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OpenCart 3.x System Settings Configuration PART 5 (Server)

Video transcript:

Hi and welcome to the last tutorial from our OpenCart 3 System Settings video series.

We will end with the Server tab. This is where you configure settings like the SEO URLs, security measures, file uploading limitations as well as error handling.

Let’s get started.

Go to your Dashboard and click on System. Then select Settings.

Click the Edit button on your main store and then select the Server tab.

First are the general server settings.

Maintenance mode will hide all the content in your store for users who are not admins. Select Yes to enable the maintenance mode. This image shows how the storefront will look like.

To enable SEO URLs for your store, select yes on this setting. For the setting to be applied, you will need to enter your store files and rename your htaccess.txt to just .htaccess.

The image on the right shows how the URLs will be changed from the default ones.

Next is the Robots field.

This is the list of search engine crawlers that will index your main store and not share sessions with the rest of your stores if you’re running a multistore setup. If you want to add or remove some, remember they must be on a new line.

The Output compression level is a number between 0 and 9 which determines the GZIP compression level. Entering a number bigger than 0 means that the size of the server response will be reduced, which can improve storefront performance and slightly increase your pagespeed score.

Moving on to the Security section.

First is the SSL field. If you have installed an SSL certificate for your website, you need to enable it from here. You should also add the SSL URL to the catalog and admin config files in your OpenCart file directory.

Next, select whether you want to allow the forgotten password redemption option for your admin. This is the link that allows you to reset your password by providing your email address.

If the system detects a hacking attempt, this will be automatically disabled.

Now, the Shared sessions setting. If you are running a multistore setup, selecting Yes here will allow customers to switch to different stores and keeping the cart contents between them.

The encryption key field provides protection for private information that is transferred when processing orders.

This is very important - do not keep the default encryption key. Change it to another one. The good thing here is that you do not need a specific key, you can just enter a random combination of symbols. The longer it is - the better.

Scrolling down, we come to the Uploads section.

First is the Max File Size. This is the maximum size of the files you upload in the OpenCart image manager. The number you use here must be in Bytes.

The next two fields are for the allowed file extensions and mime types. The ones that are not listed here will be restricted for uploading in your store.

Finally, the Error Handling section.

Enable or disable the Error displaying.

Next, choose whether to keep a log of all errors or not.

And last, enter the filename of your error log.

That’s all!

This was the last part of our OpenCart 3 System Settings video series. We hope you understand how they work so you can easily start configuring your online store.

Thanks for sticking around and for watching! Hit the like button if this video helped you and subscribe to our channel for more OpenCart 3 tutorials!

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