August 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

August 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

AUGUST 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Dotmailer - eMail for Magento

dotmailer is a leading email automation platform with a mission to empower marketers with the tools that make it easy to get dramatic results. dotmailer provides the most feature rich Magento integration for Magento 1 & 2, and is a global company with offices in New York, London, Europe and APAC with in-house Magento development, services and support teams.
ONE OF OUR FAVES

Unirgy – uRapidFlow Sales

For years, uRapidFlow has been the go-to solution for import and export of Magento catalog and customer data; we have installed it for many of our clients. Now, Unirgy applies the same approach to sales and financial data import and export. The new extension, just released in July, promises expanded control versus Magento’s default export and reporting capabilities, as well as potential streamlining of migrations from other platforms to Magento.

IMPORT AND EXPORT - BOTH ARE A BREEZE

iDevDirect – iDevAffiliate

Affiliate relationships can be difficult to manage, so a tool that tracks, reports, and automates incentives could help boost the profitability of this business approach. iDev includes per-product and coupon code commissioning as well as monitoring of traffic and SEO gains from the affiliate promotions. Can be deployed as installed software or a cloud service.

MAKING MGMT EASIER

Amasty - Multi Warehouse Inventory

“Multi-Warehouse” might, in your case, mean multiple stores. No matter how humble your situation, multi-location inventory management presents challenges for efficient and accurate POS, eCommerce, shipping and redistribution, since Magento doesn’t provide multi-warehouse functionality. Amasty’s extension fills the gap with the ability to assign custom shipping rates by location and other advanced stock management options.

EASY SHIPPING

WebShopApps - MatrixRate

Speaking of shipping … to get the best rates, a merchant might need to consider size thresholds for one carrier, weight limitations for another and pricing implications for all of them. MatrixRate provides an interface to set up your negotiated and standard rates and can filter prices by destination, weight, price or quantity.

MORE EASY SHIPPING
July 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

July 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

JUNE 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Zerolag - Magento Hosting

ZeroLag’s eCommerce hosting services for Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition provide the highest levels of performance, reliability, and security. They are best in class Magento hosting and support. As far as we know, no one does it better!
HOST WITH THE MOST

MageBees – Lazy Load Images

Page load speed is a primary target for developers and merchants alike, since search engines penalize slow-loading pages. Lazy Load allows the images to load on scroll, calling up the image only when the visitor scrolls to within a selected threshold (in pixels) of the image container. The tool lets you upload any “loading” icon you choose, which may be a bit ironic, since you really don’t want your shoppers to have to look at a loading icon.

LAZY-SHMAZEY

Olark – Live Chat

Olark installs via a snippet you paste into your footer code. Trial and premium versions are available. Premium service allows for more flexibility and rule-building around when the chat box shows up and how it interacts with the site visitor. Like anything driven by javascript, this live chat service can add to the weight of your pages, so keep an eye on that.

CHAT IT UP

Amasty – Extended Product Grid with Editor

Both M1 and M2 merchants often come to us looking for more flexibility and efficiency with editing products. This extension permits bulk editing of products directly in the product grid – including name, sku, category, visibility, quantity and status. For merchants whose catalogs never sit still, this tool can save weeks of data entry time. The M2 version includes grid customization and the ability to save and quickly access grid layouts.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR PRODUCTS

Magmodules – Rich Snippets suite

Even if you’d have to look up what “rich JSON markup” means, that doesn’t mean you don’t need it. As SEO grows in complexity, subtle changes to how your website presents information within browsers can make a big difference in how shoppers find and interact with your offerings. Merchants use this to quickly and easily control their structured data markup.

MORE SEARCH RESULTS FOR YOU
June 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

June 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

JUNE 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Sales and Use Tax Compliance for Dummies

Avalara is the leader in sales tax automation and can help alleviate the challenges associated with sales tax compliance. Download the special edition of “Sales and Use Tax Compliance for Dummies” E-Book and learn the difference between sales and use tax and how to comply with complex regulations, how to determine Nexus and what it means and how to manage exempt sales to avoid an audit.
DOWNLOAD NOW

Adaptive Subscriptions for Magento 2

Magento 2 does not include recurring profiles (unlike Magento 1). That’s ok though, because the M1 capability was a little limiting and quirky. This extension lets you set up rules for payment intervals with initial order adjustments, grouped subscription billing, cart price rules, full admin and display control. Customers can choose to purchase products as a subscription or singly, if selected by the merchant.

ONCE A MONTH PLEASE!

Ask for Special Price

Enables customers and shop owners to create a Request for Quote. Includes configurable tax settings, shipping methods, custom emails and sales rep assignment. The quote form builder permits detailed setup of required and optional fields, registration mode and quantity tiers.

NEED A QUOTE

Search Spell Correct

As your catalog grows, search becomes a critical way your customers will quickly find what they want. Spelling errors can be an unseen blocker to increased conversion – this tool analyzes your catalog and suggests alternatives when it encounters a blooper. While Spell Correct can be used alone, the developer promotes it along with their own upgraded search (Sphinx) and auto-complete.

THANKS, SPELL CHECK!

Autoresponder Max

Monthly subscription service permits access to a library of email, surveys and other engagement tools. Email sends are triggered by a range of pre-and post-purchase events (e.g. abandoned cart, cross-sell, first purchase, review teasers) at a more granular level than the transactional-centered Magento templates provide.

AWESOME AUTOMATIC EMAIL OPTIONS
May 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

May 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

MAY 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Extension Hut - Customer Approval

Expands customer grouping capabilities – enabling the merchant to automatically or manually approve new accounts. Does not interfere with the default registration process. Provides email notification to the admin and the new account, and can redirect the visitor to custom CMS pages or error messages if disqualified.
YOU'RE APPROVED

Amasty - Pre-Order

Dynamically changes the Add to Cart button to “Pre-Order” when the admin-selectable stock status for a given sku is encountered (zero, or 1 and greater). Displays custom pre-order messages at category and product level. We especially like that Amasty warns merchants about performance issues that could crop up if used with non-simple products.

GET IT NOW

Magebuzz - Social Share

There are numerous ways to get social buttons on your site – some involving a developer. Using a purpose-built extension (like this one for Magento 2) gives you a simple user panel to select pages and positions to display the buttons.

IT’S ORDORO-BLE

M2E - M2E Pro

The “E” in M2E used to refer to eBay only, but the solution has grown and now offers integration of Magento to Amazon and Rakuten, as well as eBay. With a client-server architecture, processing happens outside of Magento – avoiding potential scalability issues present in on-board solutions.

GROW YOUR BUSINESS

UptimeRobot

Downtime is bad; you know that already. This free tool (not a Magento extension) provides nifty notification and several different monitoring types: “http(s)” for your domain; “ping” for your server; “keyword” for … keywords; and “port” for monitoring smtp, dns and pop services.

DOWNTIME IS BAD TIME
April 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

April 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

APRIL 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Aitoc – Review Booster

Magento’s default reviews works well,  but is pretty basic: no “verified purchaser” or ability for customers to rate the usefulness of comments.  A strong stream of credible reviews is a proven conversion asset. Review Booster from Aitoc gives broad flexibility to merchants who want to allow their customers to help sell their products.
BOOST YOUR REVIEWS

Amasty – Special Promotions Pro

Need more pricing and discount flexibility? This extension from Amasty expands Magento’s cart pricing with an array of tools, including the ability to build promotional pricing based on a customer’s number of completed orders and total sales amount.

PERFECT PRICING

Ordoro

Among its other capabilities, Ordoro makes dropshipping and multi-channel fulfillment more efficient and accountable.  We also like the “kitting” feature, which puts a different twist on Magento’s bundled product type.

IT’S ORDORO-BLE

Xtento – Stock Import

This extension eases the import of all fields related to the stock entity – including Quantity in stock, Is in stock, and Manage stock. Handy test and debug mode sounds like extra work but is a recommended step..

EASY PEASY IMPORT

Wyomind – Simple Google Shopping for Magento 2

If you’re going to join the fray and sell via a Google Merchant account, you need to control your costs by tacking on some efficiency. Simple Google Shopping from Wyomind promises just that.

JOIN THE FRAY
March 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

March 2017 Orange Report: Magento Extensions and Tools

MARCH 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Image Optimizer for Magento 2

In a great example of “truth in advertising,” Apptrian points out that although their image optimization extension makes the task easier, nobody claimed it would be effortless or foolproof! Image Optimizer harnesses well-known command line tools and packages them in a free extension that can handle the jpeg, png and gif formats together in batch files. Read the documentation, make sure your server is configured correctly, use in good health.
IMAGE OPTIMUS

Google Tag Manager Enhanced Ecommerce

If you’ve fiddled around with your Magento theme at all (or heaven forbid, core), you may have noticed that some of your analytics might not be tracking everything the way you assumed or wished it would. Anowave built their Magento Google Tag Manager Enhanced Ecommerce (UA) Tracking extension to bypass many of those obstacles and to help merchants utilize and consolidate a broader range of tag capabilities while using a single dashboard interface.

TAG YOU’RE IT

Performance Issues Tool for Magento 2

Zeroing in on Magento page-load problems usually requires more than a glance at file sizes or a call to your hosting provider. Aoe Profiler is available on Github and is a more comprehensive alternative to the native profiler capability in Magento. The extension is used to diagnose, debug and troubleshoot Magento performance issues.

TIME SAVER

Customer Purchases Extension for Magento 2

Aheadworks wrote its Customer Purchases extension to allow customer service teams one-click access to a customer’s Magento purchase history. Quickly view item price paid, dates and other associated data without running reports or waiting for filtering.

FAST SERVICE

Import and Export Tool for Magento 2

Unless your SKU count can be tracked on the fingers and toes of your immediate family, you might be in need of an import/export tool for Magento. uRapidFlo from Unirgy has been a go-to for InteractOne for years because of its flexible capabilities, solid API integration, ability to handle large and complex catalogs.

RE-SKU-ED
February 2017 Orange Report: Magento News

February 2017 Orange Report: Magento News

FEBRUARY 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your performance, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

ShipStation for Magento 2

ShipStation is a web-based shipping solution that allows you to create shipping labels for all major carriers.

SHIP IT GOOD

ElasticSearch: Not just for the Enterprise crowd

Boost your on-site search results with Elasticsearch, the distributed real-time search engine for the cloud.

SUPER SEARCH

“Who Bought This Also Bought” for Magento 2

Uses order history to list suggested purchases and is based on real buyer behavior in real time.

SUGGESTED SELLING

Blog Extension for Magento 2

Brings much-needed CMS flexibility to Magento, along with social tie-ins and product relatability.

BETTER BLOGGING

Store Locator for Magento 2

A store locator for some, but B2B shops can use this to show dealer locations, warehouses or any other location-based data.

X MARKS THE SPOT
January 2017 Orange Report: Magento News

January 2017 Orange Report: Magento News

JANUARY 2017 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your performance, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

SUPEE PATCH 8788

The new security patch addresses Zend framework and payment vulnerabilities, ensures sessions are invalidated after a user logs out, and more.

PATCH IT UP

3rd Party Marketplaces

Want to increase your selling power with the major online players such as Amazon, eBay, and Walmart? With our Magento background and eCommerce marketing expertise, we will guide you through the process to get you set up and selling more.ss.

INCREASE YOUR SELLING POWER

Product Preview Pro

This extension will enhance your site’s user experience by allowing a customer to preview scaled-up product images from category pages.

PICTURE PERFECT

BluePay for Magento

Attention Magento Merchants: BluePay will beat your current credit card processing fees! You will gain the highest level of credit card protection from using the BluePay iframe while saving money on every swipe.

SAVE YOUR MONEY

Developing with Large Databases

The Subscribe Pro platform is the most feature rich stable subscription (autoship) profile management tool we’ve ever used and now it’s available for Magento 2.

DATABASE OPTIMIZATION

Have Customers Call You

Do you have products that you need customers to call you for pricing on? This extension lets you hide product price and the “Add to Cart” button and shows info to encourage them to contact you.

PRICING OPTIONS

Sell More in Less Time

Add a unique selling tool to your shop with this extension that shows an attractive promotional block to your customers.

SELLING TOOLS
November 2016 Orange Report: Magento News

November 2016 Orange Report: Magento News

NOVEMBER 2016 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’re resolving your speed, accessibility and customer care concerns. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

Is it Time to Stick a Fork in Your Magento 1.x Site?

Magento 2 comes with all the fixins’! It’s faster, more secure and has improved customization. Start planning your upgrade today… the rest is gravy!

TAKE MY TURKEY!

Facebook Pixel for Magento 2

Need to track sales conversions from Facebook traffic? This extension places the Facebook Tracking Pixel on your site and adds Event Trackers for better ROI and statistics.

SOCIAL STATS

Sweet Loyalty Programs

Sweet Tooth allows merchants to build customized loyalty programs that delivers results.

NOW THAT IS SWEET

Remediating Your Site After a Malware Attack

Has your site been hacked? If so, follow this guide to re-secure your site.

BE PREPARED

Google Tag Manager for Magento 2

Instead of managing Google Adwords and Google Analytics separately, you can control both of them through the Google Tag Manager site with this Magento 2 extension.

TAG, YOU'RE IT!

Elasticsearch for Magento 2.1

Magento 2 comes with a built-in Elasticsearch integration. Elasticsearch  enables you to take data from any source, any format, and search, and visualize it in real time.

SUPER SEARCH

Common Magento Coding Standards

Magento’s coding standards may seem overbearing, but they are a reflection of the sensitivity and scope of the websites we work on.

ABIDE BY THE CODE

Salesforce Integrations for Magento 2

Automatically synchronize data to Salesforce CRM system as soon as the data is updated on Magento 2.

SELL SMARTER
October 2016 Orange Report: Magento News

October 2016 Orange Report: Magento News

OCTOBER 2016 ORANGE REPORT

For this month’s Orange Report, we’ve gathered some Magento 2 news and extensions worth talking about. Like always, we encourage everyone using Magento to make the most of it’s functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news. So we have created the monthly Orange Report to keep ourselves up to date and to recognize some of our favorite Magento news and extensions.

BluePay Connect for Magento

BluePay Connect for Magento is an iframe-based secure payment processing solution
that keeps clients’ confidential credit/debit card and ACH/eCheck information secure.
BLUEPAY IS THE RIGHT WAY

Has your Magento 1 Site Morphed Into a Frankenapp?

Starting to feel like your Magento site has turned into a monster that’s difficult to
control? Magento 2 is an opportunity to clear the slate and rebuild your site for success.

I DON'T WANT A FRAKENAPP!

'Others Also Bought'... for Magento 2

This free extension replaces the default Related Products block with an automatically generated product list based on customers order history.

MORE LIKELY TO BUY

Order Management Extension for Magento 2

Increase your business efficiency with Improved Magento order management workflows and additional order management features. Manage order info, improve order accuracy and streamline B2C transactions.

BETTER BUSINESS

Subscription Management Made Simple

The Subscribe Pro platform is the most feature rich stable subscription (autoship) profile management tool we’ve ever used and now it’s available for Magento 2.

MORE SUBSCRIBERS PLEASE

Upgrading PHP v5.5 to v5.6

Many Magento 1.x websites will be experiencing issues when upgrading PHP to version 5.6. Learn more about a few simple fixes to help your Magento 1.x site run on PHP 5.6.

SHOW ME HOW