Posts Tagged increase performance

Enable GZip compression to increase Zen Cart performance

GNU GZip is a popular data compression program used to compress web pages before they are transmitted from the web server to the visitor’s browser.  The smaller, compressed data results in a much quicker delivery to the browser.  Compression is a simple and effective way to save bandwidth and speed up your Zen Cart store. […]

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Disable Text Pricing by word or letter to increase Zen Cart performance

If you’re not using the Text Pricing by word or letter feature in Zen Cart, setting Enable Text Pricing by word or letter to False will stop unnecessary calculations and related queries and therefore speed up the rendering of your store’s product pages. To disable text pricing by word or letter in Zen Cart: Log […]

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Disable Qty Price Discount to increase Zen Cart performance

If you’re not using the Quantity Price Discount feature in Zen Cart, setting Enable Qty Price Discount to False will stop unnecessary calculations and related queries and therefore speed up the rendering of your store’s product pages. To disable quantity price discount in Zen Cart: Log in to your Zen Cart store Admin From the […]

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Disable Attribute Images to increase Zen Cart performance

If you’re not using the Attribute Images feature in Zen Cart, setting Enable Attribute Images to False will stop unnecessary calculations and related queries and therefore speed up the rendering of your store’s product pages. To disable attribute images in Zen Cart: Log in to your Zen Cart store Admin From the Configuration menu, select […]

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Disable Price Factor to increase Zen Cart performance

If you’re not using the price-by-attributes feature in Zen Cart, setting Enable Price Factor to False will stop unnecessary calculations and related queries and therefore speed up the rendering of your store’s product pages. To disable price factor in Zen Cart: Log in to your Zen Cart store Admin From the Configuration menu, select Attribute […]

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Disable Downloads to increase Zen Cart performance

If your Zen Cart store does not include downloadable products, setting Enable Downloads to False will reduce the number of queries used to calculate and display product information and therefore speed up the rendering of your store pages in the browser. To disable downloads in Zen Cart: Log in to your Zen Cart store Admin […]

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Turn on or off the display of the page parse time

The page parse time display can be a very useful tool in diagnosing or troubleshooting with your Zen Cart online store, mainly relating to pages that are really slow to load. The page parse time information sits outside of the ‘main wrapper’ in the footer of each page. To enable or disable the display of […]

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What does the Page Parse Time Information mean in the Zen Cart footer?

The Page Parse Time information consists of three page statistics: The page Parse Time is the time it took from when the first line of code in index.php started processing until the footer of your page was drawn. This includes the delays introduced by any SQL queries waiting on the database. The parse time is […]

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Turn off the ‘Your IP Address’ display in the footer of Zen Cart

The footer can display the IP address of your store’s visitors.  Many people, including genuine customers, find the display of their IP address gives them an uneasy feel.  It also does very little in discouraging non-genuine customers from misbehaving.  For most stores I recommend that the customer’s IP address is removed from the footer in […]

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Turn off the Manufacturers Sidebox

The Manufacturers Sidebox displays a drop-down menu of the manufacturers of your current products.  The drop-down menu is generated dynamically by additional database queries each time a store page is loaded that includes the Manufacturers Sidebox.  All stores have unique requirements and you may feel the Manufacturers Sidebox adds value for your customers.  If however, […]

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Remove Category Product Counts from Category Sidebox in Zen Cart

The Categories Sidebox in a default installation displays the number of current products within each category or sub-category.  The product counts are generated dynamically by additional database queries each time a store page is loaded that includes the Categories Sidebox.  In most cases the product counts are not required (in fact they just add to […]

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