Modifying OpenCart: vQmod vs OCMOD

vqmod vs ocmod opencart modifications

Having two or more ways to do something can be useful, but it isn't always the case.

When it comes to OpenCart, there are four ways to modify its core functionality: vQmod, OCMOD, Override Engine and Event Handlers.

Let’s take a quick look at vQmod and OCMOD and the differences between these two.
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OpenCart with Journal2 and MultiMerch Marketplace

Updated on 29/06/2016 for OpenCart 2.x

This post is out of date as of 29/06/2016. We now have a complete guide on installing OpenCart, MultiMerch & Journal2. Click the link below to see the new guide.

MultiMerch Docs: OpenCart with MultiMerch & Journal2

 

While being one of the most popular and feature-rich custom themes for OpenCart, Journal2 by Digital Atelier is also known to have compatibility issues with MultiMerch out of the box. Lately, we've cooperated with Digital Atelier to create a MultiMerch integration package for Journal2 that makes it easier.

This guide briefly covers a complete installation of OpenCart, MultiMerch and Journal.
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Removing checkout fields in OpenCart

Note: This guide was written for OpenCart 1.x. Although the process is similar for OpenCart 2.x and 3.x, the actual code will differ from the one in this guide.

By default OpenCart asks your customers to specify a number of personal information and address fields during checkout. While this is suitable for most stores, sometimes you might want to simplify the checkout process by removing some fields from the checkout page.

The easiest way to do it is hide input fields and remove error checks. I'll use OpenCart 1.5.1.3 as a basis, but this should be similar for all 1.5.x versions. We recommend you only modify OpenCart core files through vQmod or OCMOD.

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