Server Errors and Blank Pages in OpenCart: Most Common Causes

Updated on 20/01/2016 for OpenCart 2.x

Even though it's 2016, you may still encounter the dreaded Blank Screen of Death or an Internal Server Error when moving your OpenCart store, installing new modifications or just performing a regular update.

We've revised and updated this post to account for the new version of OpenCart.

This post covers blank pages and internal server errors. If you're struggling with JSON.parse errors in OpenCart, see our other blog post.

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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This post is out of date as of 29/06/2016.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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Creating custom seller account fields in MultiMerch

Since we don't have a feature in MultiMerch that would allow the store owner to define custom seller account fields, here's a quick tutorial on adding them manually in about 5 simple steps. A separate vQmod xml file is included in the end of the tutorial - use it instead of overwriting MultiMerch and OpenCart core files!

Let's say we want add a new text field called Phone to make it possible for our sellers to specify their phone number and display it in their profile.
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Creating vendor accounts in OpenCart with MultiMerch Marketplace

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OpenCart is a great ecommerce solution for different kinds of online stores, whether a simple personal shop or a sophisticated corporate market with thousands of products.  However, when it comes to multivendor marketplaces and multiseller shopping platforms, OpenCart lacks some functionality.

Fortunately, there are various multivendor extensions for OpenCart serving exactly this purpose, the biggest among them being MultiMerch Marketplace. Here's a neat tutorial on creating vendor accounts in OpenCart with MultiMerch in one simple step: https://multimerch.com/blog/creating-merchant-accounts-in-opencart-with-multimerch/