What we will do in this upgrade?
Important! The recommended migration sequence is: (upgrade will be done in 3-4 days)
1) Categories will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
2) Attributes and Attribute Groups will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
3) Options will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
4) Manufacturers will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
5) Products will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
6) Customer Groups and Customers will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
7) Coupons will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
8) Gift Vouchers will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
9) Orders will be imported to latest version opencart 3.0.x
OpenCart 3.0 is finally released!
Since we had a sneak peak into the new version back in March, the entire OpenCart community has been excited to see the new face of the platform.
Now, it’s ready and available for download in the official OpenCart website.
In the beta version that OpenCart released in March, we noticed three major changes in the open-source platform:
Extension Marketplace Integrated in the Admin
In the official release of OpenCart 3.0, we not only see those new features included, but also a lot more improvements to the admin panel and a brand new user interface design!
Here are the additional new features that are introduced:
Multilingual SEO URLs
Improved Admin Data Filters
Improved & Flexible Reports
Removed FTP Tab
Now let’s see how everything looks like in the in a fresh installation of OpenCart 3.0!
OpenCart 3.0 comes with a brand new interface in the admin panel. The design is more compact, with minor detailed touches.
The improved look is noticed all over the admin panel, so let’s take a deeper look and see what’s new.
One of the first things we notice is the user’s icon in the profile menu.
The profile link leads to the editing section in the admin panel where you configure your profile details.
A small new addition is the category menu hover as well as the new hamburger menu outside of the main vertical container.
OpenCart now supports multi-lingual SEO URLs! Whatever the main language of your store, you can use it for the URLs to all your pages.
The SEO Keyword is now moved to a new tab (SEO) in the Category editing field.
This is the keyword that will be used for if you wish to use them and get them enabled.
When everything is set, here is how the URLs look like in the storefront:
There are new filters for your data all around the admin panel!
Your first encounter with the new filters is in the Products.
They are located on the right hand side of the screen. You can search products by the same values like you would in the previous interface.
The new layout looks better, more organized and is easier to work with.
Like in the categories, the SEO Keyword for the products is moved to a separate SEO tab.
The changes you make here are reflected on your SEO URLs in the storefront.
Here is an example of how a product URL looks like after you enable the SEO URLs in OpenCart:
Moving on, we see the new filter in the Reviews section in your Catalog. You can filter all your product reviews by product, author, status and date.
Here is where part of the major changes have taken effect.
The marketplace for themes and extensions has officially been moved to the OpenCart admin panel.
This is the new layout of the OpenCart Extension Installer. The new addition here is not only the improved interface.
You have a new section called Install History, which holds a log of all the extensions you have installed in your OpenCart store.
There is not much new in the Events apart from the layout of the event list and the presence of the basic event codes that you can enable or disable and view their Trigger and Action using the Info button.
Events are used by OpenCart extensions to modify the default OpenCart functionality.
The Design section is the next place where major changes are taking place.
The theme editor lets you make any changes you want to the code behind your OpenCart store straight from the admin panel. You will be using the Twig language.
You can select the template you wish to edit on the left and make your changes in the text editor on the right.
If you are running a multi-store setup, you can edit the templates of your different stores by using the Choose your store field at the top.
The new Theme Editor is one of the most important additions to OpenCart, since it gives you direct access to modifying your default template and start improving your storefront design straight from the admin panel.
You can now edit all of the texts in the storefront, whatever languages you are using. The language editor is very simple to work with and understand.
You need to select which Route contains the element you want to edit and then choose it in the Key field.
You will see what the Default text is and be able to enter the new one in the Value field at the bottom.
Here’s a quick example:
The Orders section got a makeover with the new filters and some changes to the Actions.
The same changes are applied to all other sections from the Sales menu.
With the new interface, the filters are moved from the top of the menu and open up some space for the main focus, whether it will be the Order List, Recurring Profiles, Returns, etc.
The FTP tab is no longer in the System Settings menu.
The Tools tab is now renamed to Maintenance and it’s where your Backup / Restore, Uploads and Error Logs are located.
The new layout of your Backup & Restore section has a more clean and user-friendly look.
Backing up and restoring your OpenCart data is now more straightforward and self-explanatory.
The new Reports layout lets you choose what type of report you want to view in the dropdown and also has the new filter on the right.
To decide which reports you want to have in your OpenCart store, they are managed from the Extensions.
Select Reports from the dropdown and install the types of reports you want to track.
You can track all the users that are currently online in your OpenCart site in the Who’s Online section in the Reports.
The new Statistics menu lets you track the total value of all your Sales, Processing Orders, Complete Orders, Other Orders, Returns, Out of Stock Products and Pending Reviews.
To update the value, hit the Refresh button.
A new chapter in OpenCart’s story begins. So, what do you think? Are you trying out the new version? Do you like the new features? Do you think somethings is missing? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!