[iSenseLabs Weekly 63] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

Time for some OpenCart module updates!

Meet the new major features in SEO Backpack and PreOrder and make sure to update your modules so you get the best possible experience with our OpenCart extensions. 

Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the updates and what new features you would like to see in the modules.

OpenCart Software Development

SEO Backpack 2.3 (OC 2.0.1.x - OC 3.x)

SEO Backpack

New feature: Manufacturer SEO Data - meta title, meta description and meta keywords. The fields have multi-lingual support

New feature: The new SEO fields for the manufacturers can be edited from the Advanced Editor in SEO Backpack

New feature: You can now use [manufacturer] short-code for the product SEO URL generation

Improvement: Added 3 more checks when calculating the SEO Score

Bug fix: Fixed auto-link functionality where it was adding links to already existing links

Bug fix: Fixed filter by name in the Advanced Editor for the manufacturers

Bug fix: Fixed filter by meta keywords in the Advanced Editor for the products, information pages and categories

PreOrder 2.9.3 (OC 2.x)

Pre Order for OpenCart

New feature: Added option for enabling/disabling PreOrder email to customer

New feature: PreOrder products are visible in admin order info page

New feature: Added compatibility with Ajax Quick Checkout

Improvement: PreOrder note in the product page is now compatible with options

Improvement: Improved compatibility with various templates: PreOrder note is no longer hooking to the tpl files

Improvement: PreOrder date format is taken from the one set for the current language

Bug fix: Fixed multilingual PreOrder note

Bug fix: Fixed bug with Journal Checkout

FacebookStore 2.5.2 (OC 2.0.3.x to 2.3.x)

Facebook Store for OpenCart

New Feature: Log out functionality.

ProductManager 1.4 (OC 1.5.x)

Product Manager for OpenCart

Bug fix: Fixed the problem with popovers.

Bonus Section: Our Favorite Articles of the Week

E-Commerce Blogs

How to Design Effective E-Commerce Product Filters [31 Checkpoints]

By TheGood

We’re not saying that an E-Commerce site without adequate filters is useless, but it gets pretty close. Here are 31 checkpoints you can follow to build and design product filters that will actually work like they are supposed to - narrow down results and get your customers to the product pages they are looking for faster.

A Tool is Only as Good as its User

By FourDots

You can see recommendations and advertising for using different tools all around the web these days. Tools that will magically solve every issue, make your business earn millions and resolve all of your existential issues. Even if that’s the case, it’s pointless if the tool is in the wrong hands. Using software without knowledge and strategy is a waste of time and money.

How to Write Irresistible Abandoned-Cart Emails [Templates Included]

By Teachable

If you’ve owned an OpenCart E-Commerce site for a while, you’ve noticed that most of your customers probably abandon their shopping cart without purchasing. While there may be a lot of reasons for that, the question is how to bring back as much of those lost sales as you can. This post features some great examples of templates for abandoned cart emails that can help with that.

5 Ways to Protect Your OpenCart Product Images From Theft

By iSenseLabs

Image theft is quite a real problem for online stores, and that includes your OpenCart site. To protect against thieves, there are a few practices you can apply to your store. All of them are easy enough to implement, so check out the post and make sure that your images are protected!

iSenseLabs Videos

How to Enable an SSL Certificate for Your OpenCart Store

Pick of the Week

Land Book is your go to place for landing page inspiration and examples. If you want to showcase a product in OpenCart with a captivating landing page, here is where to look first.

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