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Version 1.1.0.0 (Latest security fix SUPEE 6788)Shop by Brand is a new Magento Extension by Activo allowing store owners to create a navigation layer based on product brands.

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Activo Extensions is proud to present our new Shop by Brand Magento extension featuring customizable and optimized brand landing pages.

As an introductory offer we have a 75% off the list price for the early bird buyers. Only limited number of licenses are available at this price, so hurry up!

 

Overview

Shop by Brand Magento extension by Activo featuring customizable and optimized brand landing pages. It also helps to improve the store SEO with brands as keywords. Activo Shop by Brand extension will create a separate page for each brand, which is fully customizable and provides the flyout brand navigation widget that can be used anywhere in the store.

Each brand page can have a custom free form description section (with full WYSIWYG design), brand logo, meta field and URL key for better SEO. It can also have custom page layout from the list of available layouts in your store.

 

Highlights

  • Improve end user experience by allowing your customers to shop by specific brands
  • Improve store SEO by creating separate pages for each brand with custom SEO-friendly URL key and custom meta tags
  • Allow using custom layout per each brand
  • WYSIWIG editor for brand description
  • Include brand logo image
  • Widget to include brand navigation flyout at any page in the store
  • Sort brand alphabetically or in custom defined order
  • Use any user defined attribute (of dropdown type) for a brand
  • Uses standard Magento mechanisms for extended compatibility
  • Fully Open Source
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

 

Why Should I Use SEO Shop by Brands?

The main reason for using such an extension is if you offer many brands in your online store and brand pages optimization is important to you. From our experience, Magento stores that take an extra step and customize their brand pages gain significant traffic boost. We have worked with our customers to understand what is needed when it comes to Shop by Brands. We then hired an SEO expert to assist with building an amazing solution that generates real results. With this extension, you will be enhancing your online catalog in ways that bring your brands alive and raise their visibility in the eyes of search engines, like Google. It is also greatly beneficial to have a custom landing page for each brand in your store. You can use these landing pages in your marketing campaigns as well.

 

Who is this Extension Intended For?

This Magento extension is intended for store owners, Magento developers, and Magento theme designers. While we take care of defaults and the basic setup for the average user, we intend to leave all the template files and CSS/JS files available for anyone to modify and customize further. Hence this is a great extension to include with themes or vertical oriented multi-store setups as well as the average Magento store.

 

Installation

Installation is very simple and is done using the Magento Connect interface. Just follow these steps:

  • Once you purchased the extension, download the installation package by logging into your account and going to My Downloadable Products section.
  • After you downloaded the installation package, log in to your store admin interface and go to System / Magento Connect / Magento Connect Manager.
  • At the "Direct package file upload" section click on "Choose file" button, select the package file you just downloaded and click "upload".
  • After upload is done, go back to the admin panel by clicking "Return to Admin" link at the top right.
  • Go to System / Cache Management and refresh the Configuration cache.
  • IMPORTANT! After finishing the initial installation steps above, you need to log out and log in back into your administration interface in order to see the extension configuration.
  • When you log in back to your admin panel, your installation process is complete and you can now configure the Shop by Brand extension.

Please read this first if you are using Apple Safari to download the installation package. By default Safari tries to open the "safe" file extensions, this includes the .tgz packages. Therefore, it will uncompress the package upon download and will make it unfit for Magento Connect. To prevent this behavior in the menu bar, go Safari -> Preferences. In the "General" tab, uncheck "Open 'safe' files after downloading". This will stop Safari from automatically unzipping the files. Read more on Stack Exchange here.

Please see more detailed installation instructions, a screencast and a troubleshooting guide here:
Installing Magento Extensions Using Connect Manager

 

Configuration and Setup

1. After the Shop by Brand extension is installed, please go to the System / Configuration menu and click "Shop by Brand" link on the left under "ACTIVO EXTENSIONS". This will take you to the Shop by Brand general configuration menu. The only option you can set up here is the folder for the brand logo images (which will be under the /media/ folder).

2. The second step would be to create or select a custom attribute to be used as a brand for your products. You can see a detailed video screencast on how to create custom attributes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYvJVfQM_KA

Out of the box Magento comes with the "Manufacturer" custom attribute, which is not enabled by default. You can use this attribute to indicate product brand or create a new custom attribute (make sure you select "Dropdown" as the catalog input type for store owner when you create new attribute).

3. When the attribute is created, you need to add actual option values (a list of your brands) to this attribute. In order to do this go to "Manage Labels/Options" tab on the left side of the attribute configuration. Here you can click "Add Option" button to create more options. You have to add all your brands as options here. The "Position" value next to the option defines sorting order. If all postion values are the same, the brands will be sorted in alphabetic order.

4. Create actual brand pages using the "Shop by Brand" extension. Go to "Catalog" menu, there you will see a new "Shop by Brand" option and select "Manage Brands" from the submenu. There you can click "Add New" button to create a new brand. You can set up a brand name and logo as well as create brand description blog using the WYSIWIG editor. You can also specify the URL key for this brand (or leave it blank, and it will be created automatically) as well select the layout template for the brand page from the list of available layouts from your theme. You will also have to select the attribute option to be used to filter products in this brand from the list of the attribute options we just created above.

5. Including the "Shop by Brand" flyout menu in your store pages. In order to make the "Shop by Brand" flyout menu element available in any of your store pages, we need to add it there as a widget. Please find a video showing how to do this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Cn6VAzlU8

For instance to add it to your home page, go to the "CMS / Pages" menu item and select "Home Page". Go to "Content" tab on the left and in the specific place the cursor where you want the flyout element to be included. Click the "Insert widget" icon from the WYSIWIG editor menu (usually it is second from the left, top row). Select widget type as "Activo Shop by Brand Flyout". You can leave the options with default values. Click "Insert Widget" and "Save Page". Now when you open the home page you will see the "Shop by Brand" flyout menu element there. Please note that you can have only one "Shop by Brand" flyout element per page.

 

Screencasts

Here is a short tutorial how to set "Manufacturer" attribute as a product brand in Magento.

Setting up pages for specific brands using the Shop by Brand extension:

 

Coming Soon

We are actively working on this extension, the following features are in the works and will be coming soon. All existing customers will be eligible for a free upgrade.

  • Ability to create "featured brands" section with custom configuration.
  • A new widget to create customizable page with all brands.
  • A new widget to create a customizable slider (carousel) element for featured brands.
  • An option for the bulk import of the brands.
  • Integration with our XML Sitemap PRO Magento extension to include brand pages in XML Sitemap with custom weight.
  • Integration with our Advanced Search Magento extension to get custom brand pages properly indexed with custom attribute weights.

 

Magento Editions Compatibility

Community Edition: 1.5.0 and above (including Magento CE 1.8.0 and newer)
Enterprise Edition: 1.8.0.0 and above

 

License Agreement

This software is subject to terms and conditions of our License Agreement for Professional Extensions. You can find the latest copy of the license agreement here: https://extensions.activo.com/license_professional

In short, you are required to purchase a separate license for each of the domains (stores) you are running this software for (excluding common variations, like adding 'www.' to the domain name). However you can run this software on multiple servers, provided that you have a separate license for each of the domains (for instance in configurations with load balancers).

You can also use a copy of this software for free on one development or one staging server per license purchased in addition to your production servers, provided that this development or staging server is not used for any live sales transactions.

All purchases are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in our Terms of Service document. Please read it carefully.

 

Community Support Forum

Have any questions regarding this extension? Need help with installation and/or configuration? Have some good tips and tricks about using it? Please visit the Activo Extensions support forum.

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License Agreement

Professional Extensions License Agreement

All Professional Magento Extensions (i.e. paid) from Activo Extensions are subject to the terms and conditions of our License Agreement. You can find the latest copy of our license agreement here: https://extensions.activo.com/license_professional

In short, you are required to purchase a separate license for each of the domains (stores) you are running this software on (excluding common variations, like adding 'www.' to the domain name). However you can run this software on multiple servers, provided that you have a separate license for each of the domains (for instance in configurations with load balancers).

You can also use a copy of this software for free on one development or one staging server per license purchased in addition to your production servers, provided that this development or staging server is not used for any live sales transactions.

Free Extensions License Agreement

All Free Magento Extensions from Activo Extensions are released under the Open Software License v. 3.0 (OSL-3.0). Please read the full license agreement here: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/OSL-3.0.

All purchases are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in our Terms of Service document. Please read it carefully.