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We could see how happy you are now with your new online store. The smirk on your face says loads about how special it was to make a selling online. As you are now used to a bit of Joomlaness already, now you may think a bit beyond about what other options you look forward to adding to your Joomla shopping cart. We suggest you start with something that is available for FREE.

J2store extension store has a comprehensive set of FREE applications that can be integrated to your Joomla Shopping Cart. We have listed the 5 Free apps you can add to your cart.

1) Simple CSV Import & Export

Are you managing a huge catalog in your online store? Well, this app will make your catalog management a breeze. You can simply create a CSV file to import new and update existing products. The app is especially handy when you want to update a few fields in your catalog. Example, you might want to just update the price. In those cases, just export the products from the app, remove all the columns except the SKU and the Price columns, update the prices and import it. That is all required.

Download the app here.

2) Google Shopping Product Feed

Let customers discover about your products faster on the internet and grow the sales. Google Merchant centre is an important tool every online store should be using. You can upload your product data to Google Merchant Center, and let millions of shoppers see your online and in-store inventory.

The Google Shopping Product Feed app allows you to generate and submit the product feed to the Google Merchant Centre. Google shopping allows the customers to discover your products much faster, thus generating more visitors and sales for your online store.

Download the app here.

3) Checkout Redirect

If you are selling one-of-a-kind products or services, you might want to take the customers directly to checkout steps, skipping the cart page. This makes the checkout experience smooth and faster for the customers, especially when you know that customers will be ordering only one product per order.

This app helps you achieve it.

Download the app here.

4) Change Password

The most useful app for any website. As the security concern over personal data keeps growing, the users expect the change password option on the sites they use. The app enables change password feature in J2Store's 'My Profile' page. It allows the customer to change their account's password on their profile page.

Download the app here.

5) Social Media App

Like and Tweet buttons are unavoidable. So are the other social media share buttons to share Pinterest, Linkedin, Google Plus and the like. Social Media App allows the users to share the products to the popular social media they want to.

Download the app here.

6) Re-Captcha

Save your website from spam and abuse by bots or other malicious computer programs. Add the Free re-captcha app to your site for more security.

Download the app here.

7) Combine Tax

The app is FREE and it makes things simple for you. It clubs all individual taxes under one primary tax and displays it to the user in the order summary. Too many tax breakdowns may confuse the customers. The app combines all analyses and shows the sum of all taxes under a 'combined Tax' category at the order summary thus keeping it brief and straightforward.

Download the app here.

8) Compare Products

Some apps and features truly make the online shopping appealing. The 'Compare Products' app is one such that allows customers to add products to a list for comparison. Customers can view the products and compare their features in an elegant table. And it's available for FREE.

Want to add the app to your site?

Download the app here.

9) Acymailing

Keep your regular customers posted about the new offers and deals you throw on your website. The app integrates with Acymailing Newsletter extension, allowing customers to subscribe to your newsletters. You would have the option of auto-subscribing customers to a particular mailing list if they bought certain products.

Download the app here.

10) Mailchimp Integration Basic

The app integrates MailChimp with J2Store and allows your customers to subscribe to MailChimp newsletters automatically. Customers may choose to subscribe to MailChimp newsletters during a purchase at the checkout page.

Returning customers and sales from returning customer play a significant role in every business. Track the paying customers and add them to your MailChimp lists.

Download the app here.

We are glad that we shared the FREE apps that you can find at J2store. Visit our extension store to find more interesting apps that you may want to have on your website.

Our friends at Joomlart have come up with JA Joomla Page Builder to help you build awesome pages in your Joomla website.

You can build stunning pages based on beautiful pre-made content blocks and page library in addition to super powerful builder features to update content, customize layout and style.

Here are the top 6 reasons why we love JA Joomla page builder

The page builder is built using latest web technologies and comes with powerful building tools and advanced text editor to help you customize and update all elements in the websites, each content type has different settings.

1. 130+ Premium content blocks

The builder includes 18 content type blocks: header, footer, content, hero, slideshow, gallery, etc and up to 130+ content blocks will help you create pages beautifully.. In addition, all the content blocks are customized easily with advanced builder tool.

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2. 25+ premium page library

To save you time, we provide premium Joomla page library that includes beautiful pre-made pages (homepage, about us, contact, portfolio, etc) to help you create the exactly same page with 1 click. On the "Page" Menu, select Page library and select layout you want.

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3. Create stunning landing page in 5 minutes

You can use the page builder to create effective landing pages in minutes. It has all the required blocks to build a landing page quickly.

4. Page Import and Export

The export and import makes it easier to clone a page with exactly same data and page configuration. To do so, just open the page you want to edit » Edit the page » Settings » Export / Import then export the page. Next, create new page and import data for the new page using the exported page data file.

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5. Responsiveness

The JA Joomla Page builder is fully responsive, every single element in each content block is designed to have outstanding look and feel in all responsive layouts: Desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile. The responsive preview will help you check how the page is displaying in specific responsive layout.

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6. Revisions

Another feature you would love is the Revision. The feature will auto save the changes you did when editing the page (for now, each revision includes 10 changes). Meaning, after you do 10 changes, it will be saved as a revision. You can revert to previous revision to revert the content, pretty handy feature

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Selling memberships or subscriptions and accepting recurring payments in your website is quite easy with PayPal.

PayPal provides a set of options that helps you accept payments at specific intervals automatically, which is actually referred as recurring payments. This article helps you understand the solution provided by PayPal and use it along with the Subscriptions tool of J2Store.

Recurring Payments with PayPal

The terms - Subscriptions, Memberships and Recurring Billing - actually refer to the system of accepting payments automatically at specified intervals.

PayPal offers Recurring Payments in the form of Subscription buttons, Express Checkout and the Website Payments Pro API’s. This helps you to automatically bill for services without the need to save the user’s credit card information in your own database. So you do not have to worry about the security and PCI compliance anymore.

We will be discussing the Express Checkout and the Website Payments PRO in this article. Since the Subscription buttons are for those having static html websites, we will not be discussing it here.

All these three forms allow you to charge a customer an amount for each period.You can include a one-time set up fee when charging the customer first time. However, the recurring amount will always be the same.

An Example of Subscription / Recurring Payments

Let's say, you are selling web hosting services. Each month you charge $12 USD. To set up the account initially, you charge a one-time fee of $50 USD.So the first charge will be made for $62 USD, and the subsequent months, the charge will be USD $12.

Let's us see how does the PayPal Plugin handles it in J2Store and Subscriptions

Reference Transactions with Express Checkout

The standard PayPal Plugin for J2Store now supports recurring billing / subscriptions payments. It uses the PayPal's Express Checkout API to do this.

You can either purchase the plugin or you can get it free when you purchase J2Store PRO

PayPal offers a feature called Reference Transactions for accepting subscription / recurring payments with automated billing. The plugin uses the Reference Transactions feature.

SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT: Reference Transactions are not enabled by default in your PayPal Account. You will have to call or email PayPal Support in order to be enabled. Only then you can accept recurring payments with PayPal.

When the Reference Transactions feature is enabled for your PayPal account, the plugin creates a billing agreement. This allows the buyer to agree to future billing without the need to go through the Express Checkout procedure again.

This system makes it possible to sell multiple subscriptions, change recurring totals and billing schedule, and allow customers to switch subscriptions — none of which is possible with PayPal Standard.

To request that PayPal turn on Reference Transactions, call your local PayPal Support Help Center. Find the phone number at Contact.

Tell PayPal that you are specifically calling so a PayPal Specialist can enable Reference Transactions on your account. They may try to help you set up recurring payments with a button — that is not want you want. They need to transfer you to a specialist who will ask you for your PayPal account information (email address), and then tell you that they filed a ticket, and you will hear back from PayPal via email on whether Reference Transactions have been enabled or not.

Keep in mind that the reference transactions feature is not enabled by default. In order to utilize it, the merchant will need to apply for it and get approved. Make sure this is done prior to using the Subscriptions app in order to avoid problems when you launch.

PayPal Website Payments PRO

J2Store offers a separate plugin for taking credit card payments with PayPal PRO. At the time of writing this article, we have not yet included the Subscriptions / Recurring Billing support. It is a work-in-progress. We will update you as soon as we have the integration ready.

What other payment methods support Subscriptions ?

The following payment methods support accepting recurring payments / subscriptions with J2Store and Subscriptions app

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  • Stripe (Coming up soon)
  • BrainTree (coming up soon)
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:57

5 Tops blogs of J2store that stay timeless

What a great pleasure it's to see back how good the previous year had been! While I was brainstorming over what to write on next, it turned me curious to see how I started my preceding year and the very thought prompted me to take a look back at the list of blogs that interested more visitors.

Before listing the topics of the blogs, I would like to extend our sincere thanks for your valuable time spent on our website and blog page. We appreciate it very much.

Here are the Top 5 blogs that attracted a good deal of readers.


Watch Out for the 5 Emerging Ecommerce Trends of 2016

Trends keep changing. That is to say, we should write about emerging trends every year, and it's an unwritten norm, in my opinion. And our assumption didn't fail us because this blog conceded frequent visits by organic readers across the world. And, in fact, we discussed this topic to throw light on the new trends of the year in the e-commerce field. Click here to vist the blog. 

The six types of e-Shoppers an e-Commerce website meets everyday

E-shopping – It's redundant to say that e-commerce rules today's world. As the time grows, the need for it is widening, and as the scope of e-commerce expands, the businesses started seeing the compelling need for knowing their customers better. No wonder this particular blog about types of e-Shoppers is still a fresh topic to look into. Click here to give a read. 

Before choosing your Payment Gateway

Coupled with the widening nature of the e-commerce businesses, increasing needs for the shopping carts and payment gateways for online shops is a subject of discussion even today. Admittedly, the random visits from casual visitors around the world broaden our smile every time the numbers add to the total visits. Click here to read.

Email Marketing: Do you know that someone is killing your emails?

The email marketing trend is the latest topic I chose to discuss this month, but before getting into it, I was kind of curious to know how the response for the previous year's blog related to the same subject was. To my delight, it is one of the most visited blogs of the year from our page. Click here to visit the blog. 

Men Vs Women: Shopping Behaviour and Buying Habits

A topic to discuss upon at any time. Yes, this topic is as old as the universe itself. Adam said No, but Eve took a bite to invite mortality to humanity. So the shopping behavior of men and women are not the same since the beginning of the humanity. Significantly, the psychology behind gender-based shopping habits is, till date, a fresh idea to discuss. Click here to take a look. 

In light of the data from our backend, we understood that users, visitors, and clients are the real support that keeps us going forward. Thank you, once again, readers, for your valuable time. Watch out for the newer topics and blogs we are going to share with you this year. See you around. 

Curiosity is the mother of invention; necessity is not alone in this, though. However, the curiosity of the tech-heads prompt them to invent and others to develop strong desire to know about the new things on the way. I am falling into the second category, and I guess I am not alone in this anyways.

As the days roll on, December was about to end, I was curious to know how accurate were those predictions we kept forth 12 months ago. I looked back at the list of trends we were concentration on then. As a matter of fact, the guesses and predictions didn't fail at all. The world of information technology and computer science grow faster than ever, and inventions and trends are set every hour, every day.

At this time of the year, I would like to take my mind for a small ride for a short span of musing to think of the emerging trends that may lead us for a journey of inventions and new practices this year.

Every move and every change in e-commerce practices and trends focus on providing better customer experience. How better? This simple question opens the door for the newer ideas, thus, the future of e-commerce unfolds. We discussed how mobile commerce would hugely dominate the e-commerce world in 2015, and it was pretty evident that it did. Hence, it's apparent that this year, changes and advancements are going to be around mobile-commerce majorly. Let's delve into the critical areas where we may expect the newness as well as improvisation.

Mobile Wallet Is Gaining Popularity

Mobile wallet, though already exists, is gaining popularity as it makes shopping easy. It saves much time. However, sadly only a very few customers around the world understood the formula behind as it sounded complicated in the beginning. The increase in the use of smartphones and mobile apps increased the awareness of existence of such mobile apps . From shopping for consumables to booking a cab, the mobile wallet app helps the customer experience a hassle free payment process for shopping and other activities. Everything sounds simple and old, but what's needed at this time of the year is working on resolving the technical hurdles and issues in geographical reaches.

The users with progressive mindset find it easy, but to take this new trend to the users of all types, it is essential to push them forward to break their conventional practice of cash payment systems. Better infrastructure and seamless support service are all it takes to spread the trend to a wider set of users.
Let's wait and see how fast the reach of this new trend and how bigger it's gonna get in the coming days.

Subscribe-&-Save and Predictable Sales

Amazon is the pioneer of such new ideas most of the time. When they brought in Dash Button, it sounded like a big joke, but it worked seriously high across the market. Customers found it handy and simple. It saved their time. The 'subscribe of save' option Amazon promoted is another mark in the industry they created. It's gonna trend as well, no doubt.

The popular brands found a new way to generate predictable sales offering subscriptions for their customers that promise monthly/weekly deliveries of their products for a decent percentage of discount every month. It's time to take a journey on this route to work on generating sales as well as retaining customers. It increases customers' lifetime value as well.

Mushrooming Lending Startups

EMI payment option is an already existing e-commerce practice across the world which had a slow progression in the adoption rate, but gaining momentum slowly and steadily lately. Moreover, now, Lending Startups are mushrooming around. It's a revolution in lending, in fact. One's smartphone decides their eligibility borrow money, and that makes things interesting.

The sole purpose is the encourage the younger generation to expand its shopping access to bring their dreams to reality. They are given an opportunity to take out a loan and pay off in the specified time frame. Therefore, lending platforms are another trend coming into e-commerce world to make a refashion the buying options.

Growing F-Commerce and Social-Commerce

Facebook and Twitter already set a Buy button trend a year ago. Now Facebook is working on reaching out to more customers through their Facebook messenger with more shopping opportunities. The Facebook Messenger for business was introduced to facilitate merchants to provide support to their clients bypassing the traditional e-mail supports in the real-time. Though this platform was introduced during the first quarter of the previous year, the time propelled the industry to use it to the fullest extent.

So social-commerce is another area that is emerging as an unbelievably advanced platform to reach out to customers' shopping needs. It's time to put some extra thoughts into this area to catch up with the pace of the industry.

Apps creating Virtual Reality

As it's a known secret, e-commerce trends are customer-driven as always. How to make the online shopping experience more comfortable and real is the true challenge in here. Apps are improvising their ability to create to comfort and luxury of feeling real online and some actually succeeded in achieving their need. The famous cosmetic brands and apparel brands came up with options to try the products on screen in real time having the customers' webcams accessed and current picture was taken or old one uploaded. Customers can try using the product and check how the product they see online will look in real. A close view they get out of it using such apps, before clicking the buy button.

From checking the accessories to match up with the clothes they like to buy, to visualizing how the products would look at them or at their home, these applications give the extreme sophistication to have a warm feel about the products. The apps to create observable reality is another trend to watch out this year, no doubt. It actually makes things lucid and distinct for the online buyers.


So, these are the five top trends, in my opinion, that may influence e-commerce industry this year. Let's tune us with our e-business plans to react to the emerging trends and needs in the industry. Three Cheers for everyone!

 

 

 

Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:17

Wish You Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Snow is glistening. Sleigh bells are ringing already. Awwww, this time, we couldn't keep it very secret. Fellas, it's cold outside. Christmas Discount Cookies are Hot Hot and come all the way to warm you up. Use coupon code: HOLIDAY2015 and Enjoy 25% Discount on Pro Plans at J2store.

Don't get your tinsels in a tangle. Wish you all very merry holly jolly Christmas 2015.

 

 

Friday, 27 November 2015 08:27

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015 & J2store

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. J2store Team immensely feels grateful to all those that walked us all the way to the place where we are now. As a token of thanks, we are excited to remind you of the Thanksgiving Day offer of 25% Discount on all subscription plans. Digging deep into the turkey already? Use Coupon Code FRIDAY2015.

It doesn't stop with Thanksgiving Day in here. You gonna be in treat the next Day too. Stay tuned for the best of Black Friday Deals as well.

Happy Thanksgiving Day wishes, dear friends.

Howdy folks,

The D-day has finally arrived. All the Joomla excitement and joy over Thanksgiving, BlackFriday and Cyber Monday culminates finally in here, bringing you a set of Holiday surprises from our beloved partners and US. Let's cure the Holiday Craziness with the craziest discount deals.

J2Store

J2store wishes every Joomler a Happy Thanksgiving, BlackFriday and Cyber Monday. As a holiday treat, we bring you 25% Discount on all subscriptions. With J2store, build your online store within a few minutes. J2Store is a powerful, mobile-friendly Joomla shopping cart and e-commerce solution. Join us for the celebration and enjoy the sale.

Coupon Code: FRIDAY2015

The offer is valid from 26 Nov 15 to 02 Dec 15. You gonna get more bang for your bucks, no doubt!

Here follow a few interesting Holiday Deals from our partners. Please check them and grab the best of sales offers this season.

TemplateMonster

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In this shopping season, SmartAddons offers the best deals of the year up to 50% OFF on any Joomla items and subscription plans.

November 25th-30th: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale. Coupon: BLACKFRIDAY15

35% OFF on all Joomla subscription plans

Wish you all very happy Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday once again. Make the best out of the sale, fellas. Good luck!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:55

Happy Diwali, dear J2store folks!

Lamps, lights, lanterns, sweets, lavish meals, and celebration make a perfect Diwali package! Let's light the lamps of happiness that sparkle the hopes of everyone to crack the secret of fire of desires that burns within everyone to reach heights and above. J2store feels immensely happy to wish every Joomler a jubilant Diwali.

On this occasion of celebrating the festival of lights, J2store brings you the most exciting Limited-Time festival offer to all our users and new members by adding another festival element to the package. Here you go! Enjoy 25% discount on all subscriptions sitewide.

Coupon Code: DIWALI2015

Coupon is valid for next 48 hours from now. (Upto Friday 9 am GMT+ 5:30 hours) Subscribe to one of our plans and enjoy 25% discount NOW.


May this year bring everyone the sparkling bright, colourful days ahead. Happy Diwali!

Saturday, 07 November 2015 01:21

Day 1 of the Joomla World Conference 2015

The Joomla fever that infected the Joomlers during the pre-conference party infected even more Joomla lovers that attended the conference on the Day 1. The familiar faces were busy sharing smiles and hellos; the new faces were greeting each other with curiosity to get to know more about others. Joomlaness started spreading slowly and steadily after Yummmm breakfast session.

The day started with a welcome keynote to the conference and celebration of 10 incredible years of Joomla. Stepping into the eleventh year successfully, the Joomla community that has been volunteering to contribute to this open source content management system globally, got ready to celebrate the tremendous milestone we crossed this year.

Later, four different sessions were going on simultaneously for four different Joomlers with four different portfolios, at four different venues. Developers were given food for thought about Joomla 4 and WWW during the developers' session, presented by Mr. Marco Ding. All 5Ws and 1H of Joomla 4 were discussed.

The Joomlers that attended Business keynote sessions were given some insights about the benefits of saying No to all the projects and vendors they come across. The meeting threw light almost on all the patches of Joomla business that need to be fixed. It must have dawned on all the participants of the meeting how to value one's own business. Thanks to Joe Sonne for the excellent presentation that struck a chord for many at different levels of their Joomla business.

Tony Perez delivered the other keynote speech about Navigating Online Threats: Joomla Security. The presentation took the participants for an exploration of last 24 months of constantly evolving technologies, emerging threats, and other challenges faced by the Joomlers. Moreover, the talk included the thoughts about the art of staying ahead of such negativity and identifying the risk in advance.

While others were busy exploring the world of Joomla experience they already had, the beginners were busy attending Amol Patil's student's session about What and How of Joomla. The beginners were given a pretty neat introduction, guidelines about how easy it is to use Joomla and ideas about what can be done with Joomla.

The quest for Joomla-knowledge was so apparent that every Joomler was very curious to know more and more about Joomla. There was a marathon of keynote sessions on different topics and interests were going on at various venues, and guess what, it is overwhelming for me to think about and some about the whole day Joomla activities we had at Sheraton, Bangalore, India. The booths, lucky draws, networking, connecting with old friends, making new friends, and being in India are some of the most awesome things that happened beyond keynote sessions.

With all the seats occupied, volunteers standing and listening, and few taking the floor to sit and listen, Chris Davenport's presentation on Architecture of Joomla 4 and beyond proved the point that Joomlers are ever curious to work towards the future of Joomla.

Brad Frost's presentation on Atomic Design was the most engaging session that threw lights on the practical methodology for crafting a design system. The session kept the Joomlers of all pace levels engaged giving insights about how to challenge our best practices in UX to better the web.

Joomlers keep our promises and maintain link integrity. Ruth Cheesley's talk insisted and gave suggestions about how to carry out professional link audit for websites with a range of tools. The integrators that attended the session, I am sure, might have come with a promise to follow a disciplined link culture in the future.

What a fun way to finish off the keynote sessions! Marko Rillo's Legos Serious Play, the community showed a strong 'We shall' messages. What a dangerous kind of fun it was!

With developers squashing bugs till midnight, the Day 1 of Joomla World Conference 2015 came to a successful end on the 6th of November 2015

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