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RSS Reader Magento User Guide

Our motto is simple: enlarge your store functionality and enjoy the increase of popularity. The aheadWorks Guides tell you how to configure the extensions and give you hints how to improve the functionality of your store using this or that module. RSS Reader User Guide is not an exception.

The Guide includes not only the description of the module settings but the examples how to place RSS block on different category pages and make it look like, for example, native Magento blocks of the Default theme.

You can also find the information which shows you that RSS Reader fulfills more functions than it may seem at first sight. To make sure you can download the Guide in the PDF format from the RSS Reader for Magento.

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

RSS Reader 1.1.0 Released

This feature had been requested by many Magento RSS Reader customers:

  • “Summary max chars” and “summary max words” configuration parameters added

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


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:


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

RSS Reader Magento Extension v1.0 Released!

RSS Reader
Place RSS feeds on your store pages just in minutes with this extension. Fully customizable, with its own caching system it will make your store highly integrated with your WordPress blog or any other system/service that has RSS feeds. BUY RSS READER NOW

Works with numerous feeds even on the same page
Create as much RSS Reader instances as you need.

Full control of the output
You may control every option available on per instance basis, overriding default options set in administration panel. Options list is available here.

Powerfull caching
With caching option enabled, RSS Reader fetches the content from remote host and stores it in its own cache.

For store owners, developers and designers
You may put RSS Reader instances on your pages using Magento CMS pages and blocks. In this case you don’t need to edit any files, all can be done through administration panel. Need more flexibility – no problem. Call RSS Reader instances just from Magento layout XML files.

Custom CSS and Template files
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.

Next week we will publish in this blog detailed tutorial on achieving excellent Magento  customization results using 2 our extensions:  Z-Blocks and RSS Reader.


RSS Reader for Magento

We are happy to announce upcoming release of RSS Reader Magento extension. This Magento extension will allow you to display RSS feeds on your store pages. You can have multiple readers to display different feeds with full display control of each reader instance. RSS Reader will use its own cache for the best speed possible. RSS Reader extension is the best way to display your WordPress content on Magento store pages.