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Top-10 aheadWorks Extensions of 2012

Year 2012 didn’t fade into obscurity and be sure we didn’t cover up the results of the year and its accomplishments. Let’s open the calendar and take a look at milestones that defined the past 12 months for aheadWorks team. Amazing thing – this “apocalyptical” leap year turned out to be really successful and rich in pleasant events for us and our partners and customers.

As one of the leading providers of Magento extensions, aheadWorks joined the conferences in the USA, Germany, France, Ukraine, the UK and Poland. In most of them we were entitled to Silver Sponsorship.

We are not used to rest on laurels and 2012 proved it right. As many as 9 new extensions were released, including your favorite One Click Checkout and Magento Affilate. A lot of existing extensions were updated as well as 6 significant themes that are compatible with Magento CE v. 1.6.0.0 and v.1.7.0.0.

We are also proud of a new service, aheadCommerce, an innovative solution for creating tablet storefronts, released in 2012.

To complete the picture of the previous year, we display the Top-10 bestselling aheadWorks extensions of 2012. This top-listing also includes the quantity and quality of extensions feedback, written by our customers. The most interesting reviews accompany the modules below.

aheadWorks Partnership Program Overview: 2012

So yes, we’re all safe and sound, no global devastation has occurred so far (let’s cross fingers) and the year 2012 became the part of history. It is a good time to draw some conclusions as long as the year 2012 was full of events, impressions and (what I like the most) – rich in meetings/conferences/chats/networking with good and talented people around the globe.

As a person who’s mainly responsible for establishing partner links around aheadWorks, I’ll focus on the partnership program and its large circle of partners.

In total, 36 partners from 18 countries helped us build the partners network in 2012. This way, we covered all the inhabited continents except for Africa.

Our partners are enrolled in Magento Industry and Solution Programs including 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Bronze partners.

If we talk about the size, we’ve got small (up to 5), medium (10-15) and large (over 45 people) companies in our list of partners.

The services provided by our partners include programming, performance optimization, customization, hosting set-up, design and others.

The partnership program itself ran through several changes in 2012 as we changed its title, tiers and partnership levels.

For instance, in addition to several benefits such as discounts on aheadWorks products (up to 45% on the full range of products), dedicated support and consulting (see the full list on the partnership program page), we introduced a new one in December: now all our partners are provided with leads for the custom development services.

This latest offer is highly popular as seven new partners joined the program in December alone and I expect this number to keep on growing in 2013.

And finally, on behalf of the whole aheadWorks team, I’d like to thank our partners for being with us all through the year and we wish them to have even bigger ball in 2013. From our side, we’ll do our best to be good and trusted partners to you.

Magento Connect November Statistics

Hello!

Sometimes a single letter or its place in a word changes the whole meaning of a notion. I’m 100 percent sure it happened to you at least once: you type Magento in Google search and you get…the pictures of a strange creature in an odd-looking helmet and special costume. Yes, I mean Magneto, the central villain of the X-Men comics.

So this was my misprint of the day. Don’t know why but I decided to know more about this fictional character. To my surprise, I found out that Magneto was ranked number 1 by IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Villains list! Sounds familiar, huh? Yes, the same thing is about Magento who’s being the well-recognized leader (not villain, sure) in the world of e-commerce.

So this time I will spell it correctly. Please, welcome Magne..oops! Magento Connect statistics for your pleasure.

Magento Connect October Statistics

What ho fellow Magento ladies and gentlemen!

Earlier this day I thought that this piece of the unstoppable story about statistics would be done in Jeeves & Wooster style. And I did it. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, well, it is a series of books by P.G Wodehouse (who, incidentally, had a birthday in October) about an English gentleman and his valet in the entourage of 1920’s Great Britain. Not quite sure if this brilliant writer knew anything about Magento or e-commerce, but anyway, let’s be indulgent to classics 🙂

Bertie Wooster: Jeeves, I have to make one thing crystal clear.
Jeeves: Yes, sir?
Bertie Wooster: I am not one of those fellows who become absolute slaves to Magento extensions.
Jeeves: [as if shocked] No, sir.
Bertie Wooster: Just as long as we understand each other. In case you thought so. With all these monthly reports, it’s easy to make a wrong decision.
Jeeves: Not at all, sir.
Bertie Wooster: Very good, Jeeves! So what’s the news on Magento Connect?
Jeeves: It turns like the extensions for Category& Product Page Enhancements are the winner in October, sir.
Bertie Wooster: Ha! I knew it right from the very start! You’d better read the rest, Jeeves.
Jeeves: Very good, sir [clears throat]: Category& Product Page Enhancements (+36), Shipping & Fulfillment (+29), Catalog (+18) and Widgets (+16), sir.
Bertie Wooster: Hmm, widgets… Have you ever seen any extensions for widgets in this list, Jeeves?
Jeeves: I have not had that pleasure, sir.
Bertie Wooster: We should have one of these.
Jeeves: I shall do as you recommend, sir.

Just like Bertie Wooster, here at aheadWorks we also recommend you to empower your Magento store with any extensions you might find useful, because Black Friday and multiple hordes of customers are coming this month!

Magento Connect September Statistics

Hello and welcome to the Magento statistics world!

Sometimes I get the blues, especially, when I look at myself sitting in an office in the heart of autumn. It usually happens in the early morning when the rain keeps on falling and falling and the only warm thing around is the coffee mug in my hands. No, it is a not a funny feeling, this famous autumn sadness.

But on the bright side, things look great: more and more extensions on Magento Connect are ready to serve your needs. Just reach your arms and gear yourself up with the latest weapons to fight your way through the lack of clients and competition.

So the leaders for September are:

• Images & Media (+44)
• UI Performance & Ajax (+39)
• Category & Product Page Enhancements (+34)
• Checkout (+18)

Thanks for your time and goodbye!

Eye on 8 Top eCommerce Platforms in Europe

In our June post “How to choose an eCommerce platform” we prepared a brief overview of the most popular solutions worldwide. We continued with the survey of 20 eCommerce solutions that showed the market situation. We are glad to admit that both articles found a broad response among our readers, followers and fans.

This time we were inspired by the recent NBS System research of the top European eCommerce platforms – Intershop, Hybris, Demandware, Magento, PrestaShop, Drupal Commerce, OXID eShop, and RBS Change. We are glad to share the main ideas of this careful work. You can find the link to the full research at the end of this article.

E-commerce Sites are Getting Slower

In July and August of 2012, Strangeloop tested the load time of the home pages of 2,000 leading e-commerce sites, as ranked by Alexa.com. It turned out that median pages load was 9% slower than it was a year ago!

In comparison with November 2011, the median load time to a home page in the Alexa Retail 2000 using Internet Explorer 9 has been decelerated by 9% for first-time visitors and 18% for repeated visitors.

Alexa Retail 2000 e-commerce sites

Magento Connect August Statistics

Hi there!

This blog post is not going to be a usual piece of statistics at least for one good reason: one year ago, in August 2011, I started my research. So Happy Birthday to Magento Connect Statistics! Congrats! We’re one year old now!

During that year, many things changed: Magento Connect itself, the mood of the research (it started out with a simple one-time idea coming from one of my colleagues and now it is a regular blog post in aheadWorks blog) and the audience which considerably grew in numbers. Yes, you fellow Magento Connect fans, I really appreciate your interest in stats and your positive feedback and comments.

So I decided to do some annual statistics this time. I mean what if we compare the results for the most popular categories through one year perspective? Sounds interesting, huh?

Let’s check this table:

Not bad, right? The growth rate goes starting from 7.4 to 11.6 new extensions a month!

As you can see, developers do their best to provide the community with various super-duper tools to rule the world of Magento. In other words, with all these extensions and things, you’re definitely geared for success, so don’t waste your chance.

Long live Magento Connect, the statistics and extensions, and people who made it happen.

Stay tuned!

Magento Got a Third Slice of Pie

Taking into consideration the fast growing e-commerce market, this time I included more platforms into my survey (20 against 14 in the previous study). It should be reminded that we use not absolute values. The analysis is carried out according to the number of stores that got into Alexa Top 1 Million.

Even with a greater number of platforms compared in the chart, Magento continues its rise and dominance as the industry’s most popular platform. In comparison with the previous survey, the number of stores based on Community Edition has increased by over 500 ones (5699 sites in August). As a result, it has undeniable advantage with 26.2% of the market at the moment. The usage of Enterprise Edition has also risen from 801 to 1005 sites. All versions of Magento have 31.4% in total that makes the platform beyond the reach.

e-Commerce statistics

Magento Connect July Statistics

Howdy!

The first thing that literally strikes the eye of a devoted Magento Connect statistics fan is the leader: the modules for the Category&Product Page Enhancements are the winners for the 4th (!) time in a row. So the more developers produce, the more merchants need? Hey, let’s think together! What is your opinion on that topic? How do you suppose, what is the most demanded category for Magento extensions and why? Please leave your comments and share your opinion with the community.

The rest of the story might not be this exciting, so let’s just take a look at the new Magento Connect Statistics for the hottest month of summer – July:

• Category&Product Page Enhancements (+29)
• Advertising&Marketing (+26)
• Payments&Gateways (+24)
• Administration(+24)

Magento Connect July Statistics

aheadWorks, as one of the leading providers of Magento extensions, also contributed to Magento expansion, as we released 6 significant themes that are compatible with Magento CE v. 1.6.0.0 and v.1.7.0.0.

As usual, we are ready to come back in September with the new Magento Connect statistics. Stay in touch with us by leaving your comments and feedback!

Magento Connect June Statistics

Hello dear Magento Connect statistics fans! In my previous post on this topic in May, I expected Magento developers to stop creating extensions due to the appropriate weather for sunbathing and having summer fun. Lord knows, I was wrong. These guys are tough and nothing will stop them, except for the short circuit in their office or neighborhood.

So June is here this morning, and the sun is shining hot. The month for roses brought us the following results:

Category&Product Page Enhancements (+22)
Order Management (+19)
Images and media (+14)
Personnalization (+11)

Magento Connect June Statistics

aheadWorks, as one of the leading providers of Magento extensions, wishes you to enjoy this summer and spend it the way you’ll always remember. As usual, we are ready to come back in August with the new Magento Connect statistics.

Stay in touch with us by leaving your comments and feedback!

Magento Connect May Statistics

Hello fellow Magento Connect statistics fans! Look outside the window, this famous line describes it all: “Hot town, summer in the city!” Yes, the season of holydays has come. Does it mean that developers will finally leave their desktops and laptops and go sunbathing instead of creating new extensions? I strongly doubt it, but who knows 🙂 Anyway, now let’s check the new Magento Connect statistics for the last month of spring.

In terms of growth, the extensions for the following categories are among the top four:

• Category&Product Page Enhancements (+29)
• Integration Tools (+21)
• Administration (+19)
• Catalog (+18)

Magento Connect May Statistics

aheadWorks, as one of the leading providers of Magento extensions, is always in the front row of creating new tools for Magento folks. Please, meet our brand new extension – Magento Affiliate (available for pre-order now with a time-limited 25 percent discount) – and lots of updates for other extensions. Now you have the opportunity to organize pay-per-sale affiliate marketing program in your online Magento store, and we are ready to come back in July with the new Magento Connect statistics.

Stay in touch with us by leaving your comments and feedback!

Magento Connect April Statistics

Hi there! The unstoppable march of spring is going on and on, the weather is fine with myriads of green leaves appearing on yet half-naked trees. In parallel, the same thing is happening to Magento extensions as the development has reached its bloom. Now it is the high time to provide Magento Community with the new Magento Connect statistics for the second month of spring.
In terms of growth, the extensions for the following categories are among the top four:

• Category&Product Page Enhancements (+38)
• Shipping&Fulfilment (+29)
• Shipping (+14)
• Ease of Use (+13)

aheadWorks also made its valuable contribution and introduced lots of updates for our extensions. While you’re enjoying the perfect quality and premium user experience of our products, we are ready to come back in June with the new Magento Connect statistics.

Stay in touch with us by leaving your comments and feedback!

Magento Connect March Statistics

Hooray! Take off your winter coats, mittens, scarfs and say as loud as you can: “Spring has come!” Finally, we can forget about cold nights, winter melancholy and infinite sadness. As you know, spring is the appropriate season for producing all kind of things 🙂 Magento developers aren’t a big exception, so as a result, lots of new extensions are ready to meet online marketers’ needs. Now it is the right time to provide Magento Community with the new Magento Connect statistics for the first month of spring.

In terms of growth, the extensions for the following categories are among the top four:

  • Images & Media (+ 54)
    Wow, it’s an astonishing result!
  • Category&Product Page Enhancements (+20)
  • Catalogue (+29)
  • Personalization (+25)


aheadWorks also made its valuable contribution and introduced lots of updates for our extensions. While you’re enjoying the perfect quality and premium user experience of our products, we are ready to come back in May with the new Magento Connect statistics.

Stay tuned!

Magento Connect February Statistics

Hopefully, winter has almost gone and all Magento developers are ready to face the spring sun. But even during the winter slumber, they’ve been scrupulously doing their job. As a result, lots of new extensions are ready to meet online marketers’ needs with hundreds of new ones still to come. So it is the right time to provide Magento Community with the new Magento Connect statistics.

In terms of growth, the extensions for the following categories are among the top four:

  • Category & Product Page Enhancements (+ 27)
    In comparison with January, this is the obvious leader for the second time in a row
  • Checkout (+20)
  • Advertising & Marketing (+18)
  • Shipping & Fulfillment and Developer Tools (+15)

aheadWorks also made its valuable contribution to the list and introduced the Countdown Magento extension (Advertising&Marketing category) and Mobile Order Tracking Magento extension (Mobile category). While you’re enjoying the perfect quality and premium user experience of our products, we are ready to come back in April with the new Magento Connect statistics.

Stay tuned!