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OpenCart Upgrade Versions, what is best for me?

OpenCart version upgrades are not always as simple as you may think, apart from the fact that a lot of files have to be overwritten (which can undo custom changes you may have done over time) , just upgrading without a plan could cause you to end up with a broken site and a big problem!

There are lots of OpenCart versions ranging from : October 16, 2023 September 16, 2023 July 9, 2023 April 19, 2023 April 18, 2023 August 27, 2022 August 15, 2022 May 24, 2022 August 27, 2021 February 4, 2021 July 20, 2020 July 18, 2020 May 1, 2020 April 9, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 2, 2019
4.x.x.x July 27, 2017 July 18, 2017 July 7, 2017 July 4, 2017 June 19, 2017 August 1, 2016 July 31, 2016 July 30, 2016 March 2, 2016 January 12, 2016 October 6, 2015 May 29, 2015 March 31, 2015 December 6, 2014


There are many OpenCart versions from old version 1.5.1.x, .1.5.3.x, 1.5.6.x, 2.1.x, 2.2 ,2.3 through to the more modern OC3.x and latest OC4.x. You can’t just upgrade from an early version to the latest, it just doesn’t work like that unfortunately. Things like Extension/Version compatibility need to be considered as well as LAMP stack (server software versions for apache,mysql and php) versions and more. Major version upgrades are often a lot of work eg v2.x to v3.x or v3.x to v4.x.

Some key considerations to make are

  • Are all your installed modules compatible with later versions of OpenCart?
  • Is the current theme/design compatible?
  • Do you have bespoke work done to the site that may be affected?
  • Is the old code on your site clean,  has a developer made bespoke changes to VQmods that could be affected by an upgrade?
  • Are you using a module for SEO? Is this upgradeable to the newer version?
  • A staging server will be needed to build a new site while keeping your current site online
  • A migration plan will be needed once your new site is nearly ready.
  • Product and category migration and database checking.
  • Customers, Sales, Order History, Custom Reports etc migration plan.
  • An SEO and site structure plan will be needed to be in place prior to any migration to ensure your rankings go up and not down. A good Opencart Developer who also provide SEO Agency capabilities are a good consideration to ensure all goes smoothly!

If you want to upgrade we are happy to help and discuss your site,. We can look at the elements involved and upgrade your site for you to the most suitable new version or even re-build your site in the current system if needed and migrate all your categories, customers,products,  and historic sales data.

Give us a call to discuss in more detail.

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