[iSenseLabs Weekly 70] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

The time has come for number 70 of our iSenseLabs Weekly series! We’re glad you’re enjoying them so far and hope you’re finding them useful. We are always open to suggestions, so you can let us know if there’s something missing or if there’s something you think we should change.

Last week, we released a lot of updated modules, but this week there’s a special one. SEO Backpack has a new version with a lot of new features and improvements, such as the 404 Detect and 404 Redirect functionalities.

Make sure to always update your modules when you see a new version is released!

SEO Backpack 2.4 (OC 2.0.1.x to 2.3.x)

OpenCart SEO

New feature: 404 Detector > Detects all 404 pages visited by your customers.

New feature: 404 Redirect > Allows you to redirect the 404 pages discovered from the Detector to existing pages in your store. Both features are combined under the "404 Manager" tab.

New feature: Canonical URL Support for home page, products, categories, information pages, manufacturers and the special page.

New feature: Added H1 tag support for the products. Available for editing from the product edit form and from the "Advanced Editor" in SEO Backpack.

New feature: Added H2 tag support for the products. Available for editing from the product edit form and from the "Advanced Editor" in SEO Backpack.

New feature: Added auto-link support for the category description in the category pages.

New feature: You can use the [id] short-tag in the URL builder for the product SEO URLs.

Improvement: Added support for LoginToSeePrice.

Improvement: Better layout for the product listing in the "Advanced Editor" tab in SEO Backpack.

Improvement: Added install script for better compatibility with OpenCart's OCMod functionality.

Bug-fix: Added compatibility fix for the manufacturer page title in the front store.

Bug-fix: Correctly detecting if the "file_get_contents" function is enabled on your server.

Bug-fix: Fixed issue if the an information page has no title when generating SEO URLs.

NotifyWhenAvailable 2.8.3 (OC 2.0.1.x to 3.0.x)

Bug-fix: Checked if the module settings exist prior than calling the model methods in the OCMod file.

Bug-fix: The data on waiting list and archive tabs are shown correctly for multilingual sites.

FacebookLogin 3.0 (OC 3.0.x)

Facebook Login OpenCart

Improvement: OpenCart compatibility.

Improvement: Converted the OCMod to an event.

Bonus Section: Our Favorite Articles of the Week

Using Instagram For Your (Small) Businesses, A Complete Guide

By Inbound Rocket

Instagram can do miracles for your marketing strategy and overall sales. Depending on the type of business you’re running, Instagram can always find a way into your social media arsenal. This guide covers the process from the first setup steps of your account to the features the platform has for increasing your outreach. A useful read for stores that want to make a break on Instagram.

10 Marketing Emails You Need To Be Sending To Your Customers

By Retently

So, we all know email marketing is a big thing and all businesses must use it. But have you asked yourself the question “How exactly?” What types of emails should you be sending, what should they contain, when should they be sent? Well, this article is a very solid starting ground for anyone who is yet to build their email marketing strategy and can give you exact guidelines to follow.

The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Conversions with Heatmaps, Scrollmaps, and Clickmaps

By TheGood

There’s a lot of data you can generate from heatmaps, scrollmaps and clickmaps. If you’re not experienced with them, it will be difficult to sort and organize that data so you can begin using and implementing it for your conversion optimisation strategy. Check this post by TheGood for some really useful guidelines on what to focus on.

Step-by-Step Migration to OpenCart 3.0 with ExcelPort

By iSenseLabs

Since OpenCart 3.0 launched, we’ve been working on updating our extensions and ExcelPort is now ready for you to start updating and migrating your store data to the newest OpenCart version! Start updating your stores, because 3.0 has a lot to offer!

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