CreativeMinds Ecommerce Blog

From themes and extensions to conversion and SEO – Everything Magento in the CreativeMinds eCommerce blog! We review new extensions, deliver fresh research about Magento users, suggest tools for merchants and review the growing trend of eCommerce multi-vendor marketplaces

Top Magento 2 Payment Gateways: Which One Should You Choose?

Top Magento 2 Payment Gateways: Which One Should You Choose?

What’s the secret behind a successful online business? A payment system that’s not only secure but also enables you to allow your customers (and most importantly, your returning customers) an easy and fast checkout experience.

When it comes to managing online stores, there are many things to consider: from determining your target audience to setting up your products and starting to sell. Most importantly, you have to establish a trustworthy relationship with your customers.

And the only way to do that is by ensuring a safe payment method.

Top 5 Magento Sales Rep Management Extensions

Top 5 Magento Sales Rep Management Extensions

If your Magento online store relies heavily on sales reps, efficiently managing multiple sales representatives will be critical for your store’s success.

It’s not a good strategy to simply send sales representatives out to sell products without monitoring. Sales performance can drop without a management team knowing why and paying commission can easily become messy.

How to Choose a Catalog Management Solution for Magento

How to Choose a Catalog Management Solution for Magento

Is managing your Magento store’s product catalog becoming tedious? Is your product data inconsistent? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, it may be time to invest in catalog management.

Catalog management is important on both sides: the customer and the merchant. Customers want to see product information that helps them decide whether they want to purchase a product. On the merchant end, a well-managed product catalog can make life a lot easier and promote sales. Robust product data also improves SEO.

5 Important Considerations When Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2

5 Important Considerations When Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2

With the release of Magento version 2.0, the wealth of innovation in the Magento ecommerce world is now being directed toward this version instead of Magento 1. To stay onboard, it’s important for stores to plan their migration to Magento 2 sooner rather than later.

We’ve already discussed why stores should move to Magento 2, but not how to go about making the change. If you’ve decided to take the leap, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start or what to expect during the migration process.

7 Best Magento Authorize.Net CIM Payment Extensions

7 Best Magento Authorize.Net CIM Payment Extensions

The ability to save payment information is becoming a necessity in today’s online world. Recurring customers love the option to save payment information for future transactions. This saves having to pull out a credit card and type in the information every time a purchase is made.

How can Magento stores integrate this feature without too much fuss? The answer is an Authorize.net CIM extension.

F2 Premium Magento 2 Theme: Get It with a 30% Discount

F2 Premium Magento 2 Theme: Get It with a 30% Discount

Not long ago, Magento developers updated their eCommerce platform to version 2.0. Over half a year after its official launch, the web community has seen a number of ready-made themes that are compatible with Magento 2. Both free and premium, they introduced the new, revamped functionality to merchants, extending their eCommerce potential.

From full-page caching and new file structure to multi-shopping option and visual editor, you can elevate your store to a completely new level. Today, we’d like to offer one of the premium Magento 2 themes dubbed “F2” for your consideration.

Magento 2 vs. Zen Cart: Which Cart is Best?

Magento 2 vs. Zen Cart: Which Cart is Best?

Choosing e-commerce software can be tough, especially when there are a wide variety of options available. Instead of trying all available options, it’s easier to start by examining your short and long term e-commerce needs.

Do you have the knowledge and time to build an e-commerce site using X platform? How easy is the site to maintain using X platform? Will it have the flexibility and features you need? These are all important questions to ask when looking for the perfect cart.

Best Magento Ecommerce Search Extensions

Best Magento Ecommerce Search Extensions

Are your ecommerce sales stagnant? Do you have awesome products, but low conversions? It may be time to take a look at search navigation.

The reason for focusing on search navigation on your ecommerce website is simple : many customers prefer searching over using navigation menus or filtering. A good search is quick, making the shopping experience easier and less frustrating for customers. Search allows customers to find exactly what they want without any fuss.

Magento 2 vs. Shopify: Which should you choose?

Magento 2 vs. Shopify: Which should you choose?

Choosing the right online store platform is incredibly important. This sets the stage for a successful, or unsuccessful, ecommerce business.

There are many options for new businesses or existing ones not happy with their current platform. Two of the biggest contenders are Magento and Shopify. These two platforms are often pitted head to head in the race for the best ecommerce platform, although they are really completely different.

5 Ways the Magento 2 Checkout can Reduce Abandoned Carts and Increase Sales

5 Ways the Magento 2 Checkout can Reduce Abandoned Carts and Increase Sales

As an online store, whether just starting out or not, you likely put a lot of effort into increasing sales.

You create a product, or products, that people want. You design a nice looking website to showcase these products. You send out promotions to encourage sales and invest in email marketing and social media to drive traffic.

Still, sales are slow. Maybe your website traffic is high, but too many people leave the website without making a purchase. Although this is a complex problem, it might have to do with checkout experience. This refers to how an online store moves customers through the checkout process. A good checkout experience is simple and quick, yet secure.