Blog for Magento 2 Posts

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.

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.

 

Blog 2.4 Adds New Social Sharing Options and Brings Enhancements to Blog Management

Using a blog powered by Magento is beneficial in any case and especially great if you have a chance to add relevant posts to product pages.

Blog 2.4 Adds Social Sharing Options and Brings Enhancements to Blog Management

All these and above are the functionality provided by the previous version of our Blog extension for Magento 2. Today, we announce a new version of the extension that has a lot of new valuable functions on board.

Blog 2.4 Features

Social Media Sharing Options

Sharing official blog posts in social media is quite popular among customers and visitors and may be considered as a public approval of your content strategy. Still, if the shared content is indistinct and unattractive, visitors may neglect the provided option.

So, in order to avoid such a negative influence, the latest version of the extension supports the Open Graph and Twitter Cards markups.

Managing an E-commerce Blog Effectively with the Blog Extension

When arranged correctly, a blog becomes a powerful tool that helps online businesses to drive more sales to their web stores.

Managing an Ecommerce Blog Effectively with the Blog Extension

In this article, we will consider which aspects of the e-commerce blog management should be taken into account by content marketers and describe how the Blog for Magento 2 extension by Aheadworks can help them there.

Visual Appearance

Obviously, when doing blogging in a web store, businesses should provide quality content in their blogs. Still, the look of blog pages, including their design and layout, is the aspect that should also be carefully considered by content marketers, since ugly looking blog pages will hardly encourage visitors to read them.

According to the study conducted by Google, people find more visually appealing websites less complex. In other words, the smaller is the number of elements “overloading” a blog, the more visitors it will attract.

Another study conducted by Kissmetrics proves that the articles containing visual data, attract more attention than those with a plain text. For example, articles with images get 94% more views than articles without them, while posts with videos included can bring almost 300% more inbound links to a blog. Infographics also remains a powerful visual tool, as Hubspot claims that they are liked and shared on social media three times more often than ordinary posts.

When creating a blog post, the length of it should also be taken into consideration by content marketers. In e-commerce, the optimal length of a blog post published on a site depends on the industry in which the related business operates.

Recently, Neil Patel, the well-known SEO specialist, conducted a study of the optimal length of blog posts depending on the topic that guarantees high conversion rates. For example, in the Gadgets industry, the optimal length of a single blog post is 300-500 words, while for the Fashion industry, this value is notably higher – 800-950 words. The unsurpassed leader here is the Film industry with the 1500-1700 words average length value.

Coding Basics: “3 Magento 2 Extensions by Aheadworks We Use to Improve SEO”

We would never be able to spread the word about our products so efficiently and make our extensions so popular among the end users without our multiple loyal partners.

Coding Basics: “3 Magento 2 Extensions by Aheadworks We Use to Improve SEO”

Despite the strong competition among the Magento extension providers most of our partners remain committed to our products and sincerely consider them the best alternatives for their custom projects. Most of them have their own prefered solutions for different goals and areas of their clients’ Magento stores.

Today we’d like to share one more opinion on our modules provided by our authorized partner Coding Basics regarding possible SEO enhancements on Magento 2.

Blog 2.2 Helps You to Move from WordPress

Customers love useful and engaging content, perhaps only just a bit less than high quality products at affordable prices.

And, if you decided to create some good narratives about your bestselling products, this content will succeed in any circumstances.

Blog 2.2 Helps You to Move from WordPress
So, for those content geeks that prefer direct talks to their customers we are putting Blog 2.2 in the spotlight.

Blog 2.2

Import WordPress Posts to Magento 2

Each store owner, including the ones using Magento, use to take good care of their content marketing as far as it directly influences SEO rankings, customer loyalty and engagement. If a merchant already has an official blog based on WordPress, for example, he might be interested to transfer it to Magento. Why? The reasons can be multiple, including smooth functional and promotional integrations, code and development process unifications, and so on.

Blog 2.0 for Magento 2 Connects Sales and Content Marketing

The Blog extension by Aheadworks proved that a full value Magento store is just impossible without an official blog section.

Blog 2.0 for Magento 2 Conneсеts Sales and Content Marketing

Blog for Magento 1 is among the most popular Magento extensions ever and today we release the next round version of its successor – Blog 2.0 for Magento 2 stores. It carries several new features and most importantly it provides you with the tool migrating your blogs from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

Blog 2.0 for Magento 2Blog 2.0 New Features

Related Blog Posts and Products

Blog 2.0 provides you with a unique functionality available for only deeply integrated Magento components joining the advantages of seemingly different areas – sales and content. It allows you to display related blog posts on product pages and related products in blog posts.

New Blog for Magento 2: Sway the Audience

Since the beginning of 2015 and even earlier content marketing takes its place among most popular and demanded marketing strategies worldwide.

Blog for Magento 2 Release

And, multiple observations notice that its huge influence on future marketing decisions will remain significant in 2016:

  • Content marketing is considered to be the marketing activity with the second greatest commercial impact in 2016 (Source: Smartinsights.com);
  • The content marketing industry tops the list of important tech investments in 2016 (Source: blog.winmo.com);
  • 64% of PR and marketing pros are inclined to increase their content marketing spending this year (Source: Neilpatel.com);
  • Nearly 50% of companies have content marketing strategies in their marketing mixes in 2016 (Source: Jeffbullas.com).

The Blog extension for Magento 2 storesBlog for Magento 2

This way, content marketing is still a highly-effective marketing tool, and most of you definitely know this since our Blog extension is highly popular among our Magento 1 customers.

So, today we announce that Blog is good and ready for Magento 2 stores as well. And, it has a lot of new features and enhancements making it even more beneficial for your content marketing activities.

Frontend Facilities

Of course, most features of the Blog extension are placed “under the hood”, but it has also obtained an updated interface and other functionality improvements obvious on the frontend.