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Magento CE 1.8 compatability notice

27 Sep

On September 25 2013 Magento CE 1.8 got available to public users. I hope everyone is excited to find out what new features and fixes recent release brought to Magento community. Complete list of changes is available at release page. According to that information we can consider that release as cumulative bug-fix release.

Magento CE 1.8 general fixes and updates:

  • Major overhaul of tax calculation formulas, correction of rounding errors, and additional assistance with configuration.
  • Optimized cache adapters for single-server systems
  • Upgraded Redis cache adapters for multi-server systems.
  • Eliminated many types of database deadlocks.
  • Security Enhancements
  • United States Postal Service (USPS) Update
  • Performance Improvements
  • Tax Calculation Fixes
  • Discount Calculation Fixes
  • API Fixes
  • Web Store and Shopping Cart Fixes
  • Payment Method Fixes
  • Other Fixes

For last few days our support team already received huge number of of questions about using our products with Magento CE 1.8. Our testing team performed basic test and we were not able to locate any serious issue or conflict. So if you are interested either in Argento or Fire Checkout or any other product then you can use it on 1.8 without any problem. Within next 1-2 weeks we will release new version of our themes and extension that will also contain small improvements to code that were introduced in 1.8 version. If you faced any problem with our product then please contact us at our contact form.

Increase your Magento speed with Page Cache extension

21 Jul

Are you looking for a way to make your Magento store faster? Tired of paying more and more for expensive hosting packages? Try using our Magento Page Cache solution and it will help you. It was created with only one purpose – make your store faster. Page cache is based on core magento architecture that supports both static and dynamic blocks. Installation is really easy and it works right out of the box. But real power is hidden in additional extension settings that allow to set flexible cache rules based on page, block or any module.

Magento Page cache will help you:

  • Increase your site speed up to 400%.
  • Reduce your server resource usage up to 50%.
  • Improve your customers experience.
  • Improve your SEO performance with faster site load.

Please find more information on the Page Cache extension page.

Templates Master products update – June 2013

2 Jul

We were working hard in June to bringing update to our most popular extensions. No you can check results our our work in detailed changes list provided bellow. Two our veterans extensions now become 2.x and offer much more features then in previous version. So if you are eligible for free update or you have any product ideas or suggestions then simply send us a message at our contact form.

Extension updated

Products Questions extension AskIt 2.o

Customer usually ask same question again and again. Transform this frustrating task to your store’s advantage with Askit. Instead of answering questions again and again you can create you own products knowledge base. AskIt will save countless hours spent on customer support answering same questions. Already answered products questions and answer will help to increase chance of converting your visitors to customers.

In the 2.0.0 extension version next new features were added:

  • Allow to place discussion block on cms and categories pages
  • Added page with all products discussion at your store
  • Added products question search on all products page
  • Widget for recent discussion was added
  • Added folded or unfolded default states for products discussion
  • Added notifications for additional responses by other visitors

Find out more about AskIt! 2.0 at customers questions extension page.

Ultimate Layered Navigation 2.0 is now available

Layered navigation is one of most popular magento features created in order to make shopping quick and easy. Now you can improve your store layered navigation with additional great features! Ajax Layered Navigation will help you to use layered navigation block on home page and allow to use multiply attributes choice for more prices navigation. Also additional attributes display type such as images and dropd down will help you to improve your store look.

In the 2.0 extension version next new features were added:

  • SEO links for layered navigation
  • Optional non-follow element
  • Performance update – works 80% faster!
  • Optionally show search form if there is larger then x number of attributes
  • New layered navigation styles added

Check more details about recent Magento Layered Navigation 2.0 release at layered navigation extension page.

Increase your store sales with Firecheckout 2.4.3

The checkout process is by far one of the most complicated, yet most important parts of any e-Commerce website. With out one step checkout you’ll be able to offer your customers a quick and easy way to complete their transactions that they will appreciate.

In the 2.4.3 extension version next new features were added:

  • Check for minimum amount when removing item from cart fixed.
  • No more unnecessary captcha refreshes, when updating page content.
  • Fixed optional and hidden region field for Magento 1.6.2 and earlier
  • Fixed hidden postcode field
  • Fixed bug when Mage_Persitent was disabled with etc/modules file
  • Improved compatibility with third-party themes, that used height style for input fields
  • Added parsing of System is busy message from VIES validator
  • AheadWorks Newsletter module integration added
  • Integration with Irvine DeliveryDate and JapanPost added
  • Partial uSplitRates integration added. Still needs to edit app/code/local/TM/FireCheckout/Model/Quote/Address.php
  • Partial integration with Stripe payment methods added. Need to edit stripe/form/stripe.phtml

Find out more about Fire Checkout 2.0 at checkout extension page.

Ajax layered navigation becomes Layerd navigation 2.0

1 Jul

Layered navigation is one of most popular Magento features created in order to make shopping quick and easy. Our first extension version was created in order to add mostly AJAX flexibility to standard Magento layered navigation. With each new release we were adding more and more features. And know our extension become something more then just Ajax layered navigation. Today we are glad to release new version of our extension focused on performance and SEO.

Layered Navigation 2.0 is now available with next new features:

  • SEO links for layered navigation
  • Optional non-follow element
  • Performance update – works 80% faster!
  • Optionally show search form if there is larger then x number of attributes
  • New layered navigation styles added

The greatest new feature of Layered Navigation 2.0 is possibility to turn default layered navigation urls to SEO-friendly urls .  Our extension will set 301 redirects for default urls and create new urls that will look like electronics/shopby/cat/cell-phones/color/black.html. If you don’t want to crawl your layered navigation then you simply can add nofollow attribute right from the extension config.

Please find more information on extension update and see demo at Magento Layered Navigation 2.0 page.

Templates Master products update – April 2013

1 May

April was busy month for our team and brought many products updates and great extension release. Please read more and find out more details about recent updates. If you have any product ideas or suggestions. Simply send us a message at our contact form.

New extension releases

Newsletter Booster

Our Newsletter Booster extension provided with built-in Segmentation Suite. It will help you to create customer segments and send newsletter to most interested customers. With proper email marketing you will be able to engage customers, building customers loyalty and drive your store sales.
Newsletter booster will help you:

  • Manage your newsletter campaigns
  • Track and analyze your newsletters performance
  • Create nice looking newsletters
  • Create customers segments based on customers orders history, geographical parameters and much more.
  • Increase your newsletter efficiency by targeting specific customers segments

Find out more about Fire Checkout at extension page.

Extension updated

Fire Checkout 2.4.1 is now available

The checkout process is by far one of the most complicated, yet most important parts of any e-Commerce website. With out one step checkout you’ll be able to offer your customers a quick and easy way to complete their transactions that they will appreciate.

In the 2.4.1 extension version next new features were added:

  • MageWorx Customercredit integration
  • Css improvements for mobile and tablet devices
  • First avaialble shipping will not selected if default one is not found
  • Fixed shipping price, when weight vs destination is used. Matrix rate compatible
  • Kiala LocateAndSelect integration added
  • BillPay compatibility
  • Comptibility with Magento per-country postcode and region configuration added

Find out more about Fire Checkout at extension page.

Argento responsive theme 1.1.2 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.

In the 1.1.2 extension version next new features were added:

  • Html markup and css improvements. YSlow – 86 PageSpeed – 93
  • Review url fixed on product page
  • Lightboxpro config options updated to look good on mobile screens
  • Related products styles and image size improvements for small screen devices
  • All small images styles improved for mobile devices
  • Improved form styles
  • Fixed product listing on advanced search results
  • Facebook Like Button added
  • Scroll to top button added
  • Sold Together updated
  • Easy Slider updated
  • Easy Banner updated
  • And much more!

Check more details about recent Argento release at theme page.

Manage your store banners with Easy Banners 1.3.0

Looking for perfect solution to manage banners and custom blocks at your store? Then Easy Banners is the right solution for you. Easy banners is based on Magento core functionality and built to keep banners and blocks management easy, fast and flexible. Support unlimited number of placeholders and banners.

In the 1.3.0 extension version next new features were added:

  • Ability to set image size added
  • Optional retina support added
  • Ability to use banner url for html mode added. Use the {{tm_banner_url}} variable in banner content.
  • Backend banner management interface improvements
  • Image dimensions added to html markup, when resizer is used

Read more about Easy banners update at extension page.

Get Mobile star template with improved Retina screen support

Don’t loose your chance to keep contact with your customers while they are using their phones. We have created mobile Magento theme that will help you join new e-commerce revolution and build your mobile presence just in 5 minutes. Mobile Star is specially designed Magento template that will work on iPhone, Android and any other advanced phone.

In the 1.2.1 extension version next new features were added:

  • Improved Retina screen compatibility

Find out more about Mobile Star at mobile theme page.