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Announcing MagePlus Hosting Plans by Aspiration Hosting

Aspiration Hosting is pleased to announce 3 new hosting plans: MagePlus Basic, Standard, and Advanced offering Magento as a service.

Announcing MagePlus Hosting Plans by Aspiration Hosting

Merchants get the benefits of the services like Shopify and BigCommerce: upgrades, configuration support, and training. However, MagePlus plans come with the unlimited growth potential of Magento.

Now you don’t need a programmer to quickly build a new store. But you can still use a specialist to customize Magento, if you wish.

You can set up your MagePlus store in a single day. Our experts will install Magento and help you configure it, install the theme of your choice, and help you configure the whole store.

We provide 24-hour support through live chat, help desk, or phone. MagePlus comes with everything, from quarterly upgrades to new features and enhancements. Every client gets the Magento admin support services as well.

All our servers are protected by firewalls. We use strong IPTABLE rules that block all requests from IP addresses frequently acting as a source of abusive activities.

Customer Success Story: How Sewing Studio Used ConnectPOS with Gift Card and Reward Points by Aheadworks

We always glad to hear how our solutions help ecommerce marketers from all over the globe successfully conduct their business. And today, we’ll bring you one great example.

Customer Success Story: How Sewing Studio Used ConnectPOS with Gift Card and Reward Points by Aheadworks

Sewing Studio, one of the largest sewing equipment sellers in the UK, looked for ways to effectively provide its services across all sales channels.

For better ecommerce performance, Sewing Studio moved its websites to Magento 2. Another challenge was finding a POS system that will work with Magento out of the box (instead of a less friendly dedicated solution). So, the choice fell on ConnectPOS.

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Refer a Friend extension for Magento 2

We’re continuing to perform series of webinars. Our last webinar dedicated to the Refer a Friend extension for Magento 2 took place June 14th, 2018. And for those who had no opportunity to attend our webinar, we have prepared the video.

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Refer a Friend extension for Magento 2

Once again, let us present you a piece of information related to Refer a Friend for Magento 2!

What is the Refer a Friend extension?

The Refer a Friend (RAF) extension for Magento 2 provides an easy algorithm of creating customer referral programs equally profitable for merchants and their customers.

What problems Refer a Friend extension can solve?

  • The product allows you to launch your own refer-a-friend program that is impossible to make with the native Magento functionality.
  • 30% of satisfied customers have a strong will to refer their favorite products and services, but only 5% of them actually do it. The extension gives an impetus to encourage the rest 25% of happy clients to refer the products and/or services they like to their friends or relatives.
  • The broad functionality can cause some complexities when you manage the extension, but we have equipped it with human-readable referral program rules.

GDPR 1.0 Guarantees Straightforward Customer Personal Data Management in Compliance with the Main GDPR Regulations

As we all know, GDPR came into force on May 28, 2018, and now, it affects a lot of ecommerce businesses in Europe and abroad.

GDPR 1.0 Guarantees Straightforward Customer Personal Data Management in Compliance with the Main GDPR Regulations

In this light, many entrepreneurs are interested in some solutions that would allow them to follow the regulation terms and provide customers with all the rights they can require.

And today, Magento 2 merchants have a great chance to effectively shape their business in general and manage user privacy policy in particular according to GDPR regulations with our brand new extension.

Welcome! GDPR 1.0 for Magento 2 is released!

GDPR for Magento 2

The GDPR module collects customer consents to process their personal data and allows you to stay compliant with the most essential GDPR regulations, including the right to access, copy, change, transfer, and erase customer personal data effectively.

What makes it different

  • Be compliant with the main GDPR regulations by allowing customers to access, copy, change, transfer, and delete their personal information;
  • Collect data consents on registration, checkout, and other website pages;
  • Allow customers to send data access, transfer, and deletion requests right from their personal accounts;
  • Verify customers by email in order to avoid frauds;
  • Track customer statuses on the backend;
  • Use the extension API to get and delete data from third-party solutions.

Top Web Hosting Trends in 2018

The importance of web hosting for the digital market grows at tremendous speed. Given this, website owners should always keep an eye on its updates in order to stay on the cutting edge.

Top Web Hosting Trends in 2018

Today, we will discuss the latest web hosting trends that should be definitely considered by every online business. So, let’s get started with cloud hosting.

Cloud Hosting

It’s predicted that soon, cloud hosting solutions will prevail over the entire web hosting market. Due to the high security and uptime, thousands of online brands opt for them.

Briefly, cloud hosting works in the following way: the cloud server itself consists of physical servers located in a secured room. Websites are hosted on virtual servers that obtain resources from this network of physical servers. Still, cloud hosting services are not that expensive, which makes them quite affordable for businesses with small budgets looking for a good value for money.

Although cloud servers are based on physical ones, in fact, they are virtual, which excludes the possibility of any hardware issues slowing down or even interrupting website’s work. So, if some outage still occurs, the system will automatically switch to another server to prevent the site from going offline.

Advanced Reviews 1.0: Collect Customer Reviews through On-site Review Forms and Email Review Reminders

The importance of online reviews for efficient and prolific sales is more than significant.

Advanced Reviews 1.0: Collect Customer Reviews through On-site Review Forms and Email Review Reminders

Almost every customer and every visitor pay attention to the feedback left by other people to make sure that both offered products and provided services worth their attention and money. The majority of visitors read 4-6 online reviews before they make a positive opinion about a business and trust it much enough to purchase from it.

So, it’s obvious that any online store needs a lot of reviews, but the thing is that getting them is not that easy. However, the Advanced Reviews extension for Magento 2 is that proper solution which is able to simplify the process of collecting reviews and make them look good and professional.

What Makes the Extension Different

  • Email review submissions. Make significantly more reviews allowing customers to submit them right from notification emails;
  • Review comments. Answer questions, establish your own view, and provide professional clarifications via comments added to reviews;
  • Review summaries. Allow customers to embrace the tone of all reviews at a glance with the provided review summary blocks;
  • Voting for Helpfulness. Allow customers to highlight the most useful reviews and distinguish them by voting for their helpfulness;
  • ‘Verified Buyer’ badge. Show verified customers and their reviews clearly;
  • SEO Adjusted. Make your reviews appear in Google snippets using the schema.org markup.
  • GDPR Compliance (the right to be forgotten). If a reviewer deletes his/her account from a website, his/her review will then be signed as the review left by a guest visitor.

Refer a Friend 1.0 by Aheadworks: Boost Sales via Flexible Customer Referral Programs

Making more sales without any extra effort is a cherished dream of any entrepreneur. Still, who told that it is purely impossible under the sun.

Refer a Friend 1.0 by Aheadworks: Boost Sales via Flexible Customer Referral Programs

Magic aside, there are some excellent opportunities to involve customers in a great game mutually beneficial for both Magento store owners and their brand advocates. And, the one we’d like to offer you this time is customer referral programs or, to be exact, the refer-a-friend functionality.

The Refer a Friend extension for Magento 2 (RAF) is a new version of our Magento 1 module, which is a proven refer-a-friend solution popular among our customers. So, the new extension is made upon the same high-quality standards of functioning and code development.

Refer a Friend for Magento 2

The idea behind the extension is straight and simple. It allows you to motivate existing customers to look for and attract new shoppers using the benefits of the word-of-mouth effect.

What Makes Us Different

In addition to standard functions that will be described a bit later, we’d also like to focus your attention on some distinctive benefits of the extension, which distinguish it from other solutions:

  • Customer referral programs are easily launched, managed, and maintained;
  • Rewards are available for both brand advocates and their friends;
  • The module is integrated with the AddThis and ShareThis social media services;
  • The statistics of referral program performance is available for brand advocates and Magento admins;
  • The module is GDPR compliant (the right to erasure customer data).

Now, when the prerequisites are determined, we can proceed to the extension configuration and then see it in action on the frontend.

Aheadworks Announces a Presale of Three Coming-soon Extensions

Our team constantly works on developing new extensions with feature-rich functionality. And today, we are glad to announce our three new modules for Magento 2!

Aheadworks Announces a Presale of Three Coming-soon Products

So, welcome the new Aheadworks extensions designed to bring additional, valuable, and demanded functionality to your Magento store and customers.

Advanced Reviews

Advanced Reviews

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The Advanced Reviews module provides an easy way to collect product reviews from customers through user-friendly review forms or directly form email reminders.

Main Features

  • Intuitive review submission forms;
  • Email review reminders allowing users to leave reviews right from emails;
  • The backend review grid enables merchants to edit reviews before publication and leave comments to them;
  • Review summaries and helpfulness provided allow customers to take easy decisions about their purchases.

The module is SEO-friendly, includes Web API, made upon UI components, and makes it possible to import existing reviews via the command line, which is especially useful for Magento developers.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

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With the Refer a Friend extension, you can significantly increase customer involvement by encouraging them to follow and invite their friends to make purchases from you.

Main Features

  • Convenient referral program promotions made by loyal customers to attract prospects;
  • Rewards offered to brand advocates encourage them to share more;
  • Flexible sharing options, including social networks, messengers, and emails, including the integration with AddThis and ShareThis;
  • Comprehensive rule descriptions allow customers to fully understand the terms;
  • Performance stats enables customers and merchants to evaluate the effectiveness of individual programs;
  • GDPR compliance ensures that the data about their referral activity will be automatically erased if their profiles are deleted.

GDPR

GDPR

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The GDPR extension allows you to process customer data in compliance with the GDPR EU requirements, including customer rights for personal data security, easy data access, data change and removal, etc.

Main Features

  • The module’s functionality works in conformance with the GDPR rules, including the right to get information, the right for customer personal data access, removal, and transferability;
  • Security policy consents are provided on different website pages, including the registration (for registered customers) and checkout (for guest customers) ones;
  • Personal data delete and copy options are available in customer accounts (incomplete orders can also be deleted) for more flexible data management;
  • Customer identity verification excludes unauthorized data access;
  • Customer segmentation by statuses and intentions in the dedicated grids;
  • Web API support ensures flawless data retrieval and deletion from third-party modules.

All the above modules are already available for pre-ordering in our store at the 30% discount. So, hurry up to make the best deal!

Aheadworks Partners with the B2B/B2C Magento Accelerator BULLDOG by Born

Aheadworks is constantly working on making more new partner projects and today we’d like to highlight our cooperation with BULLDOG, a Magento 2 accelerator delivered by Born.

Aheadworks Partners with the B2B/B2C Magento Accelerator BULLDOG by Born

BULLDOG is the solution that makes it possible to start and launch Magento 2 Commerce projects extremely fast and professionally.

In general, the process of building a Magento 2 Commerce website takes up to a year or even more. BULLDOG is a Magento Commerce Cloud solution that enables merchants to accomplish the same within just two months and at reasonable prices.

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Five Tools and One Performance Management Method

On March 15, 5-00 PM (GMT), Aheadworks holds a new webinar. This time, we will talk about ecommerce performance analytics that should be properly carried out by every web store owner.

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Five Tools and One Performance Management Method

Five analytical tools and one performance management method

able to enhance your sales funnel 

How to sell and track results efficiently

During the webinar, our speakers will highlight the ways facilitating the actual business efficiency and the analytical tools required to increase current sales.

The upcoming event will be particularly useful for both ecommerce startups and mature businesses looking for efficient analytics and performance solutions.

REGISTER NOW 

Speakers

Dmitry Shatkov, Aheadworks Chief Content Officer Dmitry Shatkov, Aheadworks Chief Content Officer
Artem Kuznetsov, Aheadworks Product Owner Artem Kuznetsov, Aheadworks Product Owner

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Advanced Filter Management Opportunities

On February 15, 10-00 AM (PST), we invite everyone to join our discussion on the features of our latest Layered Navigation 1.7 extension for Magento 2.

Free Webinar by Aheadworks: Advanced Filter Management Opportunities

In the course of our ‘Advanced Filter Management with Layered Navigation 1.7’ free webinar, Magento 2 store owners will learn about the new options of our extension that allow shoppers to find products in catalogs flawlessly.

The webinar will also be useful for digital agencies looking for the ways to integrate time-proven navigation functionality and high-quality code.

Our speakers will gladly share their expertise on the subject.

REGISTER NOW

Speakers

Dmitry Shatkov, Aheadworks Chief Content Officer Dmitry Shatkov, Aheadworks Chief Content Officer
Artem Kuznetsov, Aheadworks Product Owner Artem Kuznetsov, Aheadworks Product Owner
Vitaly Verbitsky, VP Partnership and Sales, AheadworksVitaly Verbitsky, VP Partnership and Sales, Aheadworks

Our New Partners Providing Magento Hosting Services

Reliable hosting is the footstone of your new online store and the last frontier of your ecommerce business, which is supposed to never let you down.

Our New Partners Providing Magento Hosting Services

So, the choice of a hosting company is the decision that may determine the further success of the project, at least for quite a long period of your business history. As far as we clearly understand this challenge, we try to give our customers a chance to choose only among trustworthy hosting companies.

In 2017 we partnered with two hosting solution companies that have an extensive experience of Magento. So, today we are glad to present you Aspiration Hosting and Finestshops.

Both the companies offer Magento dedicated hosting services able to make your store fast, secured, and available 24/7. Below we asked the companies to describe themselves and their vision of high-quality hosting services that deserve your close attention.

Enjoy Holidays with Our Christmas Sale!

The Aheadworks team wishes you Merry Christmas and happy to announce that the Christmas Sale 2017 season has already begun in our store!

Enjoy Holidays with Our Christmas Sale!

Christmas Sale 2017

From December 21 until December 25, spend the most wonderful time of the year by taking advantage of the holiday discounts on all our M1 and M2 products in the Aheadworks store. Using the MerryX17 coupon, you can get the 25% discount on the orders with two and more items inside.

This holiday deal is especially useful for those customers who want to benefit from the extension integrations providing new functionalities in addition to the sums of single-item functions.

Our New Partner Magestore: A new look at Retail Management System

At the end of 2017, we are glad to announce that one more new partner joins Aheadworks and brings its great omnichannel solution to our catalog. We are welcoming Magestore.

Our New Partner Magestore: A new look at Retail Management System

Just imagine. To have a house, you, possibly, have two options:

  • 1st option – you can buy materials to build and design it with the exactly meet-need and proper usability. Or else,
  • 2nd option – you can buy a ready-made house and customize some parts of it to meet your need.

Now, if your Magento business is a house you also get two options – buy each extension to build up your own system OR buy a fully integrated module and customize it if need.

Aheadworks is the supporter for the first option, but what if you want to buy a completed module at once? We are glad to recommend you a solution from our new partner.

Magestore Omnichannel

Module Integration is the key working factor of this Magestore’s “engine”. The integration is the highest-level form of the combination of separate functionalities without any compatibility issues and implying new features available. Let’s take a clear look!

Gift Cards Make Gifting Simple

With no doubts, gift cards became common ecommerce products, just like clothing and electronics, and are widely used by both small retailers and huge international businesses.

Gift Cards Make Gifting Simple

The reasons for this are obvious – customers like purchasing gift cards for their relatives, friends, colleagues, and other close people. The advantages of gift card products for businesses are also clear. Any gift card is able to:

  • Increase brand awareness. In order to redeem gift cards, their recipients often visit your store for the first time. And if all the aspects of the shopping experience suite them well, they can become your regular customers.
  • Get payments in advance. Gift cards generate early cash flows even before you start shipping items to end customers.
  • Generate more sales. Quite often customers with gift codes are inclined to make purchases more expensive than the nominal value of the received cards. So, this way you can encourage higher average order values in your store.

Note: Consider that 65% of shoppers spend extra 38% above the nominal amounts of their gift cards, according to giftcardgranny.com.

Going deeper, there are two basic types of gift cards – physical and virtual. The last ones are primarily used in ecommerce, but online merchants may sell both or, even better, mix the above functions and distribute gift cards applicable across all the channels. Anyway, let’s dwell on the virtual type of gift cards, as it is primarily used by online retailers.