Monthly Archives: October 2014

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    magento features list

     

    Magento is a feature-rich eCommerce platform solution that offers merchants complete
    flexibility and control over the functionality of their online channel. Magento’s search engine optimization, catalog management, and powerful marketing tools give merchants the ability to create sites that provide an unrivaled shopping experience for their customers.

    Magento’s intuitive administration interface allows you to tailor your site to your unique business needs. Completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento is the ultimate e-Commerce solution. Here is an overview of some main Magento features that you should be on the lookout if you choose to install it into your webstore.

    Magento Features List

     

    Marketing, Promotions and Conversion Tools

    • Related products, up-sells and cross-sells
    • Catalog promotional pricing with the ability to
    restrict to stores, categories or products
    • Flexible coupons (pricing rules) with ability to
    restrict to stores, customer groups, time period,
    products, and categories
    • Generate a set of unique coupon codes for
    each promotion and export the list of codes for
    offline distribution, email, newsletters and more.
    Easily manage and monitor coupon usage and
    generate detailed reports
    • Multi-tier pricing for quantity discounts
    • Minimum Advertised Price (MAP)
    • Landing page tool for categories
    • Customer groups
    • Product bundles
    • Recently viewed and compared products
    • New items promotional tool
    • Persistent shopping cart
    • Google Website Optimizer integration for A/B
    and multivariate testing
    • Free shipping options
    • Polls
    • Newsletter management
    • Send to a friend for all visitors or registered
    users only
    • Send wish lists by email

    Search Engine Optimization

    • 100% search engine friendly
    • Google Site Map
    • Search engine friendly URL’s
    • URL rewrites give full control of URL’s

    • Attribute sets for quick product creation of
    different item types
    • Inventory management with backordered items,
    minimum and maximum quantities
    • Batch updates to products in admin panel
    • Automatic image resizing and watermarking
    • Advanced pricing rules and support for
    special prices
    • Search results rewrites and redirects
    • Moderated product tags and reviews
    • Customer personalized products – ability to
    upload images and text (i.e. for embroidery,
    monogramming, etc.)
    • Customer sorting – define attributes for customer
    sorting on category (price, brand, etc.)
    • RSS feed for low inventory alerts

    Rich Merchandising Suite (RMS)

     

    • Segment customers into groups and optimize marketing initiatives by identifying specific customer groups using specific characteristics (address, location, sex, etc.) and/or value (purchase history, on-site browsing, etc.).

    • Advanced segmentation capabilities include the ability to identify unknown site visitors.

    Whether they’re new visitors or returning customers who have not logged in, you’ll now be
    able to identify and target them with special promotions to convert browsers into buyers.

     

     

    So now you know more about Magento's features. Why not give us a call, and we'll set you up with what you need?

  • In Magento, to change the logo you simply have to specify a new URL path to the logo. If you want to place the logo in the same folder as the default one, you'll have to use cPanel's File Manager or FTP. Each logo is relative to the template you are using. If you change the theme on your website, you'll have to upload the new image.

    While this may sound complicated, it keeps the files and folders of Magento organized.

    1. With your FTP program (in this example we'll use FileZilla), go to the root folder of Magento
    2. Go to skin/frontend/default
    3. From here you'll need to select the template you are using. Currently we're using the "modern" template so we'll click on that folder
    4. Now, click on the images folder
    5. Select the logo file, and upload the file

    logo in magento

    Setting the path to the logo in Magento

    Now, that you have uploaded the image of your logo to Magento, we'll need to tell Magento where it is. Changing the file path or URL to your logo in Magento is easily accomplished in the Magento Admin backend.

    1. Log into your Magento Admin Panel
    2. Go to System ->> Configuration.
    3. Click on "Design" in the left side menu pane
    4. Open the "Header" section
    5. Change the file name in the "Logo Image Src" to the file name you just uplaoded. Leave theimages/prefix alone
    6. Click 'Save Config.'

    logo in magento

     

    logo in magento

    Now, when you visit your website, your new logo should be displayed in the upper left of the header of the page.

    BEFORE:

    logo in magento

    AFTER:

    logo in magento

  • Why-Magento

    At Hara Partners, we've been specializing in Magento for a very long time, but sometimes other e-commerce websites will ask us why Magento is the best choice for their e-commerce platform.

    The simple answer is that no other e-commerce system except Magento will offer you with the same depth of rich features and powerful inbuilt functionalities.

    Why Magento for Open Source

    Magento is an open source platform, which means that it can be downloaded for free. Developers can modify the source code and add features and functionality by creating or installing add-ons and plug-ins as per your business requirement.

    Thousands of developers from around the globe are simultaneously working to make it bigger, better and even more customizable than it already is. This not only results in a cost-efficient solution, it also provides a higher grade of quality for the product, since thousands of pairs of eyes are much more likely to catch bugs and find solutions than one pair of eyes.

    Easier Site Management

    Magento has the feature of handling multiple stores. You can even operate stores on multiple websites; Magento helps you to manage them from one admin panel. All the sales and customers can be managed from a single database. This saves a lot of time of placing orders and managing sales. It also has other features such as multi-language, multi-currency support, international support, product browsing, shipping, order management etc.

    Scalable Platform

    Magento can be molded into whatever you want it to be. You have a small business or large enterprise; it can adapt your small business requirement or your complicated and sophisticated requirements. Magento is highly scalable and flexible that can be customized to serve any business model. Store Owners can expand the platform up to their anticipation provided that they work with a Magento expert team.

    Search Engine Optimization

    If your website does not get traffic visits through search engines then you are not going to achieve a return on your investment. Search engines love Magento because it creates very clean URLs, tags and descriptions with keywords. This directly helps in sales and revenue generation. It also has powerful tools such as Up-Sells and Cross-Sells that encourage the users to order for more products.

  • Listed below are a few common reasons for why reviewing some of the more common reasons products don't display in Magento.

    1.  Product updates have invalidated the cache

     

    When using the Magento cache option, a refresh is required after product updates.

    System > Cache Management

    The invalidated cache will be displayed in orange.

    2.  Product is not assigned to a website and will not display in Magento

     

    Catalog > Manage Products > Website (tab)

    display in magento

    3.  Product is not assigned to a category

     

    Catalog > Manage Products > Category (tab)

    4.  Product is out of stock

     

    Catalog > Manage Products > Inventory (tab)

    display in magento

    By default, products with a ‘Stock Availability’ of ‘Out of Stock’ (OOS) are not displayed on category pages.  Though, they can be accessed directly via the products URL.

    You can change the default setting to display OOS products System > Configuration > Catalog > Display Out of Stock Products (change value to Yes).

  • custom magento development

    Good morning, Magento fans. All of you already know and recognize Hara Partners as the best ecommerce solution providers this side of Times Square. However, did you also know about our custom Magento development services?

    Entrepreneurs all over the world currently use Magento services to start their e-Commerce business up as it's easy to set up, and simple to work in. Custom Magento development is an indispensable service that any Magento company or company that works with Magento would be lost without. If you think this is a service that's missing from your business, why not read about some of the specificities entailed with custom Magento development below, so that you can get a better idea of what we can do for you..

  • We're able to develop every Magento store from scratch or carry If you’d like to we can develop Magento store from scratch or carry out your e-shop migration to this platform.
  • If you have a base but need some customization we can assist you with further Magento website development and maintenance adding required functionality and features.
  • We offer custom Magento plugins, modules and templates development for your online store.
  • We can also develop custom Magento extensions for you or update any extension to meet your requirements. We're always working on new software for all of our customers' needs. We can also offer you not only the customization of built-in Magento features but also the customization of the 3rd party extensions. At your request we can readily perform the modification of a ready commercial script or modify the source code.

    There are many tricks and turns associated with custom Magento development, but don't let the technicalities get in your way. We're the geeks here— and our job is to make your life easier. So when you're ready for that custom Magento work, do yourself a favor and send us a message as soon whenever you're good and ready. We'll be here waiting for you.

  • Bongo US

    Hara Partners is excited to announce our partnership with Bongo US. Bongo was established in 2007 to enable Global Consumers to purchase and receive goods irrespective of their physical location. With offices in America’s East and West Coast, UK, Belgium and Peru, the possibilities for delivering goods expands significantly.

    Bongo offers a shipping calculator to account for all cost associated to the shipment. When the the goods arrive to Bongo, they can ship to the customer in as little as 3 days. There is no third party interaction. Translations are available in 16 languages and 71 currencies are accepted. Bongo US offers the quickest and most affordable solution to international shipping.

    Bongo US Uses for Consumers

    Bongo US offers personal shopping experiences for customers who cannot find specific items they are looking for. If there are items shipping from multiple locations to Bongo US, the shipments can be consolidated to a single shipment to save on customs, taxes and fees.

    Bongo US promises the right goods are being shipped properly by sending the customer a picture of the goods that are being shipping. The customer can have tracking information sent to their email, facebook or twitter accounts. Affordable insurance can also be added to the shipments.

    Bongo US works by the customer buying goods, which are then shipped to the Bongo headquarters. Bongo US collects the good, send the customer a picture and gets the order ready. Then the goods are shipped to the customer and the tracking information is provided.

    Bongo US Uses for Businesses

    Bongo US acts as the link between the consumer and the business. Neither have to meet and Bongo US does the work. There are three services offered to businesses for seamless transactions.

    Bongo Export is a fully integrated eCommerce solution provides a seamless shopping experience for international customers while maintaining merchant brand integrity.

    Bongo Checkout is a modular eCommerce solution promotes safe acceptance of international eCommerce orders with guaranteed fraud protections.

    Bongo Extend is a powerful shopping cart plugin that enables international shoppers to obtain shipping addresses in the US, EU, UK, and South America and make purchases from your eCommerce store immediately.

    For a full list of services, please see the Bongo US page.

  • magento quickviewDear Magento aficionados: a new extension has arrived that could save you all the time-costly hassle of having to manally view product details on a webpage for days on end. QuickView allows you to remove unnecessary page reloads and simplify the catalog browsing. You can allow your customers to preview the product details directly from the Category page. A neat and handy pop-up window containing crucial product info will allow the visitor to swiftly make their decision, and get back to shopping with no delays.

    I know what you're thinking: "Why didn't anyone make this sooner? Aren't we supposed to be in the twenty-first century over here?" Correct, but developers' minds can only move so fast. Just be glad that QuickView is here, to take all that previous hassle away (as all good extensions should).

    QuickView is a Magento module, not a template hack, so you can install into your current Magento website, and use QuickView immediately. The module is powered by AJAX technology, and offers extensive options for configuring the pop-up window. You can set it up to include:

    —short/full description

    —rating and reviews summary

    —additional information

    —stock availability info

    —add to cart/wishlist button

    QuickView's Additional Features:

    —Instant Product Details preview from a Category page

    —AJAX-based pop-up

     

    Fully Customizable Pop-Up:

    —size

    —layout

    —border color

    —progress indicator image

    Multiple Pop-Up Actions:

    —Add Product to Cart / Wishlist

    —Submit Review

    —Proceed to Product Page

    —View previous/next product

    —Zoom images

    Here is also some information on QuickView's back-end:

    The information that is displayed on the Product popup such as product reviews, short description, Add to cart and Wishlist links, and previous next buttons are completely configurable from the backend.

    You can adjust the width and height of Quickview window

    You can turn on / off review, add to cart button, footer links, detail product description

    You can upload another loading icon to replace the default loading icon.

    You can change the background color, Quickview border color, background opacity and the position of Quickview window

    Change the size of product main images and size of product screenshot

    Elated? We knew you would be. Give us a call and we'll hook you up with the goods as soon as you feel like you need it.

  • EDI Connector for Magento by Hara Partners

    edi connector

    You've read about some of our awesome services in the past. Right now, one of our hottest products is the Magento EDI Connector.

    What's EDI?

    EDI or Electronic Data Interchange was introduced decades ago as a standardized communications interface between different computer systems to enhance and standardize communications. EDI started in the early 1980s by implementing Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 standards. EDI communications is transmitted through networks called VANs (Value Added Networks). EDI was standardized by the NIST in 1996, at which point it was already somewhat outdated with the rise of the Internet.

    Simply put, EDI provides a standardized way of exchanging documents and confirming the receipt of such documents. Most EDI communication happens between suppliers and retailers, and it's widely used by large retailers to standardize and streamline their operations. EDI is capable of communicating shipment information including what time to expect a truck on a loading doc, with the receiver able to confirm the scheduling.

    What We Do

    The Magento EDI Connector hooks you into any EDI VAN (Value Added Network) seamlessly in real-time.

    Getting started with EDI is easy and you can soon be sending order and shipping information more effectively and efficiently. Using Hara Partners' Magento EDI Connector can speed up the process tremendously and get you going in just a few days.

    1. The first thing you will need is a VAN or a traditional way to connect to your trading partners. You may be able to use something as basic as (S)FTP to send and receive EDI documents.
    2. Once you are able to send and receive EDI documents, you will have to create the proper documents and be able to interpret the responses. This is where the Magento EDI Connector comes in.
    3. The Magento EDI Connector allows you to quickly generate the documents you need and parse the documents you are receiving, no matter how complex they are. -
    4. With the Magento EDI Connector, you can easily toggle between test orders and go live hassle-free.

    More Info

    If this sounds hot to you (and we know it does), you can read more about the EDI Connector on our page.

  • googlebot optimization

    Googlebot Optimization: Going a Step Beyond SEO

    The difference between Googlebot optimization and regular search engine optimization is that Googlebot optimization is focused on how Google’s crawler accesses your site. A site's crawlability is the important first step to ensuring its searchability.

    What is Googlebot?

    Googlebot is Google’s search bot (also known as a spider) that crawls the web and creates an index. The amount of time that Googlebot gives to your site is called “crawl budget.” The greater a page’s authority, the more crawl budget it receives.

    Google’s Googlebot article says that  “Googlebot shouldn’t access your site more than once every few seconds on average.” In other words, your site is always being crawled, provided your site is accurately accepting crawlers. 

    Googlebot first accesses a site's robots.txt to find out the rules for crawling the site. Any pages that are disallowed will not be crawled or indexed. A robots.txt is essential is because it serves as a directive to the Googlebot. Googlebot will spend its crawl budget on any pages on your site. You need to tell the Googlebot where it should and shouldn’t expend crawl budget. If there are any pages or silos of your site that should not be crawled, please modify your robots.txt accordingly.

    The less Googlebot is spending time on unnecessary sections of your site, the more it can crawl and return the more important sections of your site.

    Content that is crawled more frequently is more likely to gain more traffic. Although pagerank is probably the main factor in crawl frequency, it’s likely that the pagerank becomes less important when compared with freshness factor of similarly ranked pages.

    It’s especially crucial for Googlebot optimization to get your low ranked pages crawled as often as possible. By using internal linking, you can also provide a map for Googlebot to follow as it crawls your site.

    Read more about Googlebot Optimization on KISSmetrics' blog.

  • Walmart e-Commerce

     

    In recent months, Walmart's shares have dropped 3.6%. In the last quarter of the year, Walmart e-Commerce has become the focus in the tough economy. Throughout the year, the company has redone their entire sales outlook.

    At the beginning of fiscal year 2015, the company planned to have 3%-5% revenue. In reality, they are scheduled to have 2%-3% revenue. Walmart has already planned down for fiscal year 2016 at 2%-4% revenue. A recent article shows how greatly the company has changed.

    Throughout the company's lifetime, they have had strong growth. With the economy changing, Walmart's revenue is hurting like many retail businesses. Consumers have become careful and more cautious in how they spend their money.

    Walmart depends on the low to middle class system for their top line sales. But, the lower and middle class now face challenges that make it harder to purchase goods. They have reduced food stamps, stagnate wages, rising gas prices, delayed income tax refunds, and high payroll taxes.

     

    Walmart e-Commerce is Financially Beneficial

     

    As a focus turns on Walmart e-Commerce, they plan to invest $1.2-$1.5 billion. In fiscal year 2015, they planned to spend around $0.8 billion, and actually spent around $1 billion. These investments will go toward building new distribution centers and added new technology.

    Walmart e-Commerce is planned to grow their revenue by 25% in fiscal year 2016. Between fiscal year 2016 and 2018, the company plans to grow by 30%-40%.

    Walmart invests in e-Commerce because it is a nessecity for maintaining growth in the business. With less resources, consumers are looking for the easiest way to buy whatever they need.

    The convince of online selling has become a trend for many companies. Instead of going into the store, consumers want the reliability, convince and ease of buying items in a few minutes. Walmart has relied too heavily on the fact that consumers will come into the store based on their name. Now, Walmart e-Commerce has to sell itself to the online consumer.

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