Magento 2 is the major upgrade to the popular open source eCommerce platform. It features the updated backend interface, the new Luma theme and various performance and usability enhancements.
I checked out the new Magento Marketplace and tried some free magento 2 extensions. Here are a few of them that are worth installing:
- Exto analytics
- One page / step checkout
- Shop By Brand
- Free Blog
- EU Cookie Compliance
1. Exto Analytics
This extension by Exto generates sales charts and reports. It visualizes all your shop order history.
It is better to install the extension manually - I have tried installing it via magento marketplace (component manager) but it failed due to module-ui conflicts.
- download it from official website
- unzip into magento root folder
- clear magento cache
- run php bin/magento setup:upgrade
- check reports at Reports > Exto Reports
I installed Exto Analytics v1.0.4 on magento 2.0.5 and it worked without any issues except a minor css layout bug:
Just a few features of this nice module:
- Sales overview by any product attribute i.e. Sales by Manufacturer, Category, Color, Size etc
- Product to product comparison
- Filter by order status, order creation, update date, store view
- Aggregate data by day, week, month, quarter, year
- total or items statistics
Exto Analytics even lets you compare two date period statistics:
2. One Page / Step Checkout
This extension from IWD creates a nice onepage checkout. It simplifies customer checkout experience potentially leading to more sales.
I installed it via magento backend System > Web Setup Wizard > Component Manager on magento 2.0.5. After installation I had to patch vendor/iwd/opc/etc/adminhtml/system.xml file and put these lines after <system>:
<tab id="iwd"> <label>IWD</label> </tab>
Besides that it works fine.
It has very basic configuration options and works out of the box:
One note though - it requires Awesome Font. You can install it with this little font awesome for magento 2 extension.
3. Shop By Brand
Shop by brand extension lets you create separate frontend brand pages and helps customers select products by manufacturer.
I installed it on magento 2.0.5 via component manager. To set it up you first need to populate manufacturer attribute - go to Stores > Attributes > Product, search for manufacturer attribute and create some options:
Then go to Shopbybrand left side backend menu and Re-sync brands. You should now see your manufacturers:
Then populate brands with name, logo image and url key:
You can now go to frontend and check Sony by brand page:
The module also places shop by brand link on top menu and shop by brand sidebar block.
4. Free Blog
This extension enables blog functionality for your magento 2 store. It lets you create blog categories, blog posts, import blog from wordpress and aheadworks blog.
I installed it on magento 2.0.5 via magento marketplace. The extension configuration lets you fine tune almost every aspect of it:
This free blog module is 100% worth trying.
5. EU Cookie Compliance
This little extension puts a EU Cookie Compliance notification bar to your magento 2 store.
I installed it on magento 2.0.5 via component manager. The configuration is simple:
I only listed the extensions that I liked and that worked out of the box without major hacking. There are around 100 free magento 2 modules for versions 2.0 and 2.1 listed on magento marketplace.
Do you have an extension to suggest? Share it in comments!
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