E-commerce Store Plugin - SocialEngine Magento Integration
**NOTE: This plugin provides an Admin-driven Store. Products can be created and sold by you (the Site Admin) only. If you would like users on your website to be able to create and sell products, then we will be releasing a solution for that very soon!
Main Plugin Page: http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-ecommerce-store-plugin-magento-integration
SocialEngine Store Demo: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/shop/index
Magento Store Demo: http://eshopdemo.socialengineaddons.com/
Video Overview Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsve3bJO1Iw
Video Overview Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBPcfdYRmTg
This plugin provides the best e-commerce tools for your SocialEngine Community, and enables you to have a professional e-shop with all the essential features. While you get the social features and CMS capabilities from SocialEngine, the E-commerce capabilities are provided by Magento. This way, you get the best of both Social and E-commerce.
This integration gives you a strong Social Commerce setup with features that can provide you remarkable growth in E-commerce revenue - the goodness of your Social Community gets very well blended with your E-commerce Store.
++ Integrates SocialEngine and the Magento e-commerce platform.
++ Magento is amongst the most popular E-commerce platforms. It is feature-rich, easy to manage, optimized and a powerful system, which makes it a highly preferred platform for webshops.
++ With this robust integration, users will be able to perform various actions like Add Products to Cart, Cart Checkout, Add Products to Wishlist, Comparing Products, and a lot more, just like they can on your Magento powered Store. Your complete Magento Store will be visible within SocialEngine.
++ Social Commerce and Marketing: SocialEngine integrated with your Magento store opens up a lot of possibilities for you to engage with your customers. You can create a vibrant community around your offerings, and build solid pre-sales and post-sales systems. This integration provides a social shopping experience that entices users to share their purchases with friends and family.
++ Integrating social media into your eCommerce website can increase conversion rates and drive sales.
++ Easy to install integration.
++ You do not need to start afresh. Even if you have actively running SocialEngine or Magento sites, they can be integrated well.
++ The Magento Store gets visually integrated into the SocialEngine site. Content from Magento's blocks are displayed within SocialEngine.
++ Theme integration: If the Theme of your site has been developed following SocialEngine's standards, then the Magento blocks on your site will automatically inherit the theme's CSS styles.
++ The integration is seamless and provides a good user experience.
++ User synchronization: If a user signs-up on SocialEngine, a corresponding customer account is created on Magento. The vice-versa also happens. Existing users of your SocialEngine / Magento sites will also be synchronized.
++ Single Sign-on (SSO): When a member logs-in on SocialEngine site, he is automatically logged-in on the Magento site as well. The vice-versa also happens. (This requires both the SocialEngine and Magento websites to be installed on the same domain / sub-domain.)
++ Synchronization of user data and activities like addresses, cart products, wishlists, orders, etc.
++ Search Integration: Integrated with SocialEngine's core search system.
++ Activity Feeds integration: Attractive activity feeds are generated for actions like ordering products, adding products to wishlist, etc.
• Activity feeds contain thumbnails and names of products purchased/liked/added to wishlist, and action links like "View all Products".
• Interactive mouse-over Info Tooltips on products (from "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin")
++ All of Magento's in-built features work well in this integration. Thus, this integration gives you many useful features. To see some important features of Magento listed, please visit the "Magento Features" section below.
++ Magento Extensions: This integration has been designed and developed to work well with most of Magento's Extensions that have been developed in a standardized manner. Thus, you can also benefit from the wide range of E-commerce plugins available for Magento.
++ Works well for all Magento product types: Simple, Virtual, Grouped, Configurable, Bundle and Downloadable.
++ Integration with Magento’s emailing system: Emails going out from this plugin for actions like Sharing Wishlist, etc., are branded by your Magento Store with the products and logo linking back to your SocialEngine site.
++ Search Engine Optimized (SEO) store pages.
++ Caching & Performance Enhancement: This plugin implements block-level caching for Magento blocks. This reduces callback requests for data and improves page loading speed. SocialEngine's in-built cache settings are inherited. Blocks which show user related information (like cart, wishlist, etc.) are loaded via AJAX.
++ Attractive Catalog display
++ Categorical, price-wise and attribute-wise product catalog browsing.
++ Attractive Product display. Multiple images per product and image zoom-in feature.
++ Full-featured Shopping Cart
++ Discount Coupons and other Marketing Tools like Promotional Pricing, etc.
++ Product Reviews
++ Comparing Products
++ Various product types like: Simple, Virtual, Grouped, Configurable, Bundle and Downloadable.
++ Numerous pricing possibilities
++ Enables setting up product relations like Up-selling products, Related products and Cross-selling products.
++ Webshop insights with good analytics and reporting features (like abandoned cart report, bestsellers, best customers, search term report, etc.)
++ Multi-lingual support.
++ Support for Multiple Currencies.
++ SSL support and one-page checkout process.
++ Multiple payment modes like credit card, Paypal, other payment gateways, cheque, money order, etc.
++ Strong Data Encryption technique of Magento is used in the back-end for payments.
++ Shipping method APIs, free shipping, multi-address shipping, etc.
++ Breadcrumb Navigation within Store
++ Tagging of Products
++ Advanced Product Search (including over attributes, price, etc.)
++ Gifting products.
++ Related Products suggestions
and many many more.....For details, see the "About Magento" section below.
++ 4 widgetized pages: "Store Home Page: Magento", "Store Browse Page: Magento", "Store Product View Page: Magento" and "Store Checkout Page: Magento".
++ The available widgets can be placed at desired locations using Layout Editor and various settings for them like their heading, number of elements, popularity criteria, information, etc. can be configured:
• Magento Blocks (selected content): A Magento block is a modular unit of content that can be positioned almost anywhere on the page, just like widgets in SocialEngine. Blocks can be used to display static information such as text, images, and embedded video, as well as dynamic information from your Magento site. This widget displays content of a selected Magento Block, which can be chosen from the settings of this widget. You can place this widget multiple times on a page with different Magento Blocks chosen for each placement.
• Special Product: A particular product can be selected to be shown in this widget in a highlighted manner.
• Popular products
• Top Buyers
• Product View Page Options
• Recently Ordered Products
• Search Products Form
++ Integration aspects are administered from administration of this plugin. The Store is administered from the Admin Panel of Magento website.
++ Configure integration between SocialEngine community website and Magento e-commerce website.
++ Map the multi-lingual support of SocialEngine site with that of Magento Store.
++ View, enable / disable, synchronize products.
++ Cache management (for good loading performance of Store).
++ Mark certain product as "Special Product".
++ Enable / disable selected members from shopping on the SocialEngine site. Such members will not see any store related content or links on the site.
++ Choose and place the various blocks from Magento to be shown on the SocialEngine site.
Integration with other SocialEngineAddOns plugins:
++ If you have "FAQs, Knowledgebase, Tutorials & Help Center Plugin" (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-faqs-knowledgebase-tutorials-help-center-plugin), then it comes pre-loaded with FAQs for this plugin.
++ Open Graph Tags: With the plugin "Advanced Facebook Integration / Likes, Social Plugins and Open Graph" (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-advanced-facebook-integration-likes-social-plugins-and-open-graph), Open Graph tags can be enabled for Product pages, just like it does for other content pages.
++ Integration with "Suggestions / Recommendations / People you may know & Inviter" (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-suggestions-recommendations-plugin) plugin:
• "Suggest to Friends" link
• "Recommended Products" widget
• Products shown in mixed recommendations
++ Integration with "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin" (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-advanced-activity-feeds-wall-plugin):
• Interactive mouseover Info Tooltips on products in activity feeds.
++ Integration with the Free "Likes Plugin and Widgets" (http://www.socialengineaddons.com/socialengine-likes-plugin-and-widgets):
• Activity feeds for Liking products
• "Like this" link
Magento is amongst the most feature-rich, robust and popular E-commerce platforms:
++ Main Magento website: http://www.magentocommerce.com/
++ To see Magento's Features List, please visit the below links:
++ To see Magento's Demos, please visit:
• Magento Store Demo: http://eshopdemo.socialengineaddons.com/
• Magento Admin Panel Demo: http://demo-admin.magentocommerce.com/index.php/admin/
++ Magento's Installation Instructions:
Visit the below URLs to experience this integration:
++ SocialEngine Store: http://demo.socialengineaddons.com/shop/index
++ Magento Store Demo: http://eshopdemo.socialengineaddons.com/
Is this easy to install? Where can I find installation instructions?
Yes, absolutely! This plugin will install seamlessly on your SocialEngine with the one click Package installation feature. This integration also involves an extension which will need to be installed on your Magento website. This Magento extension comes along in this plugin's
What will my plugin download contain?
The plugin download will be a zipped (.zip) file, which upon extraction will give the plugin package tar file, the Magento extension file, the license file (license.html), and the installation instructions file (install.html).
I like this E-commerce Store plugin's features very much. However, I do not have a Magento website running. What should I do?
All the store related functionalities will be handled by this plugin along with Magento. Magento is one of the most popular, feature-rich and robust e-commerce platforms. Installing Magento is very easy. Thus, for installing and using this plugin on your site, you must first set up your Magento store.
Can users create and sell products with this plugin, or can products be only created by the site admin?
This plugin provides an admin driven store. Only the site administrator can create products.
I need assistance in setting up this integration. Can you help me?
Though this integration is very easy to set up, and we have provided easy to follow instructions for the same, if you feel you require our assistance for this, then please consider ordering our service for this: http://www.socialengineaddons.com/services/socialengine-magento-integration-installation .
I need assistance in installing Magento. Can you help me?
To see Magento's installation instructions, please visit: http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/1_-_installation_and_configuration/magento_installation_guide OR http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/magento-installation-guide. If you require our assistance for this, then please consider ordering our service for Magento installation: http://www.socialengineaddons.com/services/magento-installation .
Magento enables creation of multiple stores from one installation. How will it work with this integration?
This integration enables you to integrate one Magento Store with your SocialEngine website.
How will this SocialEngine - Magento integration work with the extensions installed on my Magento website?
This integration has been designed and developed to work well with most of Magento's Extensions that have been developed in a standardized manner. Thus, if an extension installed on your Magento website has been coded properly by following standards, then it would work well with this integration.