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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

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:

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.

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;

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!

Major April Updates!

A pack of crucial updates for the most promising Magento 2 extensions!

 

We say goodbye to April – a month marked with our hard work – and greet the new beginning full of powerful solutions and advanced enhancements for your Magento 2 store!
Considered all the relevant customer requests, we’ve come up with improvements that will benefit the e-commerce business of any scale. Explore the automation-targeted backend options to manage processes efficiently, provide the increased user-friendliness in the frontend to engage customers into every service – from a tempting loyalty program to detailed product subscriptions.
Start May with upgrading your store!

April updates Magento 2

Magento 2 Blog 2.5.0
– Related Posts;
– Thumbnails for Recent Posts and Blog Posts;
– GraphQL;
– PageBuilder support;
– RSS;
– Speed improvements;
– Bug fixes.

Magento 2 Shop by Brand 1.2.0
– Split database support;
– Data migration tool from M1 to M2;
– Brand URL display based on the backend brand settings;
– Page Builder support;
– Bug fixes.

Magento 2 Reward Points 1.6.0
– Option for admin to apply points in the backend;
– Integration with Advanced Reviews 1.1.0.

Magento 2 Advanced Subscription Products 2.1.0
PayPal button on a product page
– Paypal support via Braintree
– Bug fixes

Magento 2 Advanced Reviews 1.1.0
– A separate page with all reviews on the site;
– Image support;
– Customer comments;
– Comment Auto-approval;
– Review Auto-approval;
– Abuse report;
– Anti-spam protection;
– Review widget;
– Filter options: with images, only by rating, from verified buyers only;
– Improved helpfulness voting behavior;
– Email address for alerts about negative reviews;
– Integration with Reward Points 1.6.0;
– Minor UI fixes.

 

Ahead of the Curve: Aheadworks Brings its Extensions to Magento 2.3

We are happy to announce that from now on, all our Magento 2 extensions are fully compatible with the latest Magento 2.3 version!Ahead of the Curve: Aheadworks Brings its Extensions to Magento 2.3

Magento 2.3 introduced a bunch of new powerful tools and features, including multi-source inventory, PWA studio, PageBuilder, and more. Keeping this in mind and keeping pace with time, we make sure that clients will have a flawless experience with our extensions.

At Aheadworks, we develop extensions following the latest Magento guidelines. By utilizing Magento UI components, we make our products flawlessly adjustable to all its native tools.

Interview with the Magestore partner: 2019 Retail Trend and Magestore’s New POS solution

Our regular readers know that Magestore has been one of our trusted partners since 2017.

Interview with the Magestore partner: 2019 Retail Trend and Magestore’s New POS solution

About a year ago, they have transformed into Native Omnichannel Solution provider for Magento retailers. It’s time for Aheadworks readers to have a quick update on all the changes.

In 2019, Magestore will focus more on the Point of Sale feature in their solution and already launched a superb Point of Sale tool using innovative technology to help retailers sell effectively both online and offline stores.

So today we have a chance to ask Alex Nguyen, Chief Product Officer at Magestore, to share about the key product of Magestore and also the focus in product development following the Magento roadmap in 2019.

Philipp and Alex at Magento Live Europe with a new product PWA POS

Aheadworks ConnectPOS: Seamless Shopping Experience for End-users

Nothing to be bragging about but, as one of the biggest Magento extension providers in all over the world, we know what a good solution looks like. Today we are going to cover the promising integrational plans with ConnectPOS. The improvements any merchant will be itching to adopt to their stores.

Aheadworks ConnectPOS: Seamless Shopping Experience for End-users

ConnectPOS is a major player in South East Asia on providing omnichannel POS solution for Magento-based retailers. With ConnectPOS, shop owners can create orders and accept payments quickly at their physical stores, while at the same time have all the data synchronized fully and immediately to their Magento website.

See the possible benefits open? The popular loyalty programs ― the Gift Card and Reward Points extensions ― are already enhanced with comprehensive and intuitive POS system by ConnectPOS.

It is time for the intelligent product recommendations, such as Automatic Related Products, Who Bought This Also Bought, Frequently Bought Together, to undergo the ConnectPOS integration. We are more than happy to provide more powerful toolkits for all omnichannel retailers and ensure an even better experience for all customers.

Affiliate for Magento 2: Compose Any Product Suggestions and Pay for Each Campaign Sale

Looking for ways how to set up an affiliate marketing program in your Magento 2 store? The Aheadworks team is ready to help!

Affiliate for Magento 2: Compose Any Product Suggestions and Pay for Each Campaign Sale

We are happy to introduce you the long-awaited Affiliate extension for Magento 2 packed with powerful features right out of the box.

Magento 2 Affiliate Overview

Magento 2 Affiliate extension arranges pay-per-sale affiliate campaigns with the coupon code and link promotion options. Provide promotion suggestions and reward affiliates for every end customer’s purchase within the campaign.

Magento 2 Affiliate Main Features

  • Flexible conditions covering all campaign-related purchases (not only directly promoted ones);
  • Custom product suggestions per affiliate campaign;
  • Commission rate setting per affiliate group;
  • ‘Sales by Link’ and ‘Sales by Coupon Code’ reports;
  • Payout creation by schedule (once in a certain period).

Simple Bundle Product for Magento 2: Quick Setting and One-click Purchases

The default Magento functionality provides rich opportunities for bundle creation. However, for some merchants, the configuration process itself seems too flexible and time-consuming.

Simple Bundle Product for Magento 2: Quick Setting and One-click Purchases

We are happy to minimize your efforts with our brand-new extension – Simple Bundle Product for Magento 2!

Improved User Interface

Let’s suppose you want to create a bundle with a particular set of products. With the native bundle product type, your shoppers will have to spend much time customizing the bundle. Only then will they be able to add the product to a cart.

Native Bundle Product

Native Bundle Product

Not only customization takes time but also the interface is overloaded with elements. Just look at this huge block below the product image; quite a few options here. What’s the point of showing them to customers if they can’t change anything but quantity?

Now let’s see how the same bundle configured in the Simple Bundle Product extension looks like.

Grasp the true value of successful post-purchase experience with the Order Success Page for Magento 2 by Aheadworks

Customer loyalty growth is one of the major goals of any business which aims at long-term relationships with their audience. How to Provide a Post-Purchase Experience with the Order Success Page for Magento 2 by Aheadworks

There are many different techniques which can help to achieve that, ranging from must-haves to very business-specific ones. But there is one rather simple method, which is being ignored quite often: improving the very start of post-purchase experience, which is your order success page.

We have released extension, which solves this issue by placing the additional info to a completely minimal native Magento 2 thank you page.

Let’s look through the most successful content combination you can implement at your order confirmation page with our module installed.

Helping hand

The most common thing is to place the order content and address information to the thank you page. But why? Imagine that a customer has just seen it in the cart and then had to see it at the checkout. But what if the customer has made a mistake and noticed it right now when the order has started to be processed.

It’s clear that the next customer step is to contact you to solve this issue ass soon as it’s possible. Just provide this opportunity and enable the Contacts block at your order success page. This is a real helping hand for your customers. This functionality will be especially pleased by the first-time store clients.

Add Free Product to Cart for Magento 2 Makes your Promo Campaigns Capturing and Rewarding

Discounts and products as gifts. Some people hate them, some people no.

Add Free Product to Cart for Magento 2 Makes your Promo Campaigns Capturing and Rewarding

But where is the truth? Maybe the truth is some people can use discounts in the way it helps their business and some people have no ideas how to launch such promo campaigns effectively. Let’s get a deal with it!

Anyway, despite your attitude to the discounts, there are some cases when you are definitely recommended to go in for some kind of charity in the form of discounts or free products added to shopping carts. Thus, you will have to carry such promos to get rid of slow-selling or seasonal shopping items and to free up your stocks.

More to that, customers are not crazy about spending money to obtain an expensive product if they are not sure that they will actually like it. They will prefer to test a free sample of the product to understand whether it is worth investment. This is particularly useful for such industries as perfume, food, fabrics, and other materials – anything which you need to taste, smell, estimate tactile qualities, etc.

Also, promos with discounts or items for free are good for the businesses which have the primary goals to increase their brand awareness and build lifetime relationships with their clients.

Thus, there are at least three solid reasons why you will need to hold such kind of promos. The main point here is to realize how to start and estimate promos reasonably. Add Free Product to Cart, our new module for Magento 2, successfully meets these conditions allowing store admins not only to arrange the promos but to evaluate campaign effectiveness.

What Makes Magento 2 Add Free Product to Cart Especially Valuable?

The core extension functionality connects with the ability to add promo items to cart automatically:

  • ability to offer the products on the category, product or cart page;
  • simple, virtual, downloadable and configurable product type support;
  • pre-configured product support;
  • promotional blocks;
  • high-level dashboard;
  • integration with the Product Labels extension.