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iPhone Theme 3.0: On the Cutting Edge of Customers’ Expectations

The extraordinary development of mobile devices changes people’s habits and influence all aspects of their lives, including ecommerce.

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It’s not a surprise that smartphones and tablets gradually replace desktops and become main conductors to the virtual world. As a result, if merchants lag customers’ expectations of excellent shopping experience on portable devices, they will likely fail.

So, a great chance to succeed is to always stay on the cutting edge (of either technologies or sales practices) and we can offer you the way.

iPhone Theme 3.0

General Improvements

This version of the solution includes refactored scripts and new CSS styles, which make the process of further customizations much simpler and more productive. iPhone Theme can also offer even better performance for both customers and Magento admins.

Starting from this version iPhone Theme is tailored for tablets.

tipsWarning. As far as the code is reworked greatly, you customizations for iPhone Theme 2.x will not likely be compatible with the current version of the product.

Product Page Enhancements

Quantity Field on Product Pages
The quantity of items is specified on product pages and can be later amended in carts, if necessary. Customers are able to change the number of added items either via the increase/decrease buttons or entering it directly in the quantity box.

The Quantity Field

The Quantity Field

Review Posting Option
Customers are also able to add their reviews in the dedicated tab on product pages. This new directly related to your products content is greatly appreciated by other visitors and prospects. Furthermore, it is counted by search engines and positively influences your ranking positions.

iPhone Theme Update: Great Appearance by Default

For more than two weeks the Google mobile-friendly update walks thru the web and some site owners have already felt its influence, while the others are just expecting the final sentence from Google.

iPhone Theme Update

Good or bad, positive or penalizing, everyone agrees that the only way to trick the search engine is to obey its rules and Magento merchants have an opportunity to choose the easiest way for that – iPhone Theme.

Quick Mobile Start

The iPhone Theme Magento extensionUsing this extension you are able to create a stunning mobile version of your store promptly and effortlessly.

The website you get meets all requirements for mobile websites, including the requirements of the Google mobile-friendly algorithm.

Advantageous Features

All the features of iPhone Theme put together are more than just a set of separate functions, but a holistic and advanced functionality:

  • One-column layout;
  • Customizable home page for mobile store view;
  • Touchscreen gallery with gestures support;
  • No pagination and page reloads (AJAX used);
  • The cart available from every page;
  • Multistore support;
  • And more…

Here, we present only a limited list of valuable features, while the comprehensive functionality description is available on the product page of the extension or you can try its functionality in action in our demo store.

New Features

Included Default Home Page
iPhone Theme is a flexible tool, which allows creating great mobile stores with individual design and appearance. Our demo store features the variant of the home page created basing on the iPhone Theme layout facilities.

According to numerous requests, many of our customers would like to have this home page included into the extension by default and the current update provides this very opportunity.

iPhone Theme Default Home Page

iPhone Theme Default Home Page

3-rd Party Checkout Extension Interference
Since the current version of the extension iPhone Theme is saved from possible interference of third-party checkout extensions and provides neat and accurate mobile checkout interface.

Conclusion

Aside from the sensational update from Google, we should clearly understand that the importance of Mobile devices increases in the omni-channel marketing strategy exponentially. According to Goldman Sachs, the number of people making purchases on smartphones is estimated to be 1.09 billion in 2018 and will constitute nearly half of all ecommerce. (Source: Marketingland.com)

This way, the importance of mobile-friendly sites is now in the highest point as they should become the starting point of your online success, and iPhone Theme is ideal for this beginning and further growth.

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Google Mobile-Friendly Algorithm: Should We Panic or Not?

This spring, webmasters and site owners with bated breath are waiting for the new algorithm update announced by Google recently.

It greatly differs from other Google’s updates for several reasons.

Google Mobile-Friendly Algorithm

First of all, we exactly know the starting date of the modification – April 21. Secondly, Google announced this date publicly, explained the consequences and even provided the ways to avoid penalties. That’s not common, at least. And everything unusual usually worries.

So, in order to dispel our own and your anxiety we tried to understand the threats and opportunities of the upcoming changes for online merchants.

Google Mobile-Friendly Algorithm

According to Google itself, this new algorithm is going to significantly expand the influence of “mobile friendliness as a ranking factor” and display more content from apps in search results.

This actually means that the mobile rankings will change greatly and current leaders will apparently be deposed. The situation when high rankings in desktop search provide similar positions in mobile search will not happen again any more. This way, Google splits two kinds of rankings completely.

The good news is that Google claims that this new algorithm won’t affect desktop search and those merchants, who mostly benefit from this type of traffic, may breathe freely for a while. But, all the rest site owners have a great piece of work to be done before the designated date.

Moreover, Google says that the update is going to last about a week or even more, so we all have some extra time even after April 21.

IMPORTANT At SMX West, Google’s Gary Illyes explained that site updates for this algorithm would be considered in real time. So, site owners may hope that their positive changes will be noticed fairly quickly.

Check Your Own Mobile Status

The specific feature of this update is that along with the delay Google provided an ad hoc tool for site owners, which helps to check mobile friendliness of your pages.

Note: This update operates on the page level. This means that your site will not be affected by few not mobile friendly pages.

The second way to find out the answer is to check out the Mobile Usability Report in your Webmaster Tools. In this report Google specifies the pages, which do not comply with its requirements.

Or you can just find the pages of you site in mobile search and discover the sign “Mobile-friendly” next to it.

iPhone Theme 2.0: New Ergonomic Design and Advanced Capabilities

The future of m-commerce is already out of debates since online sales via mobile devices exceeded the 30% share in ecommerce globally, according to Criteo.

So, the next issue standing at the forefront for online merchants is to choose the best way to go mobile. And, one of the gratest methods to make your Magento site mobile-friendly are mobile themes.

The main advantage of mobile themes lies in their special design, which provides excellent mobile UX and fast page loads. Using dedicated mobile sites customers experience advanced functionality and neat layouts without any performance issues and significant delays.

Note: Each second delay in page response may lead to a 7% reduction in conversions, while 40% of mobile users exit a website, if  it takes more than 3 seconds to be loaded. Source: blog.kissmetrics.com

So, if your ultimate goal is to get sales, you will certainly need a mobile theme for your online store. iPhone Theme 2.0 by aheadWorks is the second edition of the product, which has been drastically updated and improved to make the shopping experience of your mobile customers just perfect.

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New Ergonomic Design
According to the best mobile design practices, the new design of iPhone Theme is organized into one-column layout.

You can use custom home pages for the mobile version of your website. The header contains all necessary website elements required for instant and intuitive use. The catalog, search, cart, and account links are available from each page, including home pages.

Sorting and filtering functionality is available on all category and search results pages.

Breadcrumbs and elements of navigation prevent users from aimless wandering and save their time during the shopping process.

The static blocks you can add to home or catalog pages provide a great opportunity for additional promotional activities within your mobile store.

The new version supports touch-friendly product image galleries for touch screen smartphone owners, who are now in the overwhelming majority. Product pages contain separate Details, Reviews, and Related Products tabs for better data visualization. Special popups allow customers to comfortably specify and reassign product options.

Using iPhone Theme 2.0 customers are also able to edit information at any stage of the checkout process.

aheadWorks Joins Forces with Blue Acorn

Reliable partners provide every successful business an indispensable additional force and confidence.

Today we are thrilled to announce the start of mutual cooperation with an outstanding representative of the Magento ecosystem – Blue Acorn.

Being a Gold Magento Solution Partner and regular participant of Imagine and other e-commerce events, it is well-known within the Magento community.

Blue Acorn & aheadWorks

Located in the U.S., Blue Acorn is a full service e-commerce agency, which provides expertise to such great companies like Reed & Barton, Olympus, Char-Broil, and many others. Customers can completely rely on its talented team and expect truly tangible results.

Veggie Tales Use Case*

Recently Blue Acorn presented a suchlike example of the efficient work in their Veggie Tales Case Study. Terrific positive shifts in conversions and revenues were the result of multiple improvements, including the aheadWorks iPhone Theme application.

Veggie Tales
Veggie Tales is a popular video series for preschool children offering them a whole animated world of games, books, toys apparel, and home videos dedicated to Bob and Larry – the main characters of the fabulous tale.

Veggie Tales

Challenge
Since 1993, Veggie Tales has sold millions of videos, books, and CDs, but now they suspect that their current site design constraints conversions and revenues.

Top 10 aheadWorks Bestselling Extensions of 2013

Editor’s note: 2014 is here, and at the beginning of each year we are used to sum up the results of the previous year and make plans for the future. Today we highlight the most successful aheadWorks extensions of 2013 and give you their following characteristics: MC star rating, number of reviews, and updates frequency.

Magento Follow Up Email extension

Follow Up Email

  • Magento Connect star rating: 4.6 (4.6/5)
  • Reviews: 95 (44 in 2013)
  • Version: 3.5.8 (ver. 3.5.2 – 3.5.8 released in 2013)

New features added in 2013:

+ SKU limit of 255 characters was eliminated;
+ Option to disable triggering of duplicate events;
+ Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR) locale added;
+ Abandoned cart emails can contain cross sells block.

Top-10 aheadWorks Extensions of 2012

Year 2012 didn’t fade into obscurity and be sure we didn’t cover up the results of the year and its accomplishments. Let’s open the calendar and take a look at milestones that defined the past 12 months for aheadWorks team. Amazing thing – this “apocalyptical” leap year turned out to be really successful and rich in pleasant events for us and our partners and customers.

As one of the leading providers of Magento extensions, aheadWorks joined the conferences in the USA, Germany, France, Ukraine, the UK and Poland. In most of them we were entitled to Silver Sponsorship.

We are not used to rest on laurels and 2012 proved it right. As many as 9 new extensions were released, including your favorite One Click Checkout and Magento Affilate. A lot of existing extensions were updated as well as 6 significant themes that are compatible with Magento CE v. 1.6.0.0 and v.1.7.0.0.

We are also proud of a new service, aheadCommerce, an innovative solution for creating tablet storefronts, released in 2012.

To complete the picture of the previous year, we display the Top-10 bestselling aheadWorks extensions of 2012. This top-listing also includes the quantity and quality of extensions feedback, written by our customers. The most interesting reviews accompany the modules below.

Welcome New iPhone Theme v.1.6 Compatible with iOS 6!

It’s not a secret that if you want to achieve better results in business, and especially in ecommerce, you need to keep up with the times! The statistic shows interesting figure – 79% of large online retailers still don’t have a mobile optimized site.

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Take modern trends into account and install iPhone Theme! This Magento extension automatically detects the OS used for browsing your website and switches your store to the required theme desktop or mobile.

Today we are glad to release iPhone Theme v.1.6 with iPad detect option!

Besides, the following bugs have been fixed in iPhone Theme v.1.6:

  • iOS6 compatibility
  • Google Analytic integration issue
  • Full Page Cache improvements (EE)
  • twice showing “Minimum order amount” message
  • problem with “Category display mode”
  • slow adding of product to shopping cart

Find the extension demo and complete list of features on the iPhone Theme page.

Long-Expected Release of the Incredible iPhone Theme v.1.5

Be mobile, as customers prefer to interact on the go. The popularity of advanced devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as fast growing market of m-commerce proves this fact.

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Take modern trends into account to shorten the risk of being left behind your competitors. Do you need a mobile solution for your online shop? The iPhone Theme from aheadWorks is what you need!

This Magento extension automatically detects the OS used for browsing your website and switches your store to the required theme – desktop or mobile.

Today we release iPhone Theme v.1.5 compatible with Magento v.1.7.0.2!

We expanded the opportunities of this excellent Magento extension, so now it’s compatible with Subscriptions and Recurring Payments & Booking and Reservations extensions from aheadWorks. Now your customers can book a ticket or subscribe for a magazine directly from their mobile devices.

Besides, the following bugs have been fixed in iPhone Theme v.1.5:

  • PayPal express checkout problem
  • automatic detection issue
  • mobile view on desktop caused error in Google Chrome
  • incorrect layout of search page
  • multishipping issue
  • incorrect price displaying
  • tablet PC should load desktop version by default
  • short descriptions were missed in search results
  • multi-address system messages problem
  • minor bugfixes

Find the extension demo and complete list of features on the iPhone Theme page.

Mobile version of a store – is it a guarantee of success?

The number of smartphones sold exceeded the number of PCs sold in 2011. According to the latest research, the market of smartphones has a great potential and this fact will lead to a huge sales growth in the next few years.

At the moment, there are 5,9 billion mobile phone users, including 835 million of smartphone users. Only in the USA the ownership of this smart device increased by 11% from March 2011 to February 2012. It means that the number of mobile devices will dwarf the number of PCs very soon.

With the growing number of mobile owners, the amount of mobile internet users is also increasing. There are 1,2 billion mobile web users worldwide, that’s 17% of the global population. Mobile Internet usage doubles every year since 2009!

Be Mobile and Get More Potential Traffic

According to Experian Simmons, more than 33.3 million U.S. consumers already engage in shopping-related activities on their mobile phones. If your Magento store is not mobile friendly, you are likely to lose a lot of potential traffic.

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The iPhone Theme from aheadWorks is compatible with iOS5, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone; thus, it will help your customers remain connected to your Magneto store on the go. Allow your clients to make purchases when they are bored being stuck in a traffic jam or waiting in the queue at the beauty salon.

Today the iPhone Theme v.1.4.1 has been released. The new version detects iPad automatically that means the desktop version of your online store will be displayed. Besides, the Magento iPhone Theme v.1.4.1 contains the following bugfixes:

  • no child categories in navigation if Flat Catalog Category is used
  • images are duplicated in product images gallery
  • system messages at checkout/cart are not shown
  • no background of “Next” and “Previous” buttons at catalog in Windows Phone 7
  • incorrect pagination in iPhone and Windows Phone 7
  • no pagination at List mode selecting at catalog
  • minor bugfixes

Be proactive, and get ahead of your competitors by creating a mobile version of your Magento store with the iPhone Theme from aheadWorks!

Improve your Magento site – make users’ life easier

No matter what kind of store you’re running, or what kind of goods you’re selling – turning visitors into customers is the main goal of every online business owner. So if you’re getting enough targeted traffic but aren’t making many sales, it’s time to try to identify the potential hot spots and improve your site. What always works – is to make user’s life easier. The more difficult it is to use a web site, the less people buy.

How to Skip 6-Step Checkout Process and Optimize eShop for Mobile Devices

One Click Checkout

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The One Click Checkout extension for Magento allows customers to checkout directly from the product page or shopping cart page with just one click, skipping the annoying checkout steps. Buyers will not have to click the tiresome ‘Continue’ button, expediting the checkout process. All they need to do is login to their account and take advantage of one click ordering.

Today we are happy to release One Click Checkout v.1.1 which supports Ajax Cart Pro aheadWorks extension and is compatible with Magento PE/EE reward points.

In this new version, multibyte strings problem in One Click Checkout block has been fixed.

Learn more about the extension features and find the One Click Checkout demo to play with on the product page.

 

Nowadays it’s really trendy to have mobile-friendly versions of web stores. No wonder the iPhone Theme for Magento has become one of the favorite extensions among our clients.

This extension automatically detects the OS used for browsing your website and switches your store to the required theme – desktop or mobile.

Today we released the iPhone Theme v.1.4 which supports Windows Phone and iOS 5.

The new iPhone Theme version is enriched with the “Back” button added in customer account area.

The following minor bugs have been fixed:

  • Translation issues
  • Incorrect width calculation in catalog

Try the iPhone Theme demo on the product page.

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Mobile Success Formula

Nowadays it’s really trendy to optimize websites for mobile devices. We do our utmost to let Magento store owners be in step with the times. After great success of the iPhone Theme for Magento we are glad to introduce a new mobile module which is available with 50% discount right now.

The Mobile Order Tracking Magento extension from aheadWorks will help you express caring attitude towards your clients. Undoubtedly, it will improve your customer service and enhance the level of customer satisfaction.

With Mobile Order Tracking, your customers can track the shipment & payment statuses all the way through the delivery process using mobile devices or desktop computers. They can get updated information about their orders at any moment.

Now it’s so easy to track orders. Your clients get the real-time access to the information without logging-in to your web store. It’s really convenient. The customers receive a completely protected link by email. Following it they get admission to the details of shipment & payment statuses via mobile phones or PC’s.

Moreover, Mobile Order Tracking Magento extension gives the opportunity to check shipment & payment statuses from your Magento store easily and quickly. Your customers have to enter only their order ID and email address.

Cater to your clientele. Pleasantly surprise your customers with new possibilities. The Mobile Order Tracking Magento extension will give them a positive experience and encourage future purchases.

Hurry up and get it now! The 50% OFF price is only available for a limited time.

Everything you Need to Start Mobile Commerce

iPhone Theme

As smartphones spread upon the world, it is high time Magento store owners have mobile-friendly versions of their web sites. No wonder the iPhone Theme for Magento has become one of the favorite extensions among our clients.

This extension automatically detects the operating systems used for browsing your website – Android OS, iOS, BlackBerry OS – and switches your store to the required theme.

Today we released the iPhone Theme v.1.3.1 which supports Points & Rewards aheadWorks extension and is compatible with Magento 1.6.0.0.

The following bugs have been fixed in the Magento iPhone Theme v.1.3.1:

  • Full page cache compatibility
  • Incorrect number of lines in a street address tab
  • Any action in the cart leads to another page
  • Incorrect CSS for “Send Check to” text
  • PayPal button on product page works incorrectly
  • Incorrect work with Magento native MAP

Learn more about all extension features on the iPhone Theme page.