How to build a free eCommerce website using Opencart 4 user manual in 2024

This Opencart user manual is for getting started with the Opencart online eCommerce website for 2024 for beginners, we are listing the best videos, blog posts, examples guides, tips, and tricks to run your Opencart shop successfully. We are showing both the frontend and backend management of Opencart.


In this opencart 4 user manual, we are showing how we can set up an online eCommerce store with Opencart 4 for 2024. This is a list of topics covering the Opencart user manual

Get a domain name and hosting – We use as we can get a domain name at $8 which is the cheapest that we found and for hosting you can use Google Cloud which gives $300 for free or use another hosting as per your choice.

Install Opencart

In the above tutorial, we will show how to install Opencart and set up the custom URL with the virtual host.

Login into Opencart Administration

Go to http://YOURURL/admin, enter your username and password and you will be in the Administration section.

Opencart Administration

Admin user profile change in Opencart

In the default Opencart installation the default user’s First Name and Last Name is John Doe so to change it just click in the John Doe on the top right corner and click “Your Profile” Then you can change the User details, and we will show you how to change by going on System Users later.

user profile change in Opencart

Change as per your username. first name, last name, email, image, and password.


In the System section, we manage and enable global or system settings of the Opencart eCommerce store like users, localization, languages, statuses, length, weight classes, and many more.


All settings details of the Opencart are in the link below, which shows local settings, options, mail settings, and server settings.


To manage the users, user groups, access permission, modify permission, and API users in the Opencart check the following blog post:

User menu


In localization, we manage the local values of the stores like store locations, languages, currencies, stock statuses, order statuses, returns, countries, zones, geo sones, taxes, length classes, and weight classes.

Store location:

We can show multiple locations for each store so this is the section where we enter the store locations. Visit the blog below which shows how to add multiple stores and show it on the Contact us page.


Opencart supports multi-language, so the languages section manages the languages for the store, by default it has the English language. We can upload a new language, add a new language, set a different default language than English, and create a new custom language pack for Opencart. Check the following two links for languages:


Go to admin >> System >> Localization >> Currencies where you will see the currencies available for use in the storefront. In the store by default is the US dollar. There are Euro, Pound, and US dollars. Go to the following post to learn all about the currencies in Opencart.

Stock Statuses

In Opencart 3 we can manage the stock statuses. For that go to admin >> System >> Localization >> Stock Statuses then you can enter the Stock Status Name. For details go to the following post for stock statuses:

Order Statuses

In Opencart 3 we can manage the order statuses. For that go to admin >> System >> Localization >> Order Statuses then click “Add New” and you can enter the Order Status Name. For detail go to the blog post:

Returns (Return Statuses, Return Actions, and Return Reasons)

Opencart 3 has return functionalities by default. In this Opencart user manual, we are showing you how returns are managed and handled in Opencart 3 by the site administrator and customer. Read the following post for details:

Countries and Zones:

You can manage countries and zones in Opencart.
Go to the blog post and learn more:

Geo Zones set up in Opencart

Zone Shipping is simply shipping that is based on the different destinations, or geo zones, based on the weight of the total order.

Taxes management in Opencart

We can manage and set up taxes with geocodes in OpenCart for each product.

Length Classes and Weight Classes management in Opencart

Opencart user manual where we are showing how we can manage length classes and weight classes. These lengths and weights are used by Shipping extensions like FedEx, UPS, etc, and will be used by Shipping API to calculate the shipping cost.

Maintenance (Backup/Restore, Uploads and Error Logs)

In this Opencart user manual, we are giving you details of the Maintenance links: Backup/Restore, Uploads, and Error logs.

Add categories and sub-categories in Opencart

The video shows steps to add categories and sub-categories in OpenCart.

Add product options and attributes in Opencart 4

This video shows how to add products, their options, and attributes in Opencart, it shows physical product additions.

Add Manufacturers or Brands

We can add manufacturers and brands in Opencart and assign them to products and brands to have their own pages. The video shows how to create the brands or manufacturers in Opencart:

Reviews management

Visitors or customers can give reviews of the product, the video below shows how we can manage the reviews in Opencart.

Add and change the Information page, edit the About Us page, and Add a new Information page

We can add an information page, change it, and edit the About Us page, the video shows how we can do it.

Edit the Contact Us page and add a Google map to the Contact Us page

All the Contact Us page contents are handled from the settings, so if you have read the above settings posts then you can see how to change the contact addresses, phone numbers, and other stores. In the video below we show we can add Google Maps to the Contact Us page.

Add and manage Recurring profiles

If you are selling products where you can distribute the prices in installments then the recurring profiles are ways to set up, likewise we products with a subscription. See the video below, where it is described how to set up the recurring profiles.

Add filters

If your eCommerce site needs filters then watch the video on how to set them up in OpenCart

Manage extensions

Setup Marketplace

Manage Advertising

Manage Analytics

In this Opencart tutorial, you will learn how to add HTML in Opencart, similarly how to add Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Adroll, Facebook pixels, MailChimp conversion code, Google Ads conversion in success page only, and other third-party JavaScript code in the Opencart, likewise our best way to manage the JavaScript code through google tag manager and test and preview in the google tag manager.

Manage Captchas in Opencart

Manage Dashboard

Manage Feeds

Manage Anti-Fraud

Manage Modules

Manage Payments

Manage Shipping

Manage themes

Manage Order Totals

See how Opencart Store credits work

Manage Modifications

Manage Events

Manage Layouts and Positions

Theme Editor

Language Editor

Manage Banners

Manage SEO URL

Sales and Manage Orders

Manage Returns

Manage Gift Vouchers

Customers, manage customers, customer groups and customer approvals

It is the same for Opencart 3 and Opencart 2.3

Affiliates management in Opencart

Manage Custom Fields

Marketing and Manage Marketing

Manage Coupons

Manage Mail

Reports, Who’s Online, and Statistics

We hope these lists of videos and blog posts will help you to start the Opencart shop and go deeper into it. Please don’t forget to post your questions comments or errors so that we can help you. You can follow us on our Twitter account @rupaknpl. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for Opencart tutorials, and click to see all Opencart user manuals.

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