[iSenseLabs Weekly 78] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

The iSenseLabs team has been working on something very special for a while now, and we are very thrilled to finally make the announcement.

iSearch 5.0 is now here and it’s working and looking better than ever.

Get the latest updates and features below and don't forget to check out the brand new control panel UI in the module demo.

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iSearch 5.0 (OC 3.x)

1) Allows default sorting by matches in any product field.

2) New and improved UI in the admin panel, and in the front-end.

3) Fully relies on OpenCart events, does NOT hook to layouts.

4) Created as a jQuery plugin, allowing easy hooking to different search input fields. Hooking selector is now in the admin panel.

5) Greatly improved non-ajax searching to work with all possible fields. (working on stores with less than 10,000 products. For stores with more than 10,000 products, AJAX searching is recommended).

6) Allows searching in all store languages, as well as in the current customer language.

7) Works natively with all OpenCart themes. Can be very easily integrated with any filter extension.

8) Allows very easy support for other custom fields.

9) Styles and UX greatly improved for mobile devices.

10) Greatly improved code logic and made it easier to debug/support.

Promotions 2.4 (OC 2.0.x - 2.3.x)

Multi-store improvement

New Feature: New action "At least one product from List"

New Feature: Pagination, limit switcher and grid/list switcher added to the promotion listing page

Improvement: Added continue button to the listing page if there are no results

Improvement: Coupon code check is regarding the general settings now

Improvement: Code refactoring

Bug fix: OCmod fixes

Bug fix: Product option layout in administration

Bug fix: Remove hardcoded image dimensions on the Journal 2 promotion listing page

WishlistDiscounts 3.2.2 (OC 3.0.x)

Improvement: Added OpenCart 3.0.x compatibility.

NotifyWhenAvailable 2.8.5 (OC 2.0.x - 2.3.x) | 3.8.2 (OC 3.0.x)

Bug fix: Multi-Store setups now send out emails from the correct store's email address

Bug fix: Saving a product linked to multiple stores no longer causes an error if the module's settings for one of those stores have not been set up

Changelog for version 1.0.3 (OpenCart 1.5.6.x):

Bug fix: Improved SSL detection on servers with the header HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO.

Bug fix: SSL parameter in this->url->link is now fixed for OpenCart 1.x.

Changelog for version 2.0.3 (OpenCart 2.0.x to 2.3.x​):

Bug fix: Fix styles for better compatibility with different themes.

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