What is Zen Cart?

Zen Cart is free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software that can be used to create an online store for the sale of  both physical and downloadable products.

The main features of Zen Cart are:

  • easy to install
  • scalable to support tens of thousands of products
  • extensive product management tools
  • support of multiple currencies
  • support of multiple languages
  • multiple payment, shipping and tax option modules installed by default
  • wide variety of options for sales, specials and discounts
  • in-built customer communication and marketing tools, and
  • a template system that gives you complete control over your online store’s look and feel as well as product catalogue and shopping cart functionality.

As they say, Zen Cart Ecommerce – putting the dream of online business ownership within reach of anyone!

The source code of Zen Cart is distributed under the GNU (General Public License).  In essence, this gives anyone the right to modify the source code to suit their needs.  More information on the GNU GPL can be found at http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.html.

  1. #1 by Michael Kelly on 2 September, 2012 - 9:46 am

    I’m in the process of choosing an eCommerce package. I’m leaning towards ozcart or neto but the multiple language capability of Zen would sway me if I knew it worked well (if I chose Zencart I’d be looking for someone to set it up for me). When zen translates say to mandarin, does it only translate standard words like button labels etc? I cant imaging it translates product names and descriptions and if it does my guess would be it ends up a disaster. Any comments on that and is it possible to see a demo of a translation?

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