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 its functionalities by incorporating the very best Magento extensions and news.

Yireo - eMail Tester

Testing emails in Magento is a pain. Even if you have a development site, email is usually disabled, so your only choice is to activate the email on the live site. Yireo built this nifty email tester that enables viewing new layouts and template updates without activating them. Faster, simpler and safer are things we like.

Credit Key

Do you want to offer financing, but can’t stomach the thought of setting it up? Aimed at B to B merchants, this tool enables customers to seek payment terms from CreditKey, instead of from you. Merchants get paid-in-full instantly, while the customer gets financing for their purchase without having to load up a high-interest credit card.

MageBees - Improved Layered Navigation Pro

The only thing as annoying as poorly organized navigation is slow navigation. Magento’s default layered navigation is great for organization but Magento’s default page-loading technology isn’t the quickest. This extension pumps up left nav, letting shoppers multi-select attributes, enabling merchants to easily set up and incorporate custom filters, and loading the results dynamically with Ajax.


Another email service? Hold on, MageMail is triggered email without the need for a full-featured ESP like Dotmailer or Listrak. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those …) But the main difference we see is the fee model – 3% of generated sales to be exact. Do the math and read the fine print.