Opencart is one of the most popular open source e-commerce CMS used by merchants to sell their products online. It uses PHP and follows the MVC(Model-View-Controller) structure.
On 24th May 2022, opencart version 18.104.22.168 was released. It majorly seems like opencart 3.x.x.x but some major changes are introduced within this release which is listed below:
Opencart-4 Requirement Changes:
- PHP version: 22.214.171.124 supports the PHP version 8.0+.
- PHP extensions: For 126.96.36.199 below PHP extensions are needed: Database, GD, cURL, OpenSSL, ZLIB, ZIP
Opencart-4 Admin Changes:
Toggled checkboxes & radio buttons: In opencart-4 checkboxes & radio buttons are toggled which looks more beautiful compared to earlier versions.
Brighter Icons & Buttons: Icons & Buttons are more clear & bright in opencart-4 in comparison to previous versions.
“admin” directory rename option: “admin” directory rename option is available in the latest version(4) of opencart. It provides more security to your opencart instance.
Availability of “CKeditor”: Ckeditor is again available in the opencart-4.
Cron Jobs: Cron jobs feature is available in opencart-4 version. You can create cron jobs for scheduling tasks.
More organized store settings: In opencart-4 store settings have the collapsible view and this collapsible view makes store settings more neat & clean in comparison to the previous versions.
Variant Product: Opencart-4 provides the new feature “variant product” by which you can create new child products based on a parent product and also you can link their stock quantities. Child/Variant products can use the parent product information or hold their own information.
Separate folder for 3rd party extensions: In opencart-4 all the 3rd party extensions existed in a separate folder “extension”.
AJAX forms: In opencart-4 all forms are using AJAX.
Namespace for controllers and models: We have to define the namespace in the controller and model file to tell at which path the controller and model classes exist.
Route Changes: In opencart previous versions controller functions are accessed through backslash(“/”) while in opencart-4 controller function can be accessed by pipe(“|”) separator.
Bootstrap version-5: To design the opencart view bootstrap-5 classes are used within the opencart-4 view files.
OCMOD removed: Opencart-4 doesn’t support the OCMOD. The changes done by OCMOD in opencart previous versions can be done by opencart-4 events.
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