Zen Cart is an open source shopping cart system which at first glance is definitely not as pretty as some of its rivals including Prestashop and Magento but, take a look under the hood of this software at the level of options and features available and you will soon see that Zen Cart is up there with the best of them. Zen Cart is promoted by its team of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants as being “truly the art of e-commerce”. Zen Cart is highly customisable, easy to install (using Digital Pacific’s control panel – cPanel & Softaculous), user-friendly and packed with features.
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Zen Cart includes an extensive list of features for both end users (customers) and administrators.
Zen Cart also features a Whos Online function which allows you to monitor how many people are currently active on your store and what is happening.
Personalise your Zen Cart website by installing different templates. Templates allow you to skin your site, giving it the look and feel that web users see when visiting. Since Zen Cart is open source software, there are many templates to choose from on the web. More customised templates will require you to consult a web designer. Zen Cart also has a live shop showcase so you can see what other people are doing and get an idea of what Zen Cart is capable of.
Keeping Zen Cart updated needs to be a priority if you do decide to use this software. Not updating Zen Cart can leave your website open to security attacks and vulnerabilities, and that can be detrimental to your website and / or business. Beyond keeping the site safe, completing updates will leave you with not only better running software, but often additional features as well.
The Zen Cart Release Announcements section provides notices on the latest version of Zen Cart, along with a list of all the additional features and links to update instructions.
Zen Cart has hundreds of addon modules available to assist in getting your store functioning the way you need. From postage to payment to extended admin tools – the Zen Cart addons directory has it covered. Caution – Zen Cart states that addons are to be used at your own risk. Never install addons without doing a full backup of your website and database files first.
The Zen Cart community support forum is composed of thousands of members and topics. The forum is a great place to ask questions about Zen Cart. There are entire sections dedicated to customising the look of your shop, setting up categories, products & attributes, community contributed add-ons, upgrading and more.