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Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.com

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:37 am
by Johnathan
I'm pleased to announced that the Clear Thinking extension store has been relaunched as OpenCartX.com, a curated OpenCart extension marketplace. I've created it to be a place to easily find the best and highest quality extensions for OpenCart. If you've purchased extensions through Clear Thinking before, your previous orders and downloads can be accessed by using the same login info you used on www.getclearthinking.com

The redesign includes a number of new site features:
  • Purchase extensions from a variety of developers, all in one place, all with excellent coding and support.
  • Filter search results and compare extensions by category, price, rating, OpenCart version compatibility, and whether core file edits or vQmod are required.
  • Keep updated on the status of extensions you have not yet purchased by adding them to your wishlist. You can then choose to receive e-mails when the extension is updated or commented on.
  • Quickly and easily rate any extension you have purchased in the past, by viewing them in your Downloads list.
  • All extensions automatically have SEO URLs based on their names. For example, Total-Based Shipping can be found at http://www.opencartx.com/total-based-shipping.
And for developers, there are some neat features when submitting your extensions:
  • Enter a regular price and a special price for your extension, with date limits.
  • Utilize BB Code tags in your extension descriptions.
  • Add demo URLs directly within the product data, so customers don't have to search through the description for them.
  • Order your uploaded images using drag-and-drop.
  • Send update e-mails to customers when an extension is updated, along with a custom message of your choosing.
I'm currently only accepting new developers that I know meet the quality standards, but extension submissions are still open to everyone and will be reviewed for acceptance soon. Interested developers can take a look at the Developer Agreement here: http://www.opencartx.com/developer-agreement

Just to be clear, I do not intend for OpenCartX to take away from the OpenCart extension store, as I think there is a place for both stores to coexist. My vision is more of a "best-of-the-best" extension marketplace, rather than a "come-one-come-all" kind of marketplace, which I believe is Daniel's vision for the OpenCart extension store.

Any feedback about OpenCartX site issues or features you'd like to see on the site is welcome. You can use the contact form at: https://www.opencartx.com/contact

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:45 am
by Qphoria
Looks great. I like the upload interface for developers to add their own.
I will be uploading some of my mods later tonight

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:57 am
by justinv
Nice work Johnathan. Looking forward to seeing it grow.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:14 pm
by cartgirl
Hi there,

I was interested in your Checkout Survey Ext, but the frontend and backend demos are not working.
Do you have working demos I can test out?
Also, does your extension support radio buttons and/or checkboxes rather than drop-down menus?

thanks

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:56 pm
by marvmen21
Great Store, might submit some of my own mods in some days. Any chance you'll sell that wonderful multi-vendor system you coded for your site?

Regards,

Marvin

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 11:54 pm
by Johnathan
Hi Marvin -- glad you like the site. Much of the code for the site is individual to what I needed for OpenCartX, so it would take some work to make it generalized enough for use as an extension. Given that I also spent months of work on it, it would likely be very expensive if I decided to sell it. It's not something I have planned at this time, but perhaps at some point in the far future.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:48 am
by butte
Johnathan, given your hard-earned name recognition, and the interim prudence of a brief explanation with linkage, I trust that at some juncture you'll have retained and redirected 301 or otherwise the prior domain to the new one.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 2:52 am
by Johnathan
Yes, all of my getclearthinking.com links should be 301 redirected to OpenCartX.com now. I'm working on repurposing getclearthinking.com as an FAQ and tutorial site for my extensions, so at some point I'll launch it as that and have both sites linking to each other.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 3:17 am
by butte
That approach will actually work quite well and keep them tied together.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:29 am
by clinton4
If i buy a module there, will i receive lifetime updates?

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:37 am
by clinton4
Johnathan, i just bought a module there. After payment was made, i get the message "File Downloads are Pending" :(

You know, most people want their product(s) stright away, like i normaly would from the OC store. Now i have to just sit and wait for you to activate my files. Arghh!

Any plans to make the buying process more automatic?

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:29 pm
by Johnathan
clinton4 wrote:If i buy a module there, will i receive lifetime updates?
Yes, currently all updates are free with no time restrictions. However, if the opencart.com store changes their terms to a 1-year license for updates, I may have to do the same to avoid losing developers.
clinton4 wrote:Johnathan, i just bought a module there. After payment was made, i get the message "File Downloads are Pending" :(

You know, most people want their product(s) stright away, like i normaly would from the OC store. Now i have to just sit and wait for you to activate my files. Arghh!

Any plans to make the buying process more automatic?
You do realize that the same system is implemented on the OpenCart site, right? It's just that you haven't experienced it there, because the fraud filters are different.

The order approval process at OpenCartX.com is generally automatic -- your order just happened to fail the automatic fraud filters, so it required manual approval. I do my best to approve these as quick as possible, so your patience is appreciated.

I'll be implementing a system soon that will allow future orders to be automatically approved if someone has made a previous approved order, so in the future you shouldn't have issues with order approval on the site.

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:53 am
by hambone
Hi Johnathan,

Has the pricing policy changed to yearly renewals yet? If so, how much for renewals? If it hasn't changed, would previous (or new purchases) be changed from lifetime to yearly licenses?

Re: Clear Thinking extension store relaunched as OpenCartX.c

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:31 pm
by Johnathan
I can only speak for my own licenses, but for now, all updates for my extensions are free for the foreseeable future. If I do switching licensing (which is unlikely any time soon) I'd certainly grant a period of time for updates and support for previous purchases.

Other developers on OpenCartX.com may have their own licensing policies, so make sure to check with them, but as far as I'm aware everyone gives free updates.