Post by FrogMan » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:25 am

Greetings,

I've been an OpenCart user for many years, but I'm debating switching to something like shopify or bigcommerce. I was wondering if some users could help me think out, or point out ways that I could stay here economically and still get the functionality I need.

First of All: Thank you to all the developers and community for creating this great free source that has helped build my business!

I'm on Version 2.3.0.2

1. Will upgrading to 3.0 give me any substantial add on functionality?

2. True Option Pricing. I'd like to move away from the "+1.50" type option pricing that the base opencart uses.

3. Multiple Option Stock Tracking. With base opencart it is extremely difficult to put real stock values in for products that have multiple options.

4. Electronic Gift Cards. I need a nice robust GiftCard system.

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Post by thekrotek » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:38 am

1. Nope. OpenCart 3 is actually 2.4 with TWIG instead of TPL and Marketplace.

For 2, 3, 4 you will have to install corresponding extensions.

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Post by FrogMan » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:57 am

Thanks for the reply krotek. Any suggestions on good mods to get these features?

Also, it would be nice to have an ability to see when options are out of stock.

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Post by thekrotek » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:49 am

I personally don't have such extensions, but you can simply search the Marketplace by keywords and find the right mod.

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Post by AM786 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:43 pm

For combinations of product options check Related Options

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Post by purpletreesoft » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:25 am

thekrotek wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:38 am
1. Nope. OpenCart 3 is actually 2.4 with TWIG instead of TPL and Marketplace.
I think you are being a bit harsh on opencart developers while saying that :)
In my view it is always advisable to be on the latest version.
However, I know there have been some avoidable changes made which have complicated the matters a bit.

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Post by thekrotek » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:23 pm

purpletreesoft wrote:
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I think you are being a bit harsh on opencart developers while saying that :)
Far from that. I simply know things.

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Post by marthasimons » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:58 pm

I personally find it a bit inconvenient to look for the necessary extensions and download them whenever I need some additional functions. Nevertheless, It is a great product and I will continue using it.

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Post by thekrotek » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:19 pm

marthasimons wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:58 pm
I personally find it a bit inconvenient to look for the necessary extensions and download them whenever I need some additional functions. Nevertheless, It is a great product and I will continue using it.
This is far from inconvenient, because this is the way ANY other framework works. By default you only have the most basic features and the rest can be expanded by extensions.

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Post by FrogMan » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:41 am

Do they though? Do other online commerce sites like shopify or bigcommerce have only the most basic things in their base packages? And are the security risks the same?

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Post by ADD Creative » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:20 pm

Shopify and BigCommerce are not open source shopping cart frameworks, they are paid for software services.

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Post by FrogMan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:22 am

Opencart is opensource, but it's certainly not free :) Hosting, extensions, updates, security risks, etc... it adds up.

Please know, I'm thankful for opencart. It really helped my business get off the ground. For that i am every thankful of the programmers and community that built the opensource framework.

But what I'm trying to do is have a honest, straightforward discussion or get some advice for someone like myself who has reached maybe the "next plateue" of needing services and in that regard opencart is starting to feel very limiting with it's process of upgrading and extension addons. Especially in lieu of let's say you have an annual hosting bill of 200. Big commerce might be 325 annually. At that stage when you have a business making X amount of dollars you really have to ask yourself if some of the risks and "Diy" necessities of opencart start to make sense.

Maybe this is the wrong place to discuss this but I thought in an "opencsource" community it might b ok.

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Post by ADD Creative » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:53 am

Sorry, I was trying to make the point about the technical differences between them, not to compare cost.

The advantage of the open source route is being able to customise it to your requirements and having full control over the site. Something you might not be able to do if you are using a service. As you say the trade off is having to maintain the site yourself (or paying someone), not something that is made as easy as it could be.

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