Ernie's Opencart LIGHT

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The speediest Freeware OpenCart Software, in the North, South, East & West !

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

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 + neutral Swiss Point of View:
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' OC v.1.5.6.x 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 ...

Still, OC v. was 'codewise' Nothing New, it was just a 'fixed+finished' Upgrade from OpenCart v.! It's Changelog can be found here:

Additional Fixes have been applied, to make the OC Code work up to PHP v.7.4.5, as tested so far.

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 6+ Years of rather intense OC Forum Activity (~11'400 Topic Replies). 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 OC Version Onlineshop Class Release!
Ernie's Opencart LIGHT is fully built on (slightly php7/secured/upgraded) OC v. 'System' Code. But I replaced the outdated non-responsive 1.5.6.x default Theme with famous Merkent's Bootstrap v.3.41 + FontAwesome v.4.70 styled OC Theme Extension, known to be one of the 'speediest' responsive OpenCart Themes around.


You're in front of a Dark styled Custom Merkent Theme now.

The default Merkent Dark styled Theme can be seen here:
And to see a Bright Version of it, click here:


Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT - Merkent default Theme Specification Opencart Merkent Theme Details


Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT contains Parts of famous MaxD's legendary OpenShop Admin Extension. An impressive range of most useful free VqMod (v.2.6.x) Extensions as well as additional Modules are Part of the free Download. It also includes a bright and a dark colored Stylesheet.css File, to change Theme Coloring from dark to bright, by activating the corresponding VqMod. 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. Because the Merkent Bootstrap Theme is not OC default Theme Style Code, 'global' OC Forum Knowledge might not always work out, if Custom Coding is part of an OpenCart Installation, regardless of the Version and/or Theme 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!

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 !


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 ultimate 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 (+ more 'latest' OC Releases) 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, i.E. 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 useful free + tested Enhancements and Updates are already part of of the free OpenCart LIGHT Tester 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 has so far been tested up to PHP v.7.4.5 ! It contains no hidden/encrypted Code/Links to any 'outside' Sources. 20+ '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 - Language.

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. Lower OC-2.0.x Version Language Packs can also be made usable without much work!

Be Aware of the Fact, that every additional active language will enlarge the Database considerably, one should therefore avoid to even 'test-install' not to be used Languages in the first Place.
Additional free Language Translations are available outside of OC Extension Section:


OpenShop Admin Standard Language Editor Opencart Admin Language Editor


Note: OpenCart LIGHT default OpenShop Admin Theme is not responsive below ~900px. Width.
Also, additional work might be required, to 'implement' Custom Extension Links
and Mod-Style-Adjustments to the new 'responsive' Admin Theme Environment.

A variety of free and paid 'responsive' Opencart 1.5.x Admin Themes can be found here:

Some specific MOBILE-VIEW Admin Smartphone Applications exist in the OC Extension Section.


Ernie's OpenShop 1.75 Administration OpenShop Tweaks


That's it, Folks. One last Info, to present Facts, when it comes to all those never ending 'blah blah blah blah' downtalking attempts, about suddenly existing lacking Security and/or missing Support for 'older' Versions. It's most likely only from those, more looking for another chance, to frequently sell 'newest' and 'latest' Wisdom for the latest of 'never-final' OC 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. 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 up to PHP 7.4.5, as tested so far!
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 ... ?!



Ready to go Test-Database with up to 5'000 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 been tested in this OC LIGHT Developer Edition. I expect to be informed, 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 to learn, 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.
OpenCart LIGHT Installation Software can be downloaded for free. But BE AWARE, that I do NOT communicate with anonymous eMail Account Address Holders, and I do NOT support Unknowns with NO Shop Domain - related eMail Address! In my Country, we like to know the Party we're dealing with, like it or not ...

The OpenCart LIGHT v. free Version is now downloadable on my Github Account.

The Download Package contains a wide range of most useful Modules and VqMod Extensions, and Developers are free to create their own Extensions on OC v. LIGHT Merkent Theme Parameters.

If you plan to use another Custom Bootstrap Theme, available for v. Version Code, the OC LIGHT System Code should work as planned. But it might influence overall Site Performance, compared with the unique highspeed Merkent Theme Design.
I strongly advise you, NOT to replace an existing online OpenCart Software with OC v. LIGHT Code, but install OC LIGHT as separate Shop, and test it first, before possibly ruining an existing Installation!
Good Luck ! Ernie (ex IP_CAM at the OC Forum)
Not Coder, just legendary OC Fan !

Available for free - Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT - unmatched in Performance!
Engineered, to be the very best Freeware OpenCart, in the North, South, East & West

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Ernie's Opencart LIGHT

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