5 Useful Magento extensions – Part 1

This is the first of a multi-part series of magento extensions which we think, would be handy to grow the customer base of any e-commerce store and provide incredible value to the customers of the store. We have hand picked these extensions, from a list of around 50 extensions that our engineers worked on, over the course of last 5 years for various clients across the globe.

Webinse

Webinse Daily Deals extension allows you to create a daily deal for any product. It allows you to select discount items and define the discount rates and the duration of promotion with ease. It is basically a smart way to perk up your sales through special offers.

Using this extension, there is no need to configure shopping cart price rules anymore. Just create a new deal related to the desired product, enter the deal price, and set up the period the deal should be active.

You can call a block of deal offerings onto your Homepage, and shoppers who pay attention can get quick access to your groupon-like page.

It is a complementary and a free extension for particular themes only.

Features

  • Customizable sidebar


  • Ability to run multiple deals


  • Informative Status updates to assist in management: running, ended, pending


  • Ability to set time and date of start and end of the deal


  • Informative Status updates to assist in management: running, ended, pending


  • Ability to display quantity of remaining products by the special price


  • Preventive messages about quantity of the products for management


  • Ability to display quantity of bought products by the deal price


  • Comparison between the discount price and actual value of each product


  • Customization of the quantity of shown items in the widget

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Affiliate

This extension allows a Magento site owner to organize and automate their affiliate program, so that their store is promoted every day. It supports creation of multiple programs and multiple commission rates per program. It helps you to promote your products and earn commission when the products are purchased.

Using this extension, you can even create commission rates based on the number of orders the referral customer has made and the amount of revenue the affiliate has generated. In addition, you can set different commission rates for different products.

Affiliate Management has dedicated & free lifetime support and it is trusted by more than 5,000 customers worldwide.

Features

  • Multiple program / campaign support


  • Create multiple commission rates


  • Reward higher performing affiliates with higher commission rates


  • Set different rates based on number of orders made by the referred customer


  • Reduce commissions when a refund is issued


  • Easily exclude certain products from earning commission


  • Ability to display quantity of remaining products by the special price


  • Easily exclude certain orders from earning commission


  • Track and manage payouts


  • Affiliates can request withdrawals


  • Complete banner management

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MAGE SMS

You can greatly improve the customer service for your e-commerce store by sending SMS notifications to customers. SMS Marketing allows store owners to establish greater levels of trust, deepen the relationship with your customers and build a stronger customer loyalty.

SMS extension enables you to send Transactional Bulk SMS messages to your customers or administrators based on various events in your Magento store. No integration costs, no monthly fee, no minimum spend is required to use this extension. You pay only for outgoing SMS messages.

Features

  • Multi-lingual versions of SMS text, Multi-store support and Multiple sender types


  • SMS marketing with advanced filter options.


  • Sending bulk SMS from a CSV file or vCard.


  • SMS opt-out possibility for a customer in the shopping basket. Admin has an option to set whether SMS opt-out will be displayed to a customer in the shopping basket.


  • SMS history with filters, History of SMS answers received from customers.


  • Statistics with filtering options.


  • Support for Unicode characters


  • Automatic conversion of customer´s mobile number to an international format.


  • SMS delivery report to an e-mail address.

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One Step Checkout

To maximize profits, you should do everything you can to make sure your customers complete the purchase. One Step Checkout extension drastically reduces the time to checkout products, leading to an immediate increase in sales. It redirects the customers to checkout automatically after adding products to cart. One Step Checkout for Magento can be downloaded for free and it comes with free lifetime update & community support.

Features

  • Just a single step to complete checkout


  • “Geo IP” feature – Automatically detects the country and city


  • Allows to set a default shipping and payment method


  • Multi-language support


  • Ability to remove products and edit quantity, right on the Checkout page.


  • Auto update prices, totals and taxes when the shipping address changes without a full page refresh

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tawk.to

A Live Chat application provides a huge boost for an e-commerce business, as it allows your customers to connect with your staff quickly and efficiently, as your staff can handle multiple customers concurrently. A Live Chat app usually works as a small attached window at the bottom right of any page in a site.

tawk.to is an excellent live chat application that lets you monitor and chat with visitors of your website for free. It is not exactly a magento extension but a widget which could be plugged into any site easily. I decided to include this widget in this post as it provides an incredible value for any site and its absolutely free. We have used it for our site over an year now and have never had any issues with it.

Features

Custom Widget: This widget is used to alter the size, colors, position and content of the visitor widget to suit your website. You can even customize the widget to suit your language.

Chat History: Chat history lets you to view the complete history of every chat you and your team have had. Your chat records are saved indefinitely and you can delete them at any time.

Shortcuts: Shortcuts are a major time saver, and they allow you to share recommended messages or answers with new members of your team. Save your time by answering frequently asked visitor questions with these shortcuts.

Automated Triggers: Triggers allow you to set automated messages based on multiple conditions, like time, visiting a specific page, or performing a certain action etc.

Multiple Agents: Every agent is an administrator of their own account and can be invited to share multiple different ‘sites’ or ‘pages’. Using multiple agents, you can add an unlimited number of agents.

Aliases: You can have multiple aliases, so you can answer each chat with whatever name you like. Each alias can also have its own profile picture, work title etc.

Departments: Create different departments for your team, and assign different agents to each. For Eg: Have the sales team answer sales related chats, and the IT team answer technical support chats.

Manage Sites: Add multiple different widgets to as many websites as you like, so you can track where all your chats are coming from. Log in to one dashboard, and answer on behalf of many different sites.

Custom Pages: If you don’t have a website you can create custom pages, share the link and then start accepting chats instantly. You can create as many pages as you like.

Visitor Monitoring: Track and monitor the visitors on your website in real time, watch as they navigate from page to page within your site. Gain key insights in to visitor behavior, and track their geographic location, return visits and much more.

Add this most powerful, fully-functioning, stand-alone chat extension to your site and take your communication to a whole new level.