Everyone today wants to start a business, however like all startups costs need to be reduced and Magento just seems to be the right answer, when it comes building an e-commerce website for your startup. Magento is one platform that shows use the turn technology has taken and made everything easily accessible. eCommerce websites once upon a time would be a pain to create; since there are many features of the e-commerce websites that need to be created like
- The list of products along with the prizes;
- The ability to add them to the shopping cart;
- Being able to redeem discount coupons;
- Accumulation of loyalty points; and finally
- The payment gateway that needs to be integrated with the website
This all needs to work in proper coordination so that the entire shopping experience works seamlessly for the customer.
Magento helps you build an e-commerce website at minimal costs along with a payment gateway solution that can be implemented on the website. The key features of Magento are as follows –
- Allow you to control and manage your online site or store easily.
- One can easily find a solution to make your store unique.
- You can easily scale the site or the store as your business grows.
- Different Magento extensions, which are designed to meet your day-to-day needs.
- Enterprise level features that can be availed off.
Despite the fact that Magento is an open source robust Ecommerce platform that is easy to use; you need the skilled developers for the high level of coding within a heavy framework. Therefore, before hiring the Magento developers must take a look at the essential factors to hire qualified Magento developer to get the value for the money and take the business to the next level.
Magento Extensions: Overview
Apart from the features and the ability of Magento as a platform, it’s important to note that Magento is an open-source, e-commerce web application. Being an open source application, Magento also has a vast network of partners, who help develop extensions for Magento, which further gives the user or the store manager the power and the flexibility to maintain their site of the store the way they would want to.
Magento extensions are also known as Magento modules and they form the heart of Magento. A Magento extension is nothing but a block of PHP code. This block of code helps further by bringing together functions, which when added into Magento help increase the functionality of Magento. Each and every action on the Magento site, irrespective whether it is related to the frontend or to the backend, has to through some module. Hence modules act like containers for –
- Database data
- Database schemas
- Utility helpers
- Data models
- Action controllers.
- Rendering objects
Lets quickly take a look at some extensions that could be vital to enhancing the end-user customer experience.
Instant Search by Algolia
Algolia makes use of a rare technology, which is capable of delivering the fastest solution possible when it comes to looking for a product one your Magento online store. The Instant Search by Algolia, ensures that user re able to find their products easily and at a fast pace; since the results start displaying as soon as the user starts typing.
This extension by Algolia is free; however, this needs to register for a free Algolia account to be able to use this extension
Data feed generator extension
The data feed generator is an extension developed by Plumrocket Inc.
We all know that data feeds, RSS readers, deal aggregators, customs data feeds and price comparison websites can help in boosting the sales on your website. They also help with increasing the search rankings. Thus ensuring there is more traffic being guided towards your website. This Data feed generator extension helps you create unlimited feeds for your use.
This is a paid extension, which costs $99 for the Community edition and $199 for the Enterprise. Along with this, there is a $50 installation cost irrespective whether it is Community or Enterprise edition. Even as far the support is concerned, for the Community edition, there is a charge on 6-month and 12-month service agreement is $30 and $40 respectively. As far as the Enterprise edition is concerned, the 12-month service agreement is $80.
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SMS notification extension
Meetanshi has developed the SMS notification extension.
Today most of the people prefer updates over SMS, rather than over email. Customers today prefer that they are informed about updates over the SMS rather than over the email. This unique app not only notifies customers but also the admins about the order and store activities using SMS.
This is a paid extension for only the Community edition and charged at $89. Along with this, there is a $25 installation cost.
The best way is to be able to divide your customers depending on their various criterions like all the items related to their orders or you can also segregate your customers based on their shipping or billing details. These rules help you in creating different combinations of conditions, further assist in filtering your customers to the smallest details. Based on these filters you can see the details for each and every customer and additionally if a new client registers and matching any of the conditions or rules that you have set, they would be automatically added to the list.
This is a paid extension, which costs $89 for the Community edition and $289 for the Enterprise. Along with this, there is a $59 installation cost irrespective whether it is Community or Enterprise edition. Even as far as the support is concerned, for the Community edition, there is a charge on 6-month and 12-month service agreement is $49 and $69 respectively. As far as the Enterprise edition is concerned, the 6-month and 12-month service agreement are $89 and $139 respectively.
Secure payment service
The PA-DSS certified payment application that is used by Magento is called the Magento Secure Payment Bridge. This bridge helps meet the merchants using the payment application to meet PCI compliance. The Magento Secure Payment Bridge is available for the users who avail of the Magento Enterprise Edition. The biggest advantage of this is that when new merchandising, marketing and content management features are introduced to the core Magento eCommerce application, there is no need for reassessment to check for PCI compliance. Even while the payment is being processed, the payment data is stored on secure tokens, which are destroyed once the payment has been completed.
The Magento Live Chat Plugin provides the easiest way to integrate live chat on your website. Not only is this extension free, along with that it is also it is the most high-performance, fast and user-friendly solution as far as the live chats on your website are concerned. Another than providing live chat with the visitors of the website, it also monitors how traffic your site is receiving. Further, it is able to monitor what web activities are being carried out by your website visitors, which also include their search engine and along with the keywords that they are using.
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The two-factor authentication is an extension built by XTENTO.
Owning an e-commerce website comes with the responsibility of handling large amounts of customer sensitive data on an everyday basis. To maintain the credibility of your website or store, it comes mandatory to ensure that the data like the payment information (i.e., card details and so on), order history and the mainly the address of the customer is classified. Here is where XTENTO provides a solution that can save the day. The Two-factor authentication (TFA) by XTENTO ensures that your backend is secure using an extremely simple. This extension prompts you with an additional security screen when you try to access your Magento backend. After you have entered your username and password for the Magento backend, there is an authentication code that would need to be entered. This authentication code is generated on your mobile phone; thus securing the data at the back end. This is a paid extension, which costs $79 for the Community edition and $159 for the Enterprise.
The list of extensions for your store/shop using Magento is probably endless and there is a lot that can be done in terms of adding functionality to your store. However, if you have just started building your store, the suggestion would keep it minimalistic and start small. There will always be time to add the features/extensions as and when needed.
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