OpenCart is open source eCommerce software that is based on PHP and MySQL. It offers several advanced store management features and is freely available for all to download. The new version of OpenCart, version 188.8.131.52 was released in 2016 which added many new features to OpenCart thus making it even more feature rich. The OpenCart in 2017 has more than 13000 modules and themes. Furthermore, there is a marketplace for all such needs.
New Features in OpenCart
The new version of OpenCart has many GUI improvements. The basic administrative panel interface has been rearranged to make it much simpler. The dashboard elements like the extensions section have been reorganized. Here is a short list of new features in OpenCart.
1. Fully Responsive Design:
The OpenCart websites are designed to be fully responsive. OpenCart has support for Mobile websites in the previous version however, it now supports the fully responsive design now. Hence if the website theme is designed correctly, your eCommerce website will be fully responsive.
Bootstrap Integration: The latest version of Bootstrap, version 3 is integrated at the core. This helps give a sleek and stunning look to the stores besides which it allows for a very flexible and functional design as well.
2. Font Awesome:
OpenCart now readily supports ‘Font Awesome’ which is an advanced CSS font collection with more than 400 icons. Hence it is no longer necessary to make the special effort to includes the ‘Font Awesome’ features in your website, it is now inbuilt.
The use interface like the dashboard has become more intuitive. The main change is that the horizontal menu has been replaced with the vertical one. Additionally, it is now much easier to install a theme and other extensions. There are also more number of payment gateways to select from making the designing the eCommerce website more flexible.
Notification system: There is an optimized event notification system that allows to transforming your eCommerce website into a robust Shopping Cart.
It is now possible to make modification to the website and change several basic core features without actually making changes to the core files. The main benefit of this is that while update the OpenCart version to a newer version if any, the upgrade does not overwrite any customizations that you may have on your website.
5. API Integrated:
There is an integrated API available which can be used for other platforms like the mobile platform. Thus when creating a mobile app in either Android or iOS or even when integrating with some other website it is possible to do so easily with the help of this API.
6. MaxMind Fraud Detection System:
OpenCart 2 has a build in the system that has been designed to detect fraudulent orders. There is a highly optimized system developed that uses the high risk IP addresses, emails, and devices to make such finds. This helps make your eCommerce website more secure.
Opencart eCommerce Shop Design & Development with Alakmalak
Alakmalak is an OpenCart eCommerce Development company and has developed a great many eCommerce websites for firms all around the world. They are involved OpenCart website development along with several other eCommerce open source software. They have dedicated web developers for the same. The highly skilled web developers have plenty of resources at their disposal and the experience to prove it.
Alakmalak has a very robust development model makes sure there is no communication problem during the course of the project. They maintain a dedicated point of contact for all the clients.