Zen Cart Language Files and How They Are Used – Part One

In zen cart, language files, or a ‘language system’ is used to define the text content in various places in your store. One feature of this system is zen cart’s ability to run in another language, or even multiple languages at the same time. It also means that, with little or no knowledge of databases and/or programming languages, you can edit the text or content on any page of your zen cart. In this easy help zen cart tutorial, we will take you through the language files, and their various roles in your zen cart store.

The information that these files contain can be separated into four categories: Global information, which contains text that is used across the entire site. This information can be found in the includes/languages/english.php file; page specific information is text and content used by individual pages in your cart. This type of information is in your includes/languages/ENGLISH/xxx.php file; your definitions is text that you might find necessary or useful for your store, but which is not usually found in zen cart because it is too user/industry specific. Information like this is contained in the include/languages/ENGLISH/extra_definitions/xxx.php file; and finally, complete pages, which are default pages used by Zen Cart. These can be edited as you deem necessary, and you can even add your own pages if you want. These files are located in the includes/languages/ENGLISH/html_includes/define_xxx.php.

These files use ‘define statements’, which contain of a constant, and the data within the constant. Here is an example:


define('MY_CONSTANT', 'This is my information');

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Zen Cart How to Change All Products to Taxable Goods

If you added all of your zen cart products before you set up your tax structure, and want to mark all products as taxable goods, you will have to go into each product screen in the admin, one by one, and make the changes manually. This can take a long time especially if your zen cart store has a lot of products. This Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial will show you how to set all of the products in your store to taxable goods status with one simple command.

Log into your zen cart admin and go to Tools – Install SQL Patches. Copy and paste the following into the box and click on the “send” button:


UPDATE products SET products_tax_class_id=1;  

This will make all products set to taxable goods status in the zen cart catalog.

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Set a Default Tax Class



To streamline the process of adding a tax class to your products, you can set a default tax class. Then, instead of having to select a tax class each time you list a new product, the default tax class will already be selected.

First, find the tax class ID number of the tax class that you want to set as default.

Go to Locations/Taxes ->Tax Classes

Go to Catalog -> Product Types.

Select “Product-General” and click on the “edit layout” button.

Select “Product Price Tax Class Default – When adding new products?”, add the tax class id number and click on the “update” button.

Now, when you list a new product, this tax class will be selected by default.

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Configure Taxes (US state sales tax – single rate)

Configuring your state taxes should be on your checklist of items to set up before your zen cart sites grand opening. This step by step tutorial will show you how to configure US state sales tax, single rate, in your zen cart store.

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> My Store.

Click on “Zone” select the country and zone where your store is located from the drop down menu and click on the “update” button.

2. Go to Locations /Taxes -> Zones Definitions

Click on the “insert” button.

Add your Zone name and Description and click on the “insert” button. In this example we will configure taxes for the state of Colorado.

Click on the “details” button.

Click on the “insert” button.

Select “United States” from the Country drop down menu, and “Colorado” from the Zone drop down menu, and click on the “insert” button.

3. Go to Locations/Taxes > Tax Classes.

Click on the “new tax class” button.

Add the “Tax Class Title:” and “Description”, and click on the “insert” button.

4. Go to Locations/Taxes > Tax Rates:

Click on the “new tax rate” button.

Fill in the information and then click on the “insert” button:

  • A. Tax Class Title:
  • B. Zone:
  • C. Tax Rate (%):
  • D. Description:
  • e. Priority:

Now, when you add a product, make sure you apply the new tax class to any products that you might be charging tax on.

To streamline the process of adding a tax class to your products, you can set a default tax class.

First, find the tax class ID number of the tax class that you want to set as default.

Go to Locations/Taxes ->Tax Classes

Go to Catalog -> Product Types.

Select “Product-General” and click on the “edit layout” button.

Select “Product Price Tax Class Default – When adding new products?”, add the tax class id number and click on the “update” button.

Now, when you list a new product, this tax class will be selected by default.

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How Do I Use My Currency Instead of US Dollars?

If your zen cart store is located outside of the U.S. or you just want to a default currency other than US dollars, then you will want to follow this step by step tutorial to find out how to change the default currency in zen cart.

There are two aspects to configuring your currency settings. The first is whether you want to accept more than one currency and the second is adding the new currency.

Step 1: “Set Switch To Default Language Currency”

Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> My Store:

Select “Switch To Default Language Currency” from the list and click on the “edit” button.

If you are running your shop in a language that is not English and are going to use your native currency, click on the line that says “Switch To Default Language Currency” and change the value to true. If you are going to run the cart in English, but not use US Dollars, make sure that the “Switch To Default Language Currency” is set to false. Then click on the “update” button.

Step 2: Add a New Currency

Follow the tutorial here to find out step by step how to add a currency to zen cart.

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Add Currencies



Zen cart comes with the ability to show shop prices in different currencies. Add currencies to your zen cart store to allow customers to choose which currency they would like to use while shopping your store. This step by step tutorial will show you how to add currencies.

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Localization -> Currencies:

2. Click on the “new currency” button.

3. There are 7 bits of information you will fill out:

  • A. Title:–the name of the new currency
  • B. Code:–3 letter code
  • C. Symbol Left: or Symbol Right:
  • D. Decimal Point:
  • E. Thousands Point:
  • F. Decimal Places:
  • G. Value:
  • Tick the “Set as default” if you want this to be your default currency

Your new currency has now been added and will be visible to your customers via the currency drop down menu.

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