A Quick Look at OpenCart 2.0

Posted by Paul on October 31, 2014

Finally the long-awaited OpenCart 2.0 has been released to the public for use. The new version of our favourite ecommerce platform has a whole host of major new features and improvements. Here are some of them.

Responsive Default Theme

Pretty much all new websites need to be responsive these days so that they adapt to look optimized on mobile phones and tablets.

Many developers, when creating a new theme for OpenCart, base this on the default theme that comes with the platform so it's great that this new theme now responds beautifully to the device it's being viewed on.

Here they are side-by-side:

1.5.6   2.0.0
oc156-responsive.png   oc200-responsive.png
Only part of the page is visible in OpenCart 1.5.6   The theme elegantly puts all elements in place, reducing the size of the main banner and adding a "hamburger" menu.


Automatic Extension Installer

Although usually simple for web developers, installing an extension or theme used to be a little daunting for most merchants. They would have to unzip their extension and then upload it via FTP, hoping that they wouldn't destroy their site. OpenCart 2.0 comes with an extension installer that allows you to click a button and upload the extension to automatically install.



Responsive Admin Area

As well as a responsive front-end, you can now easily access the OpenCart backend on your mobile or tablet. Great news for merchants who want to update and edit products while in the warehouse or showroom.



New Payment Gateways

There are some great new payment gateways included by default such as:

  • Authorize.Net (SIM)
  • BluePay Hosted Form
  • BluePay Redirect (Requires SSL)
  • First Data EMEA Connect (3DSecure enabled)
  • First Data EMEA Web Service API
  • Realex Redirect
  • Realex Remote


Recent Activity Panel

This shows what's happening on your site, in real time.



Custom Customer Fields

This is great news if you want to get to know your customers a little better. Just add some additional fields in the Sales > Customers > Custom Fields section and customers will then be able to fill these in when they register.


Are you using OpenCart 2.0 already? What do you think? Looking to upgrade, but wondering what's involved? Let us know in the comments below!

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