Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Configuration – My Store

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The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Admin – Configuration – My Store settings.

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Configuration – My Store

  • Store Name: The name of your store that is displayed on certain store pages and emails. This is set by you during installation, but can be edited at any time.
  • Store Owner:The store owner’s name that is displayed in the from field of any email that is sent from the site and on various store pages. This is set by you during installation, but can be edited at any time.
  • Country: The country from where the store is located. This is set by you during installation, but can be edited at any time.
  • Zone: The zone from which the store is based. Tax and shipping calculations are based on this value and it is displayed on various store pages and emails. This zone may be used for shipping criteria. This is set by you during installation, but can be edited at any time.
  • Expected Sort Order: The column the Expected Products center box is sorted by. Can be set to either products_name or date_expected.
  • Switch To Default Language Currency: Automatically switch to the language’s currency when it is switched. Can be set to true or false.
  • Language Selector: Should the default language be based on the store preferences, or the customer’s browser settings? Can be set to Default or Browser.
  • Display Cart After Adding Product: If set to true the customer will be taken to the Shopping Cart page immediately after adding a product to their cart. If set to false the customer will stay on the product info page the Shopping Cart box will change, and a message will pop up acknowledging that an item has been added to the cart.
  • Default Search Operator: Default method of the store search.
  • Store Address and Phone: This is the store name, address and phone number used on printable documents and displayed online (used by the Money Order payment module, as an example, to direct the customer as to where to send their payment).
  • Show Category Counts: Show the number or products in each category and subcategories beside the category name.
  • Tax Decimal Places: Pad the tax amount this amount of decimal places. For example, if the amount of tax was $2 and tax decimal places was set to 2, it would display as $2.00.
  • Display Prices with Tax: Display product prices with tax included or without tax included.
  • Display Prices with Tax in Admin: Display product prices with tax included or without tax included in the Admin section.
  • Basis of Product Tax: Calculate product tax based on: Shipping – Based on customer’s shipping address, Billing – Based on customer’s billing address, or Store – Based on store address if billing/shipping zone equals store zone.
  • Basis of Shipping Tax: On what basis is shipping tax calculated? Options are: Shipping – Based on customer’s shipping address, Billing – Based on customer’s billing address, Store – Based on store address if billing/shipping zone equals store zone.
  • Sales Tax Display Status: Always show sales tax, even when amount is 0. Can be set to 0 (off) or 1 (on).
  • Store Status: Status of the store. Options are: 0 – Normal Store, 1 – Showcase no prices, 2 – Showcase with prices.
  • Admin Session Time Out in Seconds: Number of seconds that the Admin session will last without activity in the Admin before it expires.
  • Admin Set max_execution_time for processes: Number of seconds the max_execution_time of processes should be.
  • Show if version update available : Automatically check to see if a new version of Zen Cart is available when entering Admin for the first time of each session.
  • Server Uptime: Display the server uptime on the Server Info page.
  • Missing Page Check: Controls whether a page not found error is redirected to the index page. It doesn’t check for missing pages or show a custom page not found error page. If such errors are redirected to the index page, the content of this page can be controlled independently of the normal index page using the Errors and Missing Products Page section of Admin – Configuration – Index Listing.
  • cURL Proxy Status: If your host requires that you use a proxy for cURL communication set this to true.
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  • HTML Editor: HTML/Rich-Text editor used for composing admin-related emails, newsletters, and product descriptions. Can be set to NONE or HTMLAREA.
  • Enable phpBB linkage? Set Zen Cart to synchronize new account information with your already-installed phpBB forum
  • Show Category Counts – Admin: When you are viewing the category list in Admin, you can either see the product count for the categories or not. Turn this off to dramatically reduce the time it takes for the page to load, especially if you have a large number of categories.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Extras

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This tutorial features the Westminster New responsive template.

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The template comes packed with functionality normally only found in high quality paid templates. Unlike other free or paid template packages, at Picaflor Azul all of our templates will work out of the box with all native zen cart functionality. You can freely install any stable add on, module, or plugin with the knowledge that there will be no conflicts caused by bad coding in the template.

The template features a clean, easy to navigate single column home page layout, with a 2 column layout (left column and center column) for the inside pages. Use the template out of the box with its neutral color palette, or easily customize the template colors by using css. The home page comes complete with a responsive carousel for featured products that will scroll through any number of products that you have specified as featured in your admin–catalog–featured products. The product info page comes with a custom layout normally only seen in custom zen cart designs.

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Extras menu options.

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Extras

  • Record Artists: View, add, edit and delete recording artists.
  • Record Companies: View, add, edit and delete record companies.
  • Music Genre: View, add, edit and delete music genres.
  • Media Manager: View, add, edit and delete collection names, which may be assigned to products.
  • Media Types: View, add, edit and delete media type names and media types (like MP3, WAV etc.).

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Gift Certificate/Coupons

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The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Gift Certificate/Coupons menu options.

Gift Certificate/Coupons

  • Coupon Admin: Create and manage discount coupons.
  • Gift Certificates Queue: View and release gift certificates which have been issued.
  • Mail Gift Certificate: Generate gift certificates and issue them by e-mail.
  • Gift Certificates sent: View gift vouchers which have been sent.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Tools

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The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Tools menu options.

Tools

  • Template Selection: Assigns a template to a language as the default for that language.
  • Layout Boxes Controller: Turn on or off the side boxes and set the order that they will be displayed.
  • Banner Manager: Manage banners.
  • Send Email: Compose a plain text email message to be sent to a customer or a group of customers.
  • Newsletter Manager: Compose an HTML (with optional plain text) email message to be sent to a customer or a group of customers.
  • Server/Version Info: Information about your web server and PHP.
  • Who’s Online: View information about the users who are currently using your site.
  • Admin Settings: View information about users who have administrator privileges, or to grant administrator privileges to users.
  • Email Welcome: View the welcome message a user is sent when they first register for an account.
  • Store Manager: Delete information from activity logs if they become too large. Backup is recommended.
  • Developers Tool Kit: Search system files. A must know tool for customization.
  • EZ-Pages: Add, sort, and remove EZ-Pages pages (an easy way to add content to your site).
  • Define Pages Editor: Edit define pages.
  • Install SQL Patches: Run SQL commands on your zen cart database.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Reports

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Reports menu options.

Reports

  • Products Viewed: List of the number of views for all products.
  • Products Purchased: List of products which have been purchased.
  • Customer Orders-Total: List of all orders which have been placed.
  • Products Low Stock: List of items sorted by number available in stock, low to high.
  • Customers Referral: List of all orders having a referral or coupon code.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Localization

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Localization menu options.

Localization

  • Currencies: Add new currencies or edit existing ones.
  • Languages: Add additional languages to your Zen Cart.
  • Orders Status: Add names of new order status entries, edit existing order status name entries, or delete an order status name entry.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Locations / Taxes

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the Locations/Taxes menu options.

Locations / Taxes

  • Countries: Defines every country and ISO-3166 2-letter and 3-letter country code. Also defines the address format for letters sent by postal mail.
  • Zones: Defines subdivisions of countries such as states/provinces or counties for tax or shipping purposes.
  • Zones Definitions: Create a zone for taxes, payments, or shipping modules.
  • Tax Classes: Used to differentiate between the type of tax calculations that apply to products.
  • Tax Rates: Create a specific tax rate for a zone.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Customers

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The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the customers menu options.

Zen Cart Admin – Customers

  • Customers: Go here to manage customers. You can edit customer information, delete customers, and email customers.
  • Orders: Go here to manage orders. You can edit order information, delete orders, and print invoices and packing slips.
  • Group Pricing: Create, edit, and delete pricing groups.
  • PayPal IPN: Go here to view paypal payment notifications. Sort by payment status. You can also view the order associated with the payment from this page.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Modules

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This spectacular design features a dramatic full page slide show on the home page which puts your products front and center for your customers immediate attention. The slide show is fully customizable through the zen cart admin – tools – banner manager. Add your slides, add the links for your slides, and add your banner titles. You can also specify whether to open the link in the same or a new window, or specify any of the other native settings for banners.

Another great feature of this template is Optimized Drop Down Navigation. On the desktop, laptops, and landscape tablets, the full drop down menu shows. On portrait tablets, and landscape and portrait phones the mobile menu automatically shows. The mobile menu is optimized for usability on these devices and touch enabled.

The custom product info page layout features a tabbed product description, details, reviews, and a custom tab (ad your content using the banner manager) which converts automatically to accordions on hand held devices. Showing product reviews on the product info page is important and will help your conversion rates.

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the module menu options.

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Zen Cart Admin – Modules

  • Payment: Install, edit or disable payment processing systems. Go here to set up paypal payments, authorizenet, check/mo, etc.
  • Shipping: Install, edit or disable shipping methods. Go here to set up shipping with usps, ups, flat rate, etc.
  • Order Total: Install, edit or disable checkout total items. Go here to set up global free shipping, enable gift certificates, etc.

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Zen Cart Admin Menu Guide – Catalog

The zen cart admin is packed with functionality. Here is a handy overview of all of the zen cart catalog menu options.

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Zen Cart Admin – Catalog

  • Categories/Products: Create, manage, and edit products and categories.
  • Product Types: View and edit product types. Go here to remove elements from the product info page such as model number, weight, etc.
  • Products Price Manager: Edit product pricing by category. Go here to add quantity discounts.
  • Option Name Manager: View, edit, add and delete option names for product attributes (size, color, etc).
  • Option Value Manager: View, edit, add and delete option values for product attributes such as black, white, red, or small, medium. large.
  • Attributes Controller: — View and edit product attributes.
  • Downloads Manager: View and edit certain information about downloadable items.
  • Option Name Sorter: View and edit sort order for option names.
  • Option Value Sorter: Change sort order for option values.
  • Manufacturers: View, add, edit or delete manufacturer information.
  • Reviews: Edit, enable, or delete customer product reviews
  • Specials: View, add, edit or delete specials. These will show in the specials sidebox or centerbox and on the specials items page.
  • Featured Products: View, add, edit or delete featured products. These will show in the featured sidebox or centerbox and on the featured items page.
  • SaleMaker: View, add, edit or delete sales.
  • Products Expected View or edit expected products. These will show in the upcoming products centerbox.

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