Antropy's 2-Step Strategy for Handling Complex OpenCart Rebuilds

Posted by AlexDobson on January 17, 2022

The normal way rebuilds run is we undertake a Phase 1 and then put the site live; if any further work is needed after this then that goes into a Phase 2 project. However with some sites where they are too heavily customised, this process isn’t one we would recommend or follow.

Customisation within OpenCart is both a blessing and a curse. The plus side is you can create a website and functions that are singular only to you. The downside is that it is singular to you, which means that they are programmed to run on the version of OpenCart it was built for and specifically to your website. In addition we have found in the past that customisations undertaken a long time ago, the developer that worked on them may not work with the client anymore. This means that we have to work out how the customsised feature works and operates. Therefore a lot of work has to go on behind the scenes to make sure that these features can be added into the new build.

So our remedy is Phase 1 should be used to cover the basics within the Dev site and then once the site is ready for testing, the client should highlight what needs to be added from a customisation standpoint in order to complete the website. This two step process before the go-live means that a) the ground work is done before adding in anything custom, b) the site can be fully completed before going live, c) most importantly the site can go-live with all glitches being ironed out. If you undertake Phase 1 without the two-step process where the site's been so heavily modified, you run the risk of neither we nor the client being really sure of everything that needs to be ported over.

If you have a website that is heavily customised and considering upgrading it, then don't worry we have you covered. Please do email us at and we would be happy to help with your requirements.

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