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Not long after the first beta  release, OpenCart 2.0 has now been officially rolled out. 

OpenCart is a well-known free eCommerce solution which offers thousands of themes and hundreds of payment gateways. 

Version 2.0 of OpenCart comes with a responsive, Bootstrap based admin and front end, custom form fields, and even more payment gateways. Let's take a closer look.

Bootstrapped UI & Admin Notifications

Users will be happy to hear that the user interface of OpenCart (including the front and back end) has been completely revamped. Twitter Bootstrap has been utilized, making everything look cleaner and more usable. 


Plus, a new extension installer makes installing OpenCart extensions much easier and pleasant, as a progress bar now keeps you updated throughout installation.

The final major update comes in the form of a notification button on the new admin top menu. It notifies admins about product stock shortages, reviews awaiting approval, and so forth. 

Notably though, the OpenCart team have said that:

“OpenCart 1.5.6.* is still considered to be the most stable version of OpenCart available and will continue to be supported for the next six months. As OpenCart 2.0 has only just been released, many modules aren't compatible with it just yet.”

So, OpenCart users may wish to hold back for a while, if their stores are heavily reliant on modules.

To find out more about OpenCart 2.0, as well as to download it, check out the official announcement

Mike Johnston
Mike is the founder and editor of CMS Critic. He consults with vendors and the public to help them find the right products for their websites and businesses. When he's not working here, he's off mixing cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie. You can check out some of his great cocktail shots over on Instagram.

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