Choose the Best Magento 2 Hosting

The choice of hosting is probably among the first encountered problems when you start launching a new Magento 2 store.

The quality of provided hosting services determines further success of the entire online business. And if you want the store to be available 24/7 for customers, reliable in the eyes of search engines, fast and convertible, you need to closely and carefully consider all available hosting options.

Choose the Best Magento 2 Hosting

The first step to take is to get acquainted with the system recommendations provided by Magento. Magento 2 applies requirements for both software and hardware and they are a bit higher than the ones necessary for Magento 1.

Magento 2 System Requirements

Basic Software

  • Operating systems (Linux x86-64) – Linux distributions;
  • RAM – 2 Gb and more;
  • Web server – Apache 2.2 or 2.4 or nginx 1.8+;
  • DataBase – MySQL 5.6.x;
  • Composer – latest version;
  • PHP – 5.5.22+, 5.6.x, 7.0.2, 7.0.6.

Layered Navigation: Optimized vs. Unfit

Complicated navigation is among the most often reasons why visitors leave online stores. According to Statista*, it stands just behind the price related drivers and total purchase refusals.

In order to reduce that frustrating number of exits online retailers make considerable efforts to optimize in-store search and product filter options. But the obtained value is not always clear and some stop on the halfway without going into finer details.

However, if you compare good and bad options, you will certainly feel the difference and below we provide you with the chance to see this on your own.

Conventional Filter Design

Customers are always in a hurry still no one knows the destination point. Anyway, browsing and purchasing are only welcomed in the case when it takes a few seconds to look around and get to shopping.

Most people do not like novelties and customers as well. So, you need to make your layered navigation interface simple and familiar allowing customers to select products just immediately. Try to avoid any specific colors, ornate backgrounds, exotic thumbnails and everything else that can distract from the final purpose to find and purchase products.

Just a Few Snowmen Make You Stop for a Second Before You Start the Navigation.

Just a Few Snowmen Make You Stop for a Second Before You Start the Navigation

Wrap Long Attribute Option Lists

In general, simplicity and effectiveness should be the motto of each digital store and simplicity is usually the best contributor to effective shopping.

Magento 2 Extension Update: Coupon Code Generator 1.1

Coupons are a well-known marketing tool and perfect sales incentive… But, why are they so cool?

Magento 2 Extension Update: Coupon Code Generator 1.1

Why Coupons

The main advantage of coupons is their universality and flexibility. Using coupons you can arrange and carry out both mass sales and selective promotions. You can either issue coupons for:

  • Markdowns – massive sales of all products in your store;
  • Loss leader sales – apply coupons to always demanded products at a loss to attract customers and build awareness;

Or you can promote a limited range of items or offer discounts to only certain customers:

  • Bundling products – “buy one, get one free” or “3 for 1 sale”, etc.
  • Provide coupons to only certain customer groups.

If used wisely, they do not destroy your profits and are able to attract more traffic and sales to your store.

The Coupon Code Generator Magento 2 extensionWhy Coupon Code Generator

All the above sales tactics and even more can be easily implemented in your Magento 2 store with the Coupon Code Generator extension. Combined with the high quality code and constant functionality development you can be sure of using a reliable and efficient sales and promotion tool.

Coupon Code Generator 1.1

As usually, new Coupon Code Generator 1.1 provides Magento 2 store owners with more valuable features and further code improvements.

Free Shipping Option for Coupons

If the existing competition makes you to constantly look for new purchase incentives, this functionality is able to help. In addition to the provided discounts or price cuts you can also provide coupon holders with the free shipping option. It increases the value of provided benefits and will ultimately convince visitors to make a purchase from you.

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition Market Perspectives

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition was first announced during Magento Imagine in April 2016 and since than it was heavily discussed and reviewed.

The technology stack and capabilities were unveiled by Magento itself and multiple community members. Besides, Magento provided us with the detailed technical documentation on deployment and usage just immediately after the release.

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition Market Perspectives

So, six month later we are examining its current position within the specific market segment of Enterprise PaaS and SaaS solutions.

Provided Benefits

The main idea behind Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is to create a product combining the flexibility of cloud solutions without multitenancy constraints. Traditional SaaS product innovations mostly depend on the providers’ initiatives and can hardly be driven by merchants. Meanwhile, Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition allows store owners to tailor technologies to their business easily.

All the available patches on Git can be tested and implemented instantly after their uploads. As far as testing environments use same databases and settings all the tested changes can be easily pushed to live stores without any risks to fall over. That’s a really unique opportunity and huge advantage.

Offered Technologies

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition consists of a bunch of effective solutions making the final product a great alternative to established enterprise platforms.

  • Cloud Infrastructure. Powered by Amazon Web Services;
  • Platform as a Service;
  • Magento Enterprise Edition;
  • Performance Management Tools. NewRelic,;
  • Content Delivery Network, DDos Protection. Powered by Fastly.

This way, the dedicated structure of Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition provides all the benefits related to cloud computing, including flexibility, confidence, scalability, business focus and peace of mind.

Market Perspectives

Magento is actually a PaaS solution, but it have to compete with both PaaS and SaaS products and the number of worthy competitors is pretty large.

Security Issue: Follow Up Email Vulnerability

Due to the found security issue we strongly recommend our Magento 1 customers to update the Follow Up Email extension till the latest secure version.

Security Issue: Follow Up Email Vulnerability

Recently, Aheadworks discovered a potential security vulnerability in its Follow Up Email extension for Magento 1 stores. The vulnerability is related to a potential opportunity of SQL injections and unauthorized access to Magento databases.

This issue was discovered in a short range of the Follow Up Email versions from 3.5.11 till 3.6.5. So, you do not need to update the module if you have installed other versions of the extension.

We strongly advise current Follow Up Email customers with the affected versions to update the module till the 3.6.6 version from their personal accounts or download the patch.

If you have any questions regarding the above security issue, please contact our support team.


Layered Navigation 1.2 for Magento 2 Simplifies Difficult Choices

How to create the best shopping experience and allow customers to find the most suitable products on the go? That’s the eternal question of ecommerce and a daydream of all shoppers.

Layered Navigation 1.2 for Magento 2: Simple Difficult Choice

Trying to find it daily we have recently moved towards that advantageous solution with our Layered Navigation for Magento 2. And now, when the holiday sales season is just around the corner it seems to be even more timely.

The Layered Navigation Extension for Magento 2Layered  Navigation 1.2 for Magento 2

The latest Layered Navigation 1.2 for Magento 2 stores received one more valuable feature able to provide your customers with straightforward and convenient way to filter products by their attributes. Still, the new feature is switchable, as usually, and depends on your preferences.

New Feature

Disable “Show X Items” Pop-over

Now, you have two options to filter products with the provided layered navigation functionality. The first one (belongs to the previous version of the extension) allows customers to select all necessary product attributes and then receive the target selection. That’s quite great, if they don’t want to see the catalog page updated upon each attribute selection.

But, if your visitors prefer consistent movement to the required solution and gradually narrow down the search area, you can disable the “Show X Items” pop-over and come back to the traditional approach to filtering. However, even though you choose the second way, this functionality is AJAX-based and doesn’t involve any page reloads.

Knowledge Base 1.4: Rank Your Knowledge Better

A lot of businesses selling complicated devices and software or providing compound services like building and medical care are difficult to understand by trivial customers and new coming clients.

Knowledge Base 1.4: Rank Your Knowledge Better

In the first step to their purchase decision they have a tremendous number of questions and can heavily load your customer service seeking for the answers they need. The Knowledge Base extension is able to help product and service customers to choose the right option and avoid some obvious detail clarifications.

Possible Implementation Areas

The knowledge base can be utilized in different areas, including:

  • Clinical information systems;
  • Software knowledge bases;
  • Industrial knowledge bases;
  • Commercial information bases;
  • Multi-area expert systems;
  • Help centers;
  • Product tutorials;
  • Public knowledge bases;
  • Documentation repositories.

The Knowledge Base Magento extensionThe module provides customers with all required options for effective article search and sorting. It allows them to rate most valuable documents and improve the quality of the provided consultancy this way.

The process of integration into Magento is also thoroughly developed and refined making the module its natural and efficient part. We also pay much attention to SEO enhancements, as far as technically the knowledge base functionality is related to content distribution able to bring additional traffic to your store.

Knowledge Base 1.4 for Magento 1 Stores

So, the latest update adds two new SEO-related features to the extension’s functionality.

Google Sitemap Options

All those merchants who made large and multi-page commercial knowledge bases naturally strive for having all the articles properly indexed and updated by search engines. Knowledge Base 1.4 provides you with this very opportunity and allows submitting all knowledge base URLs to a Google sitemap, including article, category and tag pages.

You can also set some instructions for Google bots, including scanning frequency and knowledge base pages priority related to other store pages.

Google Sitemap Options

Google Sitemap Options