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It’s time to control static blocks in your store with the Z-Blocks extension… now with graphic interface!
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Overview

Z-Blocks by aheadWorks

Seeking for a powerful solution to manage, display, and target promotional banners in a couple of clicks? The Z-Blocks functionality covers these needs and allows you to insert content blocks with any applicable information at an appropriate place and time.

With the Z-Blocks Magento extension, you can create an unlimited number of Magento custom content blocks without any changes in template or layout files. To enhance the relevance of the content displayed to visitors, each block can be scheduled and displayed automatically basing on the variety of filters - date & time, customer group, product/category page, store view, and many other conditions.

You can strongly empower the usability of the extension with the Market Segmentation Suite integration. Firstly, you can precisely segment your customers based on a number of criteria such as buying behavior, interests, etc.; secondly, apply a filter to show z-blocks content to highly targeted audience - your predefined customer segment.

Integration with One Step Checkout allows you to apply z-blocks to the one step checkout page. Give product/purchase recommendation, add “motivation” campaigns, encourage customers for further purchases with relevant z-blocks content right at the moment of buying.

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Visit Extension Page:
http://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/magento-extensions/z-blocks.html

Main Features:

Create an unlimited number of content blocks
Add as many content blocks as you wish and populate each block with independent content items. You can add any HTML, images, widgets, flash, video, plain text, table to each block item.

Place blocks in any position on the website
Choose any block position of 10 predefined for each page or create a custom position that you need via inserting the block widget.

Configure the display mode of content items
Choose the way how content items of each block will be displayed in your store:
* show all (items are displayed altogether)
* rotate one-by-one (items are shown one-by-one starting with the first one)
* show random (items are rotated randomly)
* show in a slider (items are displayed within a specified interval)(NEW!)

Schedule z-block appearing
Make the precised schedule for your content blocks with an opportunity to choose dates by different criteria (odd days, on Tuesdays, on the 25th of each month, etc.) and define custom intervals - from, to or between specific dates. Combine these options for even more flexibility.

Display z-blocks for different customer groups
Decide which blocks or content items should be shown for chosen customer groups.

Enable z-blocks according to visitor traffic source(NEW!)
Display a block only to visitors that were redirected to the page from a specific URL. For example, you can enhance customer loyalty via showing a block with a special coupon code to all clients that came from specific social networks.

Set up flexible conditions for block appearing
Set up variety of product conditions to place each block on certain product pages. When conditions meet, the block is added to the specified place.

Flexible settings to ease blocks creation:

WYSIWYG editor
Create rich HTML content without extra efforts and extensive knowledge.

Per-store and Per-category views
Use Z-Blocks extension to control where a block will appear. Make blocks appear for custom categories or only on product pages. Set different stores and languages per each blocks or content item to show z-block to proper audience.

Customizable block and item sorting
Determine the order of items to be displayed within the block to visitors by the "sort order" attribute.

Manage Content Items as a mass action(NEW!)
Change status and delete block items as a mass action in a bulk directly from the Content Manager grid.

Duplicated blocks(NEW!)
Save your time on creating blocks with almost identical options. Just copy a block and change required options instead of adding each block separately from the very beginning.

And much more... check our User manual

Use Cases:

The following Magento Z-Blocks features are demonstrated in the Use Cases:
* How to add static HTML content on all pages
* How to schedule block displaying at specific days and time
* How to display predefined content items randomly
* How to show a block on specific store
* How to display the block at the selected category

What’s new in version 2.5.0:

* Rotate the Z-Blocks content using AJAX
* Target blocks to certain referral visitors
* Specify display settings for content items
* Create duplicated blocks on the fly
* Delete or edit content items as a mass action

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Release Notes

Changelog v.2.3.2

2012-07-31 13:28:41
  • Version number: 2.3.2
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.12
  • + Ability to enable/disable z-block for CMS pages
  • * 'Disable z-block for certain customer groups' problem

Changelog v.2.3.1

2012-06-30 08:37:42
  • Version number: 2.3.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.12
  • + Magento CE 1.7.0.0 compatibility
  • + Filter Products option in Block Information
  • * Category tree loaded at the Block Information page opening
  • * Incorrect aw_zblocks table structure
  • * CSS couldn't be set for custom position

Changelog v.2.3

2012-04-10 14:14:03
  • Version number: 2.3
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6.2.0, 1.11
  • + Z-Blocks widget
  • + Ability to specify Z-Blocks for different customer groups
  • * Minor bugfixes

Changelog 2.2.6

2012-03-14 12:23:59
  • Version number: 2.2.6
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.10
  • + Magento PE compatibility
  • * MSS integration issue
  • * Incorrect saving of Schedule Date fields

Changelog v.2.2.5

2009-02-11 21:44:30
  • Version number: 2.2.5
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.9.1.0, 1.10
  • + Staging Websites compatibility in Magento EE
  • * Schedule issue
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Z-Blocks by aheadWorks 4.8 5 8 8
This is a good extension for adding static blocks This is a nice little extension that does what it says it should. It is easy to use and quite versatile and the customer support is excellent. I struggled to integrate the extension myself and had to ask for support to give me a hand, which is the only reason I didn't score it 5/5. Nevertheless, once it was integrated and set up it worked fine and would recommend. January 13, 2014
Easily customize your store even at odd places What I like most about this module is the ability to create custom placements to be used from the CMS. It makes the store much more customizable. September 20, 2013
Very useful extension Trivial Joomla-style module placement, without having to or letting your customers worry about block placement and ordering via the respective XML files. Developer support is great: fast, friendly and knowledgable. We experienced a problem which prevented zblocks from displaying. It turned out to be a conflict with another third party extension (conflicting block names in the XML), which was quickly diagnosed and resolved by Aheadworks. September 19, 2013
Great Extension This extension does exactly what it states and saves us heaps of time in putting together new blocks on our website. Not being particularly technical, it is very easy to use and greatly improves our marketing on our site. September 10, 2013
The "store_ids" column is wrong, that should be "store_id" and also make sure to update this in the module. After installing this module "Magento Staging" stopped working. I spent about day to figure out the issue. After renaming the column and updating the code (from store_ids to store_id) everything worked as expected. AheadWorks please fix this. "subxing" if your issue is still pending, the above will fix your issue :). Thanks October 31, 2012
When logging in, Z-blocks dissapear. Logging out will make them appear again. AW is working for a few weeks on this problem. No results yet. Anyone else recognising this problem ? August 3, 2012
After I install this extension, This extension is not working. I tried to find out what problem is, I noticed there is not part for Store View select. It is extension's problem or my install fault? January 13, 2012
Great took for the less experiences ones like me. I can finaly add blocks all over my magento website without learning the complex code. The only downside is that Custom template dont allways show the blocks as you want them to be shown. Other then that it's a great product August 26, 2010
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Hi,

We use a custom template, with a lot of custom CMS static blocks used for promotional banners etc. At the moment we're using javascript to swap out the content of these banners at scheduled times.

My question is: would your extension allow us to do this in a more intuitive, easy fashion? Ie: upload an image and say 'at midnight on a certain date change the content of the block 'homepage_top_block' to this image?

Cheers,

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Hello, Paul.

Yes, our Z-Blocks extension allows to change the promo banners at scheduled time.
With the module's Schedule feature, you can enable/ disable blocks at exact date and time, or per number of schedule patterns (say, show a block on 1st of each month, etc).
The schedule is controlled from the backend, there's no need for extra coding.
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Hello!

Z-Blocks do allow choosing the block position. Along with the 8 pre-defined positions available for Catalog blocks, the module supports custom block positioning.
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