[iSenseLabs Weekly 56] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

Happy Friday, everyone! To those who are celebrating - happy St. Patrick's Day! We're ending the week with good vibes for the weekend and the usual updates regarding our OpenCart modules.

OpenCart 3.0 is coming very soon and we are continuing to prepare our extensions for the new version.

Below, you can check out a couple new modules we have made compatible with the upcoming update - FacebookLogin and SmartNotifications.

AnyPort 2.0.2 (OC 2.0.3.x - 2.3.x)

New Feature: Google Drive Integration.

Improvement: Better Windows Server support.

Improvement: UI improvements.

Improvement: Google Drive and Dropbox Auth flow improvements.

SmartNotifications 2.2.5 (OC 2.0.3.x - 3.0.x)

New Feature: Assign notifications to Categories.

New Feature: Enable/Disable notifications for desktop devices.

New Feature: Enable/Disable notifications for mobile devices.

New Feature: Set custom names for each notification.

Improvement: We were obtaining the domain name from $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] but we changed it to $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] since it is more reliable.

Bug fix: Fixed small issues in the Live Preview of the notifications in the admin panel.

Bug fix: Random value slider fixes in the admin panel.

Improvement: Added OpenCart 3.0.x compatibility

FacebookLogin 2.3.9 (OC 2.0.3.x - 3.0.x)

Bug fix: Check if we have set access_token in the session before using it.

Bug fix: License fixes

Improvement: Added OpenCart 3.0.x compatibility

LinkedInLogin 2.1.4 (OC 2.0.3.x - 2.3.x)

Improvement: Added OpenCart 2.3.x compatibility.

Bonus Section: Our Favorite Articles of the Week

Is Longer Really Better? How Focused and Comprehensive Content Ranks Better

By Neil Patel

For OpenCart store owners who are into blogging, you might want to see this take on how and why long form content actually helps and what makes shorter articles better (in some cases). There’s also very important info on why Google doesn’t want you to produce content for search engines. Google wants you to produce the content that will be worth showing to viewers, regardless if it’s long or short.

Infographic: How to Avoid a Google SEO Penalty

By Crazy Egg

Anyone owning a website of any sort gets shivers every time they hear the words “Google” and “Penalty” in one sentence. Mostly, it’s because they are unaware of how exactly they can avoid that. There are a lot of guides out there on how to improve your ranking, but avoiding the actual penalty is a less popular subject. Link farms, hidden text, keyword overdose, all of those are techniques that Google treats as a criminal offence. Learn more in Crazy Egg’s infographic.

10 Reasons To Use Open Source Software Defined Networking

By Huffington Post

Open source software has become a predominant choice for businesses and enterprises in the global IT industry. And the reasons for that are very good - open source means freedom, community, flexibility, innovation, and significantly high ROI. Solutions like OpenCart offer advantages that are much more lucrative for businesses such as lack of subscription costs, lack of commission for every purchase, etc, otherwise present in closed-environment E-Commerce platforms.

SEO Backpack: The Ultimate OpenCart Solution for Higher Search Engine Ranking

By iSenseLabs

One type of OpenCart extension we haven’t developed so far was an SEO solution. That’s no longer the case though, since we finally launched the SEO Backpack module. It has a completely new approach to solving search engine optimization in OpenCart and has an extremely easy and user-friendly interface. Learn more about it in the blog post.

iSenseLabs Videos

How to Create User & Database in MySQL - OpenCart 2.x Tutorial

Learn what a database is and how it is used in OpenCart. Create a MySQL database user by following this tutorial.

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