I'm evaluating different e-commerce platforms at the moment. I like the look of opencart but it concerns me that there has been no release (not even bug or security fix) for almost a year. I'm sure the project is not dead but it's a concern vs the other options.
Whats the best practice to install the latest bugfixes / security patches? If I download 188.8.131.52 today from the download page is this everything or is there a manual procedure to get hotfixes before they make it into release? Will I be presented with lots of hotfixes in the admin upon first install? Or is it that there are no known issues?
Hopefully this was a one-off situation and the release cycle will go back to a few months between releases, with some bugfix releases happening shortly after the bugs are found. But the owner of OpenCart (Daniel) is the only one who can decide for sure whether that's the plan.
For now, I'd recommend installing 184.108.40.206 instead. There are few features in 220.127.116.11 that make it necessary to install, and 18.104.22.168 is mostly stable as well. (I think there may be a bug or two, but none of them are major.)
Coders, like Straightlight, into a 3.0.2.x Version, and then add it to the
Extension Section, similar to older Versions, wich have been enhanced,
and then offered for free, like the 1.5.x European Model, or Peku's
22.214.171.124 Edge, a while ago. But, in contrary, people where even urged, to
move up, for not one single good reason, as we all know today already.
But this was sure not OC's fault either, just to mention this!
Still, it could have saved Masses of Users/Upgraders from screwing up, again
and again, to then come here, to repeat the same, again and again
But very little HAM-Spirit (Radio Amateur Slang) still exists, since most Wisdom,
shared in Places like here, is afterwards offered by others for Cash, in one or
the other way. And most Dev's have to compete with each other, to stay alive,
it's therefore not easy, to keep such a Project alive and well, over an extended
period of time.
This, in addition to more and more People, short on Cash, and looking for free
Ride, to improve their financial situation, but mostly fully unaware of anything,
related to HTML, Code, DB's, and/or Servers, to start with. It the Smartphone
Generation, expecting something like OC to work on a simple Click.
So, it's also a logical Fact, that OC will have to concentrate on Cloud Solutions,
to so keep on generating income, in order to survive, since not only the Market
has changed, during the past decade, but also the technique, the users, as well
as the Dev's.
And under this aspect, free OC Users will have to accept, to mainly play their role,
as Testers, it's the price they pay, to get an expensive Piece of Software for free.
And one is also free, to accept it. And, if not, OC couldn't care less about it, since
their Goal has never been, to be a 'common' social Project, but to create Income,
to survive, on it's own.
At least from my distant point of view.
So, better don't argue about it, it's nobody's fault, exept for those, coming here,
to get knowledge, but never even think about, to give something back in return.
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