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Product Questions 1.1 Provides a Seamless Migration of Questions and Answers to Magento 2

The more ex-Magento 1 merchants opt for Magento 2, the more often they need some migration solutions able to make their move simple and sound.

Product Questions 1.1 Allows you to Migrate Questions and Aswers to Magento 2 Seamlessly
As soon as we also regularly receive similar requests regarding our extensions we provide our customers with more and more migration solutions allowing them to move the data they need much faster and with no breaches.

Questions Migration Tool by Product Questions 1.1

The Product Questions extension for Magento 2

Today we’d like to introduce you Product Questions 1.1 for Magento 2, which covers exactly the above issue with the included migration tool. The tool allows you to transfer questions, answers, and particular statistics created by the preceding Product Questions extension for M1 to your brand-new Magento 2 store.

In more detail, the process is described in the extension’s technical documentation.

The module is good and ready to be purchased and updated. Please visit the product page or try it in action on our demos.

Magento 2 Extensions in the Aheadworks Store: the Most Beneficial Integrations

The Aheadworks team constantly provides online merchants with powerful Magento 2 extensions that can produce an even better effect if they are installed together in a web store.

Magento 2 Extensions in the Aheadworks Store: the Most Beneficial Integrations

Today, we will review the most valuable integrations of our Magento 2 extensions. So, let’s start.

AJAX Cart Pro + Automatic Related Products

For those merchants that have the AJAX Cart Pro (ACP) extension installed in their web stores, the integration of this module with the Automatic Related Products (ARP) extension will notably enhance the default functionality of the shopping cart pop-up provided by the module.

Due to this integration, merchants can feature related products with predefined display rules in the pop-up. This way, the pop-up becomes a more powerful tool providing the general info about the item to be ordered and also suggesting some related items to be considered.

How to Configure Product Attributes in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

The assortment of any web marketplace is built on specific products with related attributes.

How to Configure Product Attributes in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

In our foregoing user guide, we explained how to compose configurable products in Magento 2. Nevertheless, for the sensible arrangement of such product type, one should preliminary take care of the conforming product attributes. This issue will be reviewed in our today’s article.

Product Attributes Configuration

Besides featuring product’s specific info, product attributes designate the input types, say, sliders, dropdowns, swatches, and the like, of product options picked by shoppers when filtering products in a catalog.

To embark the configuration, click Stores in the Magento 2 dashboard and choose Product underneath Attributes.

Next, click Add New Attribute.

Layered Navigation 1.7: Fine-tune Your Product Filters

The process of filtering products is one the shortest ways to the desired products and the quality of the layered navigation filters may significantly influence the entire journey and final result of the browsing in your online store.

Layered Navigation 1.7: Fine Tune Your Product Filters

If your customers are able to quickly and conveniently find the products they need, you have much better chances to witness multiple completed orders in your store. Layered Navigation is one of our first Magento 2 extensions and has already passed through multiple updates and functionality enhancements. Here comes one more functionality improvement with Layered Navigation 1.7.

So, we have to offer you some really valuable new features you will hopefully like.

Layered Navigation 1.7

Manage Filters Page

The most significant enhancements that determined greatly the entire course of the current update is the Manage Filters section added to the backend configuration scope. Available in the following way Catalog -> Layered Navigation by Aheadworks -> Manage Filters, it enumerates all the available either Magento native or added by the extension navigation filters.

Creating Configurable Products in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

Configurable products give online merchants new opportunities for organizing product assortments in their stores as well as improving the inventory of the management process.

Creating Configurable Products in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

Here, we will tell you how to create configurable products in a Magento 2 based store. But first, let’s consider the major advantages of these products compared to the simple ones.

Which Product Type is More Effective?

Configurable products include various options, such as sizes, colors, and the like. Each option represents a simple product with a unique stock keeping unit (SKU). Meanwhile, for the simple products with custom options, every option is just a variation of the same product with the universal SKU.

Both types serve for creating products with customizable characteristics. Still, there are several notable differences between them.

Inventory Management

The inventory of individual custom options of simple products cannot be managed, while for the configurable ones, each product variation, including SKU, pricing, and the like, is completely manageable.

Selling

In the case of simple products with custom options, merchants cannot sell each product variation separately. However, this is possible for those merchants who create configurable products in their stores.

How to Configure the Admin Security in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

The Magento platform is well-known for its comprehensive security approach, and Magento store owners should take advantage of its effective solutions to fully protect their stores against hacker attacks.

How to Configure the Admin Security in Magento 2: Quick Tutorial

In this article, we will describe how to completely configure the admin security in a Magento 2 web store to timely prevent any potentially dangerous activity in its backend. So, let’s start.

Magento 2 Admin Security Configuration

With the Magento 2 admin security configuration, you can add a secret key to URLs, create case-sensitive passwords, limit the duration of admin sessions as well as the password validation period and the number of login attempts that can be made before an admin account is locked, and so on. Let’s consider the whole configuration process in more detail.

First, click Stores on the left sidebar of the Magento 2 Admin Panel. Then, choose Configuration in the Settings section.

Next, expand the Advanced section on the left panel of the Configuration window opened and choose Admin. In the Admin menu, expand the Security section.

The Best Ideas for Christmas Emails to Reach a Spike in Holiday Sales

Christmas is the time when it’s particularly important to attract potential customers and return the former ones by means of email marketing.

The Best Ideas for Christmas Emails to Reach a Spike in Holiday Sales

In this article, we will give you some ideas for the Christmas emails that will help you to prevent drastic declines in sales volumes during this holiday season. So, let’s start.

Christmas Email Marketing Best Ideas

Keep Customers Up-to-date

Customers should always be timely informed about the offers that are currently valid in your store so that they can include them in their end-of-the-year shopping plans.

For example, Rose&Dove, the American gift web store, recently organized the holiday sales campaign with the special offer that was available only during the so-called “holiday hours”. This way, the company sent its subscribers email reminders and created the sense of urgency among customers.

Share Gift Ideas

At Christmas, gift giving becomes one of the most discussed topics among shoppers. So, why not add some more value to your Christmas email campaign by sharing gift ideas with subscribers? This will only make them more grateful and loyal to your brand.

This holiday season, the Neiman Marcus clothing and accessories store, sends shoppers emails reminding them about its GiftNow service mainly designed for the last-minute gift buyers. In such emails, the company indicates the major benefits of this service, including prompt gift suggestions, size and color picking, free shipping services, and so on. By opening such emails, customers immediately see the value of this service, as its key benefits are highlighted with bright fonts.

The ASOS world-famous clothing store decided to present its Christmas gift ideas in a bit different way. The brand divided its special offers into several groups depending on the price segment of the products offered. In its marketing emails, ASOS presents these product groups in the form of individual sections, and the recipients can get gift guides on each particular group by clicking on the corresponding call-to-action button.

Using the ASOS’s technique in your Christmas emails, you can save your customers from the need to filter special offers in your store by prices. Instead, they will be directly forwarded to the appropriate holiday product catalog from their mailboxes.

Automatic Related Products 1.4: New Types of Related Products

Even if you knew that, I’ll tell it again. According to Groove, the chance to sell something to a prospect is 5-20%, while for existing customers it is 60-70%.

Automatic Related Products 1.4: New Types of Related Products

Here, dwells the main value of the related products featured on website pages. And, the chances to sell more become even higher if the offered products are properly selected and targeted. That’s exactly the main benefit of the Automatic Related Products extension for Magento 2.

With the latest update, we significantly improved the code, usability, and performance of the extension and added some new valuable features to it.

Automatic Related Products 1.4

The opportunity to display different related products suitable for any customer group and corresponding to any shopping intention allows Magento store owners to increase sales and average order values. So, Automatic Related Products 1.4 adds several new criteria triggering product displays in the related product blocks.

Who Bought This Also Bought Rules

If your shopping audience is sensitive to the recommendations from other customers and gladly consider them for own purchases you can take advantage of the newly provided Who Bought This Also Bought display option.

RMA 1.2 for Magento 2: Better UI, Higher Business Value, Better Code…

If we can not prevent customers from returning our products, we can certainly make them do this conveniently.

RMA 1.2 for Magento 2: Better UI, Higher Business Value, Better Code…

Perhaps you know that, according to IMRG, 36% of the UK customers miss the offline ease of returning items in online stores. So, the ultimate goal of merchants is to make this process as simple as it is offline and the latest version of the RMA extension for Magento 2 brings this moment just a bit closer.

RMA 1.2 for Magento 2

The whole process of return authorization touches three parties: customers, merchants, and Magento developers. The latest update of the RMA extension provides new features for all of them.

RMA 1.2 for Merchants

Web API Support
The new opportunity to integrate the RMA functionality into any third-party application via API is useful for many businesses. For example, you may need to import and update the RMA data, or even create RMA requests in your CRM system. That’s where the web API support is going to be a great enhancement towards the required integration allowing you to streamline your business processes.

Subscription & Recurring Payments Receives One More Payment Gateway – Adyen

Adyen is a global payment company that enables merchants to accept ecommerce and POS payments.

Subscription & Recurring Payments Receives One More Payment Gateway - Adyen

The provider allows customers to pay with such globally distributed payments as international credit/debit cards or bank transfers, and locally popular payment methods, e.g. Boleto or iDeal.

Adyen also supports recurring and subscription payments, so SARP 1.3 for Magento 2 provides its users with this very opportunity as well. Additionally, the new version of the extension includes the next new features:

  • Split database support (for Magento Commerce);
  • Extension activity logging;
  • General log settings;
  • Automatically suspended subscriptions if payments fail;
  • Guest checkout management improvements.

Follow Up Email 2.0: Manage, Target, Test, Improve

Why don’t your follow ups work? Of course, you know the reason better, but bet it’s something about guessing, perhaps very professional and educated, still…

Follow Up Email 2.0: Manage, Target, Test, Improve
You know that you wander in the dark vainly trying to find out the points of influence on your shopping audience to make them recover carts, send you some valuable feedback or make repeated purchases. Now you can turn the situation in your favor.

Follow Up Email 2.0 for Magento 2

Follow Up Email 2.0  is now ready to dispel the darkness and offer you a solution for easily managed, precisely targeted, comprehensively tested, and highly-efficient follow-ups.

Business Values

  • Successful new and repeat sales;
  • Effective retention of current shoppers;
  • Continuous customer relations and high brand loyalty;
  • Clear insights for performance enhancements.

Aheadworks Products Made and Updated in August

Here comes the next business year and we’d like to tell our customers about the work that have been done by our team in August.

Aheadworks Products Made and Updated in August

Today we’ll present a new product and latest extension updates of Magento 1 and Magento 2 extensions.

Marketplace Theme for Magento 2

What is the ultimate goal of any Magento store? You may say that they are multiple, and will be be just right. However, if expressed in two plain words it’s something like ‘excellent look and great performance’. And that’s exactly what the new Marketplace Theme by Aheadworks is made for.

Latest Update: Gift Card 1.2 for Magento 2

Gifting is not so easy as it may originally seem and especially in ecommerce, when you need to meet different needs of your multiple customers.

Latest Update: Gift Card 1.2 for Magento 2

That’s why we continue developing new functions and options of our Gift Card for Magento 2 extension. And, the latest Gift Card 1.2 contains the new functionality that improves both frontend shopping experience and backend configuration facilities.

Gift Card 1.2 for Magento 2

Business Value

  • Backend Promotions with Gift Cards. Using the new functionality Magento store owners are able to give gifts to their loyal and regular customers or personally greet new customers with gift cards.
  • Improved Migration and Integration. The gift code export and import options make it possible to move from Magento 1 to Magento 2 or use gift codes generated in some CRM systems or offline easily.
    Original and Recognizable Gift Codes. Custom gift codes created for different gift cards, customers or occasions make them easily recognizable for both customers and Magento admins.

Automatic Related Products 1.3 for Magento 2 with Advanced Positioning and Segmentation

Just recently we’ve updated our Automatic Related Products for Magento 2 with some useful features able to improve block positioning and shopping audience targeting.

Automatic Related Products 1.3 for Magento 2 with Advanced Targeting and Segmentation

Automatic Related Products 1.3 for Magento 2

So, what are the features that Automatic Related Products 1.3 brings to the table?

New Features List

  • Custom block position via widget;
  • Multiple blocks for a single position;
  • Magento Enterprise Segmentation support.

Business Benefits

Custom block positioning via widgets
This functionality allows you to display related product blocks at any positions in the store. Depending on your current layout, promotion goals, and customer audience specifics you can display related products on certain pages and individual positions available for Magento widgets.

Multiple blocks for one position
Now you can display several related product blocks in one place e.g. cross sells and upsells offering customers more product options to choose from. This improves the chances to show appropriate products and increase sales.

Magento Enterprise Segmentation support
Our Magento Enterprise customers can take advantage of the new dimension of targeting for related product blocks created by the extension. Not only can they diversify block positions, but also are able to display products for particular Magento customer segments, e.g. cosmetics for women, latest computer games for customers under 25, or luxury products for the customers with shopping cart subtotals over $500.

Improved Templates for Help Desk Ultimate 1.3

Just recently we’ve released a new version of the Help Desk Ultimate extension for Magento 2 stores.

Improved Templates for Help Desk Ultimate 1.3

The Help Desk Ultimate extension has a lot of automated features, including the messages about newly created tickets by customers and by agents, notifications about replies from customers and agents, messages about reassigned tickets and the changes of ticket priorities, and so on.

Help Desk Ultimate 1.3

Help Desk Ultimate 1.3 goes even farther and delivers improved email templates for the above purposes ready to be used immediately. Now, the list of AW Help Desk Ultimate templates includes: