How to Upload Files to Your Zen Cart Using Filezilla

FTP stands for file transfer protocol, which is an internet protocol which can be used to upload files to a web server. This is an essential skill for managing and maintaining a Zen Cart. You can download the Filezilla program for free from their website:

Download Filezilla for free

Why Use Filezilla for Zen Cart Management?

FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. They have a great documentation and an active community support forum, and wiki. The FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

Features include:

  • Easy to use
  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Available in many languages
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Drag & drop support
  • Configurable transfer speed limits
  • Filename filters
  • Directory comparison
  • Network configuration wizard
  • Remote file editing
  • Keep-alive
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Logging to file
  • Synchronized directory browsing
  • Remote file search

The first step is to open Filezilla, and to enter the name of the host you want to FTP into. In the fields after the host name, type your username and password. If anonymous FTP is allowed on the remote host, you may skip the password. Then click the ‘Connect’ button.

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When the connection has been made successfully, you will be able to see two windows with folders in the FTP program. The left-hand window will be displaying the folders on your local server, and the one on the right with show the zen cart folders on the remote server.

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In the left-hand window, navigate to the files that you want to upload to the remote server. Drag them to the window on the right, and drop them into the desired folder.

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Change the Number of Products Shown on the Zen Cart Product Listing Page

The default number of products that Zen Cart displays on the product listing page is ten. If you have more than ten products to display, Zen Cart will display the first ten, and your customers will have to click a “next” link at the bottom of the page to view the next ten. To make things more convenient for your customers, you can increase the number of items shown on the product listing page.

Click here to view a product listing page from one of our recent custom designs.

The first step is to log into your admin. Go to ‘Configuration->Maximum values.

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Near the end of the page, you will find “Products Lising- Number Per Page.”

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Select it, set your desired number in the field that appears on the right, and click update

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Essentials of a Great Prouct Listing Page

  • Product names that are descriptive, short and optimized for search engines and your users
  • High quality professional product photo–be sure that your image is not too small and not too large. Normally around 150 – 200 pixels wide and high is a good size.
  • Price in a prominant font size and weight, near the buy now button

Other Useful Elements

  • Manufacturer Name
  • Quantity Box
  • Available stock
  • Product rating

Time spent thinking about and customizing your product listing pages will pay off. Although other pages in an ecommerce site can effect conversion rates, the product listing page is one of the strongest links in any conversion. It is this page that must convince a person to buy a particular product. Arrange your page elements in an intuitive way that will make it easy for your customers to buy from your website. Engage them and make them want to click through to the product info page where they can read the full product details. Make this page clear to understand and navigate.

Zen Cart Error “Warning: I am able to write into the configuration file…”

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The error message “Warning: I am able to write into the configuration file…” appears when the permissions on your includes/your_template/configure.php zen cart file are set to 777 (Read, write, and execute). If you are using Windows, it means that there are no attributes selected in the file properties. This is a security risk, but can be fixed easily.

If you are using Linux or Unix, go to your includes/your_template directory, and run the command “chmod 444 configure.php”. You can do this via command line, an FTP program, or in your Cpanel using the file manager tool.

If you are using Windows, open the includes/your_template directory, right click on the configure.php file, and select “Read Only”.

What Do Zen Cart File Permissions Mean?

File permissions or access rights apply to specific users and groups of users. These systems control the ability of the users to view or make changes to the contents of the filesystem.

The read permission grants the ability to read a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to read the names of files in the directory (but not to find out any further information about them such as contents, file type, size, ownership, permissions, etc.)

The write permission grants the ability to modify a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to modify entries in the directory. This includes creating files, deleting files, and renaming files.

The execute permission grants the ability to execute a file. This permission must be set for executable binaries (for example, a compiled C++ program) or shell scripts (for example, a Perl program) in order to allow the operating system to run them. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to access file contents and metainfo if its name is known, but not list files inside the directory (unless read is set).

When a permission is not set, the rights it would grant are denied. Permissions on a Unix system (recommended for running a zen cart) are not inherited. Files created within a directory will not necessarily have the same permissions as that directory.

Read more about file permissions in the Wikipedia article.

Need help with your zen cart project? Contact the experts at Picaflor Azul with your project details for a quote.

Press Release: Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $6.5 Million in Free Web Design

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Anne has given away over 43,800 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $6.5 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.

Press Release: Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $4.9 Million in Free Web Design

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Anne has given away over 32,000 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $4.9 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.

Winners Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of the Picaflor Azul Web Design Giveaway!

The 3 winners are:

Rich of Be Green Canada

Angie of Resale Clip Art

Kiz of Toys Ahoy

All 3 of the contest winners have chosen a custom zen cart template as their prize!

Once the new designs are up and installed, I will post links to the sites.

Check our facebook fan page Zen Cart Design by Picaflor Azul for the announcement of our next web design giveaway contest and enter for your chance to win a custom designed zen cart template!

Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $3 Million

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Ann has given away over 25,000 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $3 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options,features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.

New Zen Cart Template #525 Pro

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Using a zen cart template is a great alternative to ordering a custom design. With our templates, you can get a professional looking ecommerce web site with tons of functionality in just a few minutes! Template installation is super easy. Included with your template purchase is a sql file that contains all of the admin settings needed to make your site look just like the demo. You just need to upload this file via your zen cart admin.

Love the template design, but feel that your site needs some added customization? This is no problem. We can do any type of customization you need including changes to the template design colors or layout, installing modules for added functionality, modifications to the product information layout, added dynamic menus, the possibilities are endless! Just email us for a quote and don’t forget to include all of the details of your customization.

Just Added Zen Cart Template #524 Pro

This new professional template for zen cart is ready for purchase and instant download here.

This template is done in a great web 2.0 palette of blacks and blues. It’s professional layout and artwork are perfect for any ecommerce web site. The clean look and intuitive style make it a great choice for good customer conversion rates. Your products, whether apparel, computers, electronics, shoes, pet supplies, etc. will be showcased.

Every one of our zen cart templates comes with the following features:

  • Super flexible design perfect for all types of ecommerce stores–the posibilites are endless!
  • Fixed width 2 column display
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  • Cross Browser tested using Firefox, IE8, IE7, IE6, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.
  • Integrated links to your Twitter and Facebook accounts in the footer
  • W3C Valid XHTML and CSS
  • Custom header including shopping cart totals (item count and dollar amount), checkout link, search, currencies with drop down menu, and languages.
  • No changes to core files