Entering payment information is a critical part of purchase process and even slight improvement there can help significantly lift online retailer’s revenue.
Some time ago we’ve discovered a great jQuery library developed by Jesse Pollak that makes the process to fill credit card details much more intuitive and user-friendly. It basically guide a user through the process and provides true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience. The image below (credits – J.Pollak) illustrates how it works better than words
The library is completely open-source (released under MIT) licence and we decided that it would be great to have a Magento eCommerce extension based on this library, so even not very technical savvy merchants can install it and benefit from much better credit card forms.
We were a bit busy with our other Magento extension, so it takes some time, but finally, Better Credit Card Form extension for Magento eCommerce is ready! We decided to release it under MIT licence, anybody can download it, use for commercial and non-commercial projects, improve and modify.
You are welcome to download the extension from our online store or Github and share your feedback with us.
If you own online store you know that increasing your store conversion is an important source of additional revenue and profit. Event slight conversion increase can significantly improve both top and bottom lines of your online business.
Today we introduce a new extension that can help Magento eCommerce store owners in this never-ending quest:Payboard Conversion Optimisation extension for Magento.
Payboard is an innovative solution that helps your website visitors navigating through websites using “boosters”. Boosters are small overlay windows that appears on top of your website content and recommend the next step. The system is self-learning, so the next step is the one that based on past users behaviour provides the best conversion.
Payboard works on subscription model, they have both free and paid plans.
Altima has developed official Payboard extension for Magento eCommerce, so installing Payboard to your Magento store is easy and doesn’t require to tweak the code.
The extension is free and available in Altima online store, so you are welcome to install it, get Payboard account and drive your Magento store conversion.
Altima Lookbook Professional version 1.5.2 is released today.
What is new in the latest version:
support of real-time hotspots placement for better responsiveness. Now hotspots are placed on right positions on fly, without page reload, which is especially useful for mobile users who switch from portrait to landscape mode or vice-verse;
support of single slide mode. Some customer uses lookbook with just one slide. For example it can be used to display a scheme with many small products linked. We have improved usability for this case, right now if you have just one slide the navigation and transition effects will be automatically disabled, you may check single slide in action here (link to our demo-site);
support of default link. Right now you can define a default link for each slide. It is linked with the whole slide and works when user clicks to the slide area not related with any hotspots or in the case when the slider is degraded to simple gallery on very small screens. Effectively it also allows to use our extension for simple slider, when you need just one link per slide, so you don’t need to install multiple extensions;
New version, numbered 1.5.0 is released August 11 and has the next important updates:
Lookbooks are responsive now. We have been asked about that numerous time by our clients and finally that feature has arrived – size of Altima Lookbook Pro sliders now can adopt to screen size and therefore can be used easily with responsive themes like new one that supported by default in Magento CE version 1.9
Naturally the extenison is compatible with Magento CE version 1.9 now;
Support of jQuery 1.10
Few notes about responsiveness.
First, placement of hotspots is defined on the load of page, so if you just resize browser window you’ll notice that hotspots are getting wrong. It isn’t ideal but shouldn’t affect most of the users who just load the website and don’t play with its window size. After page reload the placement is corrected.
Second, if the area for lookbook becoming equal or smaller that certain size (400 pixels wide now) it degrades to the simple slideshow, without hotspots. The reason of that is that our tests indicated that it isn’t a good user experience to operate hotspots on small screens. It is possible however to change that limit in configuration file if you really want it.
We will continue work under new version of Altima Lookbook, stay tuned, there are lot’s of idea we have to implement, but if you have your thoughts about how we can make the extension better – drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Almost an year after the 1st version of Altima Lookbook was published, we have completed major update of our extension: jQuery slider library used in Altima Lookbook is now replaced to new one that provides much better functionality: more transition effects, better performance on mobile devices, ability to use thumbnails of images instead of dots in pagination and tons of other small but nice features.
Altima team did a lot of research with different sliders and one we selected and use now is Camera by Pixedelic. This guys did really great job and so far it is the best solution we found.
Five months after 1st LookBook Pro release we have prepared new version of our popular extension for Magento eCommerce. New functionality added is the result of invaluable feedback we got from our clients.
So, what functionality was added? Here is the list:
It’s possible now to add sliders as snippet or widget added, so there is more flexibility in the ways you can use to incorporate Lookbook to your store;
Now it is possible to use any URL from hotspots (not only to products in store as it was before) ;
minor improvements and bugfixes;
We thanks all our clients who provides us with feedback and hope that new version of the extension will help your or your clients Magento store works even better
Two months ago 1st version of Altima LookBook extension for Magento was uploaded. It is the 1st commercial extension that Altima created for public distribution ( there are 2 versions of the LookBook – free and enriched paid) and we are happy to see a good level of interest from Magento merchants and developers: the extension was downloaded over 100 times from Magento Connect.
Somebody can count that number as quite modest, but taking into account that this is our first product published at Magento Connect, we consider the result as fairly good, especially taking in account that the extension got number of very positive reviews.
All our team thanks customers for their interest and support!