25 Useful Free Magento Extensions

Magento is one of the most popular opensource platform for shopping cart websites and ecommerce sites. Magento is the newest and the fastest growing software with huge amount of members in forums. Magento is really very flexible and based on Zend Framework.

1.) Post Affiliate Pro Connector

Provides seamless integration with Post Affiliate Pro. PAP is a beautiful, full featured, low cost affiliate tracking solution. The Connector handles click and sales tracking, provides a Magento based sign up form, and adds additional features not available otherwise.

2.) Canonical Url By Yoast

This extension adds the new canonical links to the head of your Magento pages, for a more in-depth explanation, see Yoast.com. More about Magento SEO in general at Yoast.

3.) Blog – Community Edition

The Blog extension from aheadWorks is reckoned among the best buzz and word of mouth marketing tips. It not only provides your regular customers with up-to-date information but brings additional visitors to your site, builds relevant SEO-friendly text links, and serves as assistance in building sales strategy.

The Blog extension gives you a noteworthy opportunity to communicate with your regular customers and casual visitors. With Blog you can create an interactive two-way communication platform to provide official information on your store news, upcoming products, promotions, and get customersí feedback.

Blogging has proved to be called one of the best effective marketing tactics. If your customers feel that they are listened to and their needs are responded to, they are more likely to come back to your store again and again.

Want to learn more about your customers’ choices, views, and preferences? Just let people leave comments and listen what they say! Being a part of the blog community, your customers will openly exchange their thoughts and express their opinions. A blog, with its readers and their comments, forms a real “live” environment where people feel free to communicate.

Features
* Switchable categories ID in blog post URL
* Switchable menu categories
* Native Magento WYSIWYG editor
* Excerpt field
* Tags added
* Tags cloud block added
* If user is logged in comment fields are pre-filled
* Ability to show blog menu only on blog page
* Settings menu shortcut
* Add post menu shortcut
* .htm rewrite added to post link

4.† Fooman_GoogleAnalyticsPlus

Additional features for the default GoogleAnalytics module.

  • * Track every individual page – including sections retrieved via AJAX during one-page-checkout
  • * Enter DomainName to track via the Magento back-end / check here if you should use it
  • * Track the actual typed in keywords for adwords instead of only the term you bid on (this might not yet work due to a bug in Magento itself)
  • * Optionally track Adwords conversions for purchases

Credit for the Keyword Method goes to Michael Harrison from ROI Revolution.

5. Fontis WYSIWYG Editor

Adds a chosen JavaScript WYSISWYG editor to selected admin pages.

This extension gives you the option to add a JavaScript WYSIWYG editor to specified admin page text areas. Currently available editors are:

  • TinyMCE
  • FCKeditor
  • CKeditor (preliminary support)

6. Modern Theme

Modern theme for Magento frontend interface

This is a new alternative theme to the Magento default interface. This theme delivers a more corporate look and feel with a clean and simple design.

7. Enhanced Admin Products Grid

Adds some exciting customizable features to the products grid.

8. Advanced Sitemap

Show a list of product from current store

9. IW PayPal Standard Currencies

Select any PayPal supported currency as your transaction currency and add new PayPal supported currencies to the PayPal Website Payments Standard payment method.

10. Lazzymonks Twitter

Displays Twitter updates in the menu and allows updates from within the admin panel

11. Checkout Newsletter

‘Sign Up for Newsletter’ checkbox on Onepage Checkout

12. Events Calendar

Display an event calendar on your website.

13. Meanbee Royal Mail Domestic and International Shipping

Firstclass, Secondclass, Standard Parcels, Special Delivery 9.00 AM, Special Delivery Next Day and EU / Worldwide Airmail and Airsure shipping methods calculated

14. Fontis SecurePay

Allows payments through SecurePay gateway

15. MostViewed module

Display list of most viewed products

16. MagentoConnect Manager

MagentoConnect Manager

17. Vertical Navigation with CSS Classes

Vertical Category Navigation with subcategories and fine css classes – NEW: You can now setup whether VertNav should show EVERYTHING (nice for jQuery) or ..just a few levels in the category tree.

18. osCommerce Migration Tool

osCommerce Migration Tool

19. Magento EasyTabs

Magento EasyTabs Community Module

20. Netzarbeiter_GroupsCatalog

This extension enables you to hide categories and products from customers depending on the customer group.

21. IG LightBox

This extension will install a wonderful and ready-to-use LightBox widget in your Magento store.

Installation is very easy via Magento Connect and no coding experience is required to have module up-and-running.

IG LightBox is UPDATE SAFE since no system files are replaced or modified and you can enable or disable it in a click.

MAIN FEATURES
* FULL MAGENTO BACKEND INTEGRATION: all parameters available in configuration (no coding needed)
* Configurable effect duration
* Support for thumbnails and base image: default double-click zooming of base image is automatically replaced and integrated
* Full styles configuration: assets colors, fonts and borders can be easily configured

22. Magento jqZoom.

With this extension, the regular image gallery of Magento will be replaced by the jqueryZoom widget. This enables customers to hover over product images and bring up a zoom view, instead of using controls. After installing the extension please configure it. To Configure this you can navigate to “System –> Configuration –> Catalog –> Product Gallery “jqZoom”

23. Magento Easy Lightbox

This small extension will help to install Lightbox widget. Installation and configuration will take approximately 5 minutes. No files are replaced and no codding experience needed to install!

1. Install extension using magento connect.

2. Log out from admin and login again.

3. Navigate to System > Configuration > Templates-Master > EasyLightbox and enable extension for any store you need.

Notice: Please set your main product image exclude at product admin if you don’t want it to appear twice on lightbox.

24. BouncingOrange TinyMCE (WYSIWYG)

TinyMCE is fully configurable (without modifying any code file) in the administration configuration (System -> Configuration / Admin / WYSISYG Editor (TinyMCE)).

You can activate TinyMCE for the following textaera :

  • -Product Description
  • -Product Short Description
  • -CMS Page Content – Static Block Content
  • -Category Description
  • -Newsletter Template

TinyMCE extra packages included :

  • -GZIP Compressor
  • -Language Pack (+60 languages)

25. Remerce CMS Meta Robots

This module add the option to set the Robots Meta for CMS pages. Go to CMS =>Manage Pages Select a page and go to the tab “Meta Data” Under Robots you can set the Robots Meta Tag.

One thought on “25 Useful Free Magento Extensions

  • January 1, 2011 at 2:50 am
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    Great post. It helps me a lot to make my own online store. With these free extensions I can make some great change now.

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