The Product Questions Module Leaves No Unanswered Questions

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

The aheadWorks store contains numerous high-quality Magento extensions and themes, and sometimes it’s easy to get confused with all this variety of products.

In this case, we suggest you to refer to our blog, where you can get comprehensive information about the module you are interested in.

For easy browsing each product page in our store contains the “Docs & Articles” tab, where you can find all blog articles related to a particular product.

This time, the Product Questions extension is in focus; and in this post we’ll revise the features of the extension and benefits you can get with this great Magento module.

Product Questions

The Product Questions extension for MagentoGeneral Description

This extension allows customers to ask questions directly on the product pages, meanwhile Magento admins can answer them on their own or ask other customers share their experience about the product. The questions and answers appear together on the same page below the product description.

Why is it important?

This module makes you store more customer oriented and improves the overall quality of the provided customer service, which is greatly important for every online store. See the infographics below.

Significance of the customer experience

So, customers want to get their questions answered quickly and you can provide them this very opportunity. Product Questions extension allows you to avoid customers dissatisfaction and make their experience on your site more comprehensive.

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    Photo Gallery Pro ver. 5.0 Inserts Photo Albums on Product Pages

    July 17th, 2014 No comments

    When it comes to competition of online and brick-and-mortar shops, the last ones have an explicit advantage – they can provide customers real products before the purchase.

    This strong obstacle still tightly holds customers from mass online purchasing and makes online merchants look for some equivalent tools, which would be able to successfully replace the touch reflex of customers by the other perception. The solution is obvious and still the best for eCommerce – product images. The way you present your products determines the profitability of the entire business and its chances to succeed.

    Today we are thrilled to announce you the new version of an excellent partner product presented in our store – Photo Gallery Pro ver. 5.0.

    Photo Gallery Pro

    The Photo Gallery Pro extension for MagentoThis Magento extension provides you one more opportunity to visualize your products and show customers their best properties.

    The eye-catching photo galleries created by this extension let customers examine the products, browse full-sized product images, read album and photo descriptions, and etc. Furthermore, powerful configuration options allow merchants organize the gallery easily and promptly.

    New Features

    Photo Albums on Product Pages
    Magento admins are able to place photo albums on product pages and configure their appearance. The backend configuration functionality allows them to specify the quantity of displayed photos, sorting methods and directions. They can also display photo names, short descriptions, and update dates.

    Photo Albums on Product Pages

    Photo Albums on Product Pages

    Access Restriction for Guests or Specific Customer Groups
    The option allows Magento merchants to restrict access to albums and photos for guests or specify a certain group of registered customers, who are exclusively able to view them. The restriction configuration of photos and albums is accordingly located:

    • Gallery -> Manage Photos -> Select the Photo from the Grid -> General ->Only for Registered*
    • Gallery -> Manage Albums -> Select the Album -> General Settings Tab ->Only for Registered*

    *Note: Select the ”Yes” option in order to get the access to the Customer Groups box.

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      Sylvain Raye – about Magento, Composer, and Meet Magento Switzerland

      July 14th, 2014 No comments

      Editor’s note: The Magento community, among other things, consists of numerous true professionals and gains power from the dedicated events, which develop and push the platform ahead.We thought that it would be great to make these events even closer to the entire community and highlight some interesting conference presentations in our blog.

      This time, we asked Sylvain Raye, a computer engineer with more than 10-year experience in web development, answer our questions about his participation in the Meet Magento Italy 2014 conference and reveal some key points of his presentation.


      Без имениSYLVAIN RAYE

      FOUNDER OF DIGLIN GmbH

      Sylvain Rayé is a computer engineer having more than 10 years experience in web development and 6 years in Magento. Recently he founded Diglin GmbH in Zurich (Switzerland), a company providing development for eCommerce projects, including Magento, Akeneo and OroCRM.
      He is a Magento enthusiast and actively contributes to the community as a Co-organizer of Meet Magento Switzerland and board member of the German Magento Community Assosiation. He also helps to organize hackathons in different countries and participates as a speaker in different conferences.


      Interview

      aW: I know that you take the active stance within the Magento community and often participate in different Magento events. Please tell our readers about the most recent ones?

      The idea behind my presentations is to help developers avoid routine

      Sylvain: Recently I attended two Meet Magento events, in Leipzig, Germany, May 5 and in Milano, Italy, June 3-4. In both cases I was a speaker at the developer track presenting Varnish (Magento: I varnish you) and Composer (Manage your Magento dependencies with Composer). The idea behind my presentations is to help developers discover the topics, which are not always well known, but are closely related to their day-to-day activity.

      aW: Your presentation at Meet Magento Italy 2014 was dedicated to Composer – a dependency manager for PHP. Why did you choose this topic?

      Sylvain: The Firegento Association, a German Magento Community Association, regularly organizes Magento Hackathons in Germany and Switzerland. They also participate as Magento Doctors at Meet Magento Germany and Switzerland. The purpose of the Association is to support developers and the Magento community in general through hackathons and develop tools, which help us make our life easier or even to share knowledge and experience throughout the community.

      The Magento Composer Installer project is an example of a community driven project developed by a team during the Munich hackathon in 2012 by the following core contributors:

      Composer is very useful, but not very famouse in Magento world

      • Daniel Fahlke aka Flyingmana (Maintainer)
      • Jörg Weller
      • Karl Spies
      • Tobias Vogt
      • David Fuhr
      • Amir Tchavoshinia
      • Vinai Kopp (Maintainer)

      Composer is largely used in the Symfony2 eco-system and other PHP projects. It is very useful, but unfortunately not so very famous in Magento world. For those reasons and as a member of the Firegento Association, I wanted to promote the Magento Composer Installer project and share my experience of its implementation.

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        Instagram Connector Makes Sites Bright and Exciting

        July 10th, 2014 No comments

        The power of social networks is undeniable and doesn’t require to be proven once again.

        The Instagram Connector Magento extensionYou have lots of options to bring this power to your store and collect traffic from numerous popular social networks. But it sounds even more appealing when you, in addition to traffic, have an opportunity to improve the appearance of your Magento store and make it bright and colorful.

        This opportunity is provided by the Instagram Connector Magento extension – one more useful partner product in our store.

        Instagram Connector

        The extension adds an Instagram widget to all pages of your site and allows visitors to view your recent Instagram photos on the site pages.

        Instagram Connector Frontend Block Positions

        It makes the pages attractive, more informative and increases the engagement of users with your account on Instagram, as customers are able to enter it in just one click and view there full-size pictures.

        Note: 71% of top-ranked world brands are presented on Instagram. Source: Simply Measured.

        The installation of the extension is extremely easy and takes just a couple of minutes. The module provides advance configuration options and allows you to specify the number of photos in the block and the URL to your Instagram account displayed in the frontend.

        Instagram Connector Backend Configuration

        Instagram Connector Backend Configuration

        So, simple, but very useful, the module adorns your Magento site and makes customers’ experience on site rich and cheerful; it makes customers perceive your brand social media oriented and advanced.

        Note: 25% of brands from the Fortune 500 list are on Instagram. Source: Thenextweb.

        If you feel that this module is what you need, you can find the full scope of the provided features on the product page or visit our demo store.

        If you have any further questions about this extension, you can ask them in comments below.

         

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          Llama Commerce – an Excellent Option for Transition from Magento Go and ProStores

          July 8th, 2014 No comments

          Recently Magento announced the upcoming transition of all merchants using Magento Go and ProStores to other eCommerce platforms, as the support and further development of these products are terminated by February, 2015.

          Such migration raises several issues to the affected merchants and the first one of them is the choice of a worthy successor for their business among other eCommerce platforms. Still taking care about customers, Magento offers several transition options most suitable for smooth and full-value migration, which are featured in the newly created Migration Centers.

          One of the few recommended products is the Llama Commerce Platform.

          Llama Commerce Platform

          This product is designed for those merchants who need more flexibility and control than provided by SaaS solutions and seek a platform for development and enlargement.

          Llama Commerce Platform

          The Llama Commerce Platform extends Magento with extremely valuable features, such as advanced user interface, new predefined widgets, or ready-installed Magento extensions for clear and straightforward shopping experience. As a result, Magento Community or Enterprise editions together with the Llama Commerce Platform are able to provide the necessary impact to your business.

          The platform is available in three options: Quick Launch, Jumpstart, and Custom build. All the provided options have their own advantages and are aimed to handle different sizes of businesses.

          In order to make your transition even easier, Classy Llama developed a special offer for its customers. So, if you enter the platform with the Simple Helix hosting, you receive the next additional benefits within the Quick Launch or Jumpstart options:

          • Free migration of your Magento Go data (customers, orders, products);
          • Free 60 days of hosting for e-Cart hosting plans;
          • Free SSL certificate.

          Thus, the challenge you face is more an unexpected offering rather than unpleasant event, as the transition to Llama Commerce Platform provides a new promising opportunity for your business. So, examine all the pros of the product and step forward without regrets.

          If you have something to add to this product, please share your ideas in comments below.

           

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            Independence Day Special Offer

            July 5th, 2014 No comments

            July is a great time and, moreover, it starts with great and even national holidays in many countries.

            But those who have no this occasion for celebration in grand style, I’m sure, are still completely happy, since July is a festival per se.

            Nevertheless, today we have a superb reason to congratulate our American customers and partners on the glorious holiday for their nation – Independence Day.

            Independence Day Special Offer

            But we would also like to take this opportunity and express our appreciation to all our clients, and no matter where you plan to spend this weekend – on a picnic or, perhaps, in office – we congratulate you and wish an excellent mood.

            Independence Day Special Offer

            In order to celebrate this great day, we offer all of you a double support period with each order. This special offer is time limited from the 5th to 8th of July, so, hurry up to benefit. Happy Holidays!

             

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              aheadWorks Newsletter, June 2014

              July 4th, 2014 No comments

              This June was full of pleasant events for aheadWorks and we want to share our joy about them with our customers, partners, and readers.

              In this post we would like to remind you the most thrilling moments of June 2014.

              Extension Updates

              We had two great updates of our modules in June: Event Tickets 1.1 and Help Desk Ultimate 3.0.

              Since we have already talked about the new functionality of the mentioned above extensions in our previous posts, here we’ll just recount the main new features, which entered the updates.

              Event Tickets

              Event Tickets ver. 1.1

              • Printable Tickets;
              • Flexible Tickets Redeeming System;
              • Redeem Restrictions;
              • Manage Products in Backend;
              • Manage Tickets in Backend;
              • Customer Area > My Tickets;
              • New Event Properties: Event End Date, Event Location;
              • Transactional Email Templates Support;
              • Instant Messages HTML Support.

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              Help Desk Ultimate

              Help Desk Ultimate 3.0

              • Backend Ticket Page Redesign;
              • Tickets Assigned to Particular Agents;
              • Department & Engineer Statistics;
              • Tickets Search;
              • Tickets Escalation;
              • Customizable Ticket Status & Priorities;
              • Email Notifications About Ticket Re-assignation;
              • Full Contact Form Integration;
              • Product Questions 2.0+ Integration.

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              We were also thrilled to tell you that all our Magento extensions are compatible with Magento CE 1.9 and Magento EE 1.14, so, you could benefit from the advanced functionality.

              aheadWorks Partnership

              This June became a start for beneficial mutual cooperation of aheadWorks and an outstanding representative of the Magento ecosystem – Blue Acorn.

              Blueacorn partnership

              We are open for cooperation in all areas and partner with many Magento companies in many ways, including offering partner products in our store. Thus, last month we presented a broad line of social media partner products in our blog.

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