OpenCart is an Online Store Management System. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. Support is provided for numerous languages and currencies, and it is freely available under the GNU General Public License.
OpenCart is free open source ecommerce platform for online merchants. OpenCart provides a professional and reliable foundation from which to build a successful online store.
This foundation appeals to a wide variety of users; ranging from seasoned web developers looking for a user-friendly interface to use, to shop owners just launching their business online for the first time. OpenCart has an extensive amount of features that gives you a strong hold over the customization of your store. With OpenCart's tools, you can help your online shop live up to its fullest potential.
OpenCart was originally developed in 1998 by Christopher G. Mann for Walnut Creek CDROM and later The FreeBSD Mall. The first public release was on the May 11, 1999. Developed in Perl, the project saw little activity, and progress stalled in 2000, with Mann posting a message on April 11 stating "other commitments are keeping me from OpenCart development".
The domain expired in February 2005 before being revived by Daniel Kerr, a UK-based developer, who used it as the basis for his own e-commerce software, written in PHP. The first stable release was version 1.1.1, released onto Google Code on 10 February 2009.
In September 2014, Kerr claimed that OpenCart was the number one e-commerce software supplier in China while in August 2015 it was recorded as responsible for 6.42% of the global e-commerce volumes recorded by builtwith.com, behind WooCommerce and Magento and ahead of OSCommerce, ZenCart and Shopify. In February 2017, he stated that OpenCart has about 317,000 live OpenCart sites, which is, according to Kerr, more than Shopify or Magento.
Version 2.0 of the software was released in October 2014, featuring an extensive revamp of the interface.
Version 22.214.171.124 of the software was released in March 2016, after months of testing and help from the OpenCart community.[
OpenCart comes as a basic package that you can extend to fit your business needs.
OpenCart doesn’t require a whole lot for installation; if you have a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on a server, you’re off to the races. This setup is typical for most web servers, so you’re likely already set. You can always check with your service provider if you’re not sure.
Customers can visit OpenCart’s marketplace to find add-ons that extend its functionality, including free basic integrations (such as Square payments or Facebook plugins). The marketplace also offers more powerful tools (SEO insights or Excel tie-ins for product management), costing up to $2,000 for something like a Microsoft Dynamics integration.
OpenCart is noted for having a sleek administrative dashboard and a general out-of-the-box ease of use. Larger or more complex stores may need to expand the core functionality, but smaller stores should be fine with the basic system.
OpenCart also offers a cloud version with a starting price point around $35 per month for businesses without in-house tech support.
13000+ modules and themes.
Marketplace for all your Needs
The OpenCart marketplace features 13000+ modules and themes to jump-start, grow and expand your business. You can find beautiful themes for just about any sector, service integrations, payment providers, shipping methods, social media, marketing, accounting, reporting, sales as well as language packs.
OpenCart forums is a great way to get community support. With more than 110 000 registered members and 550 000+ posts you are part of one of the biggest ecommerce communities
OpenCart offers dedicated technical support. The service is great for anyone who wants to get professional technical support for their OpenCart project right from the source.
OpenCart 2.3.x is the latest version of OpenCart with key architectural changes that enables easier stable upgrades from older versions.
Older OpenCart Versions
OpenCart 1.5.x.x features include unlimited information pages, product features/reviews, multiple payment gateways and much more – giving it superior functionality. With OpenCart 1.5.x.x it is more straightforward to maintain your site and makes shopping on your website even easier. More about OpenCart 1.5.6
OpenCart 2.0 is deemed to be the best yet, with new features including a new modification manager, tracking codes, more payment methods; and a responsive default theme. With new modifications and design, OpenCart 2.x is now: sleeker, cleaner and user-friendly. More about OpenCart 2.0
- Image Zoom
- Multiple Stores
- Data Import
- Multiple Payment Gateways
- Additional Search Modes
and many more using additional modules or bespoke functionality
OpenCart 126.96.36.199 is now launched in Beta is deemed to be the best yet, but is not fully stable and with many modules not yet updated for the version, so currently we would not suggest an upgrade quite yet. However many of the bug fixes have been made so hopefully it's not far off, but you tend to find that module upgrades take a little time to come along.
More about OpenCart 2.1
Additional Functionality & Updates
- Updates to Google Base to take into account changes early 2016
- Amazon checkout module replaced with newer login and pay module
- South Korea added to country list
- Wish List improvements
- Better login token
- Affiliate Code Changes
- Updates to PayPal Pro for new requirements
- FedEx shipping module improvements
- Latest OpenBay Pro Release
- Croatia added to EU Country list
- Analytics moved to separate module
- More additional improved coding, Ajax, etc.
OpenCart Payment Gateways
OpenCart offers a vast choice of Payment gateways meaning that you are not tied in to just one or two giving you no flexibility in choosing what is right for you.
OpenCart payment gateways come as additional modules but there are lots already built in to the OpenCart system ready to be activated and set-up with your payment gateways credentials.
With any ecommerce website we would always advice a choice of two gateways for two reasons. Some visitors may not wish t use the one you have decided on for reasons only known to themselves and secondly if there is an issue at anytime with the payment providers website then your visitor has a second choice with less chance of you loosing the potential customer.
Currently Built in to OpenCart
Bank Transfer / Cash On Delivery /Cheque / Money Order / Free Checkout
2Checkout / Authorize.Net (AIM) /Authorize.Net (SIM) / BluePay Hosted Form / BluePay Redirect / First Data Merchant Solutions UK (API Web Services) / First Data Merchant Solutions UK (Hosted Gateway) / First Data Merchant Solutions UK (Virtual Terminal) / G2A Pay / Globalpay Redirect / Globalpay Remote / Klarna Account / Klarna Invoice / LIQPAY / Login and Pay with Amazon / NOCHEX / Paymate / PayPoint / Payza/ Perpetual Payments / Realex Redirect / Realex Remote / SagePay Direct / SagePay Server / Sage Payment Solutions (US) / Secure Trading Payment Pages / Secure / Trading Web Service / Skrill / Web Payment Software / WorldPay Online Payments
PayPal Express Checkout / PayPal Payflow Pro / PayPal Payflow Pro iFrame / PayPal Payments Standard / PayPal Pro / PayPal Pro iFrame
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