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Aug
21
MEET MAGENTO NEW YORK: FROM INSPIRATION TO ACTION
Posted by Natalie Pavlovskaya on 21 August 2014 10:19 AM

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For entrepreneurs, developers and service providing agencies in and around Magento industry, Meet Magento events are an essential way to get up to speed on the latest tech and ecommerce trends, do business and share ideas within the community, find potential customers and partners,and just have lots of fun!

Meet Magento New York is the first ever Meet Magento conference held in the United States. Mark down September 22-23, 2014 in your calendar, get a ticket with the 20% discount (code: MgWrxMM) and pack your bags. It’s going to be epic!

The Conference

Be prepared for two fully-packed days of networking events, presentations of the industry leading speakers, tons of insights, “Speed Dating” business sessions and a Hackathon.

What is more, the event offers a great opportunity to take your business to the international arena. You can meet lots of new people from all over the world, listen to the Magento brightest minds, connect with the most interesting community members and find new friends.

The event takes place at Digital Sandbox – 55 Broad Street, located in the heart of the Financial District.

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Speaker Hall of Fame

Meet Magento NY will bring together the most passionate and purpose-driven minds. They’re inspiring, smart, fun and creative. They are exactly who will give you the big picture of Magento and eCommerce.

The content of the conference ranges from the little search box keynotes and online persuasion ideas to the talks on the trend disrupting eCommerce and killing businesses and how to work with Magento extension providers.

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Stay Tuned  - #MM14NY

and don’t forget to get tickets 20% off – your discount code is MgWrxMM


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Apr
18
EASTER EGG HUNT WINNER ANNOUNCED
Posted by Natalie Pavlovskaya on 18 April 2014 11:06 AM
egghunt-winnerMageWorx Easter Egg Hunt is officially over.  Thanks to everyone who took part in our Easter egg hunt! We hope you had great time and lots of fun. And the lucky winner is…. *DRUMROLL*

Maurice Hein (mhei***@gmail.com).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

But that’s not all!

Everybody who took part in the contest, but didn’t win, will get a special consolation prize! Check your email boxes for more info.

Thanks for being with us and HAPPY EASTER !!!

 

 


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Apr
16
Join MageWorx Easter Egg Hunt Game!
Posted by Natalie Pavlovskaya on 16 April 2014 10:06 AM

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Heyya folks!

The spring is in full swing and so is the Easter season! The nature is shaking off the blanket of snow, making room for green fields and blooming valleys.

Catch the spring spirit! Grab a basket and join our Easter Egg Hunt craze!

What’s in Store For You?

  • Awesome prizes valued at $400 provided by the leading Magento extensions provider.
  • A chance to win top-flight Magento modules, installation or customization services for your store extensions, and more!
  • Lots of fun, laughs and an amazing Egg Hunt adventure!

How Can Take Part?

Anyone and your grandma can! There are absolutely no restrictions. Everyone is very welcome!

The Rules

The rules are dead simple.

There are 7 eggs hidden or 7 different pages of our website.  Each egg is marked with a sticker.
On each sticker you can see the number and the word.

7 words make up a phrase that is our Great Egg Hunt Сlue.

Your task is to find the 7 eggs and put the words on them in the right order (from 1 to 7).

To make it even easier, you can use the map below: put each found egg into the corresponding spot to make up our Easter phrase.

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When done, drop us line with the CLUE, and we will save your email in our database. When the contest is over, we will randomly choose the lucky winner.

The winner will get any MageWorx extension (or extensions), installation or customization services at the price of $400!

 

The Egg Hunt starts today and will last till Friday 04, 18.

Hurry up! No more time to waste!  

Jump to this page to find the 1-st egg! 


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Apr
8
First End-User Monitoring Service Built for Magento Stores – Shoppimon Review
Posted by Natalie Pavlovskaya on 08 April 2014 07:09 AM

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Shoppimon is a promising new tool that helps merchants and developers avoid losing sales by finding problems with their Magento stores. The software appeared on the market not so long ago, but already attracted much interest. Although Shoppimon is in its infancy, it has a lot of great features and even more coming up.

In this post, we’re going to look at how it works and what benefits it offers.

How Shoppimon works?

Shoppimon uses software robots that simulate live users visiting your Magento store and going through various shopping scenarios, for instance searching for a product and adding an item to the cart.

These robots detect various issues that might impact store’s revenue and provide information needed to isolate and resolve them.

The bots alert on shopping cart failures or missing page components, problems with images or tracking code snippets, payment gateway errors, 3rd party service issues (like YouTube, PayPal), performance trending (constant slow performance) and performance anomalies.

Shoppimon software robots collect the following stats:

  • End-to-end (user point of view) performance of your store – page load times.
  • Performance slowdowns as compared with normal store workings.
  • Server Errors – e.g. pages not loading or missing product categories.
  • Warnings – parts of pages not loaded, 3rd party widgets failing to load, etc.
  • Security/SSL-related issues (e.g. expired SSL certificates).

Stats are collected in real-time while the bots visit the store.

Starting a New Project

All you need to do to gain access to a free one-month trial is to register on the website.

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Instant Problem Alerts

Instant alerts are sent on severe issues that require the store owner’s immediate attention. Shoppimon also send a weekly summary of all issues that occurred during the week, not necessarily severe ones.

Alerts typically include a screen shot captured at the time the problem was detected, information about requests and responses, and any additional data that might help isolate the issue.

If you have any urgent issues, Shoppimon providers support via phone, email or website.issues-example

performanceperformance-summaryPerformance Comparison to Other Stores

Shoppimon shows you how your store stacks up against other stores, so you can see where you stand compared to competition.

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Pricing

While Shoppimon is in beta, the only pricing plan available is the Basic plan at $49 per month. All you need to do to gain access to a free one-month trial is to register on the website. Shoppimon also offers special pricing for Magento agencies that wish to manage or monitor multiple stores for their clients.

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Overall Thoughts

Shoppimon is really simple. It was designed specifically to work with Magento-based stores, hence it doesn’t require any technical knowhow. Enter your site URL, and you will start getting the information you need, when you need it, so you can get site problems fixed and protect your revenue.

Have you already tested this soft? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.


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Mar
28
Do you make these mistakes while choosing Magento extensions?
Posted by Natalie Pavlovskaya on 28 March 2014 06:53 AM

the-copycat-attackAbundance of Magento Addons

These days, the Magento market offers an extensive choice of various extensions. Approximately, there are 6,000 free and paid extensions on the Magento Connect platform.

But every medal has its reverse. On the one hand, Magento store owners have lots of options to choose from. On the other, the platform is overflowed with extensions that have almost the same set of features! What is more, they look increasingly similar in terms of packaging colors and are even promoted with a similar message.

For instance, Magento Connect offers about 20 SEO extensions. Some of them are great, some leave much to be desired. Same thing is with the Ajax Cart (this extension is released every week by different vendors), One Step Checkout, Search, Gift Card/Certificate extensions… The list can go on and on.

All that brings up a question:

How a site owner or a developer should choose a reliable well-established extension provider? Not a copycat?

Identifying a Copycat Extension that Sucks

Often happens that a price becomes that decisive factor of choice.”Guided” by this factor only, users probably forget about other crucially important things, such as: the number and the quality of features, refund period, support and updates terms, paid or free installation and configuration and others.

Basically, when two similar extensions differ only in price, there could be 2 reasons:

  • The extension providers came up with same idea and released it at the same time (completely unaware of each other’s existence).
  • You deal with a copy cat.

How to identify a copycat?

It’s easy. Compare the extensions identical at first sight, and you’ll see that difference between them. 2 points that will always tell the trendsetter apart the copycat –  the pack of features (although even they look almost identically, still they have some feature differences) and the price.

Alas, but today very few Magento developers decide  to invest into big projects and develop unique solutions. Most companies prefer to choose an easier way.  To increase site traffic, they just copy popular ideas of Magento modules and pass them off as their own.

How to Choose the Best Magento Extension for Your Store

When you come across with LOTS of products it’s difficult to choose your one.

Here are 7 battle-tested pro tips for Magento users:

  • Run analysis, read comparative reviews.
  • Take a look at the number of Magento extensions the company offers. If they are too many, nothing guarantees you quality code and really life-time support.
  • Check the company’s reputation. Look through the reviews about this company everywhere: on Magento Connect, in social media, on forums – explore the Web to learn more about the vendor.
  • Don’t forget about Change Log or product’s life-cycle. This thing will help you to see whether the company keeps on developing the product you’re interested in: the number of newly added features and improvements, bug fixes.
  • Look at the company’s history. Is it a new inexperienced player or a highly rated long-established company..  It’s hard to invent something new in this industry, so if you deal with a two-month company, probably you deal with a copycat (still there may be some exceptions).
  • Ask the Magento community guys. People who deal with this industry daily know more about this business than you can imagine.
  • Communicate with the vendors first. What to look at? Their honesty. They shouldn’t promise the Moon or guarantee you unreal results.

Afterword

While we were preparing this post 3 RMA extensions were released. Ok, you may say that no law prevents one extension provider copy another one. But if YOU come up with a great business idea, launch it and the next day your competitor copies it, sets the prices much lower (as he didn’t spent all that time to create and think over, he didn’t researched the market and analyzed) and gets your clients? What would you say?

Competition is great and we’re not against it. No way. It’s not bad to be inspired by others, but not in the “ctr+c – ctr+v” way. The problem of copy cats is blind copying. Because only YOU know what’s behind this or that feature, only YOU have the full idea how it must work – because it came from YOU.

The aim of this article wasn’t to throw mud at our competitors. We want to say: Stop copying and start innovating, guys.

That is what breeds true competition!


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