5 Gateways of Recurring Payments

Recurring payments made ample with multiple payment gateways to manage subscriptions and membership plans, Aheadworks claims a break-through.

5 Gateways of Recurring Payments

Aheadworks starts the season with a burst of two consecutive releases of updates to the Advanced Subscription Products, a best-selling extension for  Magento 2 stores. The success of the module feeds on the company’s keeping pace with the latest trends on the market of alternative payment methods. Ahead of innovations, we are constantly trying to predict what the future looks like. 

In 2020, 65% of all online transactions are predicted to be made using alternative payment methods.

Why the buzz

Recurring payments are at the core of the Advanced Subscription Products. These are automatic payments triggered against a pre-set schedule for subscriptions and memberships on selected products. The need to store and periodically process the details of customers’ credit cards or bank accounts on the side of the vendor raises issues for shoppers. They want the process to be secure, convenient, and fuss-free.

According to Experian, 27% of customers report abandoning a cart simply due to a lack of visible security.

Consumer demand brings about an utter response – merchants who want to deliver a customer-centric experience focused on flexibility, choice, convenience and speed opt for alternative payment methods. This empowers people to pay in a way that fits their needs and lifestyle, and takes security worries away.

How we keep you calm

Cutting a Deal with Magento 2 Cart to Quote

Negotiate quotations with the customers you trust to cut win-to-win deals with Magento 2 Cart to Quote extension from Aheadworks

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Negotiation builds a team as well as a set of requirements. True as you read it here. The customer and merchant make up a real team when negotiating best deals. Both parties are motivated by a single goal of higher profits, which is reachable only with flexibility, sensibility and appreciation addressed generously by the participants towards each other. These are the requirements.

Direct communication of shoppers and store-owners is at the core of the Cart to Quote extension for Magento 2 from Aheadworks. It facilitates the very natural negotiating of requests and offers, counter-offers and requests again – until customers reach to the precise and quantifiable product at lower prices, and merchants to faster sales and higher profits. 

“Negotiation builds a team as well as a set of requirements.”   

Barry Boehm, the American software engineer, distinguished professor of computer science.

How Cart to Quote works

With Cart to Quote there is no need for lengthy procurement documentation or routine correspondence. The module allows customers to add multiple products to cart, and then convert it into a quote in just one click. Admins manage quotations from a single form, powerful enough to tweak the discount, alter the list of products and their quantities, send notifications, leave comments, attach documents, track quote history and more. Hassle- and collision-free, this is how Cart to Quote is designed, echoing the passionate teamwork of real-life negotiators.   

Further functionality of the extension makes quoting even smoother:

  • Admins can restrict RFQs to selected groups of customers. Not only this feature raises store security level, but also helps support trusted customers with extra services.
  • Customers can add notes to their quotes, attach files and, in general, shape the request as detailed as possible. Merchants are also able to add a touch of personality to quotations and suggest counter-offers, simply  because there is always an easy way to renegotiate with Cart to Quote! This is a very important feature, since very often RFQs create the perception that the sender is close-minded and does not seek for creative solutions. Here, we have solved that.
  • With help of carefully written notifications, customers are able to reply to quotes straight from their email inboxes.

Why Cart to Quote

A robust-built extension, Magento 2 Cart to Quote, boasts stability and clarity. It is fully compatible with the Magento 2 Community platform, and costs far less than an Enterprise version, where a similar module is pre-installed. Accurate and comprehensive it is a fantastic offer on the market. Innovations considered for further updates, Cart to Quote is far ahead of its competitors. 


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Go ahead and read more on how to manage customer attributes with the Cart to Quote for Magento 2. See for yourself now what makes our product second to none. Expand your impression and learn other outstanding features of the extension. Try our demo scenario and see some real-life use-cases.

Monthly Updates – August 2019

At the edge of the season, with changes in mind, it is time to analyze the past and see prospects for the future. August review of monthly updates to Aheadworks extensions prompt change!

August monthly updates to Aheadworks extensions

Each monthly review of extensions updates makes it evident, that here at Aheadworks we spare no effort to keep our radars up to the latest developments in the field. Furthermore, we always look into your feedback with a close eye and project wisely for the future of our extensions. With the wheels turning, we gear your business towards success!

This summer, when speaking about updates, we focused on:

  • code refactoring;
  • improving UI and UX;
  • enhancing native Magento functionality;
  • detecting and fixing bugs;
  • and of course, empowering our modules with new features.

The vibrant energy of summer at Aheadworks was generously given to:

MAGENTO SECURITY PATCH SUPEE-11155 RELEASED

Magento Inc. announces new patch to eliminate a number of acute errors and vulnerabilities in cross-site operations. SUPEE-11155 to stand guard over your Magento store.

Supee Patch 11155 for Magento

Magento has always kept a sharp eye on security and performance issues of the platform. The team guarantees safest environment for any ecommerce business with far-reaching ambitions. A  timely and powerful security patch SUPEE-11155 proves the best of Magento maintenance services. The patch contains multiple security enhancements which help close remote code execution, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and other vulnerabilities.

Opt today for one of the following with regard to your Magento version, and ensure steadfast performance of the store:

Magento Commerce
1.9.0.0
1.14.4.1
Install SUPEE-11155 or upgrade to Magento Commerce 1.14.4.2
Magento Open Source
1.5.0.0
1.9.4.1
Install SUPEE-11155 or upgrade to Magento Open Source 1.9.4.2

List of high CVSSv3 severity issues addressed by the present security patch:

Attribute your success to Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Be the creator of your knowledge with the brand-new Magento 2 Customer Attributes extension from Aheadworks and reap success!

Magento 2 Customer Attributes

The success of your business lies in knowing the tiniest details about your customers. Having them absolutely happy to share this information is as important, too. You are a perfect merchant if you know this. Well, you are now for sure! 

The brand-new Magento 2 Customer Attributes extension from Aheadworks comes in a key position here. It helps extend and improve the list of built-in Magento customer and customer address attributes. Add new attributes or manage the existing ones and collect all important information either on the front or backend. Respond to your business needs with further use of the attributes with the many integration options of our extension to Magento 2 stores.

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804-1881)

Let’s face it we all have particular customers. Magento 2 Customer Attributes from Aheadworks helps understand them better and get a complete hold of their individual, clear-cut needs. Customizing the attributes facilitates having your shoppers’ profiles as complete as desired. Furthermore, replying to unusual or highly expected questions on the storefront is engaging for buyers. It builds trust in your appreciation of their needs, attitudes and shopping experiences. At the same time you may go secret and create attributes hidden from customers but available for store admins. These may assess or describe your customers’ payment histories, shopping behavior, your faith in their loyalty or more.  

Moreover, with a little help of some other Aheadworks extensions, for instance Customer Segmentation, you will then be able to come close to a finer business strategy. This is turn will, by far and large, refine the assortment of goods and give birth to a number of lucrative promo campaigns pushing your business forward.


Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Go ahead and read more on how to manage customer attributes with the Customer Attributes extension for Magento 2. See for yourself now what makes our product second to none. Expand your impression and learn other outstanding features of the extension. Take a look at how we ensure data validation, regulate input values constraints and handle dependent relations. Try our demo scenario and see some real-life use-cases.

 

You know. 

When you know with 

Magento 2 Customer Attributes

Bambora APAC for Magento 2: One more way to feel comfortable with payments

Automate payment processing while providing extreme user-friendly checkout with Bambora APAC for Magento 2!

Many of you have heard of Bambora — a payment company that provides solutions for processing online payments, billing, transfers. After thorough research on the Bambora software, Aheadworks has grown interested in its advanced checkout functionality. We’ve put extra efforts into implementing the tool into the Magento platform to enhance the experience of handling payments for any merchant. With the extension, you get a completely secure payment gateway able to deliver fast results

Extension Features

  • Secure customers with the built-in Bambora input fields that isolate credit card data;
  • Stay relevant to PCI Security Standards as the extension do not define credit card data to any server but Bambora domain;
  • Benefit from SOAP API and Bambora WDSL combination to cover transactions steps fast;
  • Increase user-friendliness of payments with the Vault for Magento 2 support;
  • Manage complex payments of Advanced Subscription Products for Magento 2 by using Bambora checkout as an extra fee gateway;

What you get with Aheadworks Bambora APAC for Magento 2

Standing ovations! +2 Aheadworks developers get Magento 2 certified.

Congratulations to Aheadworks team of developers to have proven their high competence yester week reaching to another two Professional Developer certificates from Magento!

Aheadworks Magento Professional Developers

Aheadworks keep excelling in Magento expertise continuously topping our extensive profile up with professional certificates and awards. We are celebrating today two new Magento 2 Certified Professional Developers to be distinguished within our team. Well done, mates!

Here at Aheadworks we have long been implementing the tailored strategy of continuous development and certification, which by far comes in many benefits for everyone:

  • Company – we have a dream-team of developers who keep Aheadworks’ heart beating;
  • Clients – it tells the difference in exceptional services, assures the quality and builds trust;
  • Team – achievements raise self-awareness and set focus for future continuous development.

They say perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. There is always room for development and human potential is inexhaustible. Lifelong learners and curious experimenters ourselves we truly appreciate this notion and implement it in our practice. This is how innovations get born: visions and concepts which outspeed trends in ecommerce and set Aheadworks truly ahead of its competitors. This is how we soundly respond to the challenges of the market and bring exceptional services to the door of your store. All that is only possible due to our super team of designers, developers, quality assurers, managers, thinkers, marketers and other fantastic creatures. 

Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer 

A primarily scenario-based exam, it is designed to validate the skills and knowledge needed to customize Magento 2 in the areas of: UI modifications, database changes, admin modifications, checkout process customizations, order management integrations and customizations, catalog structure and functionality changes. This exam is for a Magento 2 developer who has a deep understanding of Magento 2 development concepts and experience (recommend 1.5 years) in implementing and customizing Magento 2.

Divide and rule with Magento 2 Customer Segmentation

Segment customers according to their sales history, buying behavior and other particular details to further personalise their experience with your store. 

‘Divide et impera’ goes the ancient Roman maxima. It tells the strategy of gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces. These pieces individually are ment to have lesser potential than the one implementing the strategy.

This is the very same control and aptitude you get with the Magento 2 Customer Segmentation extension from Aheadworks. The module enforces merchants with little but compelling effort on segmenting their shoppers. It further allows focusing more on marketing strategies for complete customer satisfaction, higher conversion rates ensured.

Ultimate control

Our unique algorithms explicitly utilize customers’ data, even those of the unregistered, logged out and guest shoppers. This key-finding further grounds our acknowledgement of and adherence to the latest trends in ensuring positive customer experience. Get use of as much information about your customers as they leave on the store: purchase track record, order details, addresses, personal info and etc.

Furthermore, the schemes for smart data collection and retrieval free merchants of routine rule adjustments to data storage nuances and significantly speed up processing of queries, fewer collisions provided.

Powerful rulemaking

Customer Segmentation brings forward a simple yet smart module to draw most demanded segmentation rules as per our in-house research. The module enables conditioning plausible rules which meet customers’ needs, reflect their buying behavior and degrees of bonding with brands, tell demographic and economic peculiarities and more. Indeed, this is when you exercise full power to have your Magento store as much for your customers as it could be.

Forward integration

The extension boasts a wide array of integration capabilities which boost the out-of-the-box Magento functionality and further empower your efforts for targeted marketing campaigns. Try out native Magento newsletter integration and Cart Price Rules to personalise your customers’ experience with the store. This way you are building a loyal community, united by appreciation of your sensitivity and care. In turn, expect higher conversion rates and customer retention, lower subscription refusal indices and minimal customer churn.  


Go ahead and read more on how to segment customers with the Customer Segmentation extention. See for yourself now what makes our product second to none. Expand your impression and learn other outstanding features of the extension. Take a look at how we do customer validation, rule reindexation. Try our demo scenario to move segments to groups or export them to your PC.

Make way for Aheadworks June Updates!

It’s common to believe summertime sadness(™) makes people lazy. We prove the statement wrong introducing a bunch of the extension updates to expand your business reach!

Meet the refined and improved stars of the Aheadworks catalog!

Magento 2 Blog

Magento 2 Blog 2.6.0
+ Category hierarchy (Subcategories);
+ Post Author pages;
+ Mass action: assign posts to an author;
+ Twitter account settings moved to Author page settings;
+ Author’s LinkedIn and Facebook links;
+ Previous/Next links on the article pages;
+ Posts counter in blog tab on product pages;
+ Meta Titles;
+ Option to hide Blog from the main navigation menu;
* Minor fixes and design adjustments.

Magento 2 Add Free Product to Cart

Magento 2 Add Free Product to Cart 1.2.0

+ Option “Include/Exclude Tax” for rule validation;
+ Option to show popup everywhere or on the cart and checkout pages only;
Resolved:
* Conflict with Klarna payment module;
* Discount is not added to PDF invoice;
* Discount isn’t shown in email notifications;
* Problem with translations;
* Free product does not display until cart page is reloaded;
* Can’t change indexer to “Update by Schedule”.

Magento 2 RMA

Magento 2 RMA 1.4.0
+ Custom Statuses;
+ Status Priority;
+ Option to disable a status;
+ Custom fields can be tied to actions;
+ Non-linear workflow;
+ RMA data export to CSV/Excel;
+ Option to disable custom fields;
+ Print RMA label from the backend;
+ RMA Tab at backend customer page;
+ Improved process of creating a replacement order for admin;
+ A “Back” Button on Credit Memo page;
+ Integration with Magento 2 Coupon Code Generator;
+ Minor usability improvements;
Resolved:
* Unnecessary commas in the address in the frontend.

Magento 2 Abandoned Cart Email

Magento 2 Abandoned Cart Email 1.1.0
+ Added Restore Cart Link;
+ Abandoned cart emails can be sent to guest users;
+ Product image in the email;
+ Integration with Magento 2 Automatic Related Products;
Resolved:
* IWD Order Manager compatibility;
* Fixed issue when emails are sent without delay;
* Error occurs during compilation (Magento 2.1.16 Open Source);
* Fixed issue when ‘Sender email’ and ‘Sender name’ do not correspond to different stores;
* Error appears on the Preview page for the Admin if Test Email Recipient is not configured;
* Magento 2.3.1 Commerce compatibility improvements.

Magento 2 Custom Stock Status: Show customers “now” is the right moment to purchase

Address customers directly with a vivid stock status, stimulate purchases by increasing the sense of urgency, re-engage customers with back-in-stock alerts — this is the potential of your business with Magento 2 Custom Stock Status!

When it comes to customer involvement there are hundreds of ways to accomplish your particular goals. But can you say so about the tools that pave your road to the goals? Can you name some of them that will cover several aims? Take your time to think it over. Meanwhile, we are ready to present you Aheadworks Get Product Stock Status for Magento 2. With our extension, you can use any stock status as an incentive for making a purchase  either at the moment or in the future. We’ve taken into consideration various specifics of e-commerce field so you can influence customer decisions steadily as custom stock statuses can be placed at each significant step of the customer journey  on a category page, on a product page, and in a shopping cart.

Extension Features

  • Stock status placement on category and product pages, and in a shopping cart;
  • Product quantity ranges, less/greater than {number}, equals {number} rule triggers;
  • Icon, image, and text design options;
  • Back-in-stock notification subscriptions;
  • Back-in-stock and low-stock alert templates.

Let’s Rave Ahead: Aheadworks is now part of Rave Digital!

Following recent acquisition Aheadworks is now part of Rave Digital, forming a new powerful entity to name aloud highest quality standards on the eCommerce development market.   

Aheadworks celebrate their merger with Rave Digital

We are excited to announce that the acquisition of Aheadworks is now complete and the company is now part of Rave Digital.This is by far a union of implicit mutual benefits and multiple prospects to give the world a true rulesetter on the market of Magento eCommerce development and services.

Aheadworks has long hacked its way towards international acknowledgement as a premier Magento developer, continuously consolidating their positions with international awards, exceptional reviews from customers and new promising partnerships. It is time to expand and diversify, bravely exercise our inexhaustible ambition in full and reach a potential of unprecedented height. Time to be part of something bigger.

Rave is a top-rated Magento Certified, Professional Solutions Partner focused on Magento 2 Commerce, Commerce Cloud, and Open Source solutions. It is over 300 small to large-cap entities to which Rave provide end-to-end Ecommerce solutions, launching and maintaining their professional online presence.

Our team at Aheadworks is thrilled to join Rave Digital, one of the top eCommerce development companies, a globally renowned web and software developer. We are looking forward to our new accomplishments as one company and one global team. Bigger. Broader. Braver.

It is reassuringly true, our customers and partners have accepted the purchase news with overwhelming positivism. Now they will have access to Rave’s extensive suite of multi-cloud, B2B and B2C e-commerce solutions. Furthermore, they will be part of the only company on this planet that is Magento Implementation Partner and Premier Technology Partner at once.

Existing is the act of being, to be part of something bigger is to act bigger. Expanding geographically and in number of co-workers we will grow our client base worldwide, craving for dominance on the markets of the USA and India. We will be able to deliver our clients unparalleled flexibility and choice to be creative and innovative. We will be able to help win your market share in highly differentiated ways.

Together we are one. Let’s Rave Ahead!

Magento 2 Countdown Timer: Engage customers around the clock

Promo campaigns, daily deals, special occasion services — meet the specialty of Magento 2 Countdown Timer!

Magento 2 Countdown

Isn’t it discouraging when you take your time, put a decent amount of effort, plan a promo event thoroughly but… there’s no actual response to it? Well, people are really hard to please  we admit it,  but what if, it just wasn’t the right time?

You don’t have to worry about such things anymore. Leave the thought be and rejoice: our new extension is meant to put you on even footing with Time itself! No more excuses, no more failed ideas. With the extension, you will be able to visualize your promos in a most subtle, but powerful way.

Make every second special with Magento 2 Countdown Timer!

Magento 2 Countdown Overview

The module helps to conduct customer behavior with a smart time-limitation functionality.  Now it can’t be easier to get a purchase decision from a customer as they are strongly influenced by the sense of urgency you create with a countdown timer.

Features

  • one-time and recurring rules scheduled for days, weeks, months, or years;
  • customizable countdown specifying days, hours, minutes, and seconds left;
  • unlimited placement options, including category/product pages and via widget;
  • 5 design options for a countdown block;
  • CSS box for creating rich text messages;

Aheadworks Boasts Full End-to-End Magento Services

More than a developer: Aheadworks gains further recognition as a trusty one-stop Magento ecommerce partner offering full end-to-end services

It couldn’t have gone unnoticed, Aheadworks Inc. has rapidly increased their presence on the Magento ecommerce market as a provider of end-to-end services (E2E), boasting remarkable agility and strive to be ahead of partners’ expectations.

By far a bold and daring endeavour, mere offering of end-to-end services assures that the provider fully understands their customers’ needs and is able to apprehend the journey from end to end towards complete satisfaction. Aheadworks has excelled in the job.       

Magento end-to-end services
Where ends meet

Better operational efficiency, reduced costs, faster resolutions and unrivalled visibility is what all businesses naturally aim at, whether blue-chip or small ones. The rabbit doesn’t come easy, even on the web. Handling large amounts of information alongside strict software integration requirements may seem tough enough at the onset of one’s business. And then come bugs, updates, constant security attacks and other challenges for a good night’s sleep. This is exactly when companies prefer one service provider being responsible for managing all support, installation, implementation and ongoing maintenance of their Magento platform. E2E solutions noticeably reduce hassle, cost, resources and time. Furthermore, they allow to keep pace with changing platform infrastructure and business needs. You just have to choose a supplier.

How to tie the ends

Aheadworks can tell the difference. The company comes on stage of E2E services with an array of bespoke development solutions for Magento-powered businesses. Whether it’s B2B or B2C, the Ahead team of front-end and back-end Magento developers will get full advantage of all the features and flexibility of the platform for each unique project. A sweet slogan as it sounds, but true enough as our partners say. See for yourself:

 Custom development Magento Custom Development

Analytics and Consultation – Performance Optimisation – Custom Theme Designing – Magento Third Parties Integration – Technical Support – SEO

Magento 2 Migration Upgrade to Magento 2

Theme Migration – Extension Migration – Custom Code Migration – Data Migration – Performance Optimisation

B2B Implementation Magento B2B Implementation

Enhanced Security – Intuitive Product Catalogue – Custom Catalogues – Flexible Payment Options – Bulk and Recurring Orders – Flexible Shipping

Maintenance Services Magento Maintenance

Security Patches – Version Updates – Site Audit – Performance Management – Monitoring/Alerts – Clean/Roll-up Logs

Go Ahead!

All is said, it is high time now to contact us to find more about our services and decide how we can best help your business expand. Aheadworks is your one-stop.

2019 Magento Partner Award | Best Marketplace Innovator!

Fourth time in a row Aheadworks is best in innovative development for Magento!

Wonderful news arrived this morning as an announcement from Imagine 2019 event highlighting Aheadworks winning Magento Partner Award. Fourth time we walk away as best Marketplace Innovator. Aheadworks keep on maintaining its reputation as second to none deliverer of novelties for best ecommerce experience!

Congratulate Aheadworks, Magento Marketplace Innovator Award Winner 2019!

Congratulations to Aheadworks

Take a minute to congratulate us @Aheadworks and leave your generous comments of acknowledgment of our superior ecommerce solutions. We have always striven to excel in Magento services to prove and strengthen your loyalty. Today’s win is thus a noticeable milestone on the way to our mutual success!

25% Discount Coupon

We would not be able to hold the top position without our partners continuously requesting for higher quality solutions, so let us thank you and share the Partner Award win with you too.

In sincere appreciation for your interest in our services, we would like to offer a 25% discount coupon on any Magento extension by Aheadworks for those who manage to visit us at Imagine 2019 within the three days of the event. Please, claim your coupon in BOOTH #401 during the working-hours of the conference.

Imagine Conference

Imagine 2019 is the premier Magento commerce conference, bringing together thousands of merchants, partners, developers and ecommerce experts from around the world to network, exchange ideas, and build relationships. It is the ninth time the event facilitates collaboration and sharing of the latest inspirations, technologies, techniques, and strategies transforming commerce.

Improved content management with Magento 2 PageBuilder, or what’s new in Magento 2 Blog 2.5

Magento 2.3 upgrade and PageBuilder support for easy store content creation are now available in Magento 2 Blog 2.5!

What it takes to achieve positive results from the right content composition? What is the right content layout at all?
Well, the answer is easy but not really satisfying. It depends. Firstly, you need to decide the goals you are aiming at with your content? What message do you want to deliver? Are there any particular audience segments you want to influence?

There are situations when a layout works just fine and those when you need specific blocks or settings to visualize your content correctly. Assuming, lots of images and captions are essential for any product page, service or navigation pages involve advanced text configuration. It is understandable when it comes to differentiating the pages on the base of purpose, but we want to present the way to smear the boundaries at all with a single application in hand.

More in details

Magento 2 PageBuilder is a functionality that helps create any page in a store in a most user-friendly way. Whether you need to divide info into tabs, or highlight the crucial parts with links and buttons, or prove the words with pictures and videos, the intuitive drag-and-drop composer allows you to make any layout with ease.

Magento 2 Blog

We have waited anxiously for the Magento 2.3 update to become a part of a content-management-in-a-few-steps community and enhance our existing extensions to comply with the latest demand in UI experience. With Magento 2 Blog 2.5 all the features of PageBuilder are available for our users of Commerce version extensions. Nothing can be simpler to control that a fully open composer with the unlimited number of edit possibilities.

What else can we brag about? Eventually, we have covered all the links to related products and posts with colorful thumbnails that are pulled in from the featured images. Also, we have improved the user-experience related fields to satisfy the most needs for blog writers and readers with RSS feeds and tags as related content identifiers. Sounds good? We feel the same.
If you are interested, all the features that make our Blog so powerful (and much more info on our best-sellers) we mentioned in the update list. Go ahead and explore!

One more notable announcement is that all our extensions that imply the usage of the WYSIWYG editor will be upgraded to provide Magento 2 PageBuilder support.
Follow the news to be the first to know about the test results on Magento 2 PageBuilder implementation!