[iSenseLabs Weekly 54] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

We’ve been working on some very big updates with NitroPack, AbandonedCarts and many of our other modules. It’s time to share them with you and let you know what’s new.

Due to the recent optimization rules that the Google PageSpeed team pushed in their Insights tool, we reacted accordingly and pushed a new version of NitroPack that conforms with these new rules. The new NitroPack 2.5.5 and 1.8.5 versions also have other improvements and bug fixes. If you are getting lower score reports with image optimization reason, please update.

NitroPack 2.5.5 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x) & NitroPack 1.8.5 (OC 1.5.2.x to 1.5.6.x)

New Feature: Add recommended settings button

New Feature: NitroSmush now supports lossy compression

Bug fix: Header detection no longer throws errors

Bug fix: get_headers warnings are now suppressed

Bug fix: Fix the image optimizer log width

Bug fix: Scripts in assets now properly generate a target only when source exists

Bug fix: Fixed small typo in help text

Bug fix: Resolve issues in the exclude functionality

Bug fix: Getter of image dimensions now suppresses page cache with a cookie

Bug fix: Fix an issue with detecting URLs which do not include hostname

Bug fix: Image quality override bug fix

Bug fix: Do not save cookie headers when making headers cache

Bug fix: The HTML minification setting in the admin panel was not working

Bug fix: Handle unescaped HTML sequences like <<

Bug fix: Load jQuery from Google CDN now works properly for the theme Beamstore

Bug fix: Better file names for the minified and combined resources, to resolve browser cache issues

Bug fix: Settings don’t need to be saved twice in order for the .htaccess modifications to be applied anymore.

Improvement: Better detection for the exec() function availability

Improvement: clearstatcache(true) now used in assets scripts for better file detection

Improvement: Do a better select of an active category for image dimensions scan

Improvement: Introduce constant NITRO_FORCE_STANDARD_MAIL to force use the mail() function when sending e-mails via NitroPack. Useful for CRON jobs.

Improvement: Allow noscript in the <head> section

Improvement: Support for multi-byte URLs in the browser class

Improvement: Support for POST requests in the browser class

Improvement: Better cookie support in the browser class

Improvement: More accurate results when selecting items by class in the DOM parser

Improvement: Better database cache storage driver detection

Improvement: Clear category cache on product edit, for categories to which the product is assigned

Improvement: Faster PNG compression

Improvement: Clear image cache when JPEG quality override is changed

Improvement: Clear page cache and journal cache if the image cache is cleared

AbandonedCarts 5.4 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

New Feature: 'View Cart' functionality - A link in the email template, which when clicked will restore customers' cart in the store just like it was in the abandoned cart record in the module

New Feature: Since 5.4, we started shipping modification files for the most popular third-party checkout modules. More information regarding that you will find in the file "I Use Custom Checkout Module!.txt".

Improvement: Better server CRON detection algorithm in the admin panel

Improvement: Added "SERVER_NAME" variable check and declaration for better CRON support

Improvement: The support link in the support tab now links to an actual contact form

Improvement: Updated Installation Instructions.txt file with information for the custom checkout modifications

Bug fix: Fixed cart doubling products issue when the Taxes option is enabled and the emails are sent manually

Bug fix: Fixed wrong unsubscribe link on OpenCart 2.3.x

Bug fix: Fixed issue with wrong customer edit link in the abandoned cart listing view on OpenCart and lower versions

Bug fix: Fixed minor security issue with the unsubscribe functionality

AbandonedCarts 2.5 (OC 1.5.x)

Improvement: Added "SERVER_NAME" variable check and declaration for better CRON support.

Promotions 2.1.2 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fix: Several issues with version compatibilities

Bug fix: Inability to enter the license code without enabling the order total

Bug fix: The WYSIWYG editor in the administration of the module is correctly showed now

Improvement: Added max quantity fields in Actions tab

iCustomFooter 3.4.1 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fixes related to Newsletter subscription form

Bug fixes related to CAPTCHA

OCMOD+ 1.6 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fix: Locate changed files with code diff bug

Bug fix: Notification messages on Save bug

TwitterPics 2.1.3 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fix: Module not saved in OpenCart 2.3.x+

BirthdayReminder 1.1.8 (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fix: Related to opening of the calendar popup

OrderReviews 1.8.7 (OC 1.5.4.x to 1.5.6.x)

Bug fix: Base64 encoded order_id in the mail.

OrderReviews (OC 2.0.x to 2.3.x)

Bug fix: Fixed an issue related with the statistics functionality

Improvement: Added "SERVER_NAME" variable check and declaration for better cron support.

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