Hey guys, what are you up to in May? If this breezy month is too charming for you to stay home and devote your entire time to work, go pack your stuff and join aheadWorks on the trip to Ede, the Netherlands. On May 29-30 this Dutch city will become a national meeting point for Magento merchants and developers, where we all will have fun, practice active networking and do business at the same time. Yes, Meet Magento Netherlands is coming and we know what might blow your mind.
As Meet Magento NL participants and friends of organizers, we have 5 FREE tickets available for merchants to visit Meet Magento NL.
It’s been a year since we visited Leipzig, met local Magento fans there and shared our impressions on it in our blog. But the best moments should always be renewed, and today we are glad to inform our readers about Meet Magento Germany coming back to Leipzig on June 3-4, 2013. This event is held by dear friend of ours, Netresearch, and we help them spread the word about it.
Good news! Being close friends with organizers, we have an opportunity to offer exclusive bonuses for aheadWorks blog readers only – one FREE 2-day ticket and a couple of €45 discount coupon codes to attend Meet Magento Germany.
Wanna get them? Write a message on our Facebook wall or in Twitter with #aheadWorks hashtag, explaining why you are interested in the Magento Meetup in Leipzig. A free ticket will be given away according to the ‘first come, first serve’ principle.
Info about the conference: More than 500 participants from Germany and the neighboring countries will be expected for this annual conference. The event offers a unique opportunity to interchange with many enthusiastic decision makers and experts about Magento eCommerce. The target groups of the Meet Magento Germany are merchants, eCommerce leader, developers and online agencies.
Do not forget to examine your conference bags carefully and find some special offers from aheadWorks! Bis dahin wünschen wir Ihnen alles Gute!
Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Two spring months have already passed and May is outdoors. The approach of summer is felt in the air. Day by day the weather brings us more sunshine and heat. But sometimes it’s unpredictable as well as Magento Connect statistics.
Several big changes were brought to the Magento Connect extension marketplace and we can’t skip them while making our regular analysis. Wonder what are they?
The FIRST CHANGE is the delisting of outdated extensions on Connect. The removal of modules was based on compatibility with recent versions of Magento, and frequency of download/referral. As a result of “cleaning up”, the total quantity of extensions for all categories reduced from 11,095 (February) to 10,466 (March). 5% of extensions were delisted. This change influenced the statistics for March.
We are glad to announce that the Activity Stream extension for Magento has been officially released. Now you can buy it in our store and bring a sense of reality to your online shop.
This module is extremely useful for merchants who want to display the activity of customers in the store. Visitors will see what actions other clients carry out. Special customizable block shows who has registered, logged in, what product has been viewed and so on.
Seeing what is happening on the website at the present moment, customers get additional recommendations for further discovering of the store. It’s evident that the more time people spend on the website, the greater is the probability of purchase.
The following features are implemented in the Activity Stream extension:
- Activity Stream block is automatically inserted on all store pages
- Six predefined positions for the overlay
- Overlay customization
- Hide activity streams from unregistered customers
- Numerous types of events
- Limit the quantity of activities displayed in block
- Select specific customers’ activities to appear
- Use predefined templates for activities or edit them up to your taste
- Define time interval for activity stream overlay updating
- Insert activity stream widget in any CMS block or page
Need more information about this module or want to buy it? Visit the Activity Stream page right now.
As time passes by, I become convinced that Magento is very similar to Julius Caesar in its quest to conquer the world. Turned out, this famous Roman emperor took up the reins mostly of European terrains, but Magento, it seems, cherishes plans to gain the whole planet.
When a high popularity of Magento in Europe and both American continents is no longer questioned, Asia is still perceived as a tidbit by rival eCommerce platforms. It’s especially true for a tech tycoon Japan.
Common understanding of Magento state in the Land of the Rising Sun is vague. If you also wonder what’s going on in Japanese Magento market, meet Hirokazu Nishi for a brief talk. Currently he works as CTO at Celtic Corporation (which appears to be aheadWorks Official Partner!) and is in charge of Magento Meetup Tokyo organization.
Hirokazu, you provide Magento technical support and extension development service in Japan. How did you get interested in Magento in the first place?
H.N.: At the end of September 2007 I found the article about a new eCommerce software. It was an early version of Magento and I felt it would become a great platform. Then I started using Magento.
We are hardly billionaires here, but we definitely know how to grow the company to a well-to-do business: hire the team of professionals and cultivate their desire to master skills and jump higher. Eventually, it pays.
Let’s give salutations to our developers, Ilia Sokolov, Sergey Ostapchik, Michael Valushko, for achieving the statuses of Magento Certified Developer Plus and Zend PHP 5.3 Certified Engineers!
Starting from the left are Ilia, Sergey and Michael
I believe there are a bunch of developers among our readers who are also pursuing the goal of becoming certified Magento or Zend PHP engineers. That’s what our guys have to say them about the certification process and how useful certificates might be.