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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 1.5.6.5 Release-Candidate Version Code from the official OpenCart Github Developer Site, some time ago:
https://github.com/opencart/opencart/tree/c2c8f9c4c8fce44bb81b394e235913306fb75707

History in Short, from my distant + neutral Swiss Point of View:

The Version OpenCart 1.5.6.5_rc was never given 'Final v.1.5.6.5' Status officially. In plain fear of Competition, I assume, because unfamous OC v.2.0 existed for some Months already, when 1.5.6.5_rc 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.1.5.6.5 would have been favoured by parts of the OC Crowd for some time to come ...

Still, OC v.1.5.6.5 was 'codewise' Nothing New, it was just a 'fixed+finished' Upgrade from OpenCart v.1.5.6.4! It's Changelog can be found here:
https://github.com/opencart/opencart/blob/c2c8f9c4c8fce44bb81b394e235913306fb75707/changelog.md
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Since it's Debut, Opencart v.1.5.6.5_rc is known, to be top-solid, top-secure, and fast, and not a single Topic yet exists on v.1.5.6.5 Problems, from someone using this Version, as I recall, during my 5+ Years of rather intense OC Forum Activity (~10'800 Topic Replies). And for me, all this makes OC LIGHT 1.5.6.5 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!
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Ernie's Opencart LIGHT is fully built on (slightly php7/secured/upgraded) OC v.1.5.6.5 (_rc) '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 But I replaced the outdated non-responsive 1.5.6.x default Theme with famous Merkent's Bootstrap v.3.41 + FontAwesome v.4.70 styled OC Theme Extension, known to be one of the 'speediest'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 the BRIGHT styled Merkent Theme now, and to see the DARK Version of it, CLICK HERE.

 

Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT - Merkent default Theme Specification

Opencart Merkent Theme Details

 

Ernie's OpenCart LIGHT 1.5.6.5 contains Parts of famous MaxD's legendary OpenShop Admin Extension. About 100 free VqMod (v.2.6.4) Extensions as well as a range of 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. Some of the Modules are 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 1.5.6.5 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.
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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.1.5.6.5 Package comes for free, for Developers and End-Users, and/but that's all, you can expect, for nothing in return!
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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:
https://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=39580
https://www.webhostinghub.com/help/learn/opencart-15
https://blog.arvixe.com/category/cpanel/opencart/
https://code.tutsplus.com/categories/opencart

https://web.archive.org/web/20150702141612/http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/opencart
https://webocreation.com/blog/opencart/

to enable OpenCart LIGHT Users, to likely succeed without much foreign Assistance anyway !
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.1.5.6.5 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:
https://www.pm-netti.com/services/
https://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=50292

 

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 7.2x. 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 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!
BUT 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.
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Additional free Language Translations are available outside of OC Extension Section:

https://crowdin.com/project/opencart
https://crowdin.com/project/opencart-community

 

OpenShop Admin Standard Language Editor

Opencart Admin Language Editor

 

Note: The enhanced OpenCart LIGHT 1.5.6.5 default OpenShop Admin Theme is not responsive below ~900px.Width. Also, additional work might be required, to 'implement' Custom Extension Links and possibly some Mod-Style-Adjustments to the new 'responsive' Admin Theme Environment.
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A variety of free and paid 'responsive' Opencart 1.5.x Admin Themes can be found here:

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=13691
https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=28916
https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=18685
https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=marketplace/extension/info&extension_id=17440

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

 

Ernie's OpenShop 1.75 Administration

 

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.1.5.6.5_rc 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!

https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-9599/Opencart.html
https://www.getastra.com/blog/cms/opencart-security/opencart-vulnerabilities-hacked-2018/

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 ... ?!

 

Additions:

Ready to go Test-Database with up to 5'000 active Test Products and 1'000 Images included, free on request.
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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. I expect to be informed on the Github Repository, if someone runs into problems, to get such matters solved, as soon as the Code will be available on Github.com too.

https://github.com/IP-CAM
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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!
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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.
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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 ...
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The OpenCart LIGHT free Developer Test Version will be ready by the 1st of September 2019. This Test Edition will contain about 100 of the most useful VqMod Extensions, and Developers are free to create their own Extensions on OC v.1.5.6.5 LIGHT Merkent Theme Parameters.
Be also aware, that by use of another Custom Bootstrap Theme, available for v.1.5.6.4 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.

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I strongly advise you, NOT to replace an existing online OpenCart Software with OC v.1.5.6.5 LIGHT Code, but install OC LIGHT as separate Shop, and test it first, before possibly ruining an existing Installation!
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Good Luck !

Ernie (IP_CAM at the OC Forum)
Not Coder, just legendary OC Fan !

http://www.opencart.li


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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