple ways to learn about platform upgrade news, Technology Director Neil Strandberg hosts twice weekly conference calls open to all members. These calls will inform store owners, managers and website support staff about progress on the platform upgrade, providing an opportunity to discuss "next steps" for stores and address any questions.

Conference calls are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4PM eastern, and all interested parties can sign up using the form on  Members are encouraged to log into their account on D7 to utilize the chat function during the call.

As a result of the conference calls, our team has been able to develop new FAQ items to address topics that provoked a discussion by members.  Feel free to review them at your leisure here, or send in questions of your own to
In This Issue
May 13, 2014
How Are We Doing?
Even though this is our second go at upgrading to a new version of Drupal (legacy members may recall the jump from Drupal 5 to 6 about 5 years ago) -- lots has changed, not just in technology, but also in the growth of IndieCommerce membership.   

To ensure that we are providing members with the best service possible, we'd like to get your opinion on how we're doing, and what we can do better.   


 If you have a couple of moments, please click here to take a short survey on your upgrade experience thus far. 

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