OpenCart Features – A Complete Beginner Guide

opencart themes complete beginner guide

 

OpenCart is an open source online shopping platform. You can say it e-commerce business platform for online merchants. It helps you set up your own online store management system and earn effectively. 

There are more than 1000 company who is working in OpenCart Market to provide their quality work. One name is OpenCart Modules from India. 

It covers each part of online E-commerce business. We are going to discuss  OpenCart Features so you can get better view of it and make decision while choosing Open Source Software for your new e-commerce website They also provide a demo website where you can check live its website and have check what they provide 

OpenCart Demo

OpenCart History

Originally OpenCart developed in 1998 by Christopher G. Mann for CDROM and later free BSD Mall. It came into action publically on May 1999. Further developed by Daniel Cerr and used it as the basis for his own e-commerce software written in PHP.

After a long struggle and complication, finally, they release a reliable and stable software onto Google in February 2009. (source: wikipedia.com)


“Totally free PHP based android application platform for online store management system”

There are many similar platforms in the market but why OpenCart be chosen one because of the following Features Key Features:

1. User management

To organized an online store and to interact with many people, a management system is required. OpenCart provides you all together with advanced facilities and separate access for user group and users

2 Options and Properties

We all know products and commodities found in a different option, different size and with different colors. OpenCart App offers you variability in products with enhanced versions.

3. Discount, Offers, and Coupons

As a customer wants to buy something in the market, he will definitely compare the products as well as their price. So, OpenCart App provides A platform for customers as well as for retailers. It is a nice platform to compare the prices of the product. Many times retailers lower their price to keep up with their competition.

OpenCart offers discount, coupons and gives ways to increase their sale values of products.

4. Payment Option

OpenCart application offers different payment option such as cheque, Paypal and bank transfer. Download option at various platform:

OpenCart is an open source and free of cost. It provides transparency and shares an image of what their community wanted. OpenCart is easy to download and user friendly. OpenCart is easy to get on various play store platform and get started in minutes, not in days

5. Unlimited category

This is the platform where customer and retailer get a lot of categories for getting products. OpenCart is easy to use with an android application that provides categories and sub categories.

6. Review and Ratings

Review and ratings are the most important factor to decide which product and company are better and which is to buy or not. OpenCart Extensions provides the customer best rating products with review and integrating comment.

7. Reward Points

OpenCart provides customer lifetime value and return a purchase and also show confident about the product and source companies. Easily find and buy products and filters:

OpenCart provides the thing to buy and sell easily. It is a great platform for retailers and customers. OpenCart creates categories of products.

Customer refines the product whatever he wants. Just type the desired keywords in the search box and click the search button. They will find easily what they wanted.

8. Language and currency

OpenCart is an open source platform. So, you can use OpenCart application in your language is quite easy.

You can expand your business in multi languages. The language in which product put on a store is 100% translatable. Tag support and sale report:

OpenCart provides product report so that it is easy to trust the product and company online store to the customer. It also provides annual product sale report.

It defines new tags adds additional convenience methods including getter methods for the properties in Tag. Tag support has one static method that is included to facilitate coordination among cooperating tags.

9. Support

OpenCart provides online help from certified partners. It gives ratings to the online store partners such as gold, silver, and platinum. Everybody can get the suggestion from there according to your need from best selling experts.

OpenCart Extensions is a Silver partner from India. OpenCart Extensions is one of the leading company from India and serving from 6 years. They provided dedicated support to all customer. There are famous for their support.

10. Search Engine Optimize

OpenCart is easy to download an application and it gives best search engine extension. OpenCart will save your higher cost to get your website in high search engine.

On OpenCart it is easy to register and launch faster with simple steps. OpenCart is easy to handles categories and sub categories with adding up extensions. Easy to control and catch up with e-commerce trends.

If you still want to know all the features of OpenCart than scroll down, I tried to list features of it. Features List is not completed but List will give you enough view to make your decision. Else you can continue your reading. 

How to download and install

OpenCart application can download from official website. The latest version of OpenCart can be downloaded from the site given above. A zip is downloaded. Unzip it and follow the readme.text and follow the file to install it.

Upload to your web server established and the OpenCart archive extracted. We will now use the file transfer protocol (FTP) client to upload this uncompressed file to the web server.

Goto the OpenCart location and Three Easy Steps are followed and you are ready to sell your product. For installation Guide check on OpenCart official website

Top  10 OpenCart Themes To Use 

opencart top 10 themes


OpenCart provides a default theme for a startup. A store owner can start with the default theme or can make a custom theme according to requirement. OpenCart default theme is responsive.

It means a theme will work on each and every screen. A website owner can also buy themes from another website.

OpenCart has a big market in the E-commerce industry. You must also check before buying the theme for website, is the theme is compatible with OpenCart modules you are going to use or not? 

If you are going to kick start your website with a tight budget then you either start with free theme or theme that cost you less. 

Else you can buy good themes which cost you a little high but these themes will give you relief from hiring a dev to do little changes if you are a good developer yourself.

Let’s start with Top most selling OpenCart themes. We also go over Free themes. If you only looking for Free themes than scroll down to check, Download links are also there.

We have listed 15 OpenCart Themes for all kind of business. You can go through that post or continue reading for complete OpenCart guide. 

Journal – Advanced Opencart Theme


First, come always First. Journal -Advance is one of the best among OpenCart themes. Not because it’s sales and designs.

But design also matters. Because of Features, it gives to the Website owner to make little changes to its website like WordPress provides.

If you are familiar with WordPress then you can easily know and track down its features. 

“No coding required! Use any of the pre-designed demos as they are, or customize each one as needed.”

Compatible with Opencart: 2.3.0.2 / 3.x.

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Shoppica – Premium OpenCart Theme


Shoppica is a fully responsive multi-purpose OpenCart theme with stylish design and powerful backend. The clean and modern look allows you to use the theme for every kind of online shop. In combination with the super powerful administration panel packed with tons of options

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Fastor – Multipurpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

Fastor is the best product we ever did. It’s the most powerful OpenCart theme with tons of options. Included modules allow you to save more than $200 and create a store without additional costs.

Demo content is the perfect solution to have the store ready in just a few clicks. It’s more than the theme.

Fastor is packed with features and layouts so not only will you be creating beautiful OpenCart websites easily, but you will also receive huge savings with our included modules, including Revolution Slider, Blog, Multistore Mega Menu, One-Page

Of course, Fastor has been designed & developed with today’s best practice coding methods and is 100% Responsive ­ which means that no matter the device, your website will scale beautifully to suit each device each time.

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Wrist Timer – OpenCart Responsive Theme


Wrist Timer OpenCart Responsive Theme is specially designed for Watch, Bag, Shoes, Apparel, Jewelry, Fashion, Accessories, Travel, Medicine, Mobile, Electronics, minimal and multipurpose purpose store.

This OpenCart Theme is looking good with colors combination. All sub pages are customized. It is very nice with its clean and professional look. This OpenCart theme is suitable for small to medium business owners who want to sell their products online.

Some of the core features are 

Bootstrap HTML5 and CSS3, Fully RESPONSIVE Theme, Google Fonts Included, Support Multiple Currency, Support Multiple Language, Included RTL Language Support. 

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Maxido 3.0.X Opencart MultiPurpose Responsive Theme

Maxido Opencart theme is a simple and clean layout with elegant design, very easy to install and to use. No HTML knowledge requires, easy to install and easy to use. It has been built with mobile users in mind.

So it looks great on desktops, tablets, and mobiles. Fashion is an awesome, robust and flexible theme with design and all feature of online category and fully customize, suitable for the E-commerce website.

It is dedicated to fashion, Jewelry, Cosmetic, Home appliances, Bag, Organic, Restaurant, Watch, Fashion, Ceramic, Flower, Shoes, Power-Tool, Pet-Store.

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Ananda Jewellery OpenCart Template

Ananda Jewellery Opencart Theme Multi-Purpose Premium Responsive Theme. It is super for Home, fashion, inspector, Decor, furniture, Interior, Exterior, minimal for every type of store. Moreover, Fully compatible with all of the mobile devices.

– HTML5 and CSS3

– Ajax Search Products you want in the real-time.

– Fully Responsive & Retina Ready Theme

– Using Google Fonts

– Support Multiple Language & Currency

– RTL+LTL Language Support

– SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly

– Optimized for Fast Loading

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Free OpenCart themes that fit for your website 


Taaliyah Multi Purpose Opencart Responsive Theme

Multipurpose Opencart theme is best for multi purpose any kind of e-commerce store, it has good looks and improves your store with its clear and good and best profession look.

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ShopMe – Free OpenCart Theme Responsive

Free Responsive OpenCart Theme the Shop is a minimalist eCommerce responsive site template coded with Bootstrap framework. Shopme suitable for e-commerce sites, minimalist portal system sites, portfolios, blogging, small business, tattoo, marketing sites, and similar websites.

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Golden Eye: Free Responsive OpenCart Theme

GoldenEye is a beautiful free Opencart theme, built with our OpenCart hosting that can be easily customized as a fashion e-shop, jewelry online store or beauty, and cosmetics web site. GoldenEye features an integrated shopping cart, supports multiple languages and currencies and a simple client area.

With OpenCart you’ll be able to change the colors of the web design, the images on the home page slider, the product pages, and categories, the header and footer sections as well as the web page menus and inner pages. You can also set a blog where you can publish interesting news from the world of fashion.

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Pav Celo – Free Jewelry Opencart 3 Theme

Pav Celo is clean and minimum Opencart theme for Jewelry, Decor, Electronics and Furniture Website with creative design, 3 ready-to-use demo, built with Drag and drop Opencart page builder, supports 50+ Opencart widgets, easy to set up and configure with powerful theme control panel and theme customize a theme and many other advanced features.

The Jewelry Opencart theme also supports advanced Opencart blog platform to build beautiful blog pages.

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LaddyLike – Opencart Theme

LaddyLike is Opencart theme built for Fashion Store, Jewellery Store, Watch Store, Mobile Store, Electronics Store, Shoe Store, Furniture Store, Kitchen Store, Medical Store, Tools Store, Designer Clothes Store, Food Store, Beauty Store, Pet Store, Multipurpose Stores, etc…

The theme is Fully Designed Template and comes with all needed E-commerce features with additional features like Full-width slider, Parallax block, Unlimited CMS blocks, Banner blocks, Filter etc..

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you can find good and responsive Themes at these websites

OpenCart Themes

Themeforest.net

Template Monster

Creative Marketplace

Some Website also provides free Themes. These themes are not great like paid themes but if you are lack of money and want to give kick start than Free Themes are the good choice to start. Head over these websites

Template.net 

freshdesignweb.com

zerocarts.com

fastcomet.com

Necessary Modules should be present while creating First Time Website E-commerce Website

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If you are in a tight budget or running out of money then you either go with Free module. They are pretty good and have necessary features, not like paid modules but yes you can start with it and when you get some money you can replace Free module with the paid one. I m not recommend to use Paid only but for trying to say if you want to get your business to in-front of more customer than you must pay.   

Free OpenCart Module

You can also read our Top 5 Free OpenCart Modules Article. I m sure you get it useful

SEO Module

I m going to tell you two SEO modules. First one Opencart SEO Pack PRO one with sales over 4433. It is fully compatible with Multi Language and Multi Vendor. Have more than 20 features related to SEO.

Using this module will make your website compatible with Google SEO ON page stuff.  What they say

“SEO is not about design. SEO is about being the BEST.” – Be the best using Opencart SEO Pack PRO 9!

meta keyword generator, Meta Description Generator, Related Product Generator, SEO friendly Url Generator, Multi Language SEO URLs, virtual subfolders for additional languages, Pagination content, SEO URLs pagination, Canonical Links for Category, Canonical Links for Brands, Custom Title for Products, Custom Image Alt for Products, Auto Internal Links, Breadcrumbs RDF, Rating Schema
Advance SEO Editor, SEO Report. More Features are present into this module  

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Opencart SEO Pack Module

The second module is less expensive with less features Opencart SEO Pack Module is rich with basic features. This module is also created by the same Company And you can kick start your website this module to give your products visibility in search Engine. Features are 

Keywords Generator for all products, Meta Description Generator, Related Products Generator, Tag Generator, Product SEO Plus, Canonical Categories,
Canonical Brands, Friendly SEO URLS Generator, SEO Friendly URLs,
Custom Titles, Clear SEO, (NEW) Custom Titles Generator 

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If you are looking to buy free modules than you can go with Free SEO modules you can found Free SEO module on Official OpenCart Website. I already posted link above here is also I giving search link of Free OpenCart Modules

Free SEO OpenCart Modules

Advance Search 

OpenCart provides search which does not utilize proper products information and does not have auto correct text. Which returns some time no products when a customer wrote wrong text by mistakes.  Also, OpenCart missing other advanced features like show products list while searching. 

Advanced Search helps any E-commerce Website to sell more by displaying accurate products. This module also helps to search anything related to a product like Model, Price, Special Price, SKU, UPC, EAN, JAN, ISBN, MPN, Location, Attribute, Description these all option you can show and hide from admin by selecting Yes or No.  

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Quick Checkout 

Quick Checkout module is a fully Dynamic Module for OpenCart. It helps to make your checkout more elegant and customize as per your need. You can set its layout and color theme from admin according to your store.

This extension allows users on the front end to make a one page fast and easy checkout experience. Installing this module will not affect any core file of OpenCart.

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Abandoned Cart Reminder Pro

Some time customer adds products to cart to purchase but does not buy. They think I will buy some other days (like I do many times). This can impact on sales figures right.

Abandoned Card Reminder module sends email to the customer about products to buy. Sometimes we forgot we need to buy products right.

According to Amazon research, their sales increase by 10% in 2017 using Abandoned Cart email notification.

Good Enough Right?

Amazon is the best example, If you bought something from Amazon and Product is added to cart but do not buy. They will send 3 in one week, email consist of reminder, we need to buy products that we added to cart.

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All in one Import Export module 

Ever wonder, one module can import and export customer, user,  coupons, Affiliates? I know you might be thinking now if you did think before 😀 Yeah now you can import and export all these data using one module which is made by OpenCart Extensions Company.

This module consists of many features which can help you get out of stress and import and export at one single shot. It is like taking a backup of a website, not complete backup but partial backup which  will give you a more suitable option to import products when anything goes wrong

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Pav Popup – Opencart 3 Module

A great solution for those who want their visitors to be aware of all hot stuff.
Pav Popup – Free OpenCart 3.x Module – will be a great solution for your promotional campaign. It allows to show content in a popup and it will be displayed after a page load done.

You can put your HTML code or load any OpenCart 3 module inside the popup, that is ideal to you show sale off information, coupon code, newsletter module….. visitors.

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Free Social Sharing 

You need a recipe for going viral on the Internet without making an extra effort, this module is for you! The OpenCart Share Buttons module lets your visitors share your site’s amazing content in their social media accounts.

Now all you need to do to get new subscribers and followers in social media is to publish your cool and unique content on your website and let your visitors do the rest. Your readers will be delighted to have this chance to share your content with their friends just by pressing a share button!

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Social Login

Nowadays, people want and think everything must be done within a few clicks or seconds. We are living in a digital world where information is accessible from little smartphone and tabs.

Adding Social Login to your website can reduce your customer signup time and they can easily buy products from your website without worry about password and username. SOCIAL LOGIN (FaceBook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn) Module will help you to get Social login into your website.

This module is simple, you won’t worry about Facebook new 2017 Policy change about its user information.  If you want more than user basic information that you might need facebook permission for this.  

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Customer Testimonial

The customer view about your products makes a huge difference in the sales of all companies. Yeah! you must agree on it. All website shows their customer reviews on their website to increase sales

 Nearly 95% of shoppers read online reviews before making a purchase (Spiegel Research Center, 2017) 

Testimonial Module allows you to show customer reviews on the website. which can increase your website sales. The module allows you to show Customer reviews on Top, Bottom, Left, Right on the page.

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Mega Menu

You probably heard website is using Mega Menu. If you do not know Mega Menu than let me tell you. There are two kinds of Menus Now.

One Regular menu which shows text links while hovering on menus. The second one is Mega Menu which shows Text and Images or Videos as well on Menus.  

Which makes Mega Menu different than regular menus. We can show more than text on menus. default Product image can be show or Category image can be shown. Also, they support multi-level menus structure, unlike regular Menu.

I recommend you OpenCart Advance Mega Header Module. Right Now This module is capable to show Text links and Images of products and Products itself.


 

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I will cover other topics like Make your product more SEO friendly,  Sell more using these simple tactics. But now, I will post another article on it. Let me know your views on, or looking at other information, I will try to give the answer to all your questions. 

Also Read: Ultimate OpenCart Pos Module  Which can help you sell offline effectively. 

How to get Backup and Restore of your website

Follow these steps to get back up for Database of your store. This backup can be used to restore the website when anything goes wrong. You can restore back in three easy steps.

For Backup follow these steps

1. Backup your database via your store Admin->System->Backup, press  Download the database.

2. Backup your files using FTP file copy or use the cPanel file manager to create a zip of all the existing OpenCart files and folders.

To Restore backup 


You must login to Admin  and then Left Side menu 

1. Open Tools > Backup / Restore page: 

2. A select backup file you got from while generated backup of a website in a .sql format

3. Click the upload button to restore a backup.

It will take some to upload the backup file as .sql file runs in the background and replace existing database information present into your website and give you working website. 

NOTE: if you got any error like file type not supported then you might select the wrong file. Selected file format must be the .sql format. As OpenCart only generate backup in .sql format.  

List of All OpenCart Features

Here are brief features of OpenCart who want to know what hidden gems are present to help any seller to grow their business from 0 to 7 figure sales.

Here are some necessary features of E-commerce given by OpenCart built in. So you do not need to look here and there to check. All these features must be present if you run the E-commerce business smoothly. Supports SSL which makes it stand out from the crowd to make it excellent open source E-commerce Software. 

Open Source
Documentation
Unlimited Categories
Add Unlimited Products
Unlimited Manufacturers
Templatable
Multi-Language
Multi-Currency
Product Reviews
Product Ratings
Downloadable Products
PCI Compliant
Automatic Image Resizing
Multiple Tax Rates
Related Products
Unlimited Information Pages
Shipping Weight Calculation
Discount Coupon System
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Unlimited Module Instance System
Backup & Restore Tools
Printable Invoices
Sales Reports
Error Logging

Let me come with the Admin interface. Explain all features of Admin in brief but full information you can find on Official OpenCart docs

Admin Interface

OpenCart has decent and easy to navigate the Admin panel. Any newbie can stumble upon Admin panel and find necessary information. As I said earlier, OpenCart is gradually improving. OpenCart adds more and more function when it gets an update. Here we are going to show you a small list of Admin features. I m sure there will be more, Please comment if you found anything that is not mentioned.    
Overview
Filter
Image Manager
Adding Multiple Languages
Creating a Multi-Store
Moving OpenCart to a New Server
SEO Keywords
SSL Certificates and HTTPS
Basic Security Practices

Catalog
Categories
Products
Profiles
Filters
Attributes
Options
Manufacturers
Downloads
Reviews
Information

Extensions
Marketplace
Extension Installer
Extensions
Modifications
Cron

Sales
Orders
Recurring Orders
Returns
Customers
Gift Vouchers
PayPal

Marketing
Marketing
Affiliates
Coupons
Mail

System
Settings
Design
Users
Localisation

Tools
Uploads
Backup/Restore
Error logs

Reports
Sales Report
Product Reports
Customer Reports
Marketing

Developer Guide
Developing Modules
Developing new product feeds
Loading files in the controller

If you came here, either scrolling or reading then you might be interested in OpenCart to get it for next E-commerce website. I recommend you OpenCart Extensions Company for E-commerce Website. They are expert in their work and have 7+ years of experience.  They have developed more than 100 Modules in various category to serve all kind of customers and website owners. Also, They do have 30+ OpenCart Themes. This company is Official Partner of OpenCart, You can check their profile on Their Official Partner Page  

There are many free as well as paid OpenCart Modules and extension are provided by various Companies. For a quick start, you start looking on OpenCart Extension.

If you need help to set up your website. Please Contact us for dedicated support. We serve more than 1000 customer and companies in the last 6 years.

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