About Zen Cart

Zen Cart (http://www.zen-cart.com) is a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system.   Zen Cart gives web designers and online store owners a robust and customisable electronic storefront that’s easy to keep up-to-date with new features.  It provides usable, intuitive and unobtrusive purchase flows right out of the box based on proven industry best-practices.  A powerful feature of Zen Cart is a robust template system that “abstracts” the look-and-feel from the code and logic behind Zen Cart.

Some of Zen Cart’s key features include:

  • easy to set up
  • easy to customise
  • automated tasks, such as order confirmation
  • simple navigation
  • built in promotions; discount coupons, gift certificates, newsletters and product notification
  • ability to offer single item specials and storewide discounts, including group discounts and quantity discounts
  • built in Search Engine Optimization tools, including per-product metatag controls
  • password protected Administration Tool
  • support of multiple language, currency and tax structures.

About the Book

The Zen Cart Reference Book – The Ultimate Reference for Customising Zen Cart has been developed as a constant desk companion for you as you are working with Zen Cart.  Every Zen Cart page, sidebox and email message is listed together with the admin customisations available, the CSS entries that apply and the relevant template (php) files.

The Zen Cart Reference Book helps you to easily and quickly locate the right information to make Zen Cart your e-commerce solution.  And with hundreds of screenshots, you can quickly check the visual effect of a customisation, in a variety of scenarios,  without having to set it up yourself.  There is also a handy checklist allowing you to work systematically in preparing Zen Cart for the launch of your online store.

About the Author

Kerrin Hardy has over 20 years experience in the IT industry, including several years in Education.  She is passionate about the opportunities IT can provide everyone, from young people in schools through to the home entrepreneur.

In all of Kerrin’s projects, she aims to make technology accessible to everyone.  A plain-speaking, no-jargon policy comes through in all her software guides and user training materials.

As she moved in to her second Zen Cart project, Kerrin developed a reference guide to help streamline the scoping of client’s customisation requirements.  She is now pleased to make the Zen Cart Reference Book available and hopes you will find it a valuable tool in your Zen Cart journey.

Contact Us

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  1. #1 by Tony Armijo on 19 May, 2010 - 6:20 am

    Hi. A few of my urgent concerns with my website built using your simply kerrin template that I need some help with are:
    1. How to change the font size and color in my product descriptions and product titles/headers?
    2. How to change the size of the text field/box for my product descriptions?
    3. How to center my main logo which is left aligned?


    p.s. I already tried several suggested remedies from the main zen cart site (tutorials and forums) for each issue.

  2. #2 by kerrin hardy on 27 May, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Hi Tony

    I have added your questions to the Zen Cart Simply Kerrin Template FAQ page – http://www.kerrinhardy.com/faq/zen-cart-simply-kerrin-template-faq/.

    The product description should take an extremely long description by default. Are you finding that your product descriptions are being cut off? Or perhaps you are referring to the product name field? If so, you might be interested in this post – Increase length of Product Name field in Zen Cart.

    Of course, please let me know if I have not understood your question.

    All the best,

  3. #3 by SEO on 27 August, 2011 - 2:14 am

    This is wonderful site about zencart .

  4. #4 by Natalie Carey on 24 August, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Hi There,

    I have a blog that I wanted to add a shopping cart to sell a small number of products. The products will be downloadable books, as well as my artwork.

    Is Zen-cart suitable for this and do you know if there is anyone who I can pay to set it up for me?

    Many thanks,

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