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.

Case Study: Muller Wenskaarten offering personal and business greetings cards

1 Jul

Today we are glad to continue case study blog series and tell about great story of our client Muller Wenskaarten.

Introduction

Muller Wenskaarten, located in Almelo in The Netherlands started in 2007 with a small collection of greeting cards of own design. Our company has now grown and we carry more than 20 brands. Customers can select between 2.000 different cards. We also carry about 500 small gifts in stock for our customers to choose from. Delivery takes place by mail within 24 hours on weekdays.

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

Back in 2007 we started with eCommerce. Most of our customers like to send a handwritten greeting card with a personal message. We concentrate on the Dutch language market. Not surprisingly most of our customers, consumers as well as businesses are situated in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Why you have chosen Magento?

We started with oSCommerce and in 2010 we looked for an alternative. At that time Magento was the only alternative which was ahead of its time and had all the features we wanted. It is not the easiest platform in terms of setup and maintenance but once it is running it is easy to use. More important, customers can easily find what they are looking for. Bottom line: customer ease is what counts!

There are dozens of companies on the market. Why did you decided to start working with Templates Master’s extensions and templates?

We chose for Fashion template as it suits our company. It also has features which still are ahead of the game. Another very important reason for selecting Templates Master is their excellent support desk. Questions are answered within a day, sometimes within 30 minutes!

What our products do you use?

What is your favorite product?

Ajax Search is our favorite product. This enables our customers to search for and find the greeting card they like. For our customers the images popping up in the search screen is a major help.

Can you give advice to beginners in ecommerce?

Starting with eCommerce is the same as starting a brick and mortar shop. Do not underestimate the effort needed to keep the shop alive. Magento helps a lot, but bear in mind that you will need to keep your shop up to date with new products and also make seasonal changes. The most important is, just like Templates Master, to have a fast support desk.

What other extensions that are not available at Templates Master you would suggest to focus on?

Most of the extensions focus on front-end experience. I would like to bring an extension to your attention which makes life a lot easier. We use “extended product grid with editor” in the back-end. This enables easy changes of the stock levels and status of many of our products at once. It saves a lot of time!

Do you have any special offer for our clients?

Templates Master customers can use coupon code TM042013 for a free magnetic bookmark with any order at Muller Wenskaarten.

In case you are interested in posting your store about using our products then you can contact us at our contact form.

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.

5 popular magento extensions for your store

15 May

Without any doubts Magento Commerce is most powerful open source ecommerce software that you can use for your store. Our team have been working on creating Magento extension and themes from initial release in 2008 and now we have more than 100 Magento products to chose from. Our clients are always asking about what our extensions they should use in order to improve their Magento stores first. Last year we already published list of most popular free Magento extensions. So here we have created list of 5 most useful Magento plugins for your ecommerce store created by our team. We have arranged our extension according to customers benefits and popularity.

#1 Fire Checkout

Fire Checkout provides full support for all payment and shipping methods, which means that there will be no core modification needed to install your new one-page checkout solution. Improve your store checkout process and increase your sales today with Fire Checkout. Apply less effort and get more customers. Fire Checkout was created more than 2 years ago and now offer more features then any other one page checkout extension for Magento.

#2 Mobile Start Magento template

We have created Mobile Star 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 mobile magento template that will work on iPhone, Android and any other advanced phone. The best theme features is that it doesn’t affect your desktop theme and greatly improves your mobile users experience. Recent extension release provided better support of Retina displays.

#3 Rich snippets

Every store owner would like to highlight their products among search results in order to get more organic traffic. Rich snippets is easiest and most efficient way to do that. Snippets is few lines of text that appear under every search result that give users additional information about your store products offer. According to SEOMOZ you can get up to 30% click through rate increase with Google Rich Snippets installed.

#4 Prolabels

Attracting customers attention to featured products and special offers is easiest way to increase sales and improve inventory management. Are you looking for an easy way to add “Save 49$” labels to your sale items or notify your customers about clearance? Prolabels provide easy and flexible way to create professional looking call-to-action labels for your Magento store. Recent Prolabels 2.0 release was fully rewritten and now offer support for big products databases.

#5 Ajaxpro

AjaxPro extension deliver amazing user experience to your customers. Makes shopping at your store easy and fast. Allow your visitors to add products to cart and edit shopping cart content faster. Forget about slow page reload.

If you have any idea for new Magento extension then simply contact us at our contact form.