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The new Nop Allure Responsive Theme for nopCommerce 3.30 combines great design and superb functionality and is the ultimate e-commerce tool for your online business.

Choosing the color presets and background textures of the theme is now easily done straight from the nopCommerce administration panel.

You can also experiment with the presets on the theme’s live demo.

As with every new themes there are several ehancements introduced which will help your customers focus on the most important thing for every online store - continue shopping.

- We just love the previous and next functionality on the product page. Your customers can ceaselessly browse the products in a single category without going back to the category page.

- An improved integration of the Nop Quick Tabs plugin is introduced for the first time in this new theme. All the information related to the product is presented in a handy way right below the product’s title.

 

Apart from these the theme has yet more to offer. It is equipped with 10 premium plugins for exceptional ecommerce functionality - Nop Ajax Filters, Nop Anywhere Sliders, Nop JCarousel, Nop Mega Menu, Nop Quick View, Nop Quick Tabs, Nop Ajax Cart, Nop Instant Search, Nop Cloud Zoom, Nop Product Ribbons.

The Nop Allure Theme looks exceptional on any device and comes with enhanced responsive functionality for easy navigation and shopping experience. There are several improvements, which will give your customers a more pleasant and ceaseless shopping experience on a mobile device.

- Better access to the main navigation (menu and search bar) on a mobile devices.
- Nop Ajax Filters are now easily accessible from the top menu on the category, manufacturer and vendor pages, which allows customers to navigate the products more effectively on a mobile device.

Developing great nopCommerce extensions has always been a major priority for us. For the last couple of months we have been working on new plugins to complement our Nop Ultimate Plugin Collection and to offer additional functionality to every nopCommerce online store.

In this blog we would like to introduce the new Nop Attachments plugin and to give you a more detailed picture of its powerful features.

The Nop Attachments plugin allows you to upload and instantly attach files or videos to one or many products in your online store. What makes this extension exceptional is its variety of features which can be easily managed straight from the admin panel.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. As all our extension, the Nop Attachments plugin supports multi-store. All the settings and attachments can be applied to one or more stores.

2. Another useful feature is that the attachments can be grouped in categories making it easier for you to keep files organized once they start piling up. The attachment categories are also useful when you present the attachments to the visitors of your website.

 

3. You can choose the language for which a particular attachment will be shown which is useful if you have multiple languages for your store.

4. Adding a video from Youtube, Vimeo or any other video website to a product page in nopCommerce has never been easier. All you have to do is copy and paste the video embedded code in the attachment administration. On the product page the video will automatically play in a pop-up window, without you having to code JQuery integrations and fancy boxes on your own.

5. Another handy feature is that you can choose between uploading a file and using a download URL for the download file of the attachment.

6. You have many options how to map attachments to a product.
You can manually map an attachment to a product or you can automatically select products based on condition (e.g. show the attachments only for products with manufacturer Bosch and only if the customer is logged in the website).

But that is not all. The product administration page has been enhanced to allow you to add new attachments or map existing ones.

7. We have come that far, created an attachment and mapped it to a product. Here comes the part that I love most about this plugin. You can choose to send a link to an attachment with the Order Placed or Order Complete emails.  For example I have a user guide and a warranty attached to my Bosch power tool. When a customer buys this product, the user guide and the warranty can be included in the Order Placed or Order Complete emails that are sent to the customer. Handy indeed!

8. One last thing worth mentioning. You can upload an image/icon to any individual attachment under attachments settings or to a group of attachments based on specific criteria (e.g. all .pdf files)

I hope I’ve got you hooked on Nop Attachments. Still not sure? You can test the plugin and create your own attachment in the plugin’s administration.

We would like to bring to your attention our new Nop HTML Widgets Plugin for nopCommerce 3.20 and to give you a detailed overview of its powerful features.

The Nop HTML Widgets plugin allows you to add html content to pages in your nopCommerce store without having to write a single line of code. This can be very useful and a great time saver to users with no technical knowledge.

Let’s have a look at some of the highlights:

Please bear in mind that an html widget is a block of html content, which you want to add to a page in your nopCommerce website.

1. Using the plugin administration you can create an unlimited number of html widgets. You can edit every HTML widget with the HTML editor in the admin panel of the plugin without having to use any external editors.

2. As all our extensions, the Nop HTML Widgets support multi-store. This means that you can apply every html widget you create to more than one store.

3. You can configure an HTML widget to appear in one of the 24 predefined widget zones. You also have the option to create new widget zones.

4. You can specify a condition for an HTML widget (e.g. I want the HTML widget to be visible on a product page, for a product which is on pre-sale and to be seen only by customers who are logged in).

5. A great feature is the option to set a time frame for displaying an html widget. Let’s say that I want to display an HTML widget for only 3 days of the week. All I have to do is to go to the general settings and set the dates for it.

To test this powerful plugin simply go to the plugin’s administration. I am sure you will find it useful.

If you are already a fan of our nopCommerce extensions, maybe you will be excited to learn that we are working on more new plugins to complement our Nop Ultimate Plugin Collection. So stay tuned for more news from us.  

The new Nop Motion Responsive Theme for nopCommerce 3.20 will definitely trigger your emotion! The theme is a great combination of fine design and superb functionality to offer the necessary ingredients for a first-class nopCommerce store.

This is our first theme to come with pre-designed color presets and background textures, which can be easily managed  from the administration panel.

To see the presets in action, please visit the theme's live demo.

The following plugins are styled and come with the theme to guarantee a powerful ecommerce functionality  - Nop Ajax Filters, Nop Anywhere Sliders, Nop JCarousel, Nop Mega Menu, Nop Quick View, Nop Quick Tabs, Nop Ajax Cart, Nop Instant Search, Nop Cloud Zoom, Nop Product Ribbons.

Introduced improvements in the responsive design will give your customers a more pleasant and ceaseless shopping experience:
- brand new responsive approach on mobile devices
- better access to the main navigation on a mobile device  - menu, search.
- the Nop Ajax Filters are easily accessible from the top menu on the category, manufacturer and vendor pages, which allows customers to navigate the products more effectively on a mobile device.



We would like to remind our customers with valid licenses for the Nop Ultimate Theme Collection that they will receive the new theme for free according to our licensing policy.

With a new year comes the opportunity to re-evaluate your marketing strategy and to work up a plan for the next 12 months. Not an easy task to handle, I am sure. If you are a small ecommerce business building up a marketing strategy can be pretty tough. Not having a big budget at your disposal, you need to be smart about it and think twice before you invest.

To be able to make the right decision, first you need to have the right information. The following infographic shows what will be the 2014 small business marketing trends. Here are some of the main points you might take into consideration:

  • Mobile – 2013 was predicted to be the year of responsive design and this holds absolutely true for 2014. Shopping is already big online and you have to be sure that your online store can be accessible through any device. If you haven’t considered responsive design yet, now is the chance to catch the last train leaving this station.
  • Online Video – why you should consider online video? Because video sells. By simply adding how to, product or explainer video to your site you can increase traffic by 20%.
  • Social – if you haven’t considered social networks for your marketing mix yet, I have one simple advice for you: just do it. It is not necessary to use all social networks. Choose the ones most suitable for your business and start building your presence.
  • SEO and Content – I put these last trends together, because for me they simply go hand in hand. Providing valuable content, will not only attract more visitors to your site, but increase sufficiently the chances of turning these visitors into customers. It is not enough anymore to have the right keyword density and meta tags to rank high in the organic search. Having a relevant content is a must for boosting your ranking.

We at Nop-Templates. com try to keep up with the new ecommerce trends and to create products which can help our customers build a successful online business. For those who have already chosen nopCommerce for their ecommerce stores, we have good news. All our themes are responsive, which will ensure that your customers have a pleasant and ceaseless shopping experience on any mobile device. With our Nop Quick Tabs plugin you can add a video to your products in no time.  It is so easy you will start wondering why you haven’t done it before.  What about SEO? Here comes our powerful Nop Smart SEO, which adds dynamic and relevant content to your meta data tags for products, categories and manufacturers. All that is left for you is to start generating relevant content.

If you are wondering what to expect from us in the next couple of months, we are working on a social suite, which will boost your online store presence in the social networks. We also have one more plugin coming which will give you yet another option to add videos to your nopCommerce products.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from us!

The infographic is courtesy of www.affinityexpress.com

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