Zen Cart How to Customize The main_page=page_X? URL

This Zen Cart Easy Help tutorial will explain how to make a custom URL. When setting up your zen cart store, this is something you might want to do to help with your SEO(Search Engine Optimization). By creating a custom URL that contains keywords which are relevant to your page content and business type, you can boost your rank in google and other major search engines. Getting ahead in web searches is one of the most recommended ways to attract clients. Individuals who find your site by searching for your keywords are more likely to stay on your site, and purchase items. In other words, customers referred to your site by a search engine have an overall higher conversion rate than clients from almost any other referral method.

Customizing URLs in Zen Cart is very easy. There are only two steps to the process. First, find the /includes/languages/ENGLISH/page_?.php file, and open it in your favorite plain text editor. Find this code:


define('NAVBAR_TITLE', 'Page ?');
define('HEADING_TITLE', 'Page ?');

And make the following changes:


define('NAVBAR_TITLE', 'YOUR_PAGENAME_HERE');
define('HEADING_TITLE', 'YOUR_PAGENAME_HERE');

Then save your changes, and upload the file to your server.

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Zen Cart How To Remove ‘Home’ From the Middle Column – Part Two

Welcome to the second and final part of our easy help zen cart tutorial on how to remove the ‘home’ from the middle column of your main page. In this half, we will be showing you how to change the breadcrumb status if you are using zen cart version 1.3.0 or higher.

First, find this code:


<!-- bof  breadcrumb -->
<?php if (DEFINE_BREADCRUMB_STATUS == '1') { ?>
<div id="navBreadCrumb"><?php echo $breadcrumb->trail(BREAD_CRUMBS_SEPARATOR); ?></div>
<?php } ?>
<!-- eof breadcrumb -->

And change it to:


<!-- bof  breadcrumb -->
<?php if (DEFINE_BREADCRUMB_STATUS == '1' && ($current_page!='index' || (int)$cPath>0 )) { ?>    <div id="navBreadCrumb"><?php echo $breadcrumb->trail(BREAD_CRUMBS_SEPARATOR); ?></div>
<?php } ?>
<!-- eof breadcrumb -->

For Version 1.3.5 and higher change it to:


<!-- bof  breadcrumb -->
<?php if (DEFINE_BREADCRUMB_STATUS == '1' && !$this_is_home_page) { ?>    <div id="navBreadCrumb"><?php echo $breadcrumb->trail(BREAD_CRUMBS_SEPARATOR); ?></div>
<?php } ?>
<!-- eof breadcrumb -->

After you’ve made the appropriate changes, save the file to includes/templates/CUSTOM/COMMON/tpl_main_page.php, and upload it to your server.

In Version 1.3.7, it should be noted that the code to turn off the breadcrumbs on the main page is already there by default, so all you have to do is select an option in your admin. Go to the zen cart admin, and navigate to configuration -> layout settings -> define breadcrumb status. You will see the options, ‘off, on, off on home page only’. Select the one you want and save your changes.

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Zen Cart How To Remove ‘Home’ From the Middle Column

In this easy help Zen Cart tutorial, we will tell you how you can easily get rid of the ‘home’ found near the top of the main page in your zen cart store. In this tutorial, we will be CAPITALIZING the words that refer to a folder or language that you pick the name for when setting up your zen cart. By default, zen Cart uses CUSTOM for your template directories, and ENGLISH for your language directories, but it is highly recommended that you change these according to your conventions.

The ‘home’ at the top middle of the page is called a ‘breadcrumb’. The further into your site a customer goes, the longer the trail will get(i.e. home..yourcategory..yourproduct). This shows clients where they are on your site, and provides an easy way for them to retrace their steps should they desire. If you don’t like the breadcrumbs, you can disable them completely or you can disable them on the main page only.

To turn them off completely in your zen cart Admin, go to -> Configuration -> Layout settings -> Define Breadcrumb Status, and set to this to 0. You can also turn them off for the home page only.

To turn them off on the main page only, go to the includes/templates/COMMON/tpl_main_page.php directory of your zen cart, and find this code:

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Zen Cart How to Set the Default Tab in Tabbed Home Page Modules

Most of our templates come with the Tabbed Home Page Modules plugin included. This module is very handy as a way to show new products, featured products, and specials on your zen cart main page without causing a long scroll on the page. It places each module in a separate tab which the user can then click on to switch between.

This tutorial features the Responsive Sheffield Blue template. It has been released free to the zen cart community and you can download it here:

Sheffield Blue responsive zen cart template

responsive sheffield blue template

The responsive sheffield blue template features a 3 column layout. You can use the template with a 2 column (left column and center column or right column and center column) or even as a 1 column layout. Some slight adjustments may have to be made in the css stylesheets. A responsive home page slide show is included which by default slides, but can also be customized to fade, with 5 slides, configurable through the zen cart admin banners interface. Add your slide show images, set their links, enable/disable images/links, and set open in new window easily using the admin banner manager. The template also comes with a customized product info page layout that has expandable/contractable content areas specifically added to make navigation on handheld devices easier. The desktop view shows full content areas with no need to expand to view the content.

In your favorite plain text editor, open the includes/templates/override/css/stylesheet_module_tabs.css.

Find this line on or around line 6:


#featuredProducts {display:block;}

Change featuredProducts to either whatsNew, or specialsDefault depending on which tab you would like to show on page load.

If you want all three tabs to open on page load add this:


#featuredProducts, #whatsNew, #specialsDefault {display:block;}

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Add Specials to the Main Page

A great way to promote your Specials is by adding the Specials Center Box to the Main Page of your zen cart store. This step by step tutorial will show you how.

This tutorial features the Apparel Boutique zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it you can download it for free here.

If you don’t have any products on special see this tutorial for instructions on adding specials to zen cart:

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Create a Special for a Product

In your zen cart admin go to Configuration -> Index Listing

Click on “Show Speical Products on Main Page“, select a sort order, and click on the “update” button.

Go to your home page and refresh your browser to see the change.

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Set the Number of Specials Shown in Centerboxes



Promote your zen cart store’s sale products by using the center boxes. You can easily control how many specials you would like to show in these center boxes. This step by step tutorial will show you how to customize the number of specials shown in the various zen cart center boxes for maximum use of this great incredible tool.

This tutorial features the Aberdeen Neutral free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it and want to use it for your zen cart store, you can download it for free here:

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1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> Maximum Values.

2. Click on “Products on Special”, set the number of specials that you want to display, and click on the “update” button.

3. Refresh your browser and see the changes. Changing this number will adjust the number of featured products shown on the main page, Category with Sub Categories pages, Errors and Missing Products Pages, and Product Listing pages.

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Set the Number of Featured Products Shown on The Main Page


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Promote your zen cart store’s featured products by using the centerboxes. You can easily control how many featured products you would like to show in these centerboxes. This step by step tutorial will show you how to customize the number of featured products shown in the various centerboxes for maximum use of this great promotional tool.

This tutorial features the Apparel Boutique free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it and want to use it for your zen cart store, you can download it for free here:

Apparel Boutique free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> Maximum Values.

2. Click on “Maximum Display of Featured Products – Main Page”, set the number of featured products that you want to display, and click on the “update” button.

3. Refresh your browser and see the changes. Changing this number will adjust the number of featured products shown on the main page.

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Set the Number of New Products Shown in Centerboxes



Promoting your zen cart store’s new products is a great way to increase your sales. Did you know that you can control how many new products are shown in the center box? This step by step tutorial will show you how to customize the number of new products shown in the various centerboxes for maximum use of this great promotional tool.

This tutorial features the All Business free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it and want to use it for your zen cart store, you can download it for free here:

All Business free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> Maximum Values.

2. Click on “New Products Module”, set the number of new products that you want to display, and click on the “update” button.

3. Refresh your browser and see the changes. Changing this number will adjust the number of new products shown on the main page, Category with Sub Categories pages, Errors and Missing Products Pages, and Product Listing pages.

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Turn Off Breadcrumb Navigation on the Main Page


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If you are like me and love a clean layout you will definitely want to turn off the breadcrumb navigation on the home page of your zen cart store. Left on it is just the lonely text “home” floating at the top of your main page. This step by step tutorial will show you how to turn off the breadcrumb navigation for the main page in zen cart.

This tutorial features the Aberdeen Neutral free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you like it you can download it for free here.

Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> Layout Settings.

Click on “Define Breadcrumb Status”, select “2”, and click on the “update” button.

Now, the home page is much cleaner.

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Add New Products to the Main Page


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Featuring a selection of your store’s new products on the main page of your zen cart site is a great way to promote and showcase the new arrivals. This step by step tutorial will show you how to add a new products centerbox to your zen cart site.

This tutorial features the All Business free zen cart template by Picaflor Azul. If you want to use it for your zen cart store, you can download it for free here.

Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration -> Index Listing.

Click on “Show New Products on Main Page”, select “1”, and click on the “update” button.

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