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Magento World Newsletter (September 8, 2009)

aheadWorks never lets the grass grow under its feet. August was a productive month and we would like to bring to your attention a short summary of the results of our intensive work. Extensions releases, news, updates & promotions in aheadWorks Magento Group. One click to join!

New Extensions

Minimum Advertised Price

The minimum price set by the manufacturer isn’t the bottom line any more! With the Minimum Advertised Price extension by aheadWorks you can sell products at the price you want.

Suppliers and retailers quite often stipulate the lowest price an item is allowed to be advertised at. But sometimes in-store prices can be really lower than allowed by the suppliers, but may not be displayed in online advertising. The Minimum Advertised Price extension helps you to escape the conflicts with the manufacturers and sell products at the prices you wish.

Minimum Advertised Price adds a special Check Price button instead of the product price. Having clicked this button, you add an item to the shopping cart, and only then the required price becomes visible.

Some features are:

  • Fast loading AJAX layer
  • Completely configurable layer text, images and buttons
  • Configurable independent category/search/product page views
  • Supports direct HTML embedding
  • Fully customizable buttons and actions
  • Ability to include any content that Magento CMS can involve
  • 100% meets Minimum Advertised Price implementation standards
  • Comes with detailed setup and configuration documentation

To learn the whole list of Minimum Advertised Price features please visit the extension page.

Advanced Reviews

A highly customizable Magento review system – Advanced Reviews by aheadWorks Co. – significantly improves the functionality and importance of this one of the most powerful online marketing tools.

According to Avenue A/Razorfish “Digital Consumer Behavior Study”, a review is #1 resource for product research. 86% of the consumers read online reviews before making purchasing decisions. The Advanced Reviews extension enlarges the functionality of native Magento solution.


  • Possibility to restrict adding reviews to logged in customers only
  • Review helpfulness rating
  • Helpfulness voting can be restricted to logged in customers only
  • Configurable ability to allow adding reviews to customers who bought the reviewed product only
  • Social bookmarks bar for sharing reviews
  • Report abuse feature – let your visitors inform you about inappropriate reviews
  • Pros and Cons list configurable by admin, can be set up per store
  • Customer-defined Pros and Cons
  • “Would you recommend this product to a friend?” block

To observe the whole list of features please visit the Advanced Reviews page.

Updated Extensions

Please don’t forget to check complete changelog on the product pages.

Refer a Friend

The buzz marketing module Refer a Friend stimulates your customers to invite their friends to your shop. The customers, who referred a certain number of friends, get a % or flat rate discount. You can set any conditions and if they are met, the rule is triggered and the referrer is qualified for a discount. Both sides win – the customer gets a discount and the store owner gains more clients and more benefit.

Current version: 1.2.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Discount usage limit
   + Limitation per rule execution
   * HTTPS links in secure customer areas
   * IE8 behavior
   * Invitation without being logged in
   * Storecode fix in some multistore configurations
   * Some strings weren’t available for translation
   * Under some circumstances, referrer could not add products to cart
   * Priority works more obviously

Find more information on the product page.


Z-Blocks extension allows creating unlimited number of static blocks and content items.

Current version: 2.0.3
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + ‘Show in subcategories’ block option added
   * ACL fix
   * Product with empty category page crash fix
   * SQLSTATE[42S02]: Base table or view not found: 1146 MySQL error fix
   * Product More Views page crash fix

To observe Z-Blocks features please visit the extension page.

AJAX Cart Pro

AJAX Cart Pro extension removes annoying page reloads on add to cart and delete from cart user actions. Items are added instantly with animation effects.

Current version: 1.4.5
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Cross operation of “www.domain” and “domain” support
   + Default, blank and modern themes support
   + Easy custom configuration (custom.js)
   * More stable work
   * Out of stock products fixed
   * IE6 is not supported any more

To observe AJAX Cart Pro features please visit the extension page.

RSS Reader

RSS Reader is the software for organizing and displaying RSS feeds. This data exchange solution was thoroughly adapted by aheadWorks Co. for Magento-based stores. Now you can install RSS Reader onto your online store and display the news interesting for your visitors.

Current version: 1.2.0
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   * Magento caching enabled fix

Find more information on the RSS Reader page.

Promotion of the month!

The following crushing trio makes a revolution in online business doing:

Review Rotator
Follow Up Email
Advanced Reviews

This powerful combination enriches your store content, improves store functionality and helps you to stay in close contact with your customers without much efforts, time and money applying.

Buy these 3 extensions at a time and get a 25% discount.

Please use the following coupon with these products in cart:


The offer expires 22 September 2009!

That was a brief review of our new and updated modules. We are always happy to get all kinds of feedback. 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 business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Refer a Friend 1.2.1 released

In this release the following bugs were fixed:

  • Some strings weren’t available for translation
  • Under some circumstances, referrer could not add products to cart
  • Priority works more obviously

This is a minor bug fixing release but we recommend to upgrade.

Find more information about the Refer a Friend extension on the product page.

Refer a Friend 1.2 released

aheadWorks Co. is glad to bring to your attention the update of the Refer a Friend extension. A long-expected feature of the discount usage limit is implemented in Refer a Friend v.1.2. Now it’s possible to allow using the earned discount, e.g. only once to encourage people to invite more friends and earn a discount again or implement other referral discounts policies. The extension became even more flexible to meet any store owner needs.

Find more details at the extension page.

Refer a Friend 1.1 released

We are happy to present you the update of our module “Refer a friend”. A new feature brings the extension to a higher level of rule management. The updated version allows you to limit the number of the rule applying. You can define the number of times a rule can be triggered, what allows you to create such options as giving a discount for every referral who made at least one purchase.

To get more detailed information about this module please visit the extension page

Refer a Friend 1.0 released!

Refer a Friend Magento ExtensionAccording to the investigation conducted by Forrester Research 83% of North Americans rely on the opinion of a friend who has used the product or service when only 60% trust consumer reviews on a retailer’s site. Use the power of word of mouth!

Our new viral marketing module “Refer a friend” stimulates your customers to invite their friends to your store. As a result the customers who referred their friends get % or flat rate discount and you gain more clients and more benefit. Let your customers promote your on-line store for you!


  • Flexible rules basing on targets: signups quantity, purchased items quantity, purchase amount
  • Rules actions: apply discount percent, or fixed sum percent
  • Unlimited number of rules
  • Customer can trigger several rules at once and get a combined discount
  • Rules work per each referred customer, or for all referred
  • Rules priority
  • Statistics module for admin
  • Advanced tracking – cutomers will never loose their referrals
  • Customer panel in the user area with statistics and notifications in case a discount has been earned
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

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