Adding Extensions to Your Magento Store

Magento is a powerful e-commerce platform, and like any other type of site, it requires using multiple extensions and modules to provide the full online shopping experience.  These products cover fundamental aspects, such as adding shipping restrictions, to more sophisticated offerings, such as building and managing a customer loyalty program.  If you want your site … Read more

Staying Secure With Magento

Are you concerned about Cyber Security?  If you are operating an online store front, you should be.  Magento is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms, which makes it a good target for malicious actors.  In this post we’ll briefly review some of the most common security threats to Magento platforms, how they can be addressed, and why having a team like ours can help ensure the safety of you and your customers.

Magento 1 and OpenMage

If you have a Magento e-commerce platform, you have most likely wondered whether to switch to Magento 2 (M2). There are numerous benefits to making the jump, and it’s a jump we have helped many clients make. However, despite those benefits, it can be a daunting task, and it can seem worthwhile to make Magento 1 (M1) work for as long as possible. Unfortunately, because Adobe ended support for M1, it’s not feasible for businesses to remain on the platform.

Do I have to upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Magento 1 Risks

Magento 1 was EOL (end-of-life) in June 2020. This means that Magento no longer officially supports the platform, and they issued the very last security patch on June 22, 2020. Since then, there have been multiple Magento websites hacked, ransom-wared, and otherwise exploited by criminals who are all too aware of the vulnerability of Magento 1 sites that remain in the wild. Please read Online store hacked in largest campaign to date for evidence of this occurring already.

When is Magento 2 the Right Choice for your Ecommerce Site?

If you are starting a new Ecommerce business or thinking about migrating from an older Ecommerce site you aren’t happy with anymore, then you will of course have to make a profound decision: what software is going to run this new (or new and improved) shopping experience for your eager customers?

Some of the big players would be: Shopify, Squarespace (with their Ecommerce plugins), BigCommerce, Wordpress + WooCommerce, etc., the list goes on and on (and if you have an ERP system, your ERP system may even have some kind of shopping front-end). And you may have heard of a very popular choice, Magento (current version 2.4.2 as of this writing). You may have already done your homework and found out that Magento 2 is a complete Ecommerce solution, with hundreds of popular extensions to fit a myriad of use-cases, with core features that handle product management, to inventory, to complete order/invoicing/shipping flow (and that’s just the core features!)

Magento and Data Import with Magento’s REST API

Dealing with large product catalogs can be a pain. Creating products, categories, and attributes manually is often not an option. For most of our large-catalog stores, it would take years to enter manually. Bulk updates of existing products can also take huge amounts of time and effort. For reliable and efficient product data import, it’s essential to use an smooth and accurate tool capable of automating Magento data import.

Cloudflare Caching and Protection with Magento 2

If you own or operate a Magento 2 eCommerce site, you almost certainly have spent time trying to improve performance and load speed. Magento 2 is a powerful eCommerce solution, but it is also complex and resource intensive, even on a “vanilla” installation. You can get a powerhouse web host, enable multiple levels of front-end and back-end caching, and integrate powerful search tools to try to improve performance. Those efforts will get you much of the way there, but not all the way.

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.

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.