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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby Msun » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:33 pm

Daniel, there is any plans for a change in the modules directory structure, like separate the modules from the rest of OpenCart in a specific folder, for a better management of them?

I consider the current way not 100% good, if I want to erase some extensions, I have to search for every file of the wanted extensions in different places. I know that there is the install/uninstall option in admin panel, but I'm talking about uninstall all files of them.

In time, I just want to know if there is any plan for this.

Thank you for your hard work.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby chrizzo » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:27 pm

An option with WYSIWYG Editor for editing invoices would be great in further versions!

Maybe some functions with WYSIWYG Editor to edit the complete template/design/style css like in Joomla or Wordpress!
I like hard coding! It's like to press some hard shit in a round editor :D
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby bbcentral » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:58 pm

The one feature we feel is missing since switching from VirtueMart to OpenCart is a better discounts system.

Our clients run sales, which may run for a few weeks to a few months.
Some of our real life scenarios:
  • All Products in Category X are 20% off until May 30th
  • All Products by Manufacturer Y are 10% off until July 1st

At the moment adding discounts requires finding out the original price, then manually adding a discount for it as a dollar amount. This has to be done at an individual Product level, rather than in bulk (based on category, manufacturer, or even other keywords).

For store owners, entering '5% off' is going to be easier than finding each product and manually calculating the discounted price.

Apart from that, everything else we've needed has been as simple as installing a vQMod...we'd definitely appreciate a 'Wordpress style' plugins system to keep track of all our modifications. Integrating vQMod into the core would be brilliant :)
Oh, and thankyou for integrating PayPal Express! :)
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby onlinemarketer » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:50 pm

bbcentral wrote:Oh, and thankyou for integrating PayPal Express! :)


Do you mean the PayPal express mod by Q or in the core?
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby jayce2000 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:30 pm

Amazon FBA?
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby viviansank » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:41 am

suggestion
integrate the main services payment Brazilian too
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby bbcentral » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:09 pm

onlinemarketer wrote:
bbcentral wrote:Oh, and thankyou for integrating PayPal Express! :)


Do you mean the PayPal express mod by Q or in the core?


They said they're going to integrate PayPal Express in 1.6.0 into the core.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby saintlade » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:55 am

One feature that's been removed in the move to 1.5 that I would find very useful to have reinstated (and thus I assume not much work?) would be the option to set an expiry date on Gift Vouchers, currently looking for a way to cancel gift vouchers after a year as I don't want to have liabilities on my books for too great a period in time. Having to go through and look at them all manually would be a pain.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby Johnathan » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:18 pm

saintlade wrote:One feature that's been removed in the move to 1.5 that I would find very useful to have reinstated (and thus I assume not much work?) would be the option to set an expiry date on Gift Vouchers, currently looking for a way to cancel gift vouchers after a year as I don't want to have liabilities on my books for too great a period in time. Having to go through and look at them all manually would be a pain.

Depending on your country, that may not be legal. There are often laws in place that determine how long Gift Vouchers that have been purchased need to be valid.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby saintlade » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:12 pm

Hi, I understand that it changes from country to country, it would be nice to have the option though. An expiry field which could be left blank for non expiring gift vouchers (which could be the default setting), or you could insert a number (probably best done as days?) before they expire. For shops selling physical goods this isn't probably much of a headache but for people selling services/experiences I think having some sort of expiry on vouchers would be a very useful. I think it 's important that if stores are setting an expiry limit that they let customers know the T&C at the point of purchase and that the voucher expiry is clearly marked on the voucher itself. If the expiry field could link with the voucher page and also the emailed vouchers to clearly state the expiration it would be a bonus.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby saintlade » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:03 am

Oh, and another thing I've just noticed whilst messing around with the Gift Vouchers that seems a bit odd. It appears you can only redeem a single gift voucher against any order? I can see why you'd want to restrict a customer to only using one coupon per order, but I would have thought for gift vouchers this would not be the case? For instance somebody asks as a birthday present for vouchers from different family members to put towards an item in the shop, they each buy him a £10 voucher so he has £100 worth of vouchers but can only redeem £10 in any one order.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby LightMoon » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:53 am

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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby valmac » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:04 am

We use Opencart regularly and would love to be able to add multiple prices to one product - this is a regular request from our customers. eg a bed - same bed but it comes in 3 different sizes and is 3 different prices
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby rph » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:10 am

valmac wrote:We use Opencart regularly and would love to be able to add multiple prices to one product - this is a regular request from our customers. eg a bed - same bed but it comes in 3 different sizes and is 3 different prices

That's what options are meant for.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby valmac » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:21 am

Yeah I have tried that but don't find it user friendly .. rather than display prices as - or + of the original value it would be better if just the price of the products displayed in full.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby rph » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:17 pm

There are tons of mods that do this already.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby GoGo OpenCart » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:30 am

Qphoria wrote:
Daniel wrote:
Xsecrets wrote:plugins should be at the minimum bundled up into one file with an admin control where you can browse that file and install it track what plugins are installed etc. If it can be made to link back to the extension store so the users don't have to download the extension first even better. Look at pretty much any CMS on the market none of them require you to unzip the extension and upload all the files separately. The end user many times has no idea what ftp is. If you wanted to take it farther looking into hooks and class overrides would be good, but with the current situation most of this can be gotten around with vqmod, but of course that is not in the core distribution at this point either. Basically it needs to be made much easier for a non technical user to install extensions.



yes i was thinking about adding vqmod to the core. only well tested plugins woulpld be available to purchase directory via the admin.


Just to note, vQmod and plugins are not really related. While it would be nice to have the vQmod as part of the core to remove the install step, extensions and package installers are still needed and unrelated. I think SMF nailed the plugin system as they have the option to install a zip or browse a live repository server directly from the admin area. From here the mods can be directly installed or updated, and a "test" is done first to verify the changes are valid before installing. Then uninstalls go and remove all the files.

This is a very good idea, and I really like the "test is done first to verify the changes are valid before installing" part, which Qphoria wrote.

Another issue is the usage of custom themes. All extensions are based on the default installation of OpenCart, and its default theme (if not stated otherwise by the developer), and if an extension uses some code as a reference from the default installation/theme, which is gone/modified in the custom theme, the problem arises, and the module is not working. I'm talking from my personal experience, because almost all of my modules use parts of code from the default theme, and when trying to install it on a custom theme which doesn't follow the code structure of the default theme, I need to make adjustments according to that specific custom theme.

This is the reason I still haven't vQmodded my extensions, but I'm thinking of doing it, at least for the customers who use the default theme, or other custom theme alike the default one. And for the rest, I'll just continue adjusting the modules for the customers' specific themes :)

So in my opinion I think that something needs to be done regarding the theme's system. Otherwise you'll need to stay with the default theme, in order to keep the extensions' compatibility to the max.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby Digmen1 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:07 am

Daniel
I like the cleanlook of Opencart 1.5

Glad to see you are working on the next updates etc.

Could you please think about making it easier to add new pages to the Top Menu.

I know a little bit about html but I just get lost and it seems I have to use an extension just to add a basic page.

Open Cart has replaced my old website so I need more than just a basic cart.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap, a thought

Postby Bart » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:33 am

My guess is that the most fundamental need in the future development of OpenCart is a separation between the real basic core code and the layer of code where the look & feel of an OpenCart shop can be changed (= beyond the present possibilities of the admin section). Perhaps this idea is nonsense. Perhaps it's better to think in the direction of more possibilities in the admin section to change the outlook of a webshop. But the reason behind my thinking is that quite a few OpenCart users stick to an older version of OpenCart because of the time consuming changes they made in the tpl & controller files to personalize their webshops. In the meantime they miss the more fundamental code-improvements.
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Re: OpenCart 1.6.0 Roadmap

Postby Creativerty » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:04 am

Really need an integrated CSV product, category, manufacturer, options etc importer preferably with a nice GUI that allows you to map CSV rows to match DB rows.

Though to start just a product importer which can handle options, and an export so you can setup a default product and then export CSV template for import later.
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