OpenCart - Blog http://www.opencart.com/ A free shopping cart system. OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online e-commerce solution. Increase your Profits with Sage Pay http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=70 <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Long gone are the days when simply having an online shop guaranteed sales for your business.</strong> The larger retailers have caught up with eCommerce and are increasingly competing with smaller businesses across a wide variety of products and services.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> That’s why it’s so important that you optimise the entire purchase process for your customers. We all know the importance of good product photography and descriptions – but what about the less obvious elements that affect the shopping experience for your customers?</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> In this blog post, we will help you with 4 top tips to <strong>optimise your shopping experience</strong> and <strong>increase your profits</strong>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>1. Let your customer pay the way they want to</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you’re selling high-value goods, it should come as no surprise that many of your customers will want to pay via <strong>American Express</strong>. Similarly, if you’re targeting younger consumer, it’s important to offer alternative payment types like <strong>PayPal</strong>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Although credit and debit cards are the payment method of choice in UK, if you’re selling to other markets you might consider implementing local payment types.&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> In Germany (Europe’s 2nd largest ecommerce market) you should consider offering <strong>Sofort Banking</strong> and <strong>GiroPay</strong> – as only 34% of online payments there are made by credit or debit card <em>(Forsa, Feb 2014)</em>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Offering a choice of payment types helps to<strong> improve the customer's experience on your site</strong>. Similarly, offering browsers the opportunity to pay in their own currency will help your online sales conversion rates. In fact, <strong>53% of businesses agree that a choice of payment methods drive customer loyalty</strong> <em>(Payments Landscape Report, 2014)</em>.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> So consider your customers and their location, then ensure you offer them appropriate options.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>2. Be consistent, and inspire trust</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>If visitors don’t trust your site, they won’t make a purchase. </strong>These days most merchants have consistent branding across their website; using the same fonts, colours and layouts on each page. However, when it comes to the payment pages, many businesses fail to hit the mark.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Whether you have a fully customised payment page or a simple form-style re-direct to a payment service provider,<strong> it’s important that the page is clearly an extension of your website.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> How important? You might be surprised to find that for a third of businesses, <strong>the most common drop-out points on eCommerce sites are the payment pages </strong><em>(Payments Landscape Report, 2014)</em>. Sage Pay offers <strong>customisable payment pages</strong> for businesses using <strong>Form, Server and iFrame integrations</strong>; allowing you to personalise your payment pages.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>3. Reduce friction and make it easy to pay</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Making it easy for customers to pay you online will dramatically <strong>increase your online conversion rates</strong>. Consider the checkout process – how long does it take customers to enter the personal data you have requested from them? The general rule is <strong>the fewer steps the better.</strong></div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Whilst larger businesses with strong brands and customer engagement can afford to capture more data with additional payment pages in the checkout process, the optimal number for small businesses is<strong> 2 or 3 pages to complete a transaction</strong> <em>(e-Business Benchmark Report, 2013)</em>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Another thing to consider is implementing a <strong>‘single-click’ checkout</strong>. This will help you offer a <strong>fast and seamless shopping experience</strong>. &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> ‘Single-click’ checkouts use tokenisation to convert sensitive shopper card data into an encrypted series of digits (the ‘token’). This token is recalled on subsequent purchases – removing the need for the shopper to re-enter their card details.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Reducing the number of steps to make a purchase is particularly beneficial when it comes to the steadily increasing numbers of shoppers browsing and buying through mobile and tablet channels. People can simply recall their card, rather than typing numerous digits into a small screen.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> The secure technology that Sage Pay provides for ‘single-click’ purchases also has the added bonus of dramatically reducing the cost of PCI Compliance for merchants. In fact, tokenised payments save businesses an average of £6,010 on their PCI regulation expenditure <em>(Payments Landscape Report, 2014)</em>.</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>4. Keep the cost of fraud down (secure your profits!)</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Even if you have achieved high conversion rates from your online shop,<strong> you still risk losing profits from fraud</strong>. The average business has lost<strong> £4,500 to fraud over the last 12 months</strong> <em>(Benchmark Report, 2014)</em>, and although we only hear of high profile retailers in the news, it’s a problem for small businesses too: <strong>38% of small e-businesses have lost out to fraud in the last 12 months</strong> <em>(Payments Landscape Report, 2014)</em>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Fraud is a REAL threat to your business</strong> - that’s why it’s so important to use fraud screening tools when taking payments. Sage Pay offers an <strong>advanced suite of tools for free </strong>and can arrange a <strong>bespoke service</strong> for larger retailers.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you’re looking for a secure payment service provider, with all the tools to optimise your payment process, consider Sage Pay’s online payment services.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> We’ve secured a special offer for OpenCart’s customers; <strong>3 months free payment processing</strong> - so you can <strong>keep your costs down and your profits high!</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><a href="http://www.engage.sagepay.com/sign-up-with-opencart">Sign Up Now</a></strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <div> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>This blog post has been sponsored by Sage Pay.&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Please note that whilst OpenCart recommends Sage Pay, all views and opinions in this blog post belong to Sage Pay, and are not those of OpenCart. OpenCart is not responsible for any opinions or claims made in this blog post.&nbsp;</em></span></div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 7:14:07 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=70 Landing Page Optimisation http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=69 <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you have ever arrived at a website from an advertisement or an email link, it’s extremely likely that you were taken to a <strong>landing page</strong>, rather than the website’s standard homepage. Landing pages are generally displayed when you click a link from an online advertisement, a search engine result, an email or a specific promotional URL. For ecommerce store owners, <strong>landing pages are the first chance you have to convince a motivated shopper to pursue a purchase.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> On average, you have just <strong>4 seconds</strong> to capture a visitor’s attention once they arrive at your landing page, so <strong>it’s vital that you get it right.</strong> A clear and engaging landing page will <strong>enhance your customer’s experience</strong> and <strong>maximise your campaign’s ROI</strong>. Improving your ecommerce store’s landing pages can not only greatly improve your website’s usability, but will also <strong>build trust in your brand and increase your ecommerce store’s conversion rates.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><u>Landing Page Tests</u></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> To make sure that it is as effective as possible, it is important to <strong>test your landing page thoroughly</strong>. There are two standard tests that you can perform in order to find the most effective features of your landing page: <strong>A/B tests</strong> and <strong>multivariate tests.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> An A/B test involves<strong> testing one whole landing page against another,</strong> with one distinct change to a single element between the two versions, for example: using a different headline. This allows you to monitor the <strong>exact effect that a single feature of your landing page has</strong> on your overall conversion rates and determine exactly which version is most effective.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Multivariate testing allows you to<strong> test multiple elements of your landing page against each other</strong> in a variety of combinations, for example: different headlines AND different call-to-action buttons. This test allows you to evaluate your landing pages <strong>quickly and accurately.</strong> It is important to carefully choose which test is the most appropriate for your website before beginning your testing.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><u>Why Should I Test My Landing Pages?</u></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Studies have found that <strong>72%</strong> of marketers who <em>do not</em> test their landing pages also fail to measure any meaningful return on investment from their landing page optimisation efforts. It is well known that <strong>the more you test, improve and optimise your landing pages, the greater conversion rates you will receive</strong>. Businesses who spend more of their budget on landing page optimisation tend to see higher conversion rates:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>33%</strong> of marketers who test see conversion rates of <strong>&gt;5%</strong></li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Only <strong>12%</strong> of marketers who <em>do not </em>test see conversion rates of <strong>&gt;5%</strong></li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>What Should I Test?</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> It can be quite difficult to know where to start when testing your ecommerce store’s landing pages. You can test any area of your landing pages as many times as you want, but I would recommend focusing on testing and optimising these <strong>five key areas </strong>of your landing pages:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Headline Copy:</strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> Your headline copy should be <strong>snappy and to the point.</strong> Experiment with different headlines which appeal to your audience’s <strong>‘What’s-In-It-For-Me’</strong> (<em>WIIFM</em>) and test a variety of <strong>benefits-driven headlines.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Body Copy:</strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> When writing the main section of text on your landing page, make sure to <strong>write in the second person</strong>; i.e. ‘<em>you</em>’ and ‘<em>your</em>’, as opposed to ‘<em>we</em>’ and ‘<em>us</em>’. By directly addressing the reader, you will be able to make your landing page feel more<strong> personal and specifically designed for that individual reader</strong>. Use <strong>action-language</strong> that focuses on benefits to draw the reader in and encourage them to convert.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Page Layout:</strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> <strong>Remove any distractions </strong>from your landing pages, such as navigation options or social media buttons, to <strong>place full focus on your main calls-to-action.</strong> Test different <strong>page designs</strong> and <strong>combinations of content and images</strong> to find which is most effective layout for your landing page.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Calls-to-Action:</strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> Your calls-to-action should be<strong> simple, easy to read and to the point.</strong> Use <strong>direct and compelling language</strong> to engage your visitors, and experiment with a range of action words; such as ‘<em>Register</em>’ vs. ‘<em>Sign up</em>’. Try different colours for your calls-to-action - red is often the most effective colour to use, but it is a good idea to <strong>test a variety of colours</strong> before settling on one.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Form Layout:</strong></li> </ul> <div style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"> By having only a <strong>small number of fields </strong>in your forms, visitors will be able to<strong> complete your forms quickly </strong>and <strong>the barrier to entry will be lower</strong>. If your forms are <strong>simple and easy to fill out,</strong> you are more likely to have an increased level of conversions. Respect your customers' privacy and <strong>only ask for information which is necessary </strong>- this will make them more likely to complete your forms.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Create a <strong>clear testing plan </strong>with <strong>well-defined, measurable conversion criteria</strong> <em>before </em>you start testing your landing page. Determine the <strong>main goals of your tests</strong> and perform them when there is a <strong>high level of traffic </strong>to your page.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> To find the most effective landing page for your ecommerce store, it is necessary to <strong>test every key component of your landing page.</strong>&nbsp;However, even if you are using a multivariate test, try not to test too many elements at once - it can become quite difficult to see exactly which area is having an effect on conversion rates if you try to test every element of your landing page at once.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Monitor each test</strong> throughout their progress and stop them once you have collected enough data to draw a conclusion. <strong>Track key external factors</strong> during your tests to ensure that they aren’t affecting your results and, once you have completed your tests, it’s a good idea to <strong>conduct follow-up experiments </strong>before putting your final landing page in place.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Landing Page Optimisation Tips:</strong></u></div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Your ecommerce store’s landing page should be <strong>simple, easy to read and load quickly</strong>.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Never use your store’s homepage </strong>as your landing page; ensure that you have a dedicated landing page for your customers to visit instead.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Aim to find the best <strong>balance between your content and images</strong> by experimenting with different combinations.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Create a <strong>user-friendly design</strong> and ensure that any call-to-action is <strong>clearly visible and placed above the fold.</strong></li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> The most effective calls-to-action are those which <strong>respect the privacy of visitors</strong> and <strong>don’t ask for too much information</strong>; ask only the necessary questions and keep it simple.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Use<strong> emotional triggers and testimonials </strong>to encourage and compel your visitors to convert.</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> By creating an <strong>engaging, interesting and compelling landing page,</strong> your ecommerce store will see an increased conversion rate in no time at all.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 7:50:11 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=69 Promoting Your New eCommerce Store http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=68 <div style="text-align: justify;"> It's finally done: you have a professional, responsive shop design and your product photographs and <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&amp;blog_id=66">descriptions</a> are looking fantastic. Your ecommerce store is now perfect, but... where are your customers? No matter how incredible your store is, without customers you won’t be able to turn your store into a profitable business. In this blog post, I'll share my favourite ways to attract customers and promote your new ecommerce store.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><u>Word of Mouth</u></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> The easiest way to get the word out about your new ecommerce store is to<strong>&nbsp;tell everyone you know about it.</strong>&nbsp;Tell your family, your friends, and even your friends' friends. People are significantly more likely to visit and purchase products from a store that has been recommended to them by a friend, as opposed to a store that they have seen in an anonymous advertisement. Word of mouth is one of the most effective marketing techniques a business can use, so it's vital that you make the most of it.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Once the news is out, it will be passed from person to person and bring you new traffic. If your ecommerce store is an extension of your brick and mortar store,<strong> let your customers know that they can now order your products online</strong>. Placing a sign near the till will have the best effect as people’s eyes wander whilst in the queue.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Social Media</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Once your ecommerce store is up and running, it's a good idea to <strong>set up accounts for your business on the most popular social media platforms</strong>, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Post links to your store and your products on these social media platforms, making sure to use your best product photographs.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Twitter is a fantastic platform for engagement as it allows you to have real-time conversations about your store with an unlimited supply of potential new customers. You can also greatly improve your customer service with Twitter by replying to customers’ Tweets. <strong>Great customer service generates great reviews</strong>, and with over 61% of people saying that they check customer reviews before deciding to make a purchase, the reviews on your website can make or break a sale.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Using advertising tools on Facebook and Twitter is a fantastic way to promote your business to people who are likely to be interested in your products. Cost effective and extremely useful, social media advertising is a great way to reach new customers online and can be tailored to ensure that you are only advertising to people who will be interested in your products / services.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Discounts and Giveaways</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Customers will always be cautious when purchasing products from a new store, particularly if your products are quite expensive. To make your customers more willing to part with their money, <strong>offer promotions on your most popular products or your entire catalog</strong>. Whether it is in the form of an offer, a giveaway or a discount, people are always drawn to a good deal.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> A technique that is used time and time again is to offer a discount, for example 20%, on the shopper's first order. Once they've tried your products and had a good user experience, your customers are likely to make another purchase or recommend you to their friends.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Email Marketing</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Email marketing is a quick and easy way to <strong>promote your ecommerce store right to a customer’s personal inbox</strong>. Once you have generated a mailing list of interested customers, you can promote your business and products very effectively through monthly or weekly newsletters.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Email marketing is not only useful for new ecommerce stores, but should be used continuously to promote any new products you have. If you run a promotion on your store, a newsletter is a simple way of letting all of your customers know about it and, in turn, generates an increased amount of traffic to your store. Increase your mailing list by adding a sign up option on your ecommerce store’s homepage, and include an opt-in option when customers complete their purchase.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Search Engine Optimisation &amp; Pay Per Click</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Improving your SEO is an effective way of generating traffic and promoting your ecommerce store. Simple techniques, such as keyword research and meta tag work, can rapidly improve your search engine rankings. If you are not 100% confident with improving your SEO by yourself, there are lots of easy to use guides available online, as well as skilled SEO professionals who are able to do all of the work for you.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> The higher your ecommerce store ranks in search engine results, the more likely it is to be noticed by potential customers. It can be quite difficult to rank highly in search engine results, especially if your store is brand new, but using a tool such as Google Adwords will help you gain those first customers very quickly. Google Adwords allows your website to be shown at the top of Google’s search results in the Ads section - simply choose a keyword related to your products and place a bid. Bids are charged for every click your link gets (PPC). If used correctly, Google Adwords can effectively promoted your ecommerce store to thousands of people in hardly any time at all.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> The most important thing to remember is that building up your ecommerce store and customers takes time. Be patient, follow some of my tips, and your ecommerce store will quickly be noticed by lots of potential customers.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 8:38:51 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=68 Improve Your OpenCart Store's Speed with NitroPack http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=67 <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Why is speed important?</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> A fast website is just like breathing; we assume that it will work straight away. It is only when we are deprived of what we take for granted that we realize how essential it is.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> A fast website is certainly not something that we usually hear people brag about, because that is what a website should be - fast. On the opposite end, a slow website is something that irritates users and can cause your dropout rate to increase. According to a recent study by <em>Akamai &amp; Forrester,</em> a website with 5 seconds to load resulted in <strong>20% of people dropping out.</strong> Another study showed that <strong>52% of visitors consider speed to be an essential criteria for returning to a website</strong>. Here are more figures taken directly from search engine conducted research:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Google.com: +500 milliseconds (speed decrease) results in -20% traffic loss.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Yahoo.com: +400 milliseconds (speed decrease) results in -5-9% full-page traffic loss - the visitor left before the page finished loading.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Amazon.com: +100 milliseconds (speed decrease) results in -1% sales loss.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Delving deeper, studies show that a slow website results in <strong>lower perceived credibility</strong> <em>(Fogg et al. 2001)</em>, <strong>lower perceived quality</strong><em> (Bouch, Kuchinsky, and Bhatti 2000)</em> and<strong> increased user frustration</strong> <em>(Ceaparu et al. 2004)</em>. The bottom line is: even if you are not a Fortune 500 company, and 100 milliseconds are not very important to you, your business still needs a fast website - at least faster than your competitors’ websites.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There are a variety of ways to speed up your website involving coding skills, passion, determination, blood, sweat and tears. We understand that as a store owner, you want to focus your time on running your ecommerce store, rather than solving coding riddles and researching. Thus, we believe that a comprehensive one-fix-all-awesome solution is something that you might be looking for - meet <strong>NitroPack</strong>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>What is NitroPack?</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> NitroPack is the first complete Web Performance Optimization Framework for OpenCart. The goal of NitroPack is rather simple: it is designed to <strong>boost your page loading speed, increase your SEO, SEM, enhance your Google and Yahoo rankings, and improve overall user experience.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0xpknJCGSdA" width="560"></iframe></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>How fast is my OpenCart store?</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> There are a number of tools that serve as a gauge for your OpenCart store speed. Two of the most renown ones are <strong>GTMetrix </strong>and <strong>Pingdom</strong>.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> When it comes to checking your store speed for free, GTMetrix is among the titans. It provides a comprehensive breakdown featuring <strong>Google PageSpeed and Yahoo’s YSlow</strong>. GTMetrix allows you to identify your website’s highs and lows, as well as estimate the impact that the metric has on the overall score. It goes without saying, but the higher percentage and grade that your ecommerce store gets, the better. You can generate a free store speed report <a href="http://gtmetrix.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> As an alternative for GTMetrix, we will be using another service - Pingdom. Here, information is easier to comprehend and neatly organized into blocks of data. Pingdom is especially cool as it allows for <strong>multiple locations testing</strong> (Europe, USA, etc.) - this is particularly useful as you can see how many seconds it takes for different servers around the world to open your website. Find out how fast your ecommerce store is <a href="http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Default OpenCart vs. NitroPack OpenCart</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Before we evaluate our tests, I would like to mention that the goal of all comparisons is to show how NitroPack can <em>improve </em>your OpenCart store. Whilst the out-of-the-box version of OpenCart is great as it is, NitroPack can help you get the most out of your OpenCart store.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Now, the time has come to view and compare a standard OpenCart installation with NitroPack, and measure the performance of each. For the set up we have used a modest shared hosting server, where we have set up two OpenCart installations:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>a)</strong> Default OpenCart&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>b)</strong> Default OpenCart with NitroPack + Theme Performance Optimization. <em>(Theme Performance Optimization is a customization package service performed by our development team).</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>GTMetrix Benchmark</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-eccd-297c-612a-62dd7ddbd4ec"><img alt="Blog photo 1.png" height="271px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Y7fjPDAwfSrCS1yCPHh0LWWqEVYWS-UXfh9H-oliI6fic5Bel8rqtLY6nQojv6WLzwrPX0oMQCGKLfXKFa060i902DNYxogB74eUwSuccM--fz1K5iHGgJiya10hlUFk" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Let's get visual and begin with the benchmarking. On the left of the above image, we can see the results gathered from the default OpenCart installation, and on the right is OpenCart with NitroPack.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Although OpenCart is already very fast, our study shows that on average NitroPack can <strong>load your page even faster, serves a smaller page size and makes fewer requests</strong>. NitroPack can also give you a <strong>higher Google PageSpeed and Yahoo YSlow Grade</strong>. Crunching the numbers, we get 3 times smaller page size with 40% less number of requests and an astonishing 40% faster website load.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Let’s view some more charts, taken from the benchmark:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-eccd-5247-32e5-c1aff5fa7f90"><img alt="Blog photo 2.png" height="379px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/3cZbUfeDeA2dlDdgCt3_4Jfc1JEAuxJ1Z_PuuDUoYLF1s9cJoTxNWtiD-EQcrW7YiFFcxUXmqw6eJjfEMIhZapgdcvDlz0TrfuP9Q2Y0352Sit8G-hlhAVXr875_6g0H" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Above, we can see a comparison between the standard OpenCart and the NitroPack equipped OpenCart. The head to head comparison concentrates on the difference between <strong>Google Page Speed Scores and YSlow Scores</strong>. In both metrics higher scores read as better, so we have marked the difference in red.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-eccd-8a13-5920-a39767f61039"><img alt="Blog photo 3.png" height="379px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/pt7oeA4uEeShbGlnhWOb7wdHTdjHkVcWZfDm0r2e7AY--BbwVxuIIpKxrfnP8iukF93DPlhoTak8iJEmcU2DIQ0oXwipMjGQhk5JNR7oC2u-10sXS7jzL0V9i5R3YASF" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-eccd-aef3-d9ac-72c780eb18fb"><img alt="Blog photo 4.png" height="193px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/MG2rADRkJzNKyfxOynBkFuTAN05KqoOZcuWAcaEmie-GdylsZuh4AqXT---LgtH74yMp2S9sLuEPnV5lyFIWk3_Lf3KQqIFirgAjaza8DlGkGYs9iusm4VVoH6rgNlsE" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Again, we are viewing a large difference between a standard OpenCart store and a NitroPack OpenCart store. This time, lower Page Size, Page Load Time and Request Counts are considered a plus, hence we have signified the difference with a green arrow.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Read more about this report&nbsp;<a href="http://gtmetrix.com/compare/Wm3URkKM/Bo4iUyC6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Pingdom Benchmark</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> In the beginning of this blog post, we have stressed the importance of <strong>multiple locations testing.</strong> Website visitors who are closer to your server location are more likely to view your website faster, thus page load time is correlated to your customer's geo-location. In the case of GTMetrix, the test query is initialized from Canada, whereas our budget test server is located in Europe. One of Pingdom's servers is located in the Netherlands, so we have performed another comparison test between the standard OpenCart and NitroPack OpenCart. We have used the Pingdom benchmarking tool for this test:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-ecce-780c-ba30-ba088de8f1f1"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="Blog photo 5.png" height="219px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/FoTGLQLU2snt5BKQHB9rjniHVX3v6wpwZJdAIY8lGcToMMjd-kHyDMazmr1C9E0ePiXLs_zehzTcLUtpzOJmgAwG6jama0H0gNs1UaZernvOhctPM6fvxoeo9vrvk7Y4" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> This chart shows that the standard OpenCart website loads a lot faster than our previous results showed. What's more, the standard OpenCart is looking impressive with a grade of <strong>79/100 </strong>and <strong>load time of only 1.08s</strong>. These results stand much better compared to the GTMetrix test. After all, this test shows we have a website which is <strong>faster than 88% of all tested stores</strong>. Now, lets see how NitroPack scores.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-c65d97d0-ecce-e54a-b6bb-3ad7711f6a65"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="Blog photo 6.png" height="219px;" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/Y2PZ9nJSuz5gUKAkkeUsoxczKPKAdBjZdBu4a3OoY0Po-qJJR5O5Taf5IQ223LiOOS24eQ5ecLPKD3e67nNksiciz2drd8MytUXKQ8WKbzu-yWv7GtDQNySpTBzyogLv" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> NitroPack is able to improve OpenCart even further, earning a grade of <strong>97/100 </strong>and just <strong>562 ms of page load time</strong>. In this test the page loaded twice as fast as the standard OpenCart store, and NitroPack served a <strong>3+ times smaller page size</strong> - merely 187 KBs compared to 505.9 KBs in the test with the standard OpenCart.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>Final Words</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> With this blogpost, we hope that we have raised your awareness of the vast importance that website speed plays for ecommerce stores. Website speed can make the difference between a customer choosing your website over your competitors and losing sales. The bottom line is; with NitroPack, your store will go from OooopenCaaaart to OC. (Hint: count the time it takes you to say both and you will see what we mean).</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <u><strong>How to Get NitroPack</strong></u></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you are interested in increasing your OpenCart store's speed, <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=12658" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">download NitroPack from the extension store today</a>. Find out more information about NitroPack <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=12658" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>This blog post has been sponsored by iSenseLabs.&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Please note that whilst OpenCart recommends NitroPack, all views and opinions in this blog post belong to NitroPack / iSenseLabs, and are not those of OpenCart. OpenCart is not responsible for any opinions or claims made in this blog post.&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>The speed at which your website loads is greatly influenced by your server, so NitroPack is not 100% guaranteed to improve your website’s loading speed.</em></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 7:47:37 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=67 9 Tips for Perfect Product Descriptions http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=66 <p style="text-align: justify;"> For many shoppers, buying a product online can be a terrifying idea. I'm sure, like myself, you've all had that heart-sinking feeling when your order arrives and it's completely different to how you imagined it to be. Along with your product photographs, your product descriptions are the only glimpse at your product a customer gets before they make their purchase, so it's vital that you get them right. Not only will customers be more inclined to make a purchase, but your ecommerce store will look more professional and rank higher in search engine results. Now, before you simply copy and paste the manufacturer's description or use the same generic paragraph for all of your products, take a moment to read our<strong> 9 Tips for Perfect Product Descriptions</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>1. Look Before You Leap</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Before you start writing your product descriptions, take a moment to sit down and think about your product. Make a list of all of its key features and plan exactly what you want to say. It may seem time consuming, but planning your product descriptions and making a concise list of features allows you to tick them off as you go; ensuring that nothing vital is missed out of the final product description. Research your target audience and make sure that you're writing in an appropriate style and tone.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>2. Use Original Content</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> I can not stress enough how important it is for each and every product description to contain new, original content that you have written yourself. I know it can seem like a good idea to copy and paste a product description straight from the manufacturer's site, but doing this can hurt your SEO and so many companies use manufacturers' product descriptions that it's likely you'll get lost in the crowd. Instead, take a look descriptions that other people have written for your product, or similar products, and take inspiration from them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>3. Keyword Rich Content </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> As with any content on your website, it's important to include lots of relevant keywords in your product descriptions. Not only will this benefit your website's SEO, it will also reassure visitors that they have found the right page for the product they are looking for. It's very easy to get carried away with including keywords, however, and your product descriptions can begin to sound robotic and disjointed. Try to write naturally and make your content sound personal and friendly - a lot of the time, you will automatically use keywords without even noticing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>4. Make It Fun </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The key to good product descriptions is to make them fun and exciting to read. Determine what is appropriate for your target audience and then write your product descriptions accordingly. Don't be afraid of using colloquial or informal phrases in your product descriptions if it is appropriate for your target audience, and humour is always a sure seller. Appeal to each of your customers' senses to increase their interest in the product, especially if your brand sells luxurious, indulgent products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>5. Think Like Your Customer </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The easiest way to write successful product descriptions is to put yourself into your customers’ shoes. What would make you buy the product? What features are you looking for? Tell your customer everything that they’ll need to know about your product. Ask a friend to read your product descriptions and have them point out any questions that they would have as a customer or anything that isn't perfectly clear.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>6. Easy To Read</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Customers are often in a hurry when shopping online and won't want to waste time reading long paragraphs of text. Make your product descriptions easy to scan over by including a bullet-pointed key features list separate from your main product description. Briefly include any key information that your customers would need to know about your product; try to keep each bullet point short and concise to make it easier for your customers to quickly find out about your product.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>7. Social Proof</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> No one would ever highlight the negative points of their products, and customers know this. It can be quite hard for customers to believe what they read in product descriptions, not matter how well written they are. Including social proof from real customers can be a very powerful asset. Whether you choose to use product reviews or links to articles where your product has been featured, having external people talk about your product can be the difference between making a sale and losing customers. It’s easy to start collecting product reviews for your ecommerce store, and there are lots of fantastic modules available on the OpenCart Extension Store which allow customers to leave reviews on your products.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>8. Product Stories </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Your product descriptions should be interesting and exciting to read. A great way to engage your customer is to turn your product descriptions into stories - tell them about:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Where the product comes from</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> How it was made</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> Who made it</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> What was the inspiration for it</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Telling your product's story makes the product description feel less like a sales pitch and more like a friend telling you about a great product that they've tried. Product stories can help your products stand out from your competition and will make customers want to know more about your brand.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>9. What Makes It Better? </strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> For the vast majority of products, there are alternative - often less expensive - versions of it already available on the market. With more and more sellers taking their stores online, it's vital that you make sure that your products stand out as the very best available. Highlight what makes your product different to others and what makes it better. Talk about it's benefits and use adjectives and superlatives to reiterate your point. Make sure to include information about any deals or promotions you have, such as free delivery, to entice the customer into buying your product.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> By following these 9 simple steps, you’ll quickly have perfect product descriptions that your customers will love. Combine these product descriptions with high quality product photographs and an excellent shop design, and you will very quickly see an increase in conversions and sales.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 4:48:33 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=66 Improvements to OpenCart.com http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=65 <p> We've been working on a few improvements and features to the main OpenCart.com site that we hope will improve everyone's experience.</p> <p> 1. <em>Changing to HTML based emails</em>. It's been a long time since the emails have been looked at, although most people would think it is a small change - we send out thousands of emails every day so there is plenty of people who see them! Our new design is more aesthetically pleasing and also responsive. Text&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 9pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">alternatives&nbsp;</span>will also be sent so if your client doesn't support HTML based content (but what doesn't these days?). Initially these changes will only be phased into user based notifications and not seller emails (such as module sale notifications)</p> <p> 2. <em>Login to comment - redirect added</em>. As requested by sellers, when you first go to a module page and you are not logged in you will now be redirected back to the same extension page instead of the account area.</p> <p> 3. <em>Module promotions</em>. If you sell modules on the extension store you can now pay to have your module featured for 24 hours at the top of the extensions store and also inside the category of your module too. Sellers are limited to 3 modules each per day. To start a module promotion, login to your OpenCart account and click on the menu link and choose the day you would like to purchase.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 9:55:09 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=65 OpenCart mentioned on BBC (UK) news http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=64 <p> A random find, but it seems that OpenCart was recently mentioned as an option for a free open source ecommerce solution on the UK BBC news site.</p> <p> You can read more about the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26986083">full article here</a></p> <p> Just a shame they didn't add a link over to us unlike the rest!</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 8:35:35 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=64 Yotpo http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=62 <p> <strong>Increase your traffic, sales and brand awareness with product reviews </strong></p> <p> Anyone that has experience in retail, be it online or offline, understands the power of word of mouth. Businesses that have succeeded in building a product or service that generates a lot of word of mouth is on easy street. Thankfully there is a service out there that can help even the small mom-and-pop shop turbo boost their word of mouth marketing and leverage user-generated content for massive returns. The service can be added to your OpenCart store within minutes. The service I’m referring to is Yotpo, the first truly social reviews solution. Yotpo is a <a href="https://www.yotpo.com/landing_page?utm_source=opencart_blog&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=opencart_guest_post&amp;redirect=http://lp.yotpo.com/free-opencart-extension.html" target="_blank"> free plug-and-play social reviews solution</a> for OpenCart and many other e-commerce platforms. Yotpo helps online merchants generate tons of product reviews via an automatic mail after purchase email that is sent to customers a certain number of days after they have made a purchase. In this email is a form that customers can fill out in 1 minute which makes the process quick and easy and this results in tons of reviews being generated.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/In-mail review.png" style="width: 213px; height: 419px;" /></p> <p> Example of Yotpo’s mail after purchase email</p> <h2> Yotpo turns your customers into marketers</h2> <p> In addition to helping online store owners generate a lot of reviews, Yotpo provides a number of ways that users can leverage their reviews to drive more traffic to their sites and make more sales. Yotpo helps stores gain more social traffic and therefore more sales by prompting customers who write reviews to share their reviews on their social networks. Traffic which comes from these shares converts at a higher rate because there is already context between the new visitor and the product. Yotpo’s social sharing feature allows you to connect your Facebook page and/or Twitter account to your Yotpo account. Once your social accounts are connected, Yotpo allows you to send reviews to your social networks automatically or manually. Depending on the size of your social communities you could <a href="https://www.yotpo.com/case_studies/how-yotpo-helped-orglamix-increase-credibility-and-traffic-with-product-reviews">increase your total traffic by over 8%</a>.</p> <h2> Provide your visitors with validated reviews from past customers</h2> <p> Reviews generated with Yotpo are shown in a highly customizable widget that can be made to fit the look and feel of any website. Reviews which are generated through the mail after purchase email are displayed in the widget with a unique “verified buyer” badge. Reviews from verified buyers have the strongest effect on your visitors and will help <a href="http://blog.yotpo.com/2013/07/16/how-to-use-social-media-to-increase-ecommerce-sales/?utm_source=opencart_blog&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=opencart_guest_post">increase your conversion rates</a>, brand loyalty, and overall revenues.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/yotpo widget carbonfibergear.png" style="width: 491px; height: 333px;" /></p> <p> Everything from the stars of reviews to the color of the post button in the Yotpo widget can be customized to match the look and feel of any OpenCart store.</p> <h2> How to add Yotpo to your OpenCart store</h2> <ul> <li> In order for Yotpo to run, you will need to have vQmod installed. If you already have vQmod installed, you can skip this step. To download vQmode, click&nbsp;<a href="https://code.google.com/p/vqmod/downloads/list">here</a>.&nbsp;Download the latest version. Follow the install steps on the site and then return here.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Download the <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/yotpo-opencart/1.5.0.2_and_above/yotpo.zip">Yotpo add-on</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Unzip the file you just downloaded. Then copy the files from the unzipped folder, and paste them in the same folder path in your store.&nbsp; For example: copy the file from /admin/controller/module/yotpo.php and paste it to /admin/controller/module/yotpo.php in your store root folder. Now copy the rest of the files to their respective folders.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> In your store's admin site, go to Extensions -&gt; Modules. Here, find "Yotpo" in the list of extensions. Click "Install". Once the addon is installed, click on "Edit".<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Create a new Yotpo account.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Enter your app key and secret in the fields on the Yotpo page in your OpenCart admin.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Disable the default reviews in your OpenCart admin. Yotpo has hundreds of OpenCart customers using the service. <strong><a href="https://www.yotpo.com/landing_page?utm_source=opencart_blog&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=opencart_guest_post&amp;redirect=http://lp.yotpo.com/free-opencart-extension.html" target="_blank">Register a free account with Yotpo</a></strong> and start making more money today.</li> </ul> <h3> About the Author:</h3> <p> <a href="https://plus.google.com/111526195294290037175/posts" rel="author" target="_blank">Justin Butlion</a> is the Content and Social Marketing Manager of <a href="http://www.yotpo.com">Yotpo</a>. Justin loves to blog about e-commerce, online marketing, web development and entrepreneurship. Check out his <a href="http://blog.yotpo.com">latest posts</a> or contact him directly at justin@yotpo.com.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 3:45:15 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=62 Jobs @OpenCart - Technical support http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=61 <p> Are you are a technical person who knows the in's and out's of OpenCart and could provide help to others? If so then get in touch with us and send your resume. We're creating a support team for UK &amp; EU and want some great people to join.<br /> <br /> Working along side some of our UK partners you will be representing OpenCart UK and helping all kinds of OpenCart users via telephone, email and the support desk.<br /> <br /> To view more information about the job role please view the link below:<br /> <br /> <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EfdjHelbeEVnDh50brVcQDkkU-o4bmubv5gczUWEzmA/edit">https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EfdjHelbeEVnDh50brVcQDkkU-o4bmubv5gczUWEzmA/edit</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> To apply, use the email address provided in the document - please do not use the contact form or message boxes below</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:58:33 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=61 London eCommerce Expo 2013 http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=60 <p> OpenCart will be attending the London eCommerce expo on October 2nd and 3rd.</p> <p> If you want to meet up and discusss business we will be there and happy to talk to you.&nbsp;</p> <p> More details can be found here:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/">http://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/</a></p> <p> Address:</p> <div> The Olympia Exhibition Centre - Olympia Two (Central)</div> <div> Hammersmith Road</div> <div> London W14 8UX</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> <iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=%3BCQoKhuipAMtPFdDFEQMdKMr8_yndssDJjQ92SDGZL_BAEwn6Jg&amp;q=Olympia+Exhibition,+Event+and+Conference+Venue,+Hammersmith+Road,+London&amp;aq=1&amp;oq=olympia+&amp;sll=51.528642,-0.101599&amp;sspn=0.704844,1.783905&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=Olympia+Exhibition,+Event+and+Conference+Venue,+Hammersmith+Road,&amp;hnear=London,+United+Kingdom&amp;t=m&amp;daddr=Olympia,+Hammersmith+Road,+London,+Greater+London+W14+8UX&amp;ll=51.4964,-0.210392&amp;spn=0.006295,0.010112&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /> <small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=%3BCQoKhuipAMtPFdDFEQMdKMr8_yndssDJjQ92SDGZL_BAEwn6Jg&amp;q=Olympia+Exhibition,+Event+and+Conference+Venue,+Hammersmith+Road,+London&amp;aq=1&amp;oq=olympia+&amp;sll=51.528642,-0.101599&amp;sspn=0.704844,1.783905&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=Olympia+Exhibition,+Event+and+Conference+Venue,+Hammersmith+Road,&amp;hnear=London,+United+Kingdom&amp;t=m&amp;daddr=Olympia,+Hammersmith+Road,+London,+Greater+London+W14+8UX&amp;ll=51.4964,-0.210392&amp;spn=0.006295,0.010112" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 2:12:00 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=60 Friendly Gathering in Amsterdam http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=59 <p> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Our founder and a group of OpenCart enthusiasts together for a friendly gathering&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1097293_10151603898912981_1160358735_o.jpg" style="width: 1032px; height: 581px;" /></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 4:56:43 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=59 OpenCart 1.5.6 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=58 <p> The anticipation is now over, as its finally here. OpenCart 1.5.6. Here at OpenCart we have been striving to provide a more user friendly and versatile system. We have looked long and hard about the integrations and feel that we have made huge steps in developing a solution which has superior functionality compared to its rivals.</p> <h2> New Features</h2> <p> <strong>OpenBay Pro</strong></p> <p> OpenBay Pro by Ecommerce HQ is arguably the most powerful marketplace integration tool for OpenCart. Helping you list your products on Amazon EU &amp; US, eBay and Play.com. It is so quick and easy and has been proven to increase your sales.</p> <p> We have added it directly into OpenCart version 1.5.6, meaning that you don’t need to download and install it anymore. We hope the partnership with Ecommerce HQ will increase your sales and see you exploring new marketplaces for your products!</p> <p> OpenBay Pro is constantly in development, improving, adding new features and markets all of the time. You can update the core code for OpenBay Pro at any time to get these changes - no need to update your version of OpenCart.</p> <p> If you're new to OpenBay Pro you can save 50% for 3 months using the promo code OPENCART</p> <p> More information about OpenBay Pro<br /> <a href="http://shop.openbaypro.com/partner-promotion-opencart" target="_blank">http://shop.openbaypro.com/partner-promotion-opencart</a></p> <p> <strong>Amazon Payments</strong></p> <p> Amazon Payments makes shopping on your website even easier. Complimenting your existing payment options, Amazon customers can use the delivery and payment information in their Amazon accounts to complete purchases on your site in just a few clicks.</p> <p> With OpenCart you can implement Amazon Payments quickly, easily and at no additional cost, giving your customers a convenient and trusted way to pay, while helping to protect your business with Amazon’s fraud technology. Offer the Amazon payment experience on your website.</p> <ul> <li> Increase new customer acquisition, conversion &amp; revenue</li> <li> Protect your business with Amazon Payments’ sophisticated fraud detection technology</li> <li> Improve customer satisfaction with a convenient &amp; trusted payment option</li> </ul> <p> You will be pleased to know that the integration process requires very little effort on your part as the backend integration to Amazon Payments is already in place.</p> <p> More information about Amazon Payments<br /> <a href="http://go.amazonservices.com/UKCBASPOpenCart.html" target="_blank">http://go.amazonservices.com/UKCBASPOpenCart.html</a></p> <p> OpenCart now offers a deeper integration with PayPal, providing merchants with features seldom offered by other shopping carts, such as subscription billing and management, transaction search and refunds from with the OpenCart admin area.</p> <p> <strong>New PayPal modules and updates to the older ones</strong></p> <p> In addition, there have been a number of improvements made to the existing core PayPal plugins.</p> <p> All of the integration's have been officially certified by PayPal and OpenCart is now an official PayPal partner: [link to PayPal partner directory].</p> <p> <strong>Paypal Pro Iframe / Payflow Pro iFrame</strong></p> <p> Previously PayPal Pro iFrame was only available to download in the extensions store. PayPal commissioned the development of this module to include new features and to also allow merchants to install for free by including it in the core of OpenCart payment extensions.</p> <p> Running PayPal Pro in an iFrame allows merchants to hide the identity of the PayPal payment gateway for their card payments. It also reduces the requirements of a merchant’s PCI compliance, so there is no need for a dedicated server or VPS and penetration testing to become compliant - all payment pages are hosted at PayPal and not on your store.</p> <p> In addition, it is much more user friendly with your customers not being redirected to PayPal during the payment process.</p> <p> US users who use PayPal Payflow Pro can also benefit from the iFrame module.</p> <p> <strong>PayPal Express Checkout</strong></p> <p> PayPal Express Checkout is one of the newer features of PayPal, allowing customers to checkout in just a few clicks. Customers can login to their existing PayPal account and use their existing account details so there is no need to enter information again.</p> <p> We have also added subscription payments to OpenCart and PayPal Express Checkout is the first payment module that supports the feature. You can create recurring profiles for products so users get billed based on the profile settings.</p> <p> There is also a new PayPal account search feature! You can now search for PayPal data directly from your OpenCart admin area. View transactions, issue refunds and other tools are now available to help minimize your admin duties.</p> <p> As you can see we have made some radical improvements to OpenCart and we hope you enjoy and profit as much from these improvements as we know is possible.</p> <p> You can download the latest version of OpenCart here: <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=download/download">http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=download/download</a></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:47:36 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=58 OpenCart Meetup in Amsterdam http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=57 <p> There's going to be a OpenCart meeting in Amsterdam on the 1st August at 14:00.</p> <p> The address is:</p> <div> ART HOTEL AMSTERDAM</div> <div> Spaarndammerdijk 302 | Amsterdam</div> <div> art@westcordhotels.nl</div> <div> Tel: +31 20 4109670</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you can make it please come. We are going to have many discussions about OpenCart, new features, emerging ecommerce trends and new ideas for marketing OpenCart &nbsp;and the community.</div> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 9:17:29 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=57 OpenCart Template Winners & Their Prizes http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=56 <div> Dear All,</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thank you for participating in our Template competition! Here we have our talented winners and wearing their new prizes!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Winner: iSenseLabs</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/competition/Winners/!cid_ii_13fc8f3fb9aa50c2.png" style="width: 265px; height: 400px;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2nd ThemeGlobal: No photo submitted</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 3rd ThePath</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/competition/Winners/382519_10151768723521565_137511196_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></div> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 2:01:29 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=56 OpenCart – Simplify Commerce extension http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=55 <div> <a href="https://www.simplify.com/commerce/"><img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/cropped-simplify_blogheader1.png" style="width: 345px; height: 157px;" /></a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We’ve just added a Simplify CommerceTM module. It’s free to download and available on the extensions directory <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=12386&amp;path=3&amp;filter_search=simplify%20Commerce">here</a>.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>What is Simplify Commerce?</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Simplify Commerce makes it easy for US merchants to accept e-commerce and mobile commerce payments, regardless of payment brand, in a matter of minutes.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Simplify Commerce supplies both a merchant account and a payment gateway in a single, secure PCI-compliant package. &nbsp;It keeps all sensitive payment information away from merchant servers to ease the PCI-compliance burden. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Simplify Commerce was created by developers at MasterCard, a global payments and technology leader with more than 45 years of industry experience. We know payments. We understand development. We want to make payments simple for everyone.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Benefits</strong></div> <ul> <li> Competitively priced at 2.85% + 30¢ per transaction</li> <li> Deposits are made into your account in two business days in most cases, based on credit rating, years in business, type of business and other factors.</li> <li> Easy to implement</li> </ul> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It’s easy to use Simplify Commerce.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Download the <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=12386&amp;path=3&amp;filter_search=simplify%20Commerce">extension</a> for free!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:01:12 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=55 Amazon Payments module for UK merchants http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=54 <p> We are pleased to announce the launch of the Amazon Payments module for UK merchants. This module is free to download and is available on the extensions directory <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=11383" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p> You can also get free entry to win a Kindle Fire HD if you sign up before 1st July 2013.</p> <p> <b>Why use Amazon Payments?</b></p> <p> Amazon Payments is one of the safest and easiest options for customers and merchants.</p> <p> Customers can checkout in just a few clicks by selecting the payment and delivery details they already have stored on the Amazon marketplace.</p> <p> There is no monthly or setup fees, just a cost per transaction that is comparable to all other major payment gateways. It's a great additional gateway for existing merchants to improve their conversion and reach new customers.</p> <p> <b>How does Amazon Payments work?</b></p> <ol> <li> Customers can click the Pay by Amazon icon on the basket page</li> <li> They login to the pop-up window for their Amazon account</li> <li> Select delivery details, payment options then confirm the order</li> <li> Amazon sends the order information directly to the merchant and the order is complete</li> </ol> <p> <b>Benefits to you</b></p> <ol> <li> More customers &amp; orders</li> <li> Reduced charge backs and fraud</li> <li> Simple installation &amp; great merchant support</li> <li> Trusted payment solution from a world known brand</li> </ol> <p> <b>How does it help your customers?</b></p> <ol> <li> Pay in just a few clicks</li> <li> No redirects from your site</li> <li> Very little information to enter</li> <li> Details stored with a secure, reliable and trusted provider</li> </ol> <p> You can register for Amazon Payments <a href="http://go.amazonservices.com/UKCBASPOpenCart.html" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=11383" target="_blank">Download the module for free</a>, available for both 1.4 and 1.5 versions of OpenCart!</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 8:58:16 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=54 OpenCart one of the Best Ranked Ecommerce Solutions in the World! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=53 <p> After looking over some stats on <a href="http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/opencart.com" target="_blank">alexa.com</a> I thought I would post some stats about OpenCart and some of our competitors.</p> <p> <strong>Traffic Rank</strong><br /> Traffic rank represents the estamated ranking of sites in the world.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/Daily Traffic Report.png" style="width: 400px; height: 220px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Daily Page Views</strong><br /> Estimated percentage of global page views on a site.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/Daily Page Views.png" style="width: 400px; height: 220px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Daily Page Views Per User</strong><br /> Estimated daily unique pageviews per user</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/Daily Page View Per User.png" style="width: 400px; height: 220px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Bounce Rate</strong><br /> Estimated percentage of visits to a site that consist of a single pageview.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/data/blog/Bounce Rate.png" style="width: 400px; height: 220px;" /></p> <p> As you can see with daily page views OpenCart has grown a lot in the last 2 years catching up to 2 of our biggest competitors even though we have never spent a penny on marketing.</p> <p> The high number of page views and lowest bounce rate on opencart.com also mean people who visit OpenCart stay on the site the longest.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:31:00 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=53 Start Voting for your Favourite Theme!! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=52 <p> Our Facebook like voting has started for the Easter Theme competition!</p> <p> Go vote now for the theme you think looks the best at:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.530538093659418.1073741825.477182382328323&amp;type=1">https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.530538093659418.1073741825.477182382328323&amp;type=1</a></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 2:35:00 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=52 OpenCart at the eCommerce Asia Expo Tomorrow! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=51 <p> We're going to the eCommerce expo tomorrow!&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.ecom-asia.com/" target="_blank">http://www.ecom-asia.com/</a></p> <p> Our team will be there to give you advice and answer any queries you may have about OpenCart, come and visit us!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:39:08 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=51 OpenCart – Mobile commerce extension http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=50 <div> Since launching at the world-renowned DEMO conference in Silicon Valley,</div> <div> California, MobiCart has become one of the world’s largest developers of</div> <div> applications that allow companies to sell goods and services to smartphone</div> <div> and tablet users.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now, thanks to an exciting partnership, OpenCart customers can convert their</div> <div> e-commerce store into an m-commerce app for iPhone, iPad, Android and</div> <div> HTML5. Simple to use and easy to navigate, MobiCart, is the perfect solution</div> <div> to those wanting to break into the mobile market at an affordable price.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And with mobile shopping on the rise and m-commerce predicted to</div> <div> quadruple to $31bn in the next five years, now is the time to cash in on this</div> <div> ever-increasing market.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can watch a short video of MobiCart in action.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/ embed/Lde_lzjZe2M?list=PL1EB6EFD1902FB453" width="560"></iframe></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Features coming soon</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The MobiCart team is currently busy working on developing MobiCart V2,</div> <div> which promises to be even bigger and better than before.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There will be a slight increase in pricing for MobiCart v2 to reflect the premium</div> <div> features. However, if you sign up before August 1st, you will remain on the</div> <div> current pricing structure for the lifetime of your plan.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To see the full list of features, visit:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="http://www.blog.mobi-cart.com/2013/03/06/take-a-sneak-peek-at-mobicart-v2/">www.blog.mobi-cart.com/2013/03/06/take-a-sneak-peek-at-mobicart-v2/</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Sign up now</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> So why not help boost your business and reach a wider audience by taking</div> <div> advantage of this great partnership and go mobile today, visit:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="http://www.mobi-cart.com/pricing-opencart.jsp">www.mobi-cart.com/pricing-opencart.jsp</a></div> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:13:28 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=50 March Template Competition http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=49 <p> The Easter Template Competition is now under way!</p> <p> Hope you all enter and try and win our special prize!</p> <p> Enter Here:<br /> <a href="https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=account/competition/insert" target="_blank">https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=account/competition/insert</a></p> <p> Forum post with guidelines and rules:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=174&amp;t=96944" target="_blank">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=174&amp;t=96944</a></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 0:05:02 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=49 An Interview With OpenCart Founder Daniel Kerr http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=48 <p> An interview about me:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.opencartnews.com/interviews/an-interview-with-opencart-founder-daniel-kerr/" target="_blank">http://www.opencartnews.com/interviews/an-interview-with-opencart-founder-daniel-kerr/</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 6:47:27 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=48 Klarna invoice and partial payment methods fully integrated in Opencart 1.5.5.1 http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=47 <p> We are pleased to announce, that Klarna’s invoice and partial payment service for e-</p> <div> commerce – now are fully integrated into Opencart 1.5.5.1. Klarna is Europe’s leading</div> <div> provider of invoice-based payment solutions. For all Opencart merchants, this means you</div> <div> can integrate Klarna and start selling to over 100 Million customers overseas at the flip of</div> <div> a switch!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Why Klarna?</strong></div> <div> Klarna’s safer and simpler buying process increases your sales by letting your customers</div> <div> shop using only top-of-mind information and pay after they’ve received the goods. Klarna also</div> <div> assumes all potential risks, guaranteeing that you always get paid. Klarna currently is available</div> <div> to over 100 million consumers in 7 European countries.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>How does Klarna work?</strong></div> <div> 1. Customers choose to pay by invoice or partial payments and enter their information</div> <div> 2. Klarna guarantees full payment so you can ship immediately</div> <div> 3. Customers pay Klarna after receiving their order – all at once or in flexible</div> <div> installments.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>How do you benefit?</strong></div> <div> <strong>Increase your sales</strong> – Klarna maximizes your conversion rate by making it safer and</div> <div> simpler for your customers to shop.</div> <div> <strong>Absolutely no risk</strong> – Klarna assumes all potential risks, and guarantees you always get</div> <div> paid.</div> <div> <strong>Easy to integrate and use</strong> – Klarna comes fully integrated in Opencart 1.5.5.1, getting</div> <div> started is a matter of flipping the switch. And Klarna’s automated invoices and customer</div> <div> service mean less administration.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Interested?</strong></div> <div> Contact: / <a href="https://merchants.klarna.com/signup?locale=en&amp;partner_id=d5c87110cebc383a826364769047042e777da5e8&amp;utm_campaign=Platform&amp;utm_medium=Partners&amp;utm_source=Opencart" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>!</div> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 5:23:47 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=47 January Theme Competition! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=46 <p> Our first ever Theme template competition has now drawn to a close, we hope everyone enjoyed this little event and stay tuned for more to come!</p> <p> Our awards go to:</p> <p> 1st (500USD) : iSenseLabs (<a href="http://private.demos.isenselabs.com/multistore/" target="_blank">Link</a>)</p> <p> 2nd(250USD): Themeweaverz (<a href="http://themeweaverz.com/preview/opencart/cartmaniac/" target="_blank">Link</a>)</p> <p> 3rd(150USD - Donated back to OpenCart, Thank you very much!): Diablos (<a href="http://themeglobal.com/opencart/diablos/" target="_blank">Link</a>)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 0:52:45 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=46 OpenCart 1.5.5 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=45 <p> 1.5.5 has been released!</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.5.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.5.zip</a></p> <p> <strong>ADDED</strong></p> <p> Klarna Payment Gateway</p> <div> Product Filters</div> <div> Categories, Downloads now use auto-complete to select</div> <div> Updated the upgrade system</div> <div> Tried to add a system to allow the cart to be passed across multiple domains</div> <div> Added a system to allow users to decide what mime type files can be uploaded</div> <div> Altered the system to no longer use binary utf-8 and use general instead.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>FIXED</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="https://github.com/opencart/opencart/issues?page=1&amp;state=closed">https://github.com/opencart/opencart/issues?page=1&amp;state=closed</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bugs can be reported here:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=93332&amp;p=374996#p374996">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=93332&amp;p=374996#p374996</a></div> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 9:11:43 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=45 January Theme Competition! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=44 <p> We have just launched our first theme competition !</p> <p> Find all the relavant details in our forum here:</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=174&amp;t=92052">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=174&amp;t=92052</a></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 2:00:22 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=44 OpenCart Facebook! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=43 <p> OpenCart has started their official Facebook Page! We'd love to have your support by liking our page and sharing our hard work with all your friends and family!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opencart/477182382328323">http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opencart/477182382328323</a></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 1:58:08 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=43 OpenCart 1.5.4 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=42 <p> Finaly after 2 months opencart 1.5.4 is released with some important new features.</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="https://github.com/downloads/opencart/opencart/opencart_v1.5.4.1.zip">https://github.com/downloads/opencart/opencart/opencart_v1.5.4.1.zip</a></p> <div> <strong>ADDED</strong></div> <div> Fedex</div> <div> Auspost</div> <div> PayMate</div> <div> View Customers Online</div> <div> Searchable fields like isbn, upc, eam, etc..</div> <div> Updated the doctype to html5</div> <div> Update Authorize.net (AIM) for Shipping information</div> <div> Added salt columns for better security</div> <div> Using mCrypt for better encryption security (now requires PHP mcrypt extension).</div> <div> better image re-sizing. if an images is the correct size it won;t be re-sized.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>FIXED</strong></div> <div> Show stock warning only if enabled for individuals products.</div> <div> Sending mail to customers fails when SSL enabled</div> <div> Delete address from address book fix</div> <div> customer_blacklist IPv6 fix</div> <div> Use default PNG compression level of 6</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A full list fo fixes you can be found here:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="https://github.com/opencart/opencart/issues?page=3&amp;state=closed">https://github.com/opencart/opencart/issues?page=3&amp;state=closed</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A full list of changes can be found here:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="https://github.com/opencart/opencart/commits/master">https://github.com/opencart/opencart/commits/master</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bug Reports can be made here:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=81219">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=81219</a></div> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 9:14:49 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=42 OpenCart Project Hosting moved to GitHub http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=41 <p> I have final moved the project hosting to github.</p> <p> <a href="http://github.com/opencart">https://github.com/opencart</a></p> <p> What does this mean?</p> <p> it means i can start taking advantage of gits ability to push, pull and clone projects.</p> <p> it means the community can start getting more involved by cloning the opencart repository make changes then push the changes opencarts master branch.</p> <p> should be interesting either way.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 2:55:10 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=41 OpenCart 1.5.3 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=40 <p> Finaly after 2 months opencart 1.5.3 is released with some important new features.</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.3.1.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.3.1.zip</a></p> <p> See the official release thread for more info:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=65250">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=65250</a></p> <p> If there are any bugs you can post them in this thread:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=65248">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=65248</a></p> <p> NEW:<br /> Company ID and TAX ID fields.<br /> VAT number checking.<br /> CKeditor updated to the latest&nbsp;.<br /> Jquery updated to the latest.&nbsp;<br /> Voucher min/max limits in settings.</p> <p> FIXED:<br /> SQL error in install<br /> Bulgarian zones list is incomplete<br /> more...</p> <p> Please refer to &nbsp;the bug tracker list for all the fixes done:</p> <p> <a href="http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=status=Fixed&amp;sort=-id&amp;colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Milestone%20Owner%20Summary%20Reporter">http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=status=Fixed&amp;sort=-id&amp;colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Milestone%20Owner%20Summary%20Reporter</a></p> <p> Enjoy!</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 12:06:01 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=40 OpenCart 1.5.2 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=39 <p> After many months the OpenCart Team have finally completed v1.5.2.</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.2.1.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.2.1.zip</a></p> <p> If there are any bugs you can post them in this thread:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=54922&amp;p=257999#p257999">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=54922&amp;p=257999#p257999</a></p> <p> ADDED:</p> <ul> <li> Order editing system (This took me 4 months to complete)</li> <li> Integration with maxmind anti fraud system</li> <li> Changed the cart page making it look a lot nicer integrating with reward points and coupons etc...</li> <li> Added the ability to ban customers by IP.</li> <li> Google base availability tag</li> </ul> <p> CHANGED:</p> <ul> <li> Altered the buttons so they are either real buttons or links depending on their function. before i just used css links and js. this was not the best way because it stopped people being able to hit return to submit forms.</li> <li> Mass mail system has been changed so it can send out an unlimited numbers of mails. no need for mail chimp anymore.</li> </ul> <p> FIXED:</p> <ul> <li> Just about everything that was wrong with 1.5.3.1</li> <li> Fixed a bug that stopped emails being sent on some systems.</li> <li> Problem with product options displaying price when prices where only supposed to be displayed for logged in customers.</li> <li> Reward point fix to stop points a customer pays with being removed when you</li> <li> Remove points added to an order.</li> <li> International shipping options are still displayed when a Uk shipping addres fix</li> </ul> <p> Please refer to the bug tracker list for all the fixes done:</p> <p> <a href="http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=&amp;colspec=ID+Type+Status+Priority+Milestone+Owner+Summary+Reporter&amp;cells=tiles">http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=&amp;colspec=ID+Type+Status+Priority+Milestone+Owner+Summary+Reporter&amp;cells=tiles</a></p> Sat, 03 Mar 2012 1:50:47 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=39 OpenCart 1.5.1.3 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=37 <p> Here it is guys!</p> <p> OPENCART 1.5.1.3</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.1.3.1.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.1.3.zip</a></p> <p> If there are any bugs you can post them in this thread:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=42226">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=42226</a></p> <p br=""> Updated the tax system added new functionality to cope with new laws bought about by the US and EU.<br /> Taxes can also be assigned to different customer groups<br /> Added auto complete in the admin for search for products, orders, customers, etc..<br /> Added new payment gateway called Web Payment Software</p> <p> FIXED:<br /> Added utf-8 helper functions so there is no need for mb extension to be installed.<br /> Page speed rendering issue IE<br /> Multi-Store Layout Change not working for second store</p> <p> Please refer to &nbsp;the bug tracker list for all the fixes done:</p> <p> <a href="http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=&amp;colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Milestone%20Owner%20Summary">http://code.google.com/p/opencart/issues/list?can=1&amp;q=&amp;colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Milestone%20Owner%20Summary</a></p> <p> Enjoy!</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:30:26 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=37 Vote OpenCart as your favorite Open Source Business Application http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=34 <p> OpenCart has been nomiated for your favourite open source e-commerce application. We need as many votes as possible for OpenCart to win. Please vote now!</p> <p> You can vote here:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/vote-open-source-business-application">https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/vote-open-source-business-application</a></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 2:11:21 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=34 Possible Security Hole Patched! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=33 <p> Applies to both 1.4.x and 1.5.x versions of OpenCart</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=40275">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=40275</a></p> <p> Download the patched "cache.php" file there and drop it into your system/library folder, overwriting the existing.</p> <p> v1.5.1.2 is just 1.5.1.1 with this patch included. No other files have changed between the two versions</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:17:04 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=33 Nominate OpenCart for Favorite Open Source Business Application http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=32 <p> Packt Publishing has launched their sixth annual Open Source Awards. i would like to call on the community to Nominate OpenCart for the favourite Open Source Business Application.</p> <p> You can make the nomination here:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/nominate-best-open-source-business-application">http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/nominate-best-open-source-business-application</a></p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 0:08:13 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=32 OpenCart v1.4.9.6 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=31 <p> Full and Patch Only:</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=36790">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=36790</a></p> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:17:08 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=31 OpenCart v1.5.1 Released http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=30 <p> Here it is guys!</p> <p> Not a lot of new features but there are some changes that require a higher version number.</p> <p> OPENCART 1.5.1</p> <p> you can download it here:<br /> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.1.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.1.zip</a></p> <p> If there are any bugs you can post them in this thread:<br /> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=36894">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=36894</a></p> <p> An upgrade script will be released soon.</p> <p> NEW:</p> <ul> <li> Added New reports</li> <li> Updated how the modules works. Made it easy to code new modules.</li> <li> Updated product caching to improve performance for stores with a large number of products.</li> <li> Select returns from order info page</li> <li> Weight conversions are now done from weight_class_id and not unit.</li> </ul> <p> FIXED:</p> <ul> <li> Weight class problem with multiple languages.</li> <li> quote in banner names and modules not working.</li> <li> fix for Can't search UTF-8 words inside product description</li> <li> fix for backup backing up all tables</li> <li> removed manufacturers module and replaced it with one called carousel.</li> <li> should stop problems with site with large numbers of manufacturers.</li> <li> tabs fix for people who can not wait for there admin pages to load.</li> <li> invoice email not being sent when coupon is applied</li> <li> removed redundant data from the zone to geo zone table</li> <li> paypal fix for totals with a minus value.</li> <li> removes the download link when a download has no more remaining downloads.</li> <li> fixed voucher store url missing when vouchers are created in the admin.</li> <li> Poor Data Type Choice in Database fix</li> <li> Invoice data incorrect fix</li> <li> compare price fix.</li> <li> layout not working correctly on information pages.</li> <li> minor shipping calculator fix</li> <li> Messages: sometimes warning, sometimes error</li> </ul> <p> Enjoy!</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 0:23:21 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=30 OpenCart 1.5.0 Released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=28 <p> I have just released opencart 1.5.0.</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.0.5.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.0.5.zip</a></p> <p> Bugs can be reported here:</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=33915">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=161&amp;t=33915</a></p> <p> There is currently no upgrade script but one will be released soon.</p> <p> New Features:</p> <ul> <li> Reward Points System</li> <li> RMA System</li> <li> Grid, List Product listings</li> <li> Gift Voucher System</li> <li> Credit System</li> <li> Reorder System</li> <li> Wish List System</li> <li> Affliate System</li> <li> Option Text Fields</li> <li> Banner Manager</li> <li> One-Page Checkout</li> <li> etc..</li> </ul> Mon, 30 May 2011 11:25:08 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=28 OpenCart v1.5.0 RC2 released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=27 <p> I have just released opencart 1.5.0 RC2.</p> <p> Mainly just bug fixes since 1.5.0 RC1 but there are a few new features like admin forgotten password.</p> <p> You can download it here:</p> <p> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.0_rc2.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.5.0_rc2.zip</a></p> <p> Remember this is a RC build &nbsp;so don't use it on a live site. We need to find all the bugs first.</p> <p> <strong>DO NOT USE THIS ON A LIVE SHOP!</strong></p> <p> <strong>DO NOT TRY TO UPGRADE YOUR CURRENT SHOP!</strong></p> <p> Bugs can be reported here:</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=162&amp;t=32488">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=162&amp;t=32488</a></p> <p> <strong>New Features:</strong></p> <ul> <li> Reward Points System</li> <li> RMA System</li> <li> Grid, List Product listings</li> <li> Gift Voucher System</li> <li> Credit System</li> <li> Reorder System</li> <li> Wish List System</li> <li> Affliate System</li> <li> Option Text Fields</li> <li> Banner Manager</li> <li> One-Page Checkout</li> <li> etc..</li> </ul> Tue, 24 May 2011 8:24:21 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=27 OpenCart v1.4.9.5 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=26 <p> Full and Patch Only:</p> <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=31804">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=31804</a></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 23:03:12 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=26 OpenCart v1.5.0 RC1 released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=25 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&amp;t=31052">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&amp;t=31052</a></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:11:48 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=25 OpenCart wins the OSC Awards http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=24 <p> It seems OpenCart has won the best OSC Award for best program and best e-commerce forum.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.osc-awards.com/winner.html">http://www.osc-awards.com/winner.html</a></p> <p> Winner List</p> <p> <a href="http://www.osc-awards.com/winner.html">http://www.osc-awards.com/winner.html</a></p> <p> Its a bit of a shock because I did not even realise we had been nominated.</p> <p> We came 2nd place in PacktPub Open Source Awards last year for best e-commerce software:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home">https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home</a></p> <p> OpenCart is getting stronger all the time.</p> <p> Many thanks to the OpenCart community for helping me get OpenCart where it is today!</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:31:58 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=24 OpenCart 1.4 Template Design Cookbook http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=23 <p> Another new book has been published about OpenCart:</p> <p> <img alt="OpenCart 1.4 Template Design Cookbook" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/application/view/image/opencart_cookbook.jpg" title="OpenCart 1.4 Template Design Cookbook" /></p> <p> Here is the description:</p> <ul> <li> <p> Customize dynamic menus, logos, headers, footers, and every other section using tricks you won't find in the official documentation</p> </li> <li> <p> A great mix of recipes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced OpenCart template designers</p> </li> <li> <p> Develop and customize dynamic, powerful OpenCart templates to make your website stand out from the crowd</p> </li> <li> <p> Fully customizable administration theme for OpenCart</p> </li> </ul> <p> You can purchase the book here:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/opencart-14-template-design-cookbook/book">https://www.packtpub.com/opencart-14-template-design-cookbook/book</a></p> <p> This book goes quite indepth on customising opencart, of couse you need some basic PHP and HTML skills.</p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:30:44 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=23 OpenCart v1.4.9.4 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=22 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&amp;t=28936">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&amp;t=28936</a></p> <p> Full and Patch Only</p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:13:42 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=22 OpenCart v1.4.9.3 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=21 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=24367">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=24367?</a></p> <p> Full and Patch only</p> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:34:13 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=21 OpenCart v1.4.9.2 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=20 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=21932">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=21932</a></p> <p> Full and Patch only</p> <p> Not really new, just forgot to announce it.</p> <p> 1.4.9.3 coming just around the corner</p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:34:48 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=20 OpenCart comes 1st Runner up in 2010 Open Source Awards http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=19 <p> OpenCart is 1st Runner up in 2010 Open Source E-Commerce Applications Open Source Awards.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home">https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home</a></p> <p> I'm very happy we are 2nd place. I'm sure if I had managed to get&nbsp;OpenCart v1.5.0 released last month&nbsp;we would have come 1st place.</p> <p> Anyway I'm positive we will come 1st place next year. I have&nbsp;lots of&nbsp;new features planned for future release.</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:38:24 CST http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=19 Vote OpenCart as your favourite E-Commerce Application http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=18 <p> OpenCart has been nomiated for your favourite open source e-commerce application. We need as many votes as possible for OpenCart to win. Please vote now!</p> <p> You can vote here:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/vote-open-source-e-commerce-application"><img alt="Vote for your favourite E-Commerce Application now!" src="http://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/Vote%20for%20E-Commerce%20App.jpg" /></a></p> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 4:21:34 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=18 New eWay Payment Modules http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=17 <p> I recently got contacted by eWay who have had OpenCart modules developed for eWAY Australia, eWAY UK and eWAY New Zealand.</p> <p> eWAY is a UK market leading secure, PCI compliant payment gateway.</p> <p> You can download them here:</p> <p> UK: <a href="http://www.eway.co.uk/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/opencart-integrated-payment-service-provider.aspx" target="" title="">http://www.eway.co.uk/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/opencart-integrated-payment-service-provider.aspx</a><br /> <br /> NZ: <a href="http://www.eway.co.nz/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/opencart-integrated-payment-service-provider.aspx" target="" title="">http://www.eway.co.nz/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/opencart-integrated-payment-service-provider.aspx</a></p> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:26:30 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=17 OpenCart v1.4.9.1 has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=16 <p> http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=19762</p> <p> Full version and Patch Only both available</p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:16:05 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=16 OpenCart v1.4.9 Final has been released! http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=15 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=19156">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=19156</a></p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:38:41 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=15 Development Week (08/15/2010) http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=14 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=18634">RELEASE CANDIDATE AVAILABLE FOR OPENCART v1.4.9!!!</a></p> <p> FIXES:</p> <ul> <li> Fixed additional email for loop issue causing "Please Wait" and "Error Send To Required"</li> <li> Improved featured products query to make all status checks and return all pertinent data to match latest and bestseller queries.</li> <li> If no shipping, tax zone set to buyer's payment zone instead of default store zone</li> <li> Session uses full path for session to prevent session sharing</li> <li> Removed unneeded products variable from admin order.php</li> <li> Removed error on empty language file</li> <li> admin/controller/catalog/review.php double text validation cleaned up</li> <li> Admin Order Edit was completely redesigned. Now supports product options &amp; updated totals</li> </ul> <p> ADDED:</p> <ul> <li> Feature Module uses category-style selector for products</li> <li> Extension install/uninstall hook. Now when you install/uninstall extensions, if they have their own install/uninstall functions, they will be triggered.</li> <li> Logout destroys session completely.</li> <li> sort by model</li> <li> Cache for featured products</li> <li> Image class supports proper extension name on resize and transparency for png and gif.</li> <li> Extensions will "self-clean" if the files are deleted without uninstalling the extension first.</li> <li> Restored "Show Out Of Stock warning" option in setting</li> <li> Parent Category pages show image next to description</li> <li> CheckAll to all checkbox lists</li> <li> Postcode required by default now on all account, address, and guest address pages</li> <li> Coupon code can be entered on Payment AND Confirm page, for those payments that skip the payment page</li> <li> New Paypal Improved. Itemized products, PDT support, debug messaging and more.</li> </ul> <p> NOTES:</p> <ul> <li> Admin Order "Entry" is NOT included and will not be for 1.4.x. There are mods available to help admins enter orders.</li> <li> Admin Order "Edit" is completely redesigned to focus on the products. Ajax is used to update the product list instantly. However, to see updated totals, you will need to refresh the page. I will see if I can get that added before final release, but it is not a priority. No other fields are editable at this time. If it really a desired option I will see about quickly adding editing addresses to the next RC release.</li> <li> Admin Order "Edit" converts all prices to the currency of the original order for convenience.</li> <li> Admin Order "Edit" offers a free form Tax field. It adds to the actual product total but not to the the actual tax total. This means the tax line won't update but the main total will still be correct. This is due to the way that totals are stored in opencart order_total table. There is no discernible way to track which of the totals is the tax.</li> </ul> <p> Let me know if there are any issue in either this thread or the "<a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&amp;t=18635">[RC1 ONLY] Post any OpenCart 1.4.9 RC1 Bugs here!</a>" thread.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.unbannable.com/opencart_v1.4.9-RC1.zip" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD HERE</a></p> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:24:45 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=14 OpenCart 1.4 Beginner's Guide Book http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=13 <p> An OpenCart&nbsp;beginner's guide book is availble for pre-order £36.93 ($63.18 USD).</p> <p> Here is the description:</p> <ul> <li> Develop a professional, easy-to-use, attractive online store and shopping cart solution using OpenCart that meets today's modern e-commerce standards.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Easily integrate your online store with one of the more popular payment gateways like PayPal and shipping methods such as UPS and USPS.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Provide coupon codes, discounts, and wholesale options for your customers to increase demand on your online store.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> With hands-on examples, step-by-step explanations, and illustrations</li> </ul> <p> You can purchase the book here:</p> <p> <a href="https://www.packtpub.com/open-cart-1-4-beginners-guide-for-professional-online-shopping/book">https://www.packtpub.com/open-cart-1-4-beginners-guide-for-professional-online-shopping/book</a></p> <p> There is also another book on its way about developing templates for openCart.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:02:50 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=13 Nominate OpenCart for Favorite Open Source E-Commerce Application http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=12 <p> Packt has launched their&nbsp;fifth annual Open Source Awards. i would like to call on the community to Nominate OpenCart for the favourite Open Source E-Commerce Application.</p> <p> You can make the nomination here:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/nominate-best-open-source-ecommerce-application">http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home/nominate-best-open-source-ecommerce-application</a></p> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 9:29:45 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=12 First Commercial Template http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=11 <p> Today the first commercial template was uploaded to the extension section. I have been told that more will be uploaded later today. The template costs $29 USD which I think is a bargin for such&nbsp;nice design.</p> <p> <strong>Created By:</strong><br /> jfn99</p> <p> <strong>Link:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=154&amp;filter_license=1&amp;sort=e.date_added&amp;order=DESC">http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension/info&amp;extension_id=154</a></p> <p> <strong>Screenshot:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.opencart.com/opencart/image/cache/data/extension/1280241667.flowershop-500x500.jpg" /></p> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:10:19 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=11 OpenCart v1.4.8 has been released http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=10 <p> <a href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=15699">http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&amp;t=15699</a></p> Wed, 09 Jun 2010 21:09:32 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=10 Development Week (05/23/2010) http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=9 <p> Well I'm a little late and hoped to have v1.4.8 done by now, but I needed another week. A lot more little things kept getting added than was originally planned but I think it was worth it.</p> <p> I am just finishing up the new Paypal rewrite and module positioning. I will likely leave the upgrade script the way it was for 1.4.7 as I didn't have time to properly integrate it into the framework. But I think it works for the most part.</p> <p> I should be finished by Thursday with all the coding and then the dev team will test it internally and by Sunday I'd like to release it.</p> <p> Here is a list of ALL the fixes and new features. It is a huge list and I don't want to delay 1.4.8 any further so if it is not on this list, then save your requests for v1.4.9:</p> <p> FIXES:</p> <ul> <li> Coupon discount check only for flat value coupons</li> <li> Pagination in search &amp; specials</li> <li> Worldpay not updating order</li> <li> Admin Country, Zone, &amp; Download pagination</li> <li> Thickbox agree to terms fix on checkout payment page</li> <li> Continue button with ajax add to cart off goes to not found</li> <li> Division by zero if catalog/admin item limit set to 0 (tho it should not be possible)</li> <li> UPS error scenarios weren't showing properly</li> <li> UPS weight display at the title instead of redundantly per-rate</li> <li> UPS Test mode confusion cleared up</li> <li> USPS weight display at the title instead of redundantly per-rate</li> <li> removed "source" for ckeditor to cut down filesize</li> <li> Add $config-&gt;set('config_language', $languages[$code]['code']); to index.php</li> <li> Changed new tables for product_tags and stuff to utf8_bin</li> <li> Order Comments not included in email</li> <li> Added default invoice id &amp; prefix to install/upgrade.sql</li> <li> Added conditional check for the admin header base path: (HTTPS_SERVER) ? HTTPS_SERVER : HTTP_SERVER;</li> <li> restore all languages in backend even if disabled</li> <li> replaced add to cart javascript: $('#add_to_cart').removeAttr('onclick'); to allow handling by other scripts.</li> <li> sort arrow images were reversed</li> <li> Perpetual Payments Test mode confusion cleared up</li> <li> Featured limit default - add (int) to limit in model to prevent error</li> <li> Specials fix for limit in sidebox</li> <li> Going to wrong page while using SEO now shows error page</li> <li> Fixed Combined Tax rate issue</li> <li> Fixed Low Order Fee order total typo for tax setting</li> <li> Fixed Sales tax issue for non-shipped products to use payment address</li> <li> Install admin email not populating the user table</li> <li> Update royal mail rates or make them editable from admin</li> <li> Fix pp standard to use the update statuses and so that curl and fsock both use the proper "else" options.</li> <li> Changed default success message "2-5 working days" to be more vague</li> <li> Reordered the children for "common/header" to appear last so that document class methods can be called from within modules.</li> <li> Fix default weight/length to default to what the setting has.</li> <li> Bestsellers wasn't updating immediately after purchase because the cache wasn't cleared on purchase</li> </ul> <p> ADDED:</p> <ul> <li> Category Description Name to be longer than 32 (255)</li> <li> SEO proper "not found" redirect</li> <li> mail parameters field to mail tab (useful for adding authentication "-f" options and more)</li> <li> Full Customer Details in admin</li> <li> Manual Order Entry/Edit</li> <li> Additional checkbox for order update (Notify = send email, Update = add history)</li> <li> confirm delete added to admin delete/uninstall actions</li> <li> Longer email fields (96)</li> <li> Added product tags to bottom of product page for easy cross-referencing.</li> <li> Auto-select first radio button for shipping or payment</li> <li> increased contact form character count from 1000 to 3000</li> <li> Fixed bug in thickbox js to allow use of rel tag for prev/next additional images with main image in popup</li> <li> Show category description info even where there are no products</li> <li> add customer email to invoice under the payment address</li> <li> added order comments on invoice</li> <li> moved some inline javascript to external files (ajax add to cart now in ajax_add.js)</li> <li> moved coupon box to the payment page to allow coupons to change the possible payment options (i.e. freecheckout for 100% discount coupons)</li> <li> Comments to order invoice</li> <li> Counts for all tabs on product page</li> <li> Optional checkbox to push updated downloads to all previous customers upon new version save</li> <li> Added current download filename under the input box on admin download form</li> <li> Options -Indexes and tpl file disallow to default .htaccess file to prevent showing directory listings</li> <li> CSRF Fix for new admin user insert (captcha on user edit form)</li> <li> Additional Images &amp; Related products count added to tab on product page by default</li> <li> Fixed LIQPAY confirm button</li> <li> Disable Reviews option</li> <li> Enhanced Order Email (HTML Admin emails)</li> <li> Guest Checkout separate addresses</li> <li> Enter key for Product filter in admin</li> <li> Telephone number on invoice</li> <li> Validation check to Product Copy (Daniels request)</li> <li> Add model to the related products in product edit</li> <li> Automatic Copyright in admin footer</li> <li> Added MetaKeywords to products and categories</li> <li> Added return on language load to allow simple array merge for language files</li> <li> Added Send Newsletter By Products Purchased</li> <li> Lots of improvements to cart sidebox (ajax delete item, all totals, view/checkout links)</li> <li> GET method for add to cart</li> <li> Add to cart button in all modules? small + button?</li> <li> Stock decrease option moved to product level</li> <li> Minimum Order Qty (per-product)</li> <li> Product "cost" field</li> <li> Add back default sort order</li> <li> Individual zone/country/postcode for products</li> <li> Cross-linked related products (relationship goes both ways now). Relating product A to B also relates B to A</li> <li> Maintenance Mode</li> <li> Multiple Email address for store email</li> <li> remove/combine the Show Out of stock. Just show it when Stock checkout is no and product is out of stock</li> <li> Add IP Address to order view</li> <li> Paypal Standard rewrite</li> <li> Freecheckout integrated into core.</li> </ul> Wed, 26 May 2010 19:00:05 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=9 Development Week (05/10/2010) http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=8 <p> Additional progress on v1.4.8</p> <ul> <li> Free Checkout added to the core. Planning to leave it as an automatic, always-on fallback if the total = 0.00</li> <li> Coupon moved to Payment page as this makes the most sense. Now if you enter a coupon for 100% off and free shipping, free checkout will appear.</li> <li> Added option to Download edit page for pushing the updated version to previous customers. Useful for those selling software that gets free updates.</li> <li> Added email and comments to order invoice</li> <li> Thickbox gallery for main image and additional images is standard now</li> <li> Various other fixes</li> <li> Lots more to do...</li> </ul> <p> Still aiming for the 3rd week of May</p> Wed, 12 May 2010 20:33:12 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=8 New OpenCart Template http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=7 <p> A new opencart template has been produced by <a href="http://www.algozone.com/opencart-templates.php?affiliate_id=1278" target="_blank">Algozone</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Template Details</strong><br /> This is an elegant template for electronics and related products. Clean color and balanced location of elements make this template perfect for wide range of other products</p> <p> You can view the template <a href="http://store.template-faq.com/product_info.php?products_id=1351&amp;affiliate_id=1278">here</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) files</strong></p> <p> <strong>What You get</strong></p> <ul> <li> Template PHP files in proper directories</li> <li> JavaScript files (if applicable)</li> <li> Optimized design image files for the template</li> <li> Step by Step installation guide</li> <li> Photoshop 8.0+ source file(s) with original graphics design</li> <li> Free Clip Art Library</li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://store.template-faq.com/product_info.php?products_id=1351&amp;affiliate_id=1278" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.algozone.com/images//templates/OC03C20036/oscommerce-templates-pic1.gif" /></a></p> Tue, 11 May 2010 11:47:11 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=7 Development Week (05/05/2010) http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=6 <p> Things are progressing steadily for v1.4.8. So far I've got</p> <ul> <li> Full Customer Details working and finished</li> <li> Admin Order Edit Done</li> <li> Admin Order Entry - 90% done</li> <li> All the major bugs from the 1.4.7 bug thread fixed</li> <li> Ajax Remove buttons for the cart sidebox</li> <li> Full Total details for cart sidebox</li> <li> and more little things.</li> </ul> <p> Too soon to announce an actual target date but I'm aiming for the 3rd week of May</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 5:15:04 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=6 eWay Integration http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=5 <p> eWAY is&nbsp;a UK market leading secure, PCI compliant payment gateway.</p> <p> eWay has recently developed a payment extension so their customer can use OpenCart and receive payments via eWay.</p> <p> Link to the eWay payment gateway extension:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.eway.co.uk/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/OpenCART-Integrated-Payment-Service-Provider.aspx">http://www.eway.co.uk/developer/shopping-carts/integrated-carts/OpenCART-Integrated-Payment-Service-Provider.aspx</a></p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 0:24:18 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=5 OpenCart v1.4.7 http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=4 <p> 1.4.7 is available to download!</p> <p> FIXED:</p> <ul> <li> Coupon discount taking more than the product total. Now matches max product total</li> <li> "Total" order total module allowed negative totals if discounts exceeded total. Now stops at 0</li> <li> Several language duplicates removed</li> <li> Some city names updated in sql</li> <li> Fixed potential filemanager while loop error with readdir (Based on php.net's recommendation)</li> <li> Fixed sagepay array for FailureURL</li> <li> Fixed weight based shipping not supporting 0 cost</li> <li> Fixed document $styles and $scripts on header.tpl to properly support the correct options</li> <li> Shifted the shipping POST check to avoid reloading rate request when going to the payment page and not using quote session check</li> <li> Cleaned up field size inconsistencies with email length between the validation checks and the db</li> <li> Fixed login link to correct "&amp;" vs "&amp;amp;";</li> <li> Account approve not allowing logins for existing customers</li> <li> Fixed Google Sitemap xml error to correct "&amp;" vs "&amp;amp";</li> <li> Sort by price converting to string issue</li> <li> store_url duplication in customer approval email</li> <li> Fixed typo in customers "awating" approval function names</li> <li> Fixed typo in order model for "notifiy" in the update function</li> <li> Fixed incorrect Customers Awaiting Approval count on admin dashboard</li> <li> Removed unsafe dompdf.php class file from the dompdf library (support files still intact and safe)</li> </ul> <p> ADDED:</p> <ul> <li> Universal Upgrade Script (supports upgrades as far back as v1.3.0)</li> <li> Added setting language from url ...route=common/home&amp;language=de</li> <li> Added setting currency from url ...route=common/home&amp;currency=USD</li> <li> Added Product Tag table and added search support in tags.</li> <li> Category Status in admin (per-category)</li> <li> Information Status in admin (per-item)</li> <li> Country Status in admin</li> <li> Zone status in admin</li> <li> Shipping Quote Session option in admin</li> <li> Added version constant at the top of the startup.php file to allow programmatic usage</li> <li> Added page warning on pages with multi-tabs to show error at top instead of just the field errors so it is clear</li> <li> Items per page for admin rows configurable via admin</li> <li> Items per page for catalog items configurable via admin (per store)</li> <li> Show Weight on Cart page option in admin (per store)</li> <li> Latest Module</li> <li> Specials Module</li> <li> Featured Module</li> <li> Disable coupon order total will also disable coupon entry box on front end</li> <li> Persist original route if login required</li> <li> Disabling language removes requirement from need for entry in admin</li> <li> Thickbox agree terms on checkout and create</li> <li> Added Model Search checkbox on Advanced Search</li> <li> Added Popular Products model function (Order by Viewed) for future use.</li> <li> Added $product_info array to the product to make echoing additional fields easier</li> <li> Improved order data return without double processing/subset</li> <li> Added support for common base product discount pricing</li> <li> Added Improved language support. Fallback to English for missing entries to avoid fatal errors over missing language file</li> </ul> <p> Notes:</p> <ul> <li> All 1.4.6 compatible mods should work with this version</li> <li> No class changes or removals were made.</li> <li> Be sure to read the new upgrade.txt file before trying the new auto-upgrade script.</li> </ul> <p> Changes:<br /> <a href="http://code.google.com/p/opencart/source/detail?r=105">http://code.google.com/p/opencart/source/detail?r=105</a></p> <p> Download:<br /> <a href="http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/opencart_v1.4.7.zip">http://opencart.googlecode.com/files/op ... v1.4.7.zip</a></p> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 0:59:38 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=4 Algozone is a New Sponsor http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=3 <p> Algozone (<a href="http://www.algozone.com">http://www.algozone.com</a>) has become a sponsor for the the OpenCart project. We are very excited that Algozone is going to be offering OpenCart templates.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:51:06 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=3 New OpenCart Main Web site Design http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=2 <p> I have just changed the main opencart site. It has many new features including sections where you can upload your site to the live sites section, extension management, a bug tracker etc..</p> <p> More will be coming soon!</p> <p> enjoy!</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:37:58 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=2 GeoZones [for Dummies] http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=1 <p> Error: Shipping method required!</p> <p> This seems to plague a lot of people so I will try to make some GeoZones for Dummies notes here:</p> <p> Glossary</p> <ul> <li> Country - A country entry in in OpenCart'</li> <li> Zone - a piece of land parented by a country. States, Territories, Provinces that belong to a country</li> <li> GeoZone - short for "Geographical Zone"&gt;</li> </ul> <ul> <li> GeoZones are created to help define a geographical "zone" of the earth to be used for either shipping or taxation.</li> <li> Separate GeoZones can be created for tax &amp; shipping or sometimes combined</li> <li> GeoZones can be comprised from a single country or zone, or multiple countries and zones</li> <li> Think of a GeoZone as your own personal "Label" for existing countries and zones. If you were to redesign the world, you could label your own country called "Happy Hippo" and it would include whatever countries/zones you wanted.</li> </ul> <p> Creating a "Shipping" GeoZone</p> <ul> <li> A shipping geozone is an area of land that you want to have specific rate(s) setup for.</li> <li> Name your zone something intuitive so you remember what it is for (e.g. "USA Shipping")</li> <li> When customers create an account, he chooses what zone and country he is from. If that zone &amp; country match up with the same zones and countries within a specific GeoZone, it will show up during checkout.</li> <li> You can have multiple geozones with overlapping countries and zones. In these cases, both options will display during checkout and the customer can choose the cheaper option.</li> </ul> <p> Example. Create &amp; Test a USA Shipping GeoZone:</p> <ul> <li> In the admin menu, Goto Admin-&gt;Configuration-&gt;Localisation-&gt;Geo Zone</li> <li> Click "Insert" to add a new GeoZone<br /> Geo Zone Name: USA Shipping Zone<br /> Geo Zone Description: USA Shipping Zone</li> <li> Click the "Add Geo Zone" button<br /> Country: United States<br /> Zone: All Zones</li> <li> Save</li> <li> In the admin menu, Goto Extension-&gt;Shipping</li> <li> Edit one of the zone modules (like weight-based or <a class="postlink" href="http://www.unbannable.com/ocstore/shipping_modules/zone_plus">zone plus</a>)</li> <li> There should be an entry for your new "USA Shipping Zone". Enter the rates as instructed.<br /> (ex. 5:10.00, 7:12.00, 10:14.00, 50:63.50, 999:200.00)<br /> <br /> Be sure that you set the ceiling high enough. For example, if you are configuring the weight-based shipping, and only go up to 20lbs, then if a customers cart totals 21lbs or more, he won't see the zone option available because the range is too small. So be sure to go high enough to cover large orders. This is typically when you start seeing this error: Error: Shipping method required!. It means that there are no available shipping options because the only one you have enabled doesn't cover all ranges. Also be sure you've added the geozones you need. If you add a geozone for USA only, then people with addresses outside of USA will not have any options.</li> <li> Save and goto the front end.</li> <li> Create a customer account and be sure to set the Country to "United States" and the zone to any state.</li> <li> Buy a product and checkout. You should see the USA Shipping Zone option at the price level that matches the weight range of the products in your cart.</li> </ul> <p> Creating a "Tax" GeoZone</p> <ul> <li> A tax geozone is an area of land that you want to have specific tax rate(s) setup for.</li> <li> Name your zone something intuitive so you remember what it is for (e.g. "California Tax Zone")</li> <li> The product gets set with the new Tax Class that associates with this geozone.</li> <li> When customers create an account, he chooses what zone and country he is from. If that zone &amp; country match up with the same zones and countries within a specific GeoZone, it will apply the tax to the product during checkout. (Or immediately if Display Prices with Tax = True).</li> </ul> <p> Example. Create &amp; Test a USA Tax GeoZone</p> <ol> <li> In the admin menu, Goto Admin-&gt;Configuration-&gt;Localisation-&gt;Geo Zone</li> <li> Click "Insert" to add a new GeoZone</li> <li> Geo Zone Name: California Tax Zone</li> <li> Geo Zone Description: California Tax Zone</li> <li> Click the "Add Geo Zone" button<br /> Country: United States<br /> Zone: California</li> <li> Save</li> <li> In the admin menu, Goto Admin-&gt;Configuration-&gt;Localisation-&gt;Tax Class</li> <li> Click "Insert" to add a new Tax Class</li> <li> Tax Class Title: California Tax 9%</li> <li> Tax Class Description: California Tax 9%</li> <li> Click "Add Tax Rate"</li> <li> GeoZone: California Tax Zone</li> <li> Description: CA Tax 9%</li> <li> Tax Rate: 9.0</li> <li> Priority: 1</li> <li> Save</li> <li> In the admin menu, Goto Catalog-&gt;Product</li> <li> Insert/Edit products and find the Tax Class entry under the Data tab. Change this to the new Tax class.</li> <li> Create a customer account and be sure to set the Country to "United States" and the zone to "California".</li> <li> Buy a product that has the assigned tax class and checkout. On the confirmation page, the "CA Tax 9%" tax should be added to your Totals.<br /> <br /> If you need to make a "Rest of the World" zone and don't want to have to manually add each country, I created this mod: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&amp;t=7512">viewtopic.php?f=23&amp;t=7512</a></li> </ol> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:46:50 CDT http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=feature/blog/info&blog_id=1