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3 Superb Free Magento Extensions

By admin February 11, 2015
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The Magento CMS is the most commonly used Ecommerce CMS (Content Management System) in the world today used by many well-known brands such as Harvey Nichols, Chopard, The Watch Gallery, Liverpool FC and many more. If you are looking for a robust, secure, extendable and customizable Ecommerce system to run your online store no matter what your needs may be, then opting for Magento development is a superb choice. The Magento CMS has thousands of extensions available that can be used to really make your online store stand out amongst the crowd. Below, we will be choosing 3 brilliant free extensions that you can use for the development of your Magento Ecommerce store:

Fooman Speedster – Performance is key when it comes to your online store and is something that impacts your revenue along with new customer experience. People hate coming to a website that takes forever to load, is slow and clunky. Fooman Speedster is one extension that you seriously need to look at when it comes to developing a fast website. It has many features such as the ability to combine multiple Javascipt files into a single one with far future expired headers. This is also the same when it comes to CSS files. What happens as a result of this is that you get a faster load time on your website which will in turn mean a better user experience along with an SEO benefit for faster-loading website. The Fooman Speedster extension also reduces the number of HTTP requests and doesn’t even require any gzip support on your server as all files are compressed without it. This extension supports multi-stores, is fully automated and best of all is completely free to use. If you are looking for a great extension that will give your online store the maximum performance that it needs, then this extension needs to seriously be looked at during your Magento development phase.

Creare SEO – Having an online store is one thing but making it visible online is a whole other story. With Creare SEO, you are able to add tons of new SEO friendly features when you are developing your Ecommerce Magento store. You get an HTML sitemap, the ability to have Noindex on category filters, unique category heading, meta description capabilities, page titles for both categories as well as products. You also can edit your htacess file, robots.txt file, ability to have 301 redirects easily for discontinued products, breadcrumbs schema capabilities, canonical product redirection ability, easily remove duplicate products and so much more. When it comes to supercharging your SEO during the Magento development phase, then this is the extension that you need to look at if you are looking for an SEO friendly online store. Lastly and most importantly, the extension is free to use making it an absolute no-brainer to try out to ensure a better SEO visible online store.

Blog – This extension is another great one built by aheadWorks which is completely free to use. Communicating, interacting and engaging with your customers is key to ensure success of your online store. With this free extension, you have the ability to easily communicate with all your customers in one single place. You can create a simple to use two-way communication platform that allows you to freely speak to and engage with your current as well as potential customers. Answer questions that people have, get there opinions, feedback and give back to your customers which are king. You can launch promotions, news and upcoming products on the blog section of your online store making it a single-point of communication. If you are looking for a way to connect more intimately with your customers, then this extension needs to be looked during the Magento development phase of your online store.

Summary
The Magento community and CMS has thousands of free and paid for plugins easily available. The list we have compiled above are completely free to use and is based upon our own as well as customer experiences with Magento. Whether you are a one-man band or an enterprise organization such as Lenovo or Samsung, choosing to go with Magento development is a good choice for your online store needs. Ensure that any company you choose to help you to develop a Magento store has the necessary expertise and experience to deliver what you are looking for. Have a look online and see the other options when it comes to choosing extensions for your online store to see the multitude of options that are widely available. If you are looking for a reliable, trusted and experienced offshore Magento development partner to create an online store, please feel free to reach out to the team at Mind Digital for any of your development needs.

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