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Finding quality, free extensions for Magento 2 stores is an uphill task. The technical differences between the two versions of Magento have complicated the situation even more. If you are looking for a free solution for your Magento 2 store, you won’t be as lucky as you would be with Magento 1.x.
Luckily, the good people at Fooman are leaders in providing well-coded extensions that Magento users love. They have released four extensions that are totally free for Magento 2 users.
These free Magento 2 plugins perform a variety of important everyday tasks. I would sincerely recommend that you at least test these extensions on your store.
Simplify Your Magento 2 Order Numbering System
Default Magento 2 assigns different order, invoice, shipping, and credit memo numbers for the same order. But, you can simplify your numbering system by keeping these numbers the same. Fooman Same Order Invoice Number is an extension which lets you do this.
Once installed, when a new invoice (e.g. INV-003), shipment (e.g. SHIP-003) or credit memo (e.g. CREDIT-003) is created it will always take the same number as the associated order number (e.g. ORDER-003). If things get a bit more complicated and you have multiple invoices, credit memos or shipments associated with one order, the extension kicks in with automatic duplicate separation.
Why would you want to do this? This small change keeps your sales documents simple and well-organized. Your customer benefits by only having to reference one number consistently displayed on all documents. This means much less confusion when dealing with customer service.
Attach PDFs to Sales Emails Without the Fuss
Need a way to automatically attach your sales PDFs and other documents to sales emails? Check out Fooman Email Attachments. The extension works perfectly for attaching invoices, shipment documents, credit memos, and even terms and conditions to sales emails.
Beyond being totally free, the extension saves you time and provides you with detailed settings for each type of sales email. You get complete control over what kind of document to attach, so you can fine-tune all the details until they are all just right.
Pair this extension with the Print Order PDF extension (mentioned below) to offer a consistent customer experience.
Save Time by Generating a Single Order Confirmation PDF for Multiple Orders
Do you want to generate a PDF copy of order confirmations? Well, you can easily do this with Fooman Print Order PDF. As well as being able to create an Order Confirmation PDF for individual orders, the beauty of this simple extension is that you can create a bulk Order Confirmation document for multiple orders in a single go. Every selected order is displayed in a single PDF document to save you valuable admin time.
Improve Your Sales With an Advanced Look Into Google Analytics
Without access to the right kind of information, you could be making crucial (though unintentional) mistakes in your sales process, costing you potentially thousands of dollars in lost sales. Fooman Google Analytics Plus allows you to take a more advanced view of Google Analytics during your store’s checkout process.
Go beyond the standard Google Analytics features by seeing where potential customers are “dropping off” during your checkout process. The extension tracks every step of the checkout process, including sections retrieved via AJAX during one-page-checkout. Use these insights to take action to boost your conversions and improve your store’s performance. You can also anonymize visitor IP addresses for privacy.
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Ready, Set, Streamline
These plugins are exceptionally well-made and in my opinion, all four of them are important for your business. The first three plugins make order tracking and documentation easy. The Google Analytics extension provides information about your sales efficiency. Sadly, these plugins won’t make you a sandwich instead you can buy them from all the money you are saving.
Do you know any free Magento 2 extension that helps in post-sales activities? Discuss it in the comments sections.
Fooman offers trusted Magento 1 and 2 extensions to save you time and money. Led by Kristof, a 2x Magento Master and Certified Developer Plus, Fooman is known for creating reputable, well-coded extensions. The team have nearly a decade of Magento experience and is one of the Magento Technology Partners.