Why you should use extensions for OpenCart 1.5x

Posted by Flo on 31 Aug 2011

It is true that OpenCart is a great system, but what is makes it truly great are the extensions. With them, you can change almost everything and you can add some cool and useful features. You can connect the store with other types of sites based on different platforms, such as Wordpress or Jomola, you can add new languages to your store, and you can make it one of a kind.
Some of the extensions are free and for some of them you have to pay. Depending on the developer and the features, which are involved. You can even pay someone to create an extension especially for your needs if you want something special and you cannot find it somewhere else. If you want to search for extensions, the first place to start is on the official website of Open Cart. In here, http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension , you can find many great things. All you have to do is to select the criteria for which you want to find them. First, you can select if you want them all, or just those, which are free or contrary, paid. After that, you have to select the version of your OpenCart; some extensions will not work if you do not have the proper version. Choosing the currency is important because you will know how much the extension costs in your currency. You also have different methods of sorting and ordering to fit your needs.
Before choosing an extension, a good thing to do is to read the comments from others, which have, buy it. This way you will make sure that the extension is useful or not. There is no point to pay for something that you do not need or is not working properly. As a tip, you can start with the free extensions and if you do not find what you need you can search for those with money. Especially if you are a beginner, do not rush in buying them only if you need them. You had better invest your money in a new theme then in extensions. In time, as soon as you develop a business you can add more and more features to the site.
Some of the best free extensions are the Customer Testimonial or the One Left. With the first one, clients can leave feedback and if your services are good, you will receive positive ones. With the second extension, you tell your clients when the stock of products is low. This way they know what to order.
There are thousands of extensions from you to choose from and more and more are created every month. Take your time and find the best ones for your store.