Post by GeeHim » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:21 pm

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1st Prize 500USD
2nd Prize 250USD
3rd Prize 100USD


This forum is for the sole purpose of template submissions for the OpenCart 1.5 template contest! The entire forum will be locked on the 31st January 2013 which is the deadline for design entries.


post here: http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php ... 68#p370368

Please submit a 1024 x 768 screenshot in our Final Submissions thread. You may create a separate thread with your template name following this format as the title: Template Contest Entry - [Template Name]. This is where you can post more shots of your theme, discuss etc.

You will be required to post a link leading to a sample Open Cart installation with your theme running

We’ve also created a WIP (work in progress) thread where you guys can post whatever you have done so far and bounce some ideas around!

Designers can submit more than one entry for this competition but can only win one prize.

Designers may submit more than one entry.

Forum members are free to reply to a entry thread with thoughts and comments, however we will be very strict in monitoring this forum for off topic comments. Please keep all comments specific to the template the thread relates to.

Contest Rules and Requirements

// Requirements
Compatible with newest Open Cart Version 1.5.4.1
All template files must be licensed under the GNU/GPL version 2.

Templates must be an original work of the person making the design entry. Using images from other sources would require permission from the content owner.

You may use vQmod for specific features but no core files are to be edited.

Templates must use the Open Cart Sample content and not require any moving/modifying of modules/content.

Templates should look and function similarly in Chrome, FireFox, Safari, and Opera.

Templates should not break with any of the sample content.

Core Team members may not submit entries in the template contest.

// Disallowed Content
No nudity
No offensive imagery - Moderators will decide if images are inappropriate

All rules and requirements may change as the competition moves along.

Good luck to all the template designers!
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Post by wroughtec » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:56 pm

Templates must be valid XHTML 1.0 and CSS.

OpenCart Default theme is currently HTML 5

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Post by villagedefrance » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:50 pm

W3C CSS validity is also unlikely to be achieved, because most theme stylesheets (including OC Default) are using some CSS3 to insure multi-browser compatibility. Even "jquery-ui-1.8.16.custom.css" is a fail!
As wroughtec observation above, I think a little clarification on HTML and CSS validation rules is required.

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Post by Daniel » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:12 pm

its the design only its not a css or html w3c competition.

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Post by villagedefrance » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:16 pm

Thanks for the clarification Daniel.
I think this Theme Competition is a great idea and I am looking forward to see all the entries.
I'll probably have a go myself too.
Thank you and best of luck to all the participants!

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Post by qahar » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:15 pm

Just wondering what is the owner status of the winning theme?
Does it still belong to the developer and he/ she allowed to sell it after contest or it will belong to OpenCart?
Incase you guys include the 1st winner theme in OpenCart download for future release and give him attribution link.

Some dev will found allowed to sell as commercial theme as a good opportunity.
While other dev more interested to see his contributions as part of OpenCart.

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Post by celestial » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:20 am

1.5.4.1?? why not 1.5.5 (next versión new theme)?? i see many many and bigs changes between versions, both will be compatibles?? you can go to work with the 1.5.5 version that is posted on github and yes i know this still on development but can use the catalog part. That is a simple question and sorry for my english.

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Post by Qphoria » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:22 am

qahar wrote:Just wondering what is the owner status of the winning theme?
Does it still belong to the developer and he/ she allowed to sell it after contest or it will belong to OpenCart?
Incase you guys include the 1st winner theme in OpenCart download for future release and give him attribution link.

Some dev will found allowed to sell as commercial theme as a good opportunity.
While other dev more interested to see his contributions as part of OpenCart.
I think if you are making the theme for opencart... it will likely be the new default opencart theme.. so good luck reselling the stock theme :)

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Post by rph » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:11 am

qahar wrote:Does it still belong to the developer and he/ she allowed to sell it after contest or it will belong to OpenCart?
Posted rules say it has to be licensed under GPLv2.

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Post by Daniel » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:48 pm

you keep your own work.

you can sell it via opencart or not. its up to you.

all work though must have been done by you. you can not use other peoples themes and modify them a bit.

its good promotion for your services, design and skills as well as promotion for the opencart platform.

come on guys start posting some template themes.

also i'm thinking of writing a template competition system for the main site if this goes well.

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Post by qahar » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:44 pm

Qphoria wrote:I think if you are making the theme for opencart... it will likely be the new default opencart theme.. so good luck reselling the stock theme :)
But Q, with this strict rule, I'm sure it will be disqualified after submited lol.. ;D
GeeHim wrote:Templates must use the Open Cart Sample content and not require any moving/modifying of modules/content.
rph wrote:Posted rules say it has to be licensed under GPLv2.
Daniel wrote:you keep your own work.
you can sell it via opencart or not. its up to you.
all work though must have been done by you. you can not use other peoples themes and modify them a bit.
Ah.. much cleared now..
Daniel wrote:come on guys start posting some template themes.
Be patient, the contest is still announced in two days.
Daniel wrote:also i'm thinking of writing a template theme system for the main site if this goes well.
Now I found my self is motivated.. :)

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Post by Daniel » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:56 pm

i meant template competition system

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Post by florinsith » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:30 am

This is exciting, I am getting in on this. Are you trying to find a possible new opencart default theme?

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Post by Daniel » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:43 pm

no. we can do that later. at the moment i just want to get the latest version out. should be this week.

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Post by ad1984 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:32 pm

Awesome and great idea! We will join the competition aswell!

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Post by trinkaljuneja » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:14 pm

very excited and also in


one more question can we add additional module without editing core files,

can we add new tables to database

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Post by exactweb » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:07 pm

GeeHim wrote: Image
Looks like somebody has just learnt how to use drop shadow, no offence but this text on the banner looks horrible.

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Post by MaxD » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:21 am

Guys, what's going on?

17 themes are submitted at this moment. And only 1 of them is really avaible for download for free!
13 themes are strictly commercial (you need to pay some money to download them). 3 themes have unknown status (but still no ability to download).

I'm in great doubt that any of these is licensed under GPL2 - otherwise I have rights to purchase them and post for free download here )))

What about some validation process in this contest?

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Post by settysantu » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:07 pm

Daniel & Opencart Team said authors can sell there themes, but themes should be licensed under GPL2. I don't understand what it means.

Lets hope we will get clarification on this. Btw there are some many old themes submitted to competion, guy's there in no use of it, your entiry will be not even consider.

Competion is ony for NEW THEMES, so no tricks plz lets be HONEST guy's.

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Post by OpenCart-Developer » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:04 pm

What time zone will the contest end in?

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