Featured Products 2.2.1 released

We are continuing active development of Featured Products. The today’s release contains the following features which have been requested by our customers:

  • Ability to use any custom image. Yes, now you can upload any image to your product images and make it invisible in the catalog and product page, and only visible in the Featured products. This allows you to upload bigger banners, callouts and images of any size.
  • Faster images render due to server-side image resizing – a significant performance improvement.

It also contains several bug fixes. You can find all of the information and updates on the product page.

Your feedback and feature requests are always welcome!

Featured Products 2.1 released

We announce a new release of the killer-extension – Featured Products!

In this version we re-wrote the CSS and HTML code so that the extension in completely XHTML 1.0 compliant, as well as the native Magento themes. Also, we made separate CSS for different browsers and got rid of CSS paring warnings. Other features of the release:

  • Invisible products fix – they are not shown anymore
  • One product can be added to several categories now
  • Added ability to display a product only outside of categories, This can be useful when, e.g. you’d like to diplay only on the main page but not in categories.
  • Added warnings in misconfiguration cases, more feedback from the extension to the store owner, it would say itself if there are no products to display 😉

Unfortunately, we had to drop Magento 1.1.8 and earlier support due to layout bugs in those versions. However, you still can use Featured Products 2.0 – it’s a supported branch.

Please read the upgrade documentation, we changed the block syntax slightly so you may need to update your blocks in CSS.

As always, waiting for your feedback, feature requests and reviews!

Browser Search with Suggestion extension

Browser SearchHere is the release of another great extension – Browser Search for Magento. It’s half a module, half a browser plugin, anyway it makes your store closer to visitors and customers.

Basically, this extension allows your store visitors to add your site in the browser search engines list. PRICE & FEATURES

Our recent studies show that store visitors coming through the search box in their browser are more likely to turn into customers. The conversion rate increases up to 230%! And it’s easy to explain – people have already visited your store and liked it. Now they have an easy and comfortable way to find products in the store they liked. This traffic is very targeted and purchase-oriented, people not just browse the site, they are looking for a definite item and most likely are willing to purchase.

The extension supports Firefox2+, Internet Explorer 7+. Yes, there are other unsupported browsers, but these cover more than 70% of all used browsers (w3schools.com data) and this percent is growing fast.

Besides presenting quick search interface this extension also displays search suggestions. Please note that on slow site sites or sites with a slow search the suggestion feature may not work.

RSS Reader Magento Extension v1.0 Released!

RSS Reader
Place RSS feeds on your store pages just in minutes with this extension. Fully customizable, with its own caching system it will make your store highly integrated with your WordPress blog or any other system/service that has RSS feeds. BUY RSS READER NOW

Works with numerous feeds even on the same page
Create as much RSS Reader instances as you need.

Full control of the output
You may control every option available on per instance basis, overriding default options set in administration panel. Options list is available here.

Powerfull caching
With caching option enabled, RSS Reader fetches the content from remote host and stores it in its own cache.

For store owners, developers and designers
You may put RSS Reader instances on your pages using Magento CMS pages and blocks. In this case you don’t need to edit any files, all can be done through administration panel. Need more flexibility – no problem. Call RSS Reader instances just from Magento layout XML files.

Custom CSS and Template files
RSS Reader uses its own CSS file and custom template. In fact you may create as much output patterns as needed and use them on per instance basis.

Next week we will publish in this blog detailed tutorial on achieving excellent Magento  customization results using 2 our extensions:  Z-Blocks and RSS Reader.


RSS Reader for Magento

We are happy to announce upcoming release of RSS Reader Magento extension. This Magento extension will allow you to display RSS feeds on your store pages. You can have multiple readers to display different feeds with full display control of each reader instance. RSS Reader will use its own cache for the best speed possible. RSS Reader extension is the best way to display your WordPress content on Magento store pages.

Video extension for Magento

Video Module Box

Another highly required thing for Magento – a Video extension. Despite it’s quite straightforward to create an attribute and use it, many people would like to see this functionality “out-of-box”. We decided to explore this possibility and start development of a video module. What we have now is a very simple code that adds a tab in the product configuration interface and allows to enter video embed-code. We’d like you, Magento users to contribute your ideas and needs and help us create a useful and poweful module.

The development has been started basing on this thread: http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/1432/

Waiting for your comments!

Magento World Newsletter (March 3, 2009)

aheadWorks is happy to send out the first newsletter for subscribers of Magento World store. In our monthly newsletters we are going to inform you regarding new releases of our current products as well tell about new new ones. Also, each newsletter will contain a featured product or a pack of the month with a really significant discount.

We would like to invite you to visit our blog. Besides all kinds of interesting and valuable information it would contain current development spotlights and product updates keeping you informed about your product releses. You are able to subscribe to your product(s) RSS feeds and download the updates as soon as they are available. Please visit https://blog.aheadworks.com/

February 2009 was quite a rich on releases, so let’s start!

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

Help Desk

Nowadays we cannot imagine an online business without good customer support and case tracking and resolution system. This becomes a crucial point for online merchants and service providers. According to our recent studies up to 78% of respondents put customer support on the first places for consideration when choosing a merchant or provider on the Net.
Help desk Magento extension by aheadWorks is a perfect customer care and support solution for ecommerce sites based on Magento.


Z-Blocks – is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store. Now you don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or add some specific information. Now all the administration of static blocks is available in admin panel.
Z-Blocks extension uses native Magento functionality – you can create different static blocks for different Store views.

Updated extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

Featured Products

Current version: 2.0
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Variety of new configuration options in the administration interface
  • New slideshow type – slider
  • Ability to define category per product

Help Desk

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Ability to attach files
  • A bunch of minor bugfixes
  • Minor interface improvements
  • French and German localizations

Product Questions

Current version: 1.0.9
Upgrade: Highly recommended from 1.0.6 and below; recommended for all others
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Multiple stores support
  • HTTPS connections improvements
  • Many minor bugfixes

Promotion of the Month!

aheadWorks itself is a company dedicated to provide not only a quality service and products but also a good customer care. Since the very launch of our store we are receiving a good volume of feedback from our customers and visitors. Our valuable assistants in this task are Help Desk and Product Questions modules, which being combined create a powerful customer care solution for Magento stores. Use the following coupon to get both Help Desk and Product Questions with 40% discount:


The offer expires 17 March 2009! That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Booking Extension – collecting feature requests

Booking module is something to be spoken about a lot, but noone has achieved this as a module. We are going to fullfill this gap. Estimated development start date – 26 Feb 2009. Till then, we’d like to collect as much as possible feature requests. Please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments to this post. As usually, the most active contributors receive significant discounts. 
Let’s start with this thread: http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/14973/, so no need to repeat it.  We are going to cover a lot: hotel booking, lecture/theatre booking (with row-seat), car rental, restaurants, services, merchandise. 

Describe your needs, processes, your vision of implementation.

Thank you.

Help Desk 1.1.0

Added ability to attach files to messages and a number of minor bugfixes. Update is free, as always.

Featured Products 2.0

Here is the list of new features:

  • New display type – Slider
  • Flexible system of displaying product information – you choose what, where and how to display
  • Customizable positioning and layout
  • More slideshow and slider behaviour control
  • All sizes can be re-defined from the configuration panel
  • Less CPU-consuming and smoother animation
  • CSS in a separate .css file – customize it the way you need
  • Ready to use CSS presets in the package
  • Localization-ready

As always find demos, screenshots, FAQ and product questions in our Magento modules store

This Magento module has been updated to version 3 https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/magento-extensions/layout/featured-products-3.html

Z-Blocks – flexible HTML blocks in any place of your Magento store

Z-Blocks – is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store. Now you don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or add some specific information. Now all the administration of static blocks is available in admin panel.
Z-Blocks extension uses native Magento functionality – you can create different static blocks for different Magento Store views.
Find more details and screenshots here – https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/magento-extensions/z-blocks.html

Help Desk Magento extension

In this release:

  • Full integration into Magento admin & customer areas
  • Ticket threads and statuses
  • Intuitive system of ticket/ticket thread
  • Customizable email notifications for administrator and customer
  • Easy to use administration and customer interfaces
  • Complete history of all communications
  • Easy copy-and-run installation
  • Customizable email templates configuration
  • Unlimited number of tickets

As always, find more details and screenshots in our store:

Product Questions extensions

We’ll try to implement all features requested in the first post of this topic: http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/19572/ 
Estimated completion date – 3 Feb 2009.

Featured Products extension, version 1.5 is out!

This version contains the following long waited features:

  • Different styles of the product buttons: numerical or the product thumbnail 
  • Set the featured products to be displayed in current category 
  • Automation options: display last added X products or random X products 
  • Restrict the automation to the current category

So you are able to choose category products now, this also satisfies multi store owners by letting them choose root category for a store to have different sets for the stores.

All our buyers receive the update for free.