OpenCart 1.4 Template Design Cookbook

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  • Displaying products in different sections with simple and effective recipes
  • Creating modern headers with advanced layout
  • Adorning the admin panel with our own style using CSS
  • Various recipes to create our own footer layout
  • Displaying the navigational menu in customizable ways
  • Adding dynamic contents to our store
  • Using GIMP to create images
  • Debugging our store for enhancement
  • Customizing error page and sitemaps

Templates in OpenCart provide a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want either using a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. Although it sounds like an easy task to build and maintain templates, it can be challenging to get beyond the basics and customize templates to meet your needs perfectly.

Get to grips with the basics of template design for OpenCart such as changing the logo and altering color schemes for your templates. Understand OpenCart concepts such as module chrome and template positions. Create custom error templates for your website. Style OpenCart's search results and customize OpenCart's breadcrumb trail. Customize the look and feel of your OpenCart website's administration panel to match either your business or client identity. Use the jQuery JavaScript library to enhance your OpenCart template. Make use of a wide range of miscellaneous tips, tricks, and tasks to help get your OpenCart website one step closer to perfection. Create custom menus using multiple approaches and techniques.

First we will install OpenCart. Then we will get familiar with the ways to modify the store configuration. After that we will start styling our OpenCart store by resetting all the browser settings. We will create a banner image step by step. We will control the positioning of our OpenCart modules. We will see how we can use different jQuery plugins to display our products effectively. We will also cover several modern footer creation recipes in this book. Towards the end of the book we will use different eye-catching menus for our store so it really starts to take shape. Finally we will learn how to create an error page and a sitemap page for our store. Once our journey through the book is complete we will have created a modern store with OpenCart and have full control over our store template.

  • Customize dynamic menus, logos, headers, footers, and every other section using tricks you won't find in the official documentation
  • A great mix of recipes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced OpenCart template designers
  • Develop and customize dynamic, powerful OpenCart templates to make your website stand out from the crowd
  • Fully customizable administration theme for OpenCart
Page Count 328
Course Length 9 hours 50 minutes
ISBN 9781849514309
Date Of Publication 21 Mar 2011


Tahsin Hasan

Tahsin Hasan is a software engineer from Bangladesh. He passed the Zend Certification Examination on 09 August, 2009 and has become the seventeenth Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) from Bangladesh. This is the top-most certification on PHP from Zend, the developer of this outstanding scripting language. He is a tech enthusiastic and always keeps himself well-equipped with latest technologies. He has written another book, Opencart 1.4 Template Design Cookbook, with Packt. Tahsin Hasan has profound knowledge of LAMP environment. His advanced understanding of database environments and Apache web server is an asset. He has proficiency in scalability and optimizing server performance. He has worked with Symfony, CakePHP, Codeigniter and Zend Framework. Tahsin Hasan shares his ideas and knowledge on tahSin’s gaRage; the address is He welcomes everyone on his blog to discuss latest web technologies. You can get him at