Z-Blocks Posts

Z-Blocks use case: congratulate your customers with national holidays

Z-Blocks demonstrated features:

  • per-store block displaying
  • HTML content
  • specified displaying interval

Z-Blocks allows you to create blocks with beforehead prescribed day and time of their displaying. For instance, you can make a list of holidays once for a year and they will be displayed at the appointed time. It is especially convenient for the owners of several on-line stores oriented on different countries. Congratulate your visitors with their national holidays. They will highly appreciate that you respect their traditions.

To make such a congratulation block follow the steps below:

General information

  1. Click CMS→ Z-Blocks.
  2. Click “Add Block” button.
  3. Type the block title.
  4. Select the store view for block displaying (if you have 2 or more stores).
  5. Set status to “Enabled”.
  6. Select the block container place.
  7. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

General information

Content

  1. Select the menu “Content” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Click “Add item” button.
  3. Type the title of the item.
  4. Set status to “Enabled”.
  5. Type the item content. You can insert plain text as well as HTML and CSS elements or images.
  6. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

Content

Schedule

  1. Select the menu “Schedule” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Select the block day and time displaying.
  3. Click “Save block” button.

Schedule

Enjoy the results!

Enjoy the results

Z-Blocks use case: support service phone number is shown in working hours only

Z-Blocks demonstrated features:

  • date and time scheduling

Admin notice/message block for customer area describing support hours. Make the phone number of the support service shown only at the time it works.

To make such a block follow the steps below:

General information

  1. Click CMS→ Z-Blocks.
  2. Click “Add Block” button.
  3. Type the block title.
  4. Select the store view for block displaying (if you have 2 or more stores).
  5. Set status to “Enabled”.
  6. Select the block container place.
  7. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

General information

Content

  1. Select the menu “Content” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Click “Add item” button.
  3. Type the title of the item.
  4. Set status to “Enabled”.
  5. Type the item content. You can insert plain text as well as HTML and CSS elements.
  6. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

Content

Schedule

  1. Select the menu “Schedule” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Select the block day and time displaying.
  3. Click “Save block” button.

Schedule

Enjoy the results!

Enjoy the results

Z-Blocks use case: authority/security seal at the best place

Z-Blocks demonstrated features:

  • static HTML content displaying on all pages

You can set banners  — “Authorize.net”, “BBB Online”, “Secured by Thawte”  — at the most visible place of your store. Derive benefit from your site empty space and gain more profit. For example, let’s place one of the seals at sidebar right bottom.

To make such a block follow the steps below:

General information

  1. Click CMS→ Z-Blocks.
  2. Click “Add Block” button.
  3. Type the block title.
  4. Select the store view for block displaying (if you have 2 or more stores).
  5. Set status to “Enabled”.
  6. Select the block position “Custom”.
  7. Set the custom position.
  8. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

General information

Content

  1. Select the menu “Content” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Click “Add item” button.
  3. Type the title of the item.
  4. Set status to “Enabled”.
  5. Type the link address and the image location. Don’t forget to set double braces {{ }} within the image tag!
  6. Click “Save Block” button.

Content

Enjoy the results!

Enjoy the results

Z-Blocks use case: curious facts

Z-Blocks demonstrated features:

  • displaying predefined content items randomly

Z-Blocks gives a wonderful opportunity to make the information more various, interesting and useful. Set a curios fact at the content top. Spend an hour to make facts change every day and it will make your store more attractive and informative for the customers.

To make such a block follow the steps below:

General information

  1. Click CMS→ Z-Blocks.
  2. Click “Add Block” button.
  3. Type the block title.
  4. Select the store view for block displaying (if you have 2 or more stores).
  5. Set status to “Enabled”.
  6. Select the block position.
  7. Select items displaying mode.
  8. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

General information

Content

  1. Select the menu “Content” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Click “Add item” button.
  3. Type the title of the item.
  4. Set status to “Enabled”.
  5. Type the content of the first item. You can insert plain text as well as HTML and CSS elements.
  6. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.
  7. Click “Back” button.
  8. Click “Add item” button.
  9. Set status to “Enabled”.
  10. Type the content of the second item. You can insert plain text as well as HTML and CSS elements.
  11. Click “Save Block” button.

Content

Enjoy the results!

Enjoy the results  Enjoy the results

Z-Blocks use case: info about upcoming events

Z-Blocks demonstrated peculiarities:

  • exact day scheduling
  • displaying at the selected category

Inform your visitors about upcoming events. If you are planning the release of a new product, create a special block beforehead and set in at the special category. For instance: “3 days before release of iPhone G-777!” The customers will be intrigued and come back in 3 days to learn more or for purchase itself.

To make such a block follow the steps below:

General information

  1. Click CMS→ Z-Blocks.
  2. Click “Add Block” button.
  3. Type the block title.
  4. Select the store view for block displaying (if you have 2 or more stores).
  5. Set status to “Enabled”.
  6. Select the block position.
  7. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

General information

Content

  1. Select the menu “Content” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Click “Add item” button.
  3. Type the title of the block.
  4. Set status to “Enabled”.
  5. Type the content of the block. You can insert plain text as well as HTML and CSS elements.
  6. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

Content

Schedule

  1. Select the menu “Schedule” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Select the time period.
  3. Click “Save and Continue Edit” button.

Schedule

Categories

  1. Select the menu “Categories” in “Block Information” part.
  2. Select the category for block displaying.
  3. Click “Save block” button.

Categories

Enjoy the results!

Enjoy the results

Z-Blocks 1.2 released

New blocks added to display on catalog and/or product pages:

Catalog and product blocks

  • catalog-sidebar-right-top
  • catalog-sidebar-right-bottom
  • catalog-sidebar-left-top
  • catalog-sidebar-left-bottom
  • catalog-content-top
  • catalog-menu-top
  • catalog-menu-bottom
  • catalog-page-bottom

Product only blocks

  • product-sidebar-right-top
  • product-sidebar-right-bottom
  • product-sidebar-left-top
  • product-content-top
  • product-menu-top
  • product-menu-bottom
  • product-page-bottom
  • product-sidebar-left-bottom

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

Z-Blocks 1.1 released

Rotate your ads on Magento pages easily with a new Ad rotation feature of Z-Blocks. 3 rotation modes are available at this moment:

  • all – shows all blocks assigned (good for debugging and designing your ad campaign)
  • random – shows blocks randomly
  • 1by1 – show blocks one by one starting from the first one

Next release will contain ability to schedule ad rotation with “start date” and “end date” parameters.

Update is free and available in the customer area of our store, as always.

Magento World Newsletter (March 3, 2009)

aheadWorks is happy to send out the first newsletter for subscribers of Magento World store. In our monthly newsletters we are going to inform you regarding new releases of our current products as well tell about new new ones. Also, each newsletter will contain a featured product or a pack of the month with a really significant discount.

We would like to invite you to visit our blog. Besides all kinds of interesting and valuable information it would contain current development spotlights and product updates keeping you informed about your product releses. You are able to subscribe to your product(s) RSS feeds and download the updates as soon as they are available. Please visit https://blog.aheadworks.com/

February 2009 was quite a rich on releases, so let’s start!

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

Nowadays we cannot imagine an online business without good customer support and case tracking and resolution system. This becomes a crucial point for online merchants and service providers. According to our recent studies up to 78% of respondents put customer support on the first places for consideration when choosing a merchant or provider on the Net.
Help desk Magento extension by aheadWorks is a perfect customer care and support solution for ecommerce sites based on Magento.

Z-Blocks

Z-Blocks – is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store. Now you don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or add some specific information. Now all the administration of static blocks is available in admin panel.
Z-Blocks extension uses native Magento functionality – you can create different static blocks for different Store views.

Updated extensions

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

Featured Products

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

  • Variety of new configuration options in the administration interface
  • New slideshow type – slider
  • Ability to define category per product

Help Desk

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Ability to attach files
  • A bunch of minor bugfixes
  • Minor interface improvements
  • French and German localizations

Product Questions

Current version: 1.0.9
Upgrade: Highly recommended from 1.0.6 and below; recommended for all others
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Multiple stores support
  • HTTPS connections improvements
  • Many minor bugfixes

Promotion of the Month!

aheadWorks itself is a company dedicated to provide not only a quality service and products but also a good customer care. Since the very launch of our store we are receiving a good volume of feedback from our customers and visitors. Our valuable assistants in this task are Help Desk and Product Questions modules, which being combined create a powerful customer care solution for Magento stores. Use the following coupon to get both Help Desk and Product Questions with 40% discount:

HDPQNSLT40

The offer expires 17 March 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

Z-Blocks – flexible HTML blocks in any place of your Magento store

Z-Blocks – is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store. Now you don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or add some specific information. Now all the administration of static blocks is available in admin panel.
Z-Blocks extension uses native Magento functionality – you can create different static blocks for different Magento Store views.
Find more details and screenshots here – https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/magento-extensions/z-blocks.html