Great Ecwid Extension: Back in stockNov 5, 2013 by Qetzal,
Why developer community matters
Ecwid is used by more than 350 thousand merchants currently, and each of them has his own requirements and priorities. Sometimes they ask for features, which are not available in Ecwid yet.
We already notice that a lot of developers use our tools to extend Ecwid functionality. We are really excited about this since we think that it benefits both developers and the Ecwid community. We encourage all the web devs to check our APIs and create something for Ecwid merchants, and to support Ecwid developers community, we decided to introduce the most interesting addons on our blog.
Today we want to feature the Back in stock notifications
Back in stock notifications extension: how it works
A couple of weeks ago I decided to visit my favorite apparel store, a small boutique offering interesting vintage shoes and stylish outfit, located in ten minutes walk from my office. Having spent several minutes, I finally found what I was looking for. It was a tailored fit shirt with a cool dark grey pattern, but, unfortunately, it was too tight for me, and what is worse, this size was the only left. Having noticed my disappointment, the shop assistant told me that they were expecting new arrivals in a few days, I just needed to I leave my contact phone number and they would call me as soon as the desired shirt arrives. In fact, many successful store owners use every opportunity to get you as a returning customer.
The Back in Stock extension made by NinjaWidget team offers the same sort of service to the customers of your online store. If the product they want is out of stock s/he can leave their email and thus get notified when the product becomes available for sale. Once installed in your Ecwid store, the extension works automatically in the background. It checks your stock level periodically and alerts the subscribed customers after you update the catalog and some products are back in stock.
We consider this extension to be a great tool, as it reduces the number of visitors leaving your store empty handed and turns them into paying customers. Moreover it provides very handy stats that help a merchant to understand which of the
Feel free to visit a demo store to see how Back in Stock extension works.
The NinjaWidget guys launched this extension several months ago. It was in a beta stage and a lot of Ecwid merchants have had a chance see it in action. We asked several of them to share their feedback, and this is what they said:
The back in stock widget is a very handy tool for every website.
After receiving constant email inquiries from customers wanting to know when products in our store would be available again, we began searching for something to cut down our hours responding to these email inquiries, and we found it with NinjaWidget!
We look forward to more great updates for this widget and perhaps some new releases in the future from the NinjaWidget team.
Just wanted to add our feedback. The widget is now functioning very well. So well in fact we nearly sold out our new stock in one day after notifications were sent.
In our industry, it’s often that products are placed on
Under the hood
Here is some tech background for those who want to look behind the scenes.
How to get it
The Back in stock extension has free and paid plans. You can use it as long as you need with the only limitation of 5 notifications per month. However, if you want to send more notifications or get access to the premium features like
The setup process is simple: you should sign into Back in stock control panel and place the integration code to the same webpage where your Ecwid store is installed. You can find out more information about the extension at NinjaWidget website.
We’re really happy to see how NinjaWidget uses our APIs to create this great extension, and we encourage every Ecwid merchant to try it and see how it increases the number of returning customers.
If you’re a developer who has already created an awesome Ecwid extension, or if you’re developing it now, or if you only plan to, and have some questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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