Magento 2 Blogs Comparison (Amasty vs aheadWorks)

- E-Commerce, Magento 2
 

Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Magento 2 doesn’t provide any blog despite thousands merchants worldwide were waiting for this feature in the second version of the platform. Luckily, you can always fix the problem with the help of a third-party modules, and today we compare the most popular solutions: Amasty Blog Pro and aheadWorks Blog. Each Magento 2 blog extension has its pros and cons, and we figure out which one is suitable for what ecommerce conditions.

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Adding A New Post

Of course, a Magento 2 Blog extension should be convenient enough for adding a new post without headaches. So, how admin-friendly are the compared Magento 2 modules?

aheadWorks offers interface which is similar to WordPress – the most popular blogging platform. All fields are gathered on a single page. You specify title, URK-key, short content (can be hidden) and full post via WYSIWYG editor, as well as meta description.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

On the right, there is a section that allows you to view a status of your new blog post, go to its comments, apply scheduling, select categories, add tags, select store views, and enable/disable comments.

Below, you can see a section that allows you  create conditions for displaying related products with this Magento 2 blog module.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Such structure looks brilliant, but what about Amasty?

In case of the Blog Pro Magento 2 blog extension, you have to deal with 5 tabs. While such solution is not the most convenient especially because required fields are separated between two tabs, it adds more flexibility.

Thus, on the Content tab, you specify title, URL-key, short and full content (short content can be disabled and there is WYSIWYG editor for both), add tags, select status and publish date.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Next, customize thumbnail display. Upload Post and List images, specify Image links, and choose grid width.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

The Additional tab allows you to specify information about the post author (name, social profiles, and store view from where the content was posted) as well as choose categories and enable/disable comments.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Besides, the Magento 2 blog offers a Meta Data tab that allows you to add meta title, tags, and description.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

In Statistics, Amasty displays the number of views. Since you create a new blog, there are no views.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

So, who is the leader of the first round? We think that it depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a convenient backend where a new blog post can be rapidly added via a friendly interface with all fields available on a single page, then the aheadWorks Magento 2 blog is your leader. But if difficulties do not frighten you and you are looking for a more flexible and robust tool, pay attention to Amasty. Both Magento 2 blog modules are great when it comes to content posting.

Categories

The ability to add categories make your blog more user-friendly enabling customers to find the desired content as fast as possible. Luckily, both Amasty and aheadWorks provide an opportunity to add an unlimited number of categories.

aheadWorks gathers all fields on a single page. To create a new category, you only have to specify its name, URL-key, status, sort order, meta description, and store view.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Amasty once again offers more than one tab with settings. Under the General tab, you should specify category’s name, URL-key, sort order, status, and store view.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Meta title, tags, and description are available under the corresponding tab.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Amasty and aheadWorks offer almost the same opportunities related to category management. While Amasty have offers some additional fields, the aheadWorks Magento 2 blog extension is more convenient, so we can’t say that there is a leader in this round

Tag Management

While both Magento 2 blog extensions allow you to add new tags when you create a new blog post, Amasty offers a separate grid with tags where you can view the most popular ones. It is also possible to add tags here. Having all necessary tags in a data base will help you add new posts faster: start typing a tag and the Magento 2 blog module will display suggestions to choose from. While this feature is available in both Amasty Blog Pro and aheadWorks blog, only Amasty allows you to add tags before adding any posts. While this feature does not seem to be very important, someone may find it useful.

Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Configuration

Easy configuration is a great plus of the aheadWorks Blog Magento 2 extension. There are only 4 blocks of settings: General, Sidebar, SEO, and Related Products. As a result, you won’t spend much time configuring your blog.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

At the same time, the Amasty Magento 2 blog plugin offers 13 sections of settings. Each section is full of various options, so it will take time to fine tune your blog, but you can fully configure it in accordance with your ecommerce needs.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Comments

Do you imagine a blog without comments? Of course, not. Comments are mandatory for every blog, so how do our participants solve this task?

The aheadWorks Magento 2 Blog module requires connecting to Disqus to manage comments. Note that Disqus integration allows readers leave comments with the help of their social network accounts, which is very convenient.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

In its turn Amasty does not require Disqus integration to manage comments. There is a grid where you can activate, inactivate, or delete them in bulk. Besides, the Magento 2 blog module allows to disable comments for guest readers motivating store visitors to register on your ecommerce website.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

Once again, aheadWorks offers more admin and user-friendly comment system, while Amasty provides the ability to leverage comments and get maximum out of this feature.

Other Features

Each Magento blog extension also includes some unique features that may be useful for your certain conditions.

  1. Thus, aheadWorks Blog incorporates Magento Data Migration Tool that allows moving posts from Magento 1 to Magento 2 stores. Note that a corresponding URL structure is saved!
  2. Besides, it allows to display a block which contains a list of blog posts where certain products are mentioned on corresponding product pages.
  3. And, as mentioned above, you can freely display products related to each post while creating or editing it.
  1. In its turn Amasty offers an intuitive constructor designed to arrange data blocks on both main blog page and post pages.
  2. A customizable 3D tags cloud is also available. It will help you visualize the most popular tags providing readers with a deeper insight on what’s going on in your posts.
  3. Additionally, you can power up social media and leverage sharing with the help of social buttons. Note that aheadWorks also offers this feature.

Quite a different set of features, but all are useful and demanded.

Frontend Appearance

Now, let’s compare the visual appearance of aheadWorks Blog and Amasty Blog Pro.

In case of aheadWorks, you can see the latest post and continue reading it, a section with recent posts, and a cloud of tags. Categories are displayed where you hover over the blog name in the top menu.

 Magento 2 Blogs Comparison aheadworks vs amasty

In its turn Amasty shows all categories on the right. Besides, there is a search field that is missed in the aheadWorks Blog Magento 2 extension. The 3D cloud of tags seems to be more eye-catching and recent comments in the sidebar provide the influence of  more professionally-designed blog. Besides, customers can see the number of views above each post thumbnail.

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The only advantage of the aheadWorks Magento 2 blog extension is a section with related products below each post.

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As you can see, Amasty Blog Pro provides better impression when it comes to the frontend appearance, but let’s take a look at prices.

Price

aheadWorks offers its Magento 2 blog module for $349. If you are already a M1 user, you can get a 50% discount. As for Amasty, Blog Pro costs $299, and this price seems quite reasonable.

Magento 2 Blog Extensions Comparison (Amasty vs aheadWorks)

aheadWorks

Amasty

WYSIWYG editor

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One-page interface

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Advanced options

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Category management

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Tags grid

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Simple configuration

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Advanced configuration

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Disqus integration

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Native comment management

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Posts migration from 1 to 2

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Posts on product pages

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Related products

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Blog constructor

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3D tags cloud

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Social sharing

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View count

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Blog search

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Categories on sidebar

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Price

$349

$299

Final Words

If you are looking for a simple Magento 2 blog extension that will work right after the installation, we recommend you to pay attention to the aheadWorks Blog Magento 2 module. This solution provides easy to use admin, but lacks some vital features, such as blog search. But it compensates them with the migration tool as well as related products and related posts functionality.

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For those who are interested in a more complex tool, Amasty Blog Pro will be a better option. Although it not as intuitive as its competitor, you will master it without any help from third parties. And it looks better on the frontend. In addition, you will get a blog constructor, a 3D cloud of tags, and categories on a sidebar. And everything for a lover price.

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