A Major Update to Santa’s List | version 2019.1.0 by Aheadworks

Aheadworks to update Santa’s list: the kids are all right, hands-on and navigating to their true professional calling.

High-school students at Aheadworks

With the 2019 year coming to a close, Aheadworks are to update Santa’s list with a good hundred boys and girls who did amazingly well this year. We have welcomed a great number of smarties on career exploration tours, met others at coding and engineering competitions. There have also been the bravest ones who tasted work life and apprenticed with Aheadworks.

Many of us parents ourselves, we understand the utter importance of guiding and supporting children toward their true professional calling. We are here to help them find their dreams. Therefore, Aheadworks spare no effort to work with students all year round within a variety of events. Let’s see how we have helped Santa top-up his hands-on kids list.

Slimming the Prices Down: Black Friday Discounts at Aheadworks Store

Friday is back in black with lucrative discounts from Aheadworks. Get tempted now!

Black Friday 2019 at Aheadworks

By far and large, things in black look smaller, it is a fact of science. You ladies know the deal! Aheadworks is slimming the prices 25% down for an extraordinary five-day Black Friday feast of discounts starting November 28, 2019. To the pleasure of your eyes, it is not an optical illusion!

Hold on, don’t run like hell to grab your luck. There is a tiny formality: you put on something black and get a Black Russian. Remember, it’s Friday afterall. Oh, and the coupon code, apply it at the checkout. Do not mistake the order. Enjoy.

BLACKFRIDAY19

“And Cyber Monday?”, you will ask. Monday is cancelled. No one likes Mondays, call them cyber or sober. Fridays are the ever favourites, are they! This year’s Friday will reach up to December 2, the very black midnight, to be sure. But wait, you are not going to procrastinate, are you? The lady in black, Friday, is here already. Remember Ken Hensley’s “And when one day she comes to you, Drink deeply from her words so wise, Take courage from her as your prize and say hello for us” and act now!

Shop now at Aheadworks


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How Much Support Does a Customer Support Team Need?

Aheadworks experts to reveal the secrets of their top-notch customer support. Come and meet the team, in an up-front talk on their job-role needs and demands. 

How Much Support Does a Support Team Need

Customer-facing roles require high stamina and resilience, even when you worship and admire your job. In a regular workday, a customer support team stretch their emotional intelligence, continuously engage in creative problem-solving, sprint for response times, collect customer feedback, analyse gargantuan volumes of information and write sharp. Awesome people are those, who help! 

Though, let’s face it, these jobs can be exhausting. The expectation for customer support fellas to be relentlessly cheery is dangerous. There is a lot of care a customer support team need too. Just think about:

  • Self-care;
  • Continuous learning;
  • Interpersonal communication;
  • Team care.

Let’s talk to experts, the highly acclaimed Customer Support team from Aheadworks. Let’s see what they say.

Magento Security Patch SUPEE-11219 Released

October 2019 saw Magento Inc. release SUPEE-11219, a brand-new security patch to shield latest versions of Magento eCommerce platform.

Though there have been no known attacks against the present safety issues, Magento team is sharp to respond timely to your suggestions and findings, as well as to continuously test and track the performance of the platform to ensure vulnerability-free environment for any ecommerce business with far-reaching ambitions. The SUPEE-11219 security patch addresses, among other, remote code execution (RCE), cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) issues. These have been noticeably enhanced in Magento Commerce 1.14.4.3 and Open Source 1.9.4.3. At the same time you may opt for the patch and install it on your version of the platform. 

More on recent security enhancements

Information on all the changes in 1.14.4.3 and 1.9.4.3 releases is available in the following release notes:

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

Magento Commerce 1.9.0.0-1.14.4.1 Install SUPEE-11219 or upgrade to Magento Commerce 1.14.4.3
Magento Open Source 1.5.0.0-1.9.4.1 Install SUPEE-11219 or upgrade to Magento Open Source 1.9.4.3

A word of notice for Magento 2.1.x users

The Magento 2.2.10 software release marks the final supported software release for Magento version 2.1.x. As of June 30 2019, Magento 2.1.x will no longer receive security updates or product quality fixes now that its support window has expired.

Unboxing SUPEE-11219

Solutions to Improve B2B eCommerce Experience

Aheadworks examines B2B 2020 calls to action and accentuates their Magento solutions to key up your eCommerce capabilities.

B2B eCommerce solutions

Analyzing current trends in B2B eCommerce, the demands and challenges of the sector, it comes vivid that consumerization of B2B is the reason to them all. Aheadworks acknowledge the phenomenon and stress out they have all the solutions for Magento B2B vendors to get consumerization right.

The present millenia dictates B2B experience to mirror that of B2C, and we happily fall into its charms of convenience and simplicity. 

It takes careful examination which familiar B2C features can be integrated into your eCommerce platform to target the consumerization call. Time and effort spent will pay off with dramatic enhancement of customer experience and, thereby, higher conversions. We have done a great deal of research in the field to come up with a variety of B2C eCommerce functions in particular that perfectly align with the B2B procurement process. Such comprehensive approach allowed us to elaborate a unique strategy to produce B2B eCommerce solutions, extensions and services,compatible with both sectors – B2B and B2C. 

We are now happy to reveal our findings and showcase how to respond to the present-day B2B calls to utterly improve your eCommerce experience with Magento 2.   

All Halloween Summer Abundance: harvesting generous discounts from Aheadworks!

Watching leaf fall in the serenity of the Indian Summer, Aheadworks is bringing the prices down to share generous discounts on the verge of Halloween. Indian Summer Sale

We could have run a regular Halloween sale, as we have already done, as we will of course do sometime in the future, but the fanciful weather of the period, the pleasant course of revival, warmth and gold, prompts to share now. It’s fall time after all. In harmony with nature Aheadworks brings the prices down. Enjoy the Indian Summer discounts!

Top-up your cart with the extensions in golden yellow – the very hue of autumn, to get up to 25% off the bundle price. Harvest now! Put your cart together today, and save time to cut the Jack-’o-Lantern pumpkin. We will be rolling up the sale on the eve of Halloween, November 1st.

Luxuriating in the warm spell of the season, the Northern hemisphere are celebrating the goodness of the All Hallows time, Indian Summer a beautiful metaphor to. Halloween is the heyday of the period, a bright punctuation of the short interval of smoke and mildness in the prime of the late autumn warmth. These days are meant to charge us with gratitude and sense of everlasting revival to keep our spirits up during the headlong rush into winter. Motivating. The time draws lavish praise!

Grab a steaming cup and visit our store today for lucrative offers to complete your harvest. We have a kettle on, already whistling for you. Enjoy these second summer days.


Promo Category: Sales & Motivation
Bulk discount 1: 15% – 2 yellow extensions
Bulk discount 2: 25% – 3 yellow extensions
Deadline: November 1, 2019

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.