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  • Make your store faster with Magento CDN extension

    Our new CDN extension allows you deeply integrate your Magento store with CDN networks and greatly decrease your store page load time.

    Magento is a leading ecommerce platform now used by a large number of both large and small ecommerce companies. But one of the biggest challenges for major part of store owners is making Magento faster without spending large budget on hosting resources. It’s quite obvious that slow Magento websites will cost sales and it will got your customers down. An easy and low cost way of increasing your store performance is incorporating a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for distribution of your media content to your visitors.

    Our Magento CDN plugin will help you to integrate most popular CDN providers in your Magento store. Installation and configuration is quite easy and all your need to do is simply select right settings in Magento Admin Panel after uploading files. CDN implementation will lets your visitors benefit from faster page loads that will lead to increased sales conversions.

    Our extension allows you to host and distribute product images, categories images, javascript and CSS files on a separate server. This will improve your page load time by moving multiple files request from your server to content delivery network. In case you store has a large amount of traffic then using a CDN will also help you decrease bandwidth cost. CDN also allows to benefit from accessing content from geographically distributed datacenters that will also allows to make page load faster even for customers from other continents.

    Please find more detailson the Magento CDN extension page.

  • Case Study: IPcam-shop.nl IP cams and home automation in Hoofddorp, Netherlands

    In the current post of our case studies we are really excited to tell story of our client operating several stores selling IP cams and home automation products at IPcam-shop.nl and HomeAutomation-shop.nl.

    Introduction

    We started in April 2010 with IPcam-shop.nl after we found that the IP camera product assortment was upcoming but that there were only a few web shops in the Netherlands which sold affordable IP camera products for home users and small businesses. We started shipping from home (as many web shops do in their start-up phase), but after a nice growth path we outsourced the logistics to an external warehouse. After another full year of successful growth we decided to insource again the logistics and we moved to an own office/warehouse and hired up to 4 people currently speaking. Last month we had the opportunity to extend our product assortment via the acquisition of the web shop HomeAutomation-shop, which is also an upcoming product assortment and in which we have a lot of confidence to become successful as well.

    Can you tell us more about your business and ecommerce experience?

    My background is rather technical. I have worked in the mobile communications industry as engineer mobile/3G within some large companies for years. I had no experience at all in ecommerce but I like to learn and study and made myself familiar with it as it came. Also I look at my web shops as being a customer myself so very critical and always looking for improvements.

    Why you have chosen Magento?

    I got this advice from a colleague worker at my previous job who was some sort familiar within Ecommerce.

    What our products do you use?

    Why did you decide to start working with Templates Master’s extensions and templates?

    As soon as we launched our business I started searching for a template to use in Magento and I came across Magento Classic Theme which was and still is a very famous Magento module developed by TM. The support and service from TM was something I never experienced within any other company.

    As a result I started to look at useful modules from TM and we found many TM modules which add value to our web shop and especially the Fire Checkout module which we are using for years now.

    Can you share any results of using FIre Checkout??

    We can look back at the history and noticed a 15-20% increase of orders one month after we started with Fire Checkout. The nice thing about Fire Checkout is that it is improving so often, many improvements have been included since the initial version.

    What is your favorite Fire Checkout feature?

    Definitely the layout! It is very clean and neat and does not distract from the main goal on every checkout page, to finish and pay the order by your customers.

    What other Fire Checkout feature you would suggest to focus on?

    As many improvements/new features already have been included I cannot think of anything right now.

    Can you give advice to beginners in ecommerce?

    You need to have a lot of energy and be eager to learn many aspects of e-commerce in your route to launch your website and have the first order.

    Do you have any special offer for our clients?

    Yes, all the customers who read this can have 5% discount via the voucher code: templates5 on any order in our web shops: Home Automation shop or IP-camera store

    In case you are interested in posting your story about using our products, you can contact us using our contact form.

  • Magento hosting in Amazon AWS cloud

    Today we are glad to announce launch of our new service Mage2Cloud.com. From the first day we started to use Magento as a platform for our own projects and for many of our clients, we have tried to use different types of hosting environment. We initially started with simple shared hosting and virtual dedicated hosting. As soon as the number of our clients grew up to more than 30 000, we decided to switch to dedicated servers.

    Each hosting technology we tried had its pros and cons but we were never fully satisfied with the results. After some trials and errors, we decided to try Amazon Clouds Technology for hosting our projects. For the last 6 months, we have been testing and improving our technologies, optimizing database settings and web server software. We have already received dozens of requests and questions from our clients who are interested in using our hosting provider for their own projects. Having completed the final tests and being satisfied with the results of Amazon AWS for our projects, we consider that it’s now time to share our expertise and help our worldwide clients to take advantage of using cloud AWS infrastructure. Don't hesitate to create your own hosting and to take control of your hosting environment as it’s free to try!

  • Magento CE 1.9 compatability update

    On May 16 2014 Magento Community edition 1.9 was released. Recent Magento CE release brought both great new features and many fixes. Complete list of changes is available at Magento release page.

    We can highlight next most important Magento CE 1.9 features and updates:

    • New RWD responsive theme
    • The Zend Framework has been upgraded to version 1.12.3
    • Support for PHP 5.4
    • Checkout improvements
    • Security Enhancements
    • Tax Calculation Fixes
    • Web Store and Shopping Cart Fixes
    • Promotional Price Rule Fixes
    • Administrative Ordering, Invoicing, Credit Memo Fixes
    • Payment Method Fixes

    For last 2 weeks our development team tested and published multiply 1.9 compatible releases for all our Magento extensions and themes.
    So if you are interested either in Page Cache extension or Argento responsive theme or any other product then you can use it on 1.9 without any problem. If you faced any problem with our product then please contact us at our contact form.

  • Argento 1.5.0 with new Mall design is now available!

    Argento is more than just another template created for Magento. It was created right from the ground based on the best ecommerce stores practices and according to Magento developers guidelines. Powered with more than 15 popular Magento extensions and based on CSS3 it will bring your store to absolutely new level. Recent 1.5.0 release comes with new Mall design and multiply extensions updates and fixes.

    Argento 1.5.0 release include next updates:

    Argento core updates

    • ArgentoMall theme added
    • Left and right columns moved below the main column for mobile devices
    • Product image size increased in list listing
    • Original, not resized product image is now used for lightbox popup
    • Unable to apply font color to the top navigation fixed
    • Ability to override any argento css/templates with custom folder
    • Missing images added to skin folder
    • Fixed bug when & is not rendered as & in category combobox

    Argento Argento design

    • Buttons styles rewritten to use the css gradients instead of image
    • Added ability to set the background for navigation block

    Many css fixes and refactorings:

    • Responsive video and slider styles added
    • Improved Easycatalogimg styles for the homepage
    • Wide price block on product page
    • Q-ty input issue for pure theme
    • Advanced search form styles
    • Footer toolbar styles
    • AjaxPro 'More products' button

    Extensions updates

    • AjaxSearch
    • Attribute and Brands pages
    • EasyCatalogImg
    • Easyslide
    • Easytabs
    • Highlight
    • NavigationPro
    • Soldtogether
    • and much more....

    Find more information on the Argento theme page

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