Ernie's Opencart LIGHT

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Back to the Future - with Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT, the speediest Freeware OpenCart Software ever designed !

Theme Colors selectable in the Admin System Section

Planning on upgrading your aging OpenCart 1.4/1.5 to something New ?
Or just looking for the most complete simple free OnlineShop Solution ?
- Then let me tell you, why I would settle with OpenCart LIGHT -


Upgrading an existing Opencart can be quite an adventure, with uncertain Results, if one is not a Coder, able to always get rid of still existing Misses+Faults in latest OC Releases first. But one now has a valid Alternative, based on the latest and most perfect OC Release-Candidate Version Code from the official OpenCart Github Developer Site, some time ago:

History in Short, from my distant Swiss neutral point of View: cool

The Version OpenCart was never given 'Final v.' Status officially. In plain fear of Competition, I assume, because unfamous OC v.2.0 existed for some Months already, when was made public by an Official on the OC Github Developer Site. But most everything on Add-On's for 1.5.6.x. Versions existed already. So, just re-announcing a new 'final' (older) Version would have harmed the new OC v.2 Market, since OC v. would have been favoured by parts of the OC Crowd for some time to come ... cheeky

Still, OC v. was 'codewise' Nothing New, it was just a 'fixed+finished' Upgrade from OpenCart v.! It's Changelog can be found here:
Since it's Debut, Opencart v. is known, to be top-solid, top-secure, and fast, and not a single Topic yet exists on v. Problems, from someone using this Version, as I recall, during my 5+ Years of rather intense OC Forum Activity (~10'800 postings). And for me, all this makes OC LIGHT still the Number One Choice, if one not only looks for Version Numbers, but simply for a proven solid and also simple to handle final Onlineshop Version Class Release!
Ernie's Opencart LIGHT is fully built on (partly slightly php7/secured/upgraded) OC v. 'System' Code. But instead of the outdated non-responsive 1.5.6.x default Theme, OpenCart LIGHT is now default-equipped with famous Merkent's GPL Bootstrap-3 styled Theme Extension, known to be one of the 'speediest' responsive OC Themes around.wink

You're in front of the BRIGHT styled Merkent Theme now, and to see the Dark Version of it, CLICK HERE.


Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT - Merkent bright styled default Theme

Opencart Merkent Theme Details


Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT contains Parts of famous MaxD's legendary OpenShop Admin Extension. About 100 free VqMod (v.2.6.x) Extensions as well as additional Modules are Part of it. The Github Download also includes a bright and a dark colored stylesheet.css File, to change basic Theme Coloring from bright to dark, by activating it's corresponding VqMod. In Addition, some Modules are included, but not yet decided on, if they will be part of a final User-Edition or not.

All this, and much more, combined with my Intention, to make this great + free OpenCart OnlineShop Software to be the most simple and wisely equipped free OpenCart Release, as my Donation to the worldwide Community, for what I received on new to me Knowledge and Code.
But no free Support is part of this free Offer, and/or can be expected. And if no free assistance to Users is available at the OC Forum, professional Support might be required, if one likes to change existing things, or add additional Extensions. And the Merkent Bootstrap Theme is not OC default Theme Style Code, meaning, that 'global' OC Forum Knowledge might not always work out, if Custom Coding is part of an OpenCart Installation, regardless of the Version used. This needs to be known, accepted, and clearly understud!

The whole OC Concept is not a free Gift from heaven, and not used, to create fun, but income, for everybody involved! Ernie's Opencart LIGHT v. Package comes for free, for Developers and End-Users, and/but that's all, you can expect, for nothing in return!
All open-source OC Code included comes as tested and matched, and/but without further Warranty, Obligation and/or Responsibility, from either Side. Please
NEVER overwrite and possibly kill a working Installation, but install and test a new OC Software Version in a separate Subdirectory first, or you might end up in Tears!

And lots of free Wisdom about Opencart v.1.5.x Versions already exists on many Sites, by example like here:

to enable OpenCart LIGHT Users, to likely succeed without much foreign Assistance anyway ! cheeky
More Information and Literature for OC v.1.5.x Admins and Users will be linked.


At least, if one does not plan, to waste costly time, and eventually a lot of Cash, to keep an older working OC v.1.x Platform alive + well. OpenCart LIGHT v. is the perfect v.1.x Upgrade-Solution, to satisfy all Shop Visitors visual and technical Requirements, regardless of their Device's Screen Resolutions, and this, for still some Years (+ latest OC Versions) to come!

But please be aware, that older OpenCart v.1.5.x and v.1.4.x Versions may require a (usually paid) Database-Upgrade, to further function with OC v.1.5.6.x based Code. It's offered by different Dev's, like those:


And for OC-Newcomers: If you just want to get a well-done working Top Brand OnlineShop Software, and you don't want to have a hard time, just to find out, how to get it to work, OpenCart LIGHT is the perfect Startup-Solution, to keep you from sleepless Nights. It just works, as it comes, and about 150 most needed + useful free + tested Enhancements are already part of of the free Package!

And the OC-Forum and Extension Sections contain Bulkloads of free Wisdom about OC v.1.5.6.x, if one plans, to change existing things, or add something new, for what reason ever. Free Literature and Youtube Information exists in Masses, if one wants to get familiar fast!


Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT Software is so far tested up to PHP 7.2x, and it contains no hidden or encrypted Code or Links. 21 'basic' 1.5.6.x Admin+Front Language Translations are available for free on request, in - arabic chinese czech dutch english estonian finnish french german greek hungarian russian slovenian spanish swedish turkish ukrainian vietnamese - But only the default ENGLISH Admin + Front Language matches this OpenCart LIGHT Version in Full. Still, other Languages are easy to edit and complete by One of the Two built-in free OpenShop Language Translation Editors.
Additional free and paid Language Translations are available in the official OC Extension Section:

or then here:


OpenShop Admin Standard Language Editor

Opencart Admin Language Editor


Note: The enhanced OpenCart LIGHT default OpenShop Admin Theme is not responsive below ~900px.Width. And additional work might be required, to 'implement' Modification Extension Links into a 'responsive' Admin Theme Environment. A variety of responsive free and paid Opencart 1.5.x Admin Theme Extensions can be found here:


Ernie's OpenShop 1.75 Administration - VqMod TWEAKS


That's it, Folks. One last Info, to present Facts, when it comes to that never ending 'blah blah blah blah' about lacking Security and missing Support for 'older' Versions. It's most likely from those, more looking for a chance, to frequently sell 'newest' and 'latest' Wisdom for latest 'never-final' Releases again. But OC is a steady ongoing Project, and it's the only way to survive as well, as most all Coders are aware of. Just the larger part of OC Users never yet seemed to realize that. But they all learn, and some the hard way, just like in real Life too. wink

And even late OC Versions are already listed on Hacker-related Websites. But OC v. was published in November 2014, and during all that Time, it never got listed in Hacking Reports anywhere. And it required only ONE file, exactly the same as later OC2+ Versions too, to make it work with PHP 7.2x!

So, where is the Problem, to better still use something, already proven to work, during such a long time, as long as nothing 'Jounger' seems to be able to at least equal it's Quality, Stability, Security, Simplicity, and it's Performance ... ?!  wink



Ready to go Test-Database with up to x'000 active Test Products and ~1'000 Images included, free on request.
Restrictions / Limitations:

For added Security, the Authorizenet Online Payments Function has been removed in full. Not all Modules and / or Options like Shipping Payments Coupon Returns e.t.c., have fully been tested in this OC LIGHT Developer Edition. And I expect to be informed on the Github Repository, if someone runs into problems, to get such matters solved.
Paid Custom Installation Option:

Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT, installed and tested on your Server for US-$ 50.00 paid as non-refundable Donation by PayPal!
Paid Custom Jobs:

Look for OC Developers with proven Expertise for Version 1.5 Opencart Code. Don't pay them for learning, but to solve your Matter! Or then, contact me, and I will arrange, to get you served ok, if I would not be able to.
Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT Developer Version will be ready to download by early August 2019.
Check below, to find it:

wink I'm not a Coder, just a legendary OC Fan ! wink

Now available for free - Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT - the best OpenCart v.1.5.x Upgrade ever!
Engineered, to be the most powerful Freeware OpenCart, in the North, South, East & West


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