This Zen Cart tutorial is aimed toward teaching zen cart users and store owners how they can create downloadable products in their ecommerce shops. In zen cart, downloads are handled as product attributes, so it’s a good idea to learn how to set up attributes before you try to tackle setting up a downloadable product. By learning about product attributes, you will be giving yourself a good foundation to start from, and it will be much easier to understand how to set up a downloadable product.
Before we begin with the tutorial, it should be noted that the files containing the product you wish to make downloadable must be loaded the /download directory of your zen cart before any attempt is made to link this file/s to products/attributes.
The first step in the process is to open your zen cart admin area. Navigate to ‘Option Names’, and create a Radiobutton or Dropdown option name. It should be named ‘Download’, or something else along those lines. Then, navigate to the ‘Option Values Manager’, and add the desired title(I.e., ‘Zip File’).
Next, go to the ‘Attributes Controller’, and locate the Product you want to make downloadable.
Add the Attributes like this: ‘Option Name: Download’, ‘Option Value: Zip’, ‘Sort Order: 10’, ‘Filename: (enter name of file you uploaded to the /download folder)’. ‘Option Name: Download’, ‘Option Value: Notepad Zip’, ‘Sort Order: 20’, ‘Filename: (enter name of file you uploaded to the /download folder)’.
By setting the product up this way, you are allowing your customers to select the format in which they will receive the product after they download it. As such, you will need to tweak this procedure according to your product types, and preferences.
Also remember that if you are using radio buttons, you will need to set one as a default.