Magento 2 Mega menu

Sept 24, 2018 Update: New enhancement in UB Mega Menu ver 1.1.2 -- added dynamic width (%) option that allows to create full width menus. Fully compatible with Magento 2.2.6
Aug 31, 2018 Update: UB Mega Menu ver 1.1.1 has just been released which allows to customize the mega menu title for SEO value.

If your Magento 2 store contains a wide range of products with many promotional deals to deliver, it gets a perfect chance to add a mega menu as it helps to organize and structure the store navigation in an intuitive and efficient way.

And this is where our UB Mega Menu -- Magento 2 mega menu extension -- comes in handy. Let’s dive in to see how the extension can give you an ideal solution for building your effective navigation system.

Effectively structuring horizontal and vertical menus for a large catalog

Magento 2 mega menu - Horizontal and Vertical menus

Easy to create both horizontal and vertical menus on the same page with UB Mega Menu

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Manage Magento 2 cache

Magento 2 employs backend caching at many levels within the system -- File System (default), Database, Redis and Varnish, which is used to store web pages to speed up the load processes and improve your Magento 2 site performance.

In this post, we are going to introduce a couple of handy CLI (Command Line Interface) commands -- one of the simplest methods to manage your Magento 2 cache. We will also make a short overview of Magento 2’s default cache backend solution -- file system; the difference between cache:flush vs. cache:clean.

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Magento 2 extensions

For the past few months, we have gone extra miles in developing and improving our Magento 2 extensions. Some of these extensions also compliment our responsive Magento 2 themes. The goal is to bring improved native features in our extensions and themes and make it easier for you to set up new Magento 2 stores.

Our eight Magento 2 extensions that are becoming must-have items for ecommerce stores trying to stay ahead are: Continue reading

UB One Step Checkout for Magento 2

We just pushed version 1.0.2 stable out for our [M2] UB One Step Checkout extension.

This new release adds the Delivery Date & Time functionality, House Security Code, enhanced Delivery Note to the core. Let’s dive in to learn in more details.

Let customers select preferred delivery date and time

With the new delivery date & time functionality in UB One Step Checkout ver 1.0.2, you -- as a Magento store owner -- can set allowable days for order and create multiple time ranges for delivery. For instance, your online grocery shops just do delivery on Monday to Friday, then you want your customers not to select the weekends which you can not deliver. Under this circumstance, you simply enables only the required delivery days and unselect the weekends.

Magento 2 compilation

Create multiple delivery slots for each day of the week

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Compile LESS to CSS

Magento 2 utilizes the LESS preprocessor to simplify theming. This makes theme customization intuitive and promotes the writing of reusable and maintainable CSS codes through features like variables, mixins, and inline imports.

From standpoint of a frontend developer, LESS compilation (aka CSS preprocessing) is one of the most important part of M2’s static content deployment that you work most of the time on your Magento 2 custom projects.

To help you understand the context of this subject, this post will explain in brief about the LESS preprocessor for Magento 2, three types of LESS compilation. It also walks you through steps to compile LESS in server-side compilation mode for customizing your theme styles. Continue reading

July Sales

Fourth of July is finally here -- Let’s celebrate Independence Day and make the most of your special holiday discount.

From now until July 7th, take 30%OFF your order with the code: UBJuly18. If you’re looking to start a new Magento store, now is the best time to grab our extensions and themes for more value but less money. For all the changes and updates we recently made for our Magento products, it’s worth to join us.

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Magento 2.2.4 updates

Magento announced the latest version Magento 2.2.4 in Imagine 2018 and made available to the public a week later, on 2nd May 2018.

The Magento 2.2.4 is packed with new fixes and enhancements to core features, including performance improvements that enable faster shopping with image loading and search performance enhancements. It also highlights almost 200 community contributions which cover performance-tuning enhancements plus at least 80 engineering fixes.

Besides, this release includes new bundled extensions that include payment methods such as Amazon Pay, Vertex, and Klarna payments to add instant tax and shipping calculations right from the cart and simplify the checkout process.

You can find the official release note of the latest Magento 2.2.4 here.

We did test and update our first Magento 2 product -- UB Data Migration Pro right next day after the launch. To date most of our products are fully compatible with Magento 2.2.4.

Magento 2.1.4 Updates

Magento 2.2.4 Updates

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Fixing URL Rewrites issue

You might be familiar with the option to add URL Rewrites in both Magento 1 and Magento 2, which is also referred to Search Engine Friendly URLs. Sometimes URL Rewrite issues arise when migrating data from Magento 1 to Magento 2. This guide will help you in troubleshooting when you encounter such issues.

What is URL Rewrite?

URL rewrites make it possible to make your existing Magento store URLs more ‘search engine friendly” and also easier for visitors to read.

Within Magento, the system URL looks similar:

  • For a Product URL: /catalog/product/view/id/10
  • For a Category URL: /catalog/category/view/id/11

The ‘catalog’ segment refers to the Catalog module of the Magento core, followed by other segments indicate that a product with ID 10 or a category ID 11 should be displayed on the page. No matter how often the URL changes, these ID remains the same.
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7 Magento Checkout tips

Building a frictionless checkout is a must, and is something that takes time and a lot of consideration. The Baymard Institute found that almost 28% of people abandon the checkout cart due to a long or complicated checkout process.

There has been a number of ways to reduce such shopping cart abandonment rate for your Magento store, and this has a huge amount to bear in mind depending on the checkout solution you choose.

UB One Step Checkout is a great alternative for native Magento 2 checkout that does the heavy lifting for you to prepare a clean and optimized one-step checkout solution.

Here are the top 7 simple features of UB One Step Checkout extension that can help to pump-up your checkout page, improved experience and less stress mean an increase in conversions. Let’s take a closer look at how this is being done. Continue reading

UB One Step Checkout for Magento 2

Aug 30, 2018 Update: UB One Step Checkout version 1.0.4 released. It now allows to change product variations of the configurable products in the mini cart at the checkout page, plus other incremental updates.
July 6, 2018 Update: UB One Step Checkout version 1.0.2 Stable has been released, enhanced with Delivery Date & Time functionality, House Security Code (optional) and fully compatible with Magento 2.2.5.
May 15, 2018 Update: GeoIP2 API integration is now available in UB One Step Checkout. It helps detect customer address automatically based on the IP address.

Today is an exciting day for me because I get to announce the release of a brand new Magento 2 one step checkout extension at Ubertheme -- UB One Step Checkout (beta), that we have been working on for quite some time.

The Magento 1 & 2 are great for a lot of things, but building an effective one step checkout page is not one of those things. It can be downright frustrating when working with six-step accordion checkout process in Magento 1.x. Getting maximum value from the reduced two-step flow in Magento 2 can be challenging as well.

Hence, we committed to building our new UB One Step Checkout. You will get a complete checkout solution that makes it easier than ever to build a one page checkout in Magento 2. The ultimate goal is to help you maximize successful checkout transactions.

Magento 2 One Step Checkout

So what to expect from the all new UB One Step Checkout? Here are some of the cool features that will be rolled out on the initial release.

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