Turn your Magento Store into a Subscription Service with Aheadworks SARP 2

Online subscriptions are a very broad part of the eCommerce landscape. These types of businesses are often used for virtual media (like movies, news, music albums, etc), but they are more and more commonly also being deployed for non-virtual products. Subscription service sites (like Dollar Shave Club, Harrys.com, etc) are extremely popular online services, sending thousands of products directly to customer doorsteps.

If you are a Magento merchant with product catalogs common for this type of subscription service (beauty products, household goods, perishables) then it would be a no-brainer that a subscription service could bring added value to your site.

The Power of Subscriptions in WordPress

If you think subscriptions aren’t a good fit for your WordPress website, you might want to take a minute to consider all the possible uses for the subscription model. It’s easy to hear the word “subscription” and dismiss the topic because you associate it with traditional subscriptions to things like magazines, newspapers, etc. But the subscription model is far broader and much more versatile than that.

Migrating Away From Magento: A Case Study

Migration

Any Magento store owner knows that Magento is a very powerful and useful system. However, that power also comes with significant challenges, especially when compared to simpler platforms like Shopify or WooCommerce. These challenges multiply when you use the Magento Cloud. With the expiration of Magento 1 support, many Magento store owners are scrambling to upgrade their sites to Magento 2. Unfortunately this is far from trivial and in our experience is almost always a very long and challenging task. It is understandable if a Magento store owner may be thinking about migrating from Magento.

Magento Inventory Management (MIM) and How We Learned to Live With It

Magento 2.3 released with a number of additions and improvements. One of the biggest updates was the long-awaited Magento Inventory Management (also known as MIM, and previously known as MSI, or Multi-Source Inventory). This feature was designed to manage inventory in multiple locations so that merchants have more accurate reflections of their inventory without relying on 3rd party extensions.

User Testing: Find the Bugs in Your Website Before Your Customers Do

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Recently we provided some tips on successfully launching a Magento Ecommerce site. Regardless of what type of website your are building, there really is no better way to prepare for launch than allowing real users to interact with the site. User testing is an excellent way to find all the bugs you may have overlooked before your live customers discover them.

Migrating Subscribers and Recurring Payments into WordPress

E-commerce can be complicated, tricky and is absolutely essential for many modern websites. Sometimes, we encounter clients for whom getting things set up right the first time was so challenging that they just don’t ever want to mess with it again, let alone try to migrate to a new site or even a new platform. So they end up settling for what “works” instead of figuring out how to make it better.

How to successfully launch a Magento Site

Magento Launch

Creating a Magento Ecommerce site is a very rewarding and challenging endeavor. You are likely very eager to launch the site at the end of the development process. Products are in place, the template is looking good, and all page content has been created. However, before you launch the site to an eagerly awaiting world, you should take the time to make sure the site is perfectly ready to go public. The following are some key aspects to a Magento site that should be thoroughly considered prior to launch.

Magento Integration with 3rd Party Applications

Magento Integration

A major consideration when creating an online store is connecting it to other applications required by your business. You may have accounting software that needs to be directly integrated with your Ecommerce store. Similarly, your inventory management software must be synced to the website for accurate stock levels. This may seem daunting, but fortunately Magento is more than ready to handle whatever integration challenge you may throw at it.

The Pros and Cons of Magento Commerce Cloud

Magento 2 is a powerful eCommerce tool, but sometimes it isn’t clear which version you should use or where to host it. Magento Open Source solution is fairly robust for an eCommerce system, but the Enterprise version (Magento Commerce and Magento Commerce Cloud) provides a number of enhancements including the ElasticSearch search engine, B2B catalog implementations like quoting and credit lines, related product automation, rewards programs, gift cards, and much more. For many companies that need these advanced solutions, the choice is clear.

Magento vs. Shopify: Which one is right for my store?

We’ve explored platform choice for Magento and other e-commerce sites before. There is a plethora of choices and we will examine the most popular and feature rich e-commerce platforms and other options. Watermelon Web Works does a lot of work with Magento and Magento 2, but occasionally we do get questions related to another big name … Read more