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Improve Store Navigation with Advanced Menu v.2.3!

Install the Advanced Menu Magento extension and get flexible menu configuration functionality. Choose any look from the admin panel; make your store menu appear the way and the place you want.

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Today we release the Advanced Menu module v.2.3 with the following bugfixes:

  • incorrect dropdown menu position in header
  • issue with children items in menu on frontend
  • incorrect CSS on “My account” page if menu had many product categories
  • “Vertical Static” appearance type in Enterprise Edition caused error
  • W3C validation issue
  • incorrect work of “Keep Menu Items Expanded” option in Enterprise Edition stores
  • mouseover issue for subcategories in Enterprise Edition

Also, Advanced Menu v.2.3 became compatible with the latest versions of Magento: CE v. 1.7.0.2 and EE v. 1.12.0.2!

Remember, If your support period is active, you can download the latest version of the extension absolutely for free!

Find the complete list of features on the Advanced Menu extension page.

Bulk Updates of Magento Extensions

Sociable

The Sociable extension is a perfect solution for social bookmarking your products and store pages. This Magento bookmarking extension allows sharing links to any page from your store on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any social networking site.

Today we are excited to release Sociable v.1.1.1 which supports new Google code that speeds up the +1 button via an asynchronous code snippet. The code allows a web page to load with the +1 JavaScript code in parallel.

The following bugs have been fixed in Sociable v.1.1.1:

  • Integration with bit.ly doesn’t work
  • Some errors in W3C validation
  • Google+1 button clicks are not counted
  • Incorrect display of more than one Google+1 buttons
  • Missing services in the administration grid

Find the extension demo and features on the Sociable page.

The Market Segmentation Suite Magento module takes the concept of customer segmentation to a whole new level. Whether you choose to target your customers on a one-to-one or one-to-many basis, you control with precision who sees what and when based on what you know about them, so that you can plan and execute marketing and merchandising strategies with pinpoint accuracy.

An updated Market Segmentation Suite v.2.1 includes a number of new rule conditions that merchants will find beneficial:

  • ‘Subtotal’ condition is added to ‘Shopping cart’ price rules block
  • ‘Category’ condition is added to ‘Products’ rules block
  • ‘Store’ condition is added to ‘Orders’ rules block

Also the following bugs have been fixed in Market Segmentation Suite v.2.1:

  • Impossible to delete ‘Advanced Newsletter Subscription’ condition
  • Incorrect titles in administration panel

Learn more about all extension features on the Market Segmentation Suite page.

Market Segmentation Suite

New powerful functionality at the same attractive price!

Today is a special day as we are glad to announce the release of two updated extensions for Magento at once.

With the Follow Up Email Magento module you’ll never lose track of your customers even if they have abandoned their shopping carts as this powerful tool helps to keep your site in the customer’s mind always.

In the 3.3 version released today, some new features have been added. If you run Magento 1.4.1.0 and higher, the Follow Up Email extension will automatically generate coupons for shopping cart price rules and attach them to emails sent to customers.

Moreover, new “Customer is assigned to group” event and “Customer placed a new order” cancellation event allows you to create extremely flexible follow up rules.

Some bugs have been fixed in the new version of Follow Up Email:

  • Custom options support
  • Incorrect work of “Send email to a customer” option
  • Incorrect work of currency and sale amount
  • Advanced Newsletter integration
  • Incorrect work of formatPrice modifier
  • Multistore problems
  • Incorrect email template renaming
  • Wrong prices in abandoned cart emails
  • Incorrect resume action processing if customer wasn’t confirmed
  • Order status translation

Get the complete list of the module’s features on the Follow Up Email page.

The next but not less important updated extension is Advanced Menu, which gives you flexible menu configuration functionality. In just two simple clicks, you can choose any look from the admin panel, making your store menu appear the way and the place you want.

The 2.1 version of Advanced Menu has been improved by folding subcategories in the folding menu type, which allow every store owner to configure this module depending on their menu collapsibility.

Also, the following bugs have been fixed in Advanced Menu v.2.1:

  • Some categories are not displayed
  • Incorrect “Include in Navigation Menu” option work
  • Incorrect “Disable Magento Native Layered Navigation Block” option work
  • Selecting category above separator in dropdown menu causes 404 error
  • Unmatched UL tag in horizontal advanced plain menu
  • JS error with 2 folding menus at one page

Find the extension demo on the Advanced Menu page.

How to make your Magento website navigation efficient

The key element of a website design, which relates directly to its success, is navigation. Over complicated and over designed menu (especially changing its placement, typography, or colors from page to page) doesn’t raise clickability. Website visitors get frustrated and won’t hang around such a site very long – they are more likely to go to your competitors.

We are ready to share the secrets of effective website navigation with all Magento-based store owners. Three basic principles are the following:

1. Make the navigation easier
Proper menu style is a fundamental pillar while creating accessible and usable websites. So the critical importance of intuitive, easy to find and use navigation cannot be overestimated. If the links are not obvious, your store visitors will click away never to return. Select the menu style suitable for your store design and allow your visitors flow through your site and find the required information as quickly as possible.

2. The less clicks the better
A website must respond instantly to its visitors’ instincts. While travelling around your site, users should get to the required pages quick enough. A necessity to come back to the category page each time to visit the next product page is rather time consuming and really annoying. Make your store content reachable within fewer clicks and your visitors will surely stay longer on your website.

3. Provide convenient search
The advanced search through the site is not just a useful tool but essential component of website navigation. According to Double Jump Media research, the percentage of website visitors who purchase after using on-site search is a significant 37%. It’s rather convincing to ignore the search functionality as an important factor for web users when making a purchase. Set up the advanced search for your site and achieve the same or even better results!

We hope that these tips will help you make your website navigation really efficient and be ahead of your competitors.

Advanced Menu User Guide released!

The Advanced Menu User Guide is designed to help you get the most out of the wide functionality available to you in the Advanced Menu extension. The Guide introduces you the essential features of this aheadWorks module and provides instructions on Advanced Menu configuration.

Being at the same time step-by-step software manual and the illustration of menu types’ appliance, the Advanced Menu User Guide will definitely become your partner in setting up Advanced Menu for your online store.

Please feel free to download the User Guide in PDF from the Advanced Menu page.

Advanced Menu 2.0 released!

In many stores native Magento navigation looks rather clumsy. With aheadWorks’ Advanced Menu extension you finally have flexible menu configuration functionality! In just two simple clicks, you can choose any look of Header and/or Side Menu from the admin panel, making your store menu appear the way you want.

With intuitive Advanced Menu configuration you can display any redesigned menu type – whether vertical or horizontal – at the predefined position of the page. If you don’t like how your menu looks at the left, right or content column, place it everywhere on the page using CMS!

Want different menu types displayed on store pages? Advanced Menu allows you to do it in few clicks. Select the menu type for Home, Catalog and/or Product page and enjoy the navigation you were lack because of poor Magento functionality.

The new Menu Behavior options allow you to set up the menu functioning in the way you need:

  • keep menu items expanded
  • mark current menu
  • allow independent folding
  • disable native Magento Layered Navigation block

By the way, Enterprise-based store owners can appreciate all new and existing features of this extension as well – Advanced Menu is compatible with Magento Enterprise!

You can view screenshots with new menu types and find more information about Advanced Menu on the extension page.

Advanced Menu 1.7.3 Released

Release details:

  • Native menu style affecting fix
  • Left folding menu type top categories without children now clickable

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Advanced Menu 1.7.1 released

Release summary:

  • Bug with partially incompatibility with flat catalog fixed

Advanced Menu 1.7 released

Release summary:

  • Left folding menu view mode added

Advanced Menu 1.6 released

Release summary:

  • Fix: Layout troubles for IE8 in “plain” mode
  • Magento 1.3 flat catalog compatibility added

Advanced Menu 1.5 released

Release summary:

  • Left plain menu view mode added
  • Left dropdown menu view mode added

Advanced menu demo now available here: Demo Store

Use “Advanced Menu view mode” select to change menu layouts.

Magento World Newsletter (April 8, 2009)

This is March newsletter of aheadWorks Magento World store – the house of market-demanded Magento extensions and themes. Below is the summary of the results of our development efforts in Magento extensions sphere – new releases and updates of existing products. We invite everyone who wants to be informed about these events immediately to subscribe to our blog. If you are interested in a particular product(s) information only – please use the product(s) tags for your subscription.
We’d also like to point to our store improvement – the visual extensions map. We are getting more and more products and sometimes it becomes difficult to understand at a glance which one you could be interested in. Just move your mouse pointer over an extension title on the map to see a short information, click to go to the product page.

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

Help Desk Ultimate

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

  • Departments – now you can add unlimited number of support departments with their own attributes – email address, templates, etc.
  • POP3 fetching and parsing – the extension gets all correspondence from a defined email address parsing the messages into tickets. It’s able to keep threads and add messages to the existing tickets by ID.
  • Create new tickets from e-mail – any message sent to the parser email address without ticket ID can be automatically transformed into a new ticket, followed by admin and customer email notifications.
  • Auto-expiration – automatically sets “Closed” status to tickets inactive for a defined number of days.

Don’t forget to check the product page for other features, these are not all.

Advanced Menu

This extension allows you to change your store navigation look easily. No need in PHP or HTML knowledge – just go to the configuration page and choose from one of the predefined looks and see how does it fit your store. It’s absolutely XHTML 1.o Strict compatible and has an all-browsers-valid CSS. In this version you can choose from the following modes: default, dropdown boxes, plain, advanced plain and static.

RSS Reader

Looking for an easy blog or a feed integration? Then RSS Reader extension is for you. It fetches and parses any RSS feed and integrates it into your Magento store. No troubles, fits any style and design, can be placed in any block, sidebar, header or footer. Besides other features we can highlight:

  • Unlimited feeds – create any number of feeds in different locations of your store.
  • Cache – instead of fetching the content from a remote server each page load the RSS Reader stores the data into its own cache.
  • Custom CSS and templates – 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.

Please go to the product page to know more about other options.

Browser Search

Give your visitors another comfortable way of searching in your catalog – integrate your store search directly in the browser! With the help of a simple XML you can add your search engine to the visitor’s browser, the search suggestions will be handled by the extension PHP code. Simple and effective.

Updated Extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

Featured Products

Current version: 2.2.2
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Completely compatibe with XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • All CSS Warnings fixed
  • Invisible products are not shown any more
  • One product can be added more to one category
  • Added option to display product in slideshow only on main page
  • Shows warning message if no products found
  • CMS block syntax is shorter now
  • Dropped support for magento 1.1.x due to magento layout bugs

Help Desk

Current version: 2.0
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • New kernel
  • Quoting
  • Attachments are sent through email
  • External CSS files
  • Tickets can be created from admin area
  • Upload files limit
  • Re-order replies, newer first
  • Status can be set w/o posting reply to ticket
  • “Waiting for customer” auto-status

Z-Blocks

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Ad rotation function!

Promotion of the Month!

Enrich your customers experience with our Z-Blocks and Help Desk Ultimate extensions, today we give 40% discount when purchasing them both. Please use the following coupon:

ZBLKSHDU40

The offer expires 17 April 2009!

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

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

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