If you are looking to start an e-commerce business, then Magento 2 should be of great interest to you. It is one of the most popular and widely used e-commerce platforms available today. As well as being incredibly flexible and scalable, it is also very easy to add the functionalities you require for your particular business.
By far the biggest draw for many e-commerce site owners to switch to Magento 2 has been the release of many practical extensions.
WHAT ARE MAGENTO 2 EXTENSIONS AND WHAT ARE THEY MADE FOR?
Although Magento 2 is powerful enough in itself to establish an e-commerce site with, if you want to make your site just right to fit in with your brand and niche – you can streamline and tailor it using special extensions.
These work in a similar way really to WP plugins and enable you to enhance the features of your store. However, with well in excess of 1500 Magento 2 extensions, the tricky thing is picking the ones that are best for your site.
To help you out, we have put together a list of some of the Magento 2 extensions we would recommend you consider for your e-commerce site.
It makes sense that Payment Extension is one of the first and most crucial extensions you should have. With this extension, you can set up your site to accept a whole range of different globally recognized payment methods. As well as increasing how easy your website is to use for your customers, it also will increase their trust in your brand and site.
The Realex Payments Extension can help to double the number of sales on your site by offering a secure payment experience. It benefits from being available for 54 different countries and can transact in more than 140 different currencies across the globe.
How your customers navigate around your store, is something you should pay close attention to as this will determine how much they will enjoy shopping with you. Nowadays, we expect sites to run smoothly and navigating around them should be easy. The more products you are selling, the harder this is to actually make happen.
Which is why Amasty’s Layered Navigation extension is so good. The extension is very easy to use and enables you to create a variety of different styles of navigation menus. It also enables you to use integrated filters for your store, which means your customers can filter product searches by specific features and price ranges, for example.
Just as no e-commerce site can function without a robust payment system in place, neither can one operate effectively with a poorly set out shipping service. By using the Shipping Extension you can streamline the delivery and fulfillment side of your business, decrease the instances of shopping carts being abandoned and prevent your customers from feeling unsatisfied.
Advanced Shipping is a CSV-based offline shipping method for Magento 2 that enables admin to add a number of different rates. The rates can be set according to a number of different variables including:
- Zip code or postcode
- Cart sub-total
Options such as free shipping can also be set.
When you run an e-commerce store, it is vital that you understand how important customer service is to the success of your business. Although smaller stores only need Contact Us pages, if your business is/or will be a bigger operation, you need something more robust.
Magento 2 Help Desk Extension is a ticketing/support system. It has been developed to combine various types of support. For instance, you can make use of live chat to give your customers an easy to use support system. Additionally, you can have a ticketing system that gives customers the option to add attachments and media. Along with this, you can fully manage the entire system, checking tickets, replying to them and closing them when they are solved.
One of the best features of this extension is that it allows you to prioritize tickets so you can avoid losing bigger sales.
An attractive and intuitively designed site with lots of amazing offers is not going to be very successful without all-important visitors. Which is why SEO is just as important as the other things we just mentioned. With Mageworx’s very own SEO Suite, you can make use of one of the best SEO tools available for Magento sites. The best thing about it is, that even an entry-level user can get the most out of this uncomplicated, but extensive tool.
One of the problems with running an e-commerce store that sells hundreds of different products is selling ‘out of stock’. To avoid losing potential customers when your items are out of stock, the Magento 2 Out of Stock Notification is an essential extension to have. It allows your customers to subscribe for information regarding ‘out of stock’ products and they will automatically be informed when they become available.
As both Magento and Magento 2 suffer from a lack of official promotional tools, you need to look at third-party developers for these kinds of extensions. The Amasty Special Promotions is perhaps the most extensive one and allows you to set up and manage various kinds of promotions. It is incredibly powerful, with it you can create particular deals for specific products. With more than 50 preset promotions, you can create your own too.
Have you ever been on a site and seen a pop-up at the corner of the screen telling you that such and such product has recently been sold? That is exactly what the Live Sales Notification Extension can bring to your e-commerce site. This can help to make your e-store feel like an actual store and increase visitor’s confidence and trust in your store and more likely to purchase with you.
A gift card extension for your Magento 2 e-commerce site can be a great addition as there are many customers who love to buy gift cards as presents for friends and family. With Aheadworks, you can easily create virtual and physical gift cards that are highly personalized, available with a variety of different delivery options and can be applied at checkouts.
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