How to enable or disable the Flat Rate Shipping Module in Zen Cart

To enable or disable the Flat Rate Shipping Module in Zen Cart: Log in to your Zen Cart store Admin From the Modules menu, select Shipping. If the Flat Rate Shipping Module has an amber (orange) icon in the Sort Order column, the module is currently disabled. If the Flat Rate Shipping Module has a […]

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Change the ‘Sorry, the product was not found.’ message in Zen Cart

When a product is no longer in stock, or when the product is disabled in Zen Cart Admin, the default result of following a link to (what was) the product page is a rather unfriendly page with the message ‘Sorry, the product was not found’. You may wish to update this message and provide some […]

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Store in Spotlight: Romy and Jacob

This week the Zen Cart store in the spotlight is the exclusive dog clothing and accessory store Romy and Jacob.  This online store has a beautiful custom design that gives it real personality.  The product images are large and clear.  And the pooch pictures are just gorgeous!  In this design the shopping cart is a […]

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Zen Cart version 1.5.0 – official version released

This release marks the first open source free e-commerce solution to receive PA-DSS certification. Zen Cart version 1.5.0 includes a number of application coding changes required to satisfy PCI demands, including; password changes for administrators, access controls for each admin user (akin to the popular “admin profiles” addon), as well as a number of internal […]

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Do you ALWAYS proofread before you publish?

You’ve put a lot of effort into writing the content for your online store – from product descriptions to frequently asked questions about shipping and everything in between.   This content says a lot about you and your store.  Errors diminish your credibility.  Bad links cause visitors to leave.  Typos convey a slap-dash attitude.  People notice […]

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How can you boost your online store’s credibility?

It is easy to get caught up in focussing on bringing new visitors to your store.  However, it really is more important to focus on the visitors that you have now and what you can do to increase the ratio of visitors that convert to being customers.  This is not to discount the importance of […]

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Store in Spotlight: The Elusive Store

This week the Zen Cart store in the spotlight is Elusive, the online store for clothing designed by surfers for surfers.  This store design is great in that it really suits the product range and market audience and the showcase of categories is a nice change from the usual home page of products in a […]

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Zen Cart version 1.5 BETA released and ready for testing

A couple of days ago, the Zen Cart team shared the beta release of Zen Cart 1.5.  What’s really exciting about this version is that, following final code certification, it will make Zen Cart the first free Open Source Ecommerce Solution that is fully PA-DSS certified.  As well as the numerous changes to support PA-DSS […]

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Remove the sub category text links in Zen Cart

A category in Zen Cart can have either products or sub-categories.  Where you have a category within a category, we refer to these as sub-categories.  Sub-categories are displayed at the top of a category page and include an image and a text link.  If you have custom images that include the sub-category name, the text […]

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Store in Spotlight: Funky Wrapping

This week the Zen Cart store in the spotlight is Funky Wrapping – the name you think of when going to shop for high quality gift wrap and cards online!  Recently undergoing a redesign, this online store showcases how Zen Cart is perfect in creating a modern, aesthetically pleasing and effective selling platform. There are […]

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How do I change the Simply Kerrin Zen Cart template from a fluid width to a fixed width?

The Simply Kerrin Zen Cart template has been designed with a fluid width of 90%.  This means that the width of the store front will grow (or shrink) depending on the size and resolution of the monitor that your customers are using to view your store. With large, wide screen monitors being far more affordable […]

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Online Store Blog Idea #10: Write a how-to guide for a product

A how-to guide for one of your products is a very effective post for your online store blog.  So effective in so many ways, such as: High quality, unique content that is likely to rank well for your keywords Opportunity for deep links to your product pages Enticing readers to click through to your online […]

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Change the number of products displayed in the Featured Products centerbox in Zen Cart

The Featured Products centerbox is designed to showcase specified products on your Zen Cart store home page.  It can be set to display a certain number of products.  By default, the featured products centerbox is set to 9 products. To change the number of products to be displayed in the Featured Products centerbox: Log in […]

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Add or remove ‘quantity in cart’ display from product info page in Zen Cart

The ‘Quantity in Cart’ display is shown next to the Add to Cart button on the Product Info page in Zen Cart when your visitor returns to the product info page after adding that product to their shopping cart (as shown highlighted below). To add or remove the ‘Quantity in Cart’ display on the product […]

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5 top tips to attract repeat customers to your Zen Cart online store

It has been said that it costs somewhere between 5-7 times more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing customer.  So make sure you show your customers that you appreciate their business and encourage them to keep on coming back. Be attentive and be nice The quality of customer service that you […]

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