Opencart Aggregated Reviews
Opencart is a free opensource php ecommerce platform which is quite nice nowadays.
I’ve been trying to forget Opencart. Trying to forget the PHP 5.4 issues. Trying to forget the 1.5 > 2.0 upgrade. Trying to forget their customer service.
Damn, I loved that platform, but it used me like a stripper girlfriend.
Opencart is no longer relevant, hasn’t been updated since 2012 and would probably cause you problems.
It really depends on your needs. Shopify is a cloud solution but opencart a self hosted one.
Given that I am in the middle of an OpenCart installation, I thought I might jump in and give my two cents. I see lots, of what I guess I would call “coder” input here (people who can evaluate on a technical basis), and thought a more casual users input might help. I will stay out of the code debate as much as possible, although this will be hard to do as far as OpenCart is concerned.
OpenCart…..well, lets just dive right in. There is this constant reoccurring sentiment on the internet that OpenCart is relatively easy…this is 100% false. Sure, compared with teleportation of planet Earth to an alternate universe, OpenCart is pretty easy. But compared with implementing a successful install, OpenCart is not that easy. Given a choice between performing open heart surgery (with no medical knowledge…blind….with only one arm…and no instruments but a blunt stick), or installing OpenCart the first time out with no issues, I would probably choose the open heart surgery option. Just a great chance of success.
So then there are extensions and or modules you can add to OpenCart. Now I have not bought all of the add-ons, so my opinion may not be universal, but all three of the modules I did buy, and the one theme I bought were all fucked up pieces of trash. EVERY one of them required the author to come in multiple times and make code changes on the fly to get things working, and they none of them are right to this day. The theme I bought is very well known, but in my version of OpenCart it was practically unusable. The issues with it, and the amount of time devoted to addressing all of those issues reached the point where I finally trashed the installation and reinstalled from scratch. The same thing with all the extensions…..not one of them worked right off the bat. I have zero fully working extensions, I only have extensions with a list of issues that need to be addressed. Keep in mind I only buy well reviewed extension, so I have to wonder how bad the other with no reviews are.
There is NOTHING intuitive about OpenCart. There is NOTHING easy about OpenCart. There is NOTHING common sense about OpenCart. Anyone who says different is either a liar, uninformed, or perhaps selling an extension!
The only redeeming aspect of OpenCart is the body of users who offer their time and experience in the community forums. With the exception of one dick, the people have been nothing but nice and super helpful. I hope if (when) I move to a working solution, the users there are nice as they are in the OpenCart user forums.
I gave up on OpenCart due to major customer support issues. Just read about their founder.
I used to hate using Wordpress/Woocommerce for ecommerce, but in the five years since I built that opencart site, their product has improved dramatically. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the Woocommerce store, and other than a few minor nits, it’s been a joy to work with.
Changelog – pre-ecosystem era
v0.1.8 Hound @ apps.the.gt – b2b prospecting platform
v0.1.8.1 Business directory – content experiment to support b2b prospecting platform.
v0.1.6 GRIN tech affiliate program is live.
v0.1.5.3 GRIN jobs experiment started
v0.1.5.2 Working on cool in-house lead gen project - Art Director is preparing 100 picks of Business Cards in various niches.
v0.1.5.1 GRIN games emerged
As a web agency we never could and never will be able to escape the urge of building things.
Among million other things we played with an idea of text-based games and the last piece that was missing was the story itself. So via in-house outreach platform we found two established writers that believed in the project and agreed to participate.
Shout out to Richard Abbott who wrote Fraud on Thetis and Eva Pohler who sent us a huge draft we are still reading through.
At some point we realised that list building, fetching contact details & outreach tech work just as well for b2b lead generation
v0.1.3 Once, we fell in love with ecommerce, because of short feedback cycles on marketing & development efforts.
Today we ship into production inhouse SaaS project - AVOKADO - the web app for learning languages with flash cards.
The year after we built it we realised how long is the road map ahead & what resources we'd need to promote it and decided to put it on hold.
One day as we ship GRIN tech v3.0 into production we'll distrupt the language learning market with Avokado.
We love Wordpress and recently shipped two plugins into open beta for commercial sale.
v0.1.2.2 King The Monk - wordpress plugin to virally grow your email list
v0.1.2.1 Plain Conversions - wordpress plugin to convert your visitors
v0.1.1. Expanded core offering to visual productions
v0.1 It's Autumn 2017 and GRIN tech agency's website is born.
We have it saved for the history.