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Admin Panel Demo launched!

We are happy to present you a remarkable opportunity to look at the work of our three extensions — Booking & Reservations , Follow Up Email and Help Desk Ultimate — from the inside. The extensions in this Admin Panel Demo can be used practically without any restrictions as if they have been installed on your store.

Within the demo you will be able to log in to the Admin Control Panel and examine for yourself all the options that are available to administrators. Demo allows to work with different data including products, users and their orders. That’s why we strongly recommend to input only fictitious titles, names, addresses, dates and any other information.

Take a test-drive of Admin Panel!

New extension – Grid Manager

Grid Manager is here to help store owners and administrators. In many cases we lack this or that column in a table in store administration section. Grid Manager lets you overcome this difficulty – it allows you to choose which columns you’d like to display, their size, position, title. All available columns for any standard grid are at your disposal – all displayable data can be selected and inserted into a grid. You can view all your customized tables in one place with ability to reset the changes to the default table view.

Grid columns table

Grids table

Features

  • Add/remove columns
  • Editable column titles and sizes
  • Quick editor which opens without page reload
  • On-the-fly column design
  • 2-ways grid customization
  • Ability to explore grid data source
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Extension page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/grid-manager.html

Blog 1.0.1 released

Blog Magento ExtensionDue to the lack of activity in this highly demanded extension development, aheadWorks has agreed with the owner and previous developer lazzymonk on moving the ownership rights to our company.

We are already well known in modules development sphere and decided to take our chance to make a valuable contribution to the community.

So we must answer the first question that could arise immediately – yes, the extension continues to be free and open source despite it changes its license and owner.

We’ll try to dedicate more efforts to the development to make this extension better and better and satisfy growing needs of the community.

Compatibility

Sure, we made the new version compatible with the previous one. It doesn’t delete any information, everything from your old blog will be integrated. To ensure proper migration please refer to the upgrade instructions and follow them thoroughly.

What’s in the new release?

  • Last Magento version compatibility
  • Switchable WYSIWYG
  • Excerpt field
  • Tags added
  • Tags cloud block added
  • If user is logged in comment fields are pre-filled
  • Ability to show blog menu only on blog page
  • Settings menu shortcut
  • Add post menu shortcut
  • .htm rewrite added to post link
  • This is not a beta – the release is stable and for live stores use

Extension page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/free-stuff/blog.html

P.S. In fact this is a pre-release. We will submit new version to magento connect next week.

Magento Dedicated Team

aheadWorks is proud to announce the launch of a brand new kind of service – Magento Dedicated Developers Team. Now you can have a group of programmers fully at your disposal. Hire your Magento Programmers now

News and Updates feed launched!

aheadWorks news and updates feed launched! It will deliver extensions news and updates directly to your store on daily basis.

Checkout Promo 1.0 Released

Checkout Promo Magento ExtensionsThis is another powerful sales motivation extension – you can entice your customers to spend more to receive this or that benefit. “Buy X to get a discount”, “Spend not less than Y to get a gift”, “Buy product N to get K for free” and many other sales formulas can be successfully implemented using this extension. You can create as many rules as you wish and satisfy requirements even of the biggest ecommerce players.

Sample View

Features

  • Multiple configurable blocks positioning on checkout and shopping cart pages
  • Customizable rules based covering any combination of order and cart items attribute set
  • Rules priority, start and expiration datesRule information
  • Websites and customer groups based rules
  • Customizable blocks defined in CMS Static Blocks section
  • Unlimited number of rulesRules List
  • Multiple promo blocks on page
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Extension page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/checkout-promo.html

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On Sale 1.0.1 released

Release features

  • Clickable labels in catalog view mode
  • Extension CSS layout change

Magento On Sale

Follow Up Email Magento Module Released

Follow Up Email Magento ExtensionsFollow up emails is powerful tool for any ecommerce site. It gives a comfortable and flexible way to automatically reach your customers on day X after an order had been placed.

Never loose a customer after a sale, stay in contact with people who are most likely to be interested in another purchase. Use follow up emails to get opinion about the products a customer had purchased, request a feedback, offer related items, send attractive discounts and promotions, and anything else you could imagine.

People like seeing positive and careful attitude towards them, know they are not abandoned after a purchase and are welcome to come back with a question, review or a new purchase.

Establish stronger relationships, increase customers loyalty and as a result get more consequent sales with Follow Up Emails extension brought to you by aheadWorks Co.



Features

  • 3-tiers follow up system
  • Ability to setup tiers in dependence on order status
  • Unlimited number of rules
  • Native Magento templating and mailing systems
  • Integrated into standard Magento template – looks and acts like a native code
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Add New Rule Interface

For more information and demo visit product page.

More Info
Currently we offer the Magento 2 Abandoned Cart Extension for the latest Magento version fully equipped for automated review reminders, transactional emails, greetings on custom occasions and abandoned cart reminders, of course. The last option is especially valuable for your revenues. As far as the average number of abandoned cart rise constantly and now takes about 75% of all created baskets, the chance to recover 5-10% of them is able to increase total store sales up to 25%.

On Sale Magento Extension Released

On Sale Magento Extension

This extension allows you to add graphical labels to your special products images.

Attract your visitors to special items – the labels can be displayed in catalog view as well as in product. The label image and text are easily customized: you can use a label that comes into the package and upload you own; you can not only write your text on the label but also use the following variables: Discount Amount (calculated automatically), Regular Price, Special Price, Save Amount (calculated automatically). So it’s possible to label your products with texts like “Save $10 on this item today”, or “Buy for $29 save $10!” – all price values are calculated for each product individually. Label appears only when there is a special price for the product.

This way you save a lot of time when running e.g. seasonal discounts campaign, with a simple 3-minutes setup you can put labels on a category or the whole store.

Features

  • Separate catalog and product view labels setup
  • Ability to upload your own images for catalog and product labels
  • Labels appear when special price is set
  • 6 predefined label positions Product Page View
    • Top-Left
    • Top-Center
    • Top-Right
    • Bottom-Left
    • Bottom-Center
    • Bottom-Right
  • Special variables to use in your label texts
    • DA – Discount Amount
    • RP – Regular Price
    • SP – Special Price
    • SA – Save Amount (RP-SP)
    • NL – New Line
  • Ability to disable labels for catalog or/and product
  • Compatible with all major browsers (IE6, IE7, IE8, Safari, Opera, FireFox 2, FireFox 3, Google Chrome)
  • Separate CSS files for catalog and product labels

For more information and demo visit product page – https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/on-sale.html


Sudden error in admin area (Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach in Feed.php on line 84 )

We are receiving some requests regarding the following error:

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() 
in /app/code/core/Mage/AdminNotification/Model/Feed.php on line 84

I’d like to let you know that the magentocommerce.com is down at the moment and this causes the error. It comes from the Admin Notifications native module.
We have nothing to do with this.

Help Desk Ultimate 2.0 released

Help Desk Ultimate

This is a new much improved version of our Magento Help Desk extension. It includes all the features of standard Help Desk extension plus:

Unlimited departments
Each department has a title, email address, and a set of email templates. When submitting a ticket in customer area interface, the user must select a department to which the ticket is submitted to.

Two-way e-mail parsing
Our email parser will automatically convert e-mail messages into tickets or tickets responses. You just need to configure this extension to collect emails from POP3 box at regular intervals (Magento cron jobs file utilized for this purpose and no additional cron setup is needed).A staff user can reply to a ticket by e-mail. This reply will be processed by the e-mail parser, recorded in the help desk and forwarded to the end-user (ticket creator).

Create new tickets by e-mail
Optional feature to convert initial e-mail messages sent to parser mail box into new tickets. Extremely useful for Magento contact form.

Autoexpiration option
Will close tickets without any activity from end-user after specified number of days.

CE EE
Unlimited departments
Two-way e-mail parsing
Create new tickets by e-mail
Autoexpiration option
Full integration into Magento admin & customer areas
Ticket threads and statuses
File attachments
Ability to create ticket from admin
Quatation option in customer and admin areas
Customizable email notifications for administrator and customer
Unlimited number of tickets
Easy to use administration and customer interfaces
Complete history of all communications
Easy copy-and-run installation
Price $159 $99

Magento Advanced Menu extension 1.0 released

Magento Advanced Menu Extension

Comfortable navigation is one of the most important steps to the best user and customer experience, so stop loosing visitors because of the endless nesting navigation.

Change Magento navigation look and feel just in minutes! Magento Advanced Menu price

Select desired menu view from already predefined menu patterns in admin panel. If you didn’t see a menu type you need – just let us know and we most likely to implement it in a few days.

At this moment only horizontal menu types  are available. We are working hard on adding some vertical navigation types for the left column.

After extension install you are able to select menu type in admin panel.Configuration

Menu types available in version 1.0

Dropdown
It uses standard HTML “select” element. Suitable for large stores with a lot of categories – your visitors can see all categories at a glance and make shopping route decision immediately.

Dropdown

Plain
DIV-based dropdowns which fit your store theme colors, without hidden nesting.

Plain

Plain (advanced)
The most advanced option! Probobaly the best for large categories number.

Plain (advanced)

Static
No popups, no hidden nesting. You would definitely like it in stores with 3-5 navigation links.

Static

BUY ADVANCED MENU MODULE

Browser Search with Suggestion extension

Browser SearchHere is the release of another great extension – Browser Search for Magento. It’s half a module, half a browser plugin, anyway it makes your store closer to visitors and customers.

Basically, this extension allows your store visitors to add your site in the browser search engines list. PRICE & FEATURES

Our recent studies show that store visitors coming through the search box in their browser are more likely to turn into customers. The conversion rate increases up to 230%! And it’s easy to explain – people have already visited your store and liked it. Now they have an easy and comfortable way to find products in the store they liked. This traffic is very targeted and purchase-oriented, people not just browse the site, they are looking for a definite item and most likely are willing to purchase.

The extension supports Firefox2+, Internet Explorer 7+. Yes, there are other unsupported browsers, but these cover more than 70% of all used browsers (w3schools.com data) and this percent is growing fast.

Besides presenting quick search interface this extension also displays search suggestions. Please note that on slow site sites or sites with a slow search the suggestion feature may not work.

RSS Reader Magento Extension v1.0 Released!

RSS Reader
Place RSS feeds on your store pages just in minutes with this extension. Fully customizable, with its own caching system it will make your store highly integrated with your WordPress blog or any other system/service that has RSS feeds. BUY RSS READER NOW

Works with numerous feeds even on the same page
Create as much RSS Reader instances as you need.

Full control of the output
You may control every option available on per instance basis, overriding default options set in administration panel. Options list is available here.

Powerfull caching
With caching option enabled, RSS Reader fetches the content from remote host and stores it in its own cache.

For store owners, developers and designers
You may put RSS Reader instances on your pages using Magento CMS pages and blocks. In this case you don’t need to edit any files, all can be done through administration panel. Need more flexibility – no problem. Call RSS Reader instances just from Magento layout XML files.

Custom CSS and Template files
RSS Reader uses its own CSS file and custom template. In fact you may create as much output patterns as needed and use them on per instance basis.

Next week we will publish in this blog detailed tutorial on achieving excellent Magento  customization results using 2 our extensions:  Z-Blocks and RSS Reader.

BUY RSS READER NOW