[iSenseLabs Weekly 99] New OpenCart Features & Fixes, Video Tutorials and Latest E-Commerce News

Brace yourselves for the most crowded weekly roundup ever.

We squeezed in two weeks worth of OpenCart module updates, including a new release of the free Amazon Login/Pay extension.

Everyone knows how tough it is to run a business, and even though running it on OpenCart is quite simple, you constantly need more and better tools for managing your store, improving your website and growing your sales.

Check each of the releases below carefully and if you're running any of the modules - make sure to download its latest version and update it in your OpenCart.

We hope you enjoy all the new features and improvements!


 

OpenCart Extension Updates


Amazon Login/Pay 1.0 (OC 1.5.x)

Improvement: Increase the width of the input fields for Merchant ID, Access Key, Secret Key, Client ID, Client Secret and Secret Token.

Improvement: Error reporting in Sandbox mode is now in the JavaScript console instead of HTML elements.

Improvement: ModelPaymentAmazonLoginPay:validateResponse now skips debug logging if the request is for details validation.

Improvement: Debug logger no longer throws an error in case the class index is not defined.

Improvement: Set a maximum of 150 characters for the IPN URL.

Improvement: Action buttons in Payment Address and Payment Method are now the same width as the main container.

Improvement: IPN token and IPN URL inputs have been moved after the mandatory app credentials.

Improvement: The language 'American' is renamed to 'American English'.

Bug fix: Admin panel text for dark gray and light gray buttons is fixed.

Bug fix: OffAmazonPayments.Button now uses the Merchant ID instead of the Client ID.

Bug fix: Sandbox mode is now working properly for admin panel requests (e.g. refunds).

Bug fix: Added missing $error parameters to front-end controller classes. This was causing issues on PHP 7.

Removed: Marketing logging in the order details has been turned off because OpenCart 1.5.x does not support marketing.

Amazon Login/Pay 2.0 (OC 2.x)


Improvement: Error reporting in Sandbox mode is now in the JavaScript console instead of HTML elements.

Improvement: ModelPaymentAmazonLoginPay:validateResponse now skips debug logging if the request is for details validation.

Improvement: Debug logger no longer throws an error in case the class index is not defined.

Improvement: Set a maximum of 150 characters for the IPN URL.

Improvement: Action buttons in Payment Address and Payment Method are now the same width as the main container.

Improvement: IPN token and IPN URL inputs have been moved after the mandatory app credentials.

Improvement: The language 'American' is renamed to 'American English'.

Bug fix: OffAmazonPayments.Button now uses the Merchant ID instead of the Client ID.

Bug fix: In OC 2.3.x version, the language variable text_payment now has a value 'Payment'.

Bug fix: In OC 2.3.x version, the redirect after save is now working properly.

Bug fix: In OC 2.2.x version, the template paths are no longer broken.

Bug fix: In OC 2.2.x version, resolved all known checkout order total compatibility bugs.

Bug fix: In OC 2.2.x version, the 'english' language pack is now the same as 'en-gb'.

Bug fix: Added missing $error parameters to front-end controller classes. This was causing issues on PHP 7.

Amazon Login/Pay 3.0 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: Error reporting in Sandbox mode is now in the JavaScript console instead of HTML elements.

Improvement: ModelExtensionPaymentAmazonLoginPay:validateResponse now skips debug logging if the request is for details validation.

Improvement: Debug logger no longer throws an error in case the class index is not defined.

Improvement: Set a maximum of 150 characters for the IPN URL.

Improvement: Action buttons in Payment Address and Payment Method are now the same width as the main container.

Improvement: IPN token and IPN URL inputs have been moved after the mandatory app credentials.

Improvement: The language 'American' is renamed to 'American English'.

Bug fix: OffAmazonPayments.Button now uses the Merchant ID instead of the Client ID.

Bug fix: The redirect after save is now working properly.

Bug fix: Fixed broken customer/address creation calls.

Bug fix: Fixed validator for empty IPN token.

Bug fix: On install/uninstall, the event model is now loaded properly.

Bug fix: Added missing $error parameters to front-end controller classes. This was causing issues on PHP 7.

SEO Backpack 2.8.2 (OC 2.x)

New feature: The home page `index.php?route=common/home` is now replaced with "". It works with multi-lingual stores as well.

Bug fix: Fixed the custom URL redirect tool. It had some minor issues if the given page had sorting or pagination. Now this is resolved.

SEO Backpack 3.8.2 (OC 3.0.x)

New feature: Unify URLs. The links for your products and categories will be unified across all pages, regardless if you are on the home page, the category page or any other page. This will eliminate the duplicate content caused by the small changes in the URLs, which are generated by OpenCart.

New feature: Full breadcrumbs in the product pages. The breadcrumbs in the product pages will include the full path to the product (home page, main category, subcategory, current product).

New feature: Full breadcrumbs in the category pages. The breadcrumbs in the category pages will include the full path to the category (home page, main category, subcategory, current category).

New feature: Added filter in '404 Detected Pages' report 

New feature: Added filter in the '404 Redirects' list 

New feature: Added language folder prefixes for the SEO URLs. For example: https://www.yoursite.соm/de/iphone5. The feature can be managed from Admin Panel -> Extensions -> SEO Backpack -> URLs & Linking -> Advanced Settings 

New feature: Added automatic SEO URL generation for products. Can be managed from Admin Panel -> Extensions -> SEO Backpack -> URLs & Linking -> Advanced Settings 

New feature: Added automatic SEO URL generation for categories. Can be managed from Admin Panel -> Extensions -> SEO Backpack -> URLs & Linking -> Advanced Settings 

New feature: Added automatic SEO URL generation for manufacturers. Can be managed from Admin Panel -> Extensions -> SEO Backpack -> URLs & Linking -> Advanced Settings 

New feature: Added automatic SEO URL generation for information pages. Can be managed from Admin Panel -> Extensions -> SEO Backpack -> URLs & Linking -> Advanced Settings 

New feature: The home page `index.php?route=common/home` is now replaced with "". It works with multi-lingual stores as well.

Improvement: Performance improvements

Bug fix: Fixed incorrect variable usage in the 404 detection tool

Bug fix: Various small bug fixes

NitroPack 1.8.16 (OC 1.5.x), 2.5.16 (OC 2.x) & 3.5.16 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: Make NitroPack's image lazy loading work better with Journal

Improvement: Remove any BOM char when generating page cache

Improvement: Better compatibility with ProductManager's bulk editing options

Improvement: Bake in support for Journal's header notice and popup cookies

Bug fix: Fix the relative URLs when extracting inline CSS

Bug fix: Properly detect Journal's cookie names for the popups and header notices when precaching

OrderReviews 3.8.8 (OC 3.x)

New feature: Resend the review email when clicking the "Back" button on the submit review page.

Improvement: Improvements in the module's Cron functionality.

Bug fix: Fixed the "E-Mail message required" error.

EasyNewsletterSubscription 2.3 (OC 2.0.x - 2.3.x)

New feature: The admin user gets notified when a customer subscribes

New feature: Combine the subscribers from OpenCart and EasyNewsletterSubscription when sending a campaign from `Marketing -> Contact`

New feature: Send discounts to the customers when they subscribe via EasyNewsletterSubscription. Check how this works from the file "Auto Generated Discount.txt".

New feature: Front-store placeholder is now localized

Bug fix: Hardcoded $page variable is now fixed

PreOrder 3.10 (OC 3.0.x)

New feature: Allow the admin to set an item to be a pre-order item with X amount of quantity 

New feature: Show the product options (if selected) in the listings in PreOrder 

Improvement: Updated helpers for the `Admin Notification Email` functionality 

Bug fix: Fix undefined user_token and route at admin login page 

Bug fix: Fix module text_success override product notification 

Bug fix: Fix onAfterGetProduct event not check if $product_info is available 

Bug fix: Fix typos in the admin panel

iSearch 5.0.2 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: install() and uninstall() methods are now executable only if the user has modify permissions for the route extension/extension/module. This helps avoid direct calls to these methods.

Bug fix: The iSearch settings were not saved on admin panels with SSL.

BuyNow 2.4.3 (OC 2.x)

Improvement: Journal compatibility when BN button is separate than the default 'Add to cart' for desktop and mobile screens

Improvement: Load the module's stylesheet and display the module correctly on mobile screens.

Bug fix: Fix the cart text <span> upon clicking 'Buy now'

BuyNow 3.4.4 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: Journal compatibility when BuyNow button is separate than the default 'Add to cart' for desktop and mobile screens

Bug fix: Fix the cart text <span> upon clicking 'Buy now'

AbandonedCarts 6.5.4 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: Improved custom checkout compatibility

Bug fix: Check if the route index is set prior than using it

Bug fix: The button 'Remove all empty records' works properly now

FacebookLogin 1.4.2 (OC 1.5)

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

Improvement: The redirect URI no longer includes additional parameters for compatibility with Facebook's latest changes.

FacebookLogin 2.4.4 (OC 2.x) & 3.0.5 (OC 3.x)

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

FacebookMessage 1.2.1 (OC 1.5.x), 2.4.2 (OC 2.x) & 3.0.1 (OC 3.x)

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

FacebookPagePlugin 1.1.1 (OC 1.5.x) 2.2.1 (OC 2.x) & 3.2.1 (OC 3.x)

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

FacebookStore 1.1.1 (OC 1.5.x)

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

FacebookStore 2.5.7 (OC 2.x)

Bug fix: Fixed a link in the admin of the OC 2.3 version to conform to standards

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

FacebookStore 3.0.5 (OC 3.x)

Improvement: Better compatibility with 3rd party modules that modify the URL library

Maintenance: Updated Facebook's SDK to use a newer version of the API, since the old one is getting deprecated.

SocialDiscounts 1.5.3 (OC 1.5.x)

Bug fix: Facebook share was not working because Facebook deprecated the post_id response from the Feed Dialog.

SocialDiscounts 2.4.11 (OC 2.x)

Improvement: Keep discounts when admin edits an order

Bug fix: Fixed admin stylesheet path

Bug fix: Fixed admin breadcrumb module link

Bug fix: Fixed admin description typos

SmartNotifications 3.2.7 (OC 3.x)

New feature: Added "Specific Product Pages" for the showing method.

Bug fix: Fixed the module language loading at the front of the store.

Bug fix: Fixed admin missing icon.


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