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.

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Zen Cart What Does “Counter History for last 10 recorded days” Mean?

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In the Zen Cart admin, the counter history for last 10 recorded days counts the first visits to your site from a unique browser session. It actually records and stores all the hit data from every day of the year, and this information will not disappear unless you manually delete it. However, only ten days worth of activity will show in the admin. The counter in the admin automatically updates itself as the days go by.

It should be noted that the counter is not able to tell the difference between someone visiting your site at 10:00 am, and returning at 4:00 pm on the same day. The counter will show this as a new session.

Why is the Zen Cart Counter History Important?

Unique visitors represents the number of people visiting your site for the first time. No matter how many pages they explore on your site, it counts only as one visit. The IP address, is stored in a statistics database as a single record. That record is counted as a Unique Visitor.

When that person returns several days later, the database is able identify them as a Repeat Visitor because the IP address is stored in the database. This is actually the more important statistic to pay attention to because it tells you there is something on your site that interested your visitors enough for them to return.

Website statistics are a valuable tool, and knowing the difference between hits and unique visitors gives you a better idea of what your visitors are looking for. Use this information to update your site and keep your visitors engaged with new content that they will find interesting.

For more information on counter history, read this Wikipedia article.

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Featured Shabby Chic Zen Cart Template #511

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Template #511 uses a color palette of brown and pink. The slightly distresses looking graphics including the large damask background give this template a unique shabby chic feel. The home page of this zen cart template comes with a pre-coded layout including a “Welcome to our Boutique” image with buttons to the left with “new items”, “featured”, “sale items”, and “all items”. These buttons change opacity upon hover.

Additional customizations available with this template include:

  • About Us Page ( +$15.00 )
  • Newsletter Header ( +$25.00 )
  • Add Business Name & Slogan to Header ( +$25.00 )
  • Vista Print Business Card Template ( +$25.00 )
  • Matching WordPress Theme ( +$150.00 )
  • Ask a Question on Product Info Page ( +$15.00 )
  • Footer Menu (includes About Us Page) ( +$50.00 )
  • Change Template Colors ( +$100.00 )
  • Twitter Set ( +$25.00 )

If you require a customization that is not included, it is no problem. Just drop us a line and let us know what you need. Please be sure to include the zen cart template number in your email title.

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Beyond Dazzling

This spectacular website features a highly customized zen cart ecommerce shopping cart. Done in shades of cafe au lait and decorated for the holiday shopping season, Beyond Dazzling’s home page features custom ads with links to new arrivals, rack sale, featured items, and gift cards, with a custom slide show. Main category navigation is on the top and bottom of the main content area. Click on a main category name and you are taken to the customized category page layout with sub categories for that main category in the left hand navigation. Each main category and sub category has it’s own custom layout.

The product information page has a completely customized layout with customized social bookmarking, facebook like button, twitter button, custom box for help with links to live chat, contact us, shipping information, and return policies. The cart is programmed to not show the left hand navigation on the product information pages.

Modules installed on the site include: Database Backup, Column Layout Grid, Subscription Manager, Shopping Cart Totals in Header, Cross Sell, Image Handler 2, Ask a Question, Single Listing Template, Lightbox, Customized Social Bookmarking, Rss Feed, Wishlist, Recently Viewed Products, About Us Page, Manufacturers All Page, Upsell on Shopping Cart Page, Easy Populate, Recover Cart Sales, Single Listing Template, Fed Ex, Live Chat, Custom Help Box, Home Page Slideshow, Custom Category Pages, Save for Later

Picaflor Azul specializes in creating beautiful and functional zen cart designs. Our site www.picaflor-azul.com provides links to the most used zen cart tutorials, has satisfied customer testimonials, features our zen cart design portfolio, and has over 1000 zen cart templates for sale. Contact Us for a quote on your custom zen cart design project today!

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Visit Picaflor Azul to see our new look! Both our zen cart store and wordpress blog have gotten a facelift. Based on our signature color palette in subtle and earthy blues, greens, and browns. The new design is focused on making site navigation more intuitive and bringing more functionality to our ecommerce site. New features added to the site include:

  • Search in the header
  • Shopping cart totals and checkout link in the header
  • Streamlined categories
  • Home page slider
  • Featued Zen Cart templates on the home page
  • RSS feed added
  • Custom Request a Template form
  • Custom Request a Quote form
  • Custom footer menu
  • Lightbox>/li?
  • Image zoom on hover

Our new site currently features over 1600 zen cart templates priced between $40 and $60 for the basic package! Choose from boutique, babies/kids, business, shabby chic, retro/vintage, dots/stripes, fashion, floral, hip, and clean layout. Our templates are user friendly, easy to navigate, clean and beautiful designs for zen cart. These templates have been created specifically for zen cart version 1.3.8a and higher. They may work on lower versions of zen cart but please note that the templates have not been tested on them. All template files will be provided in a .zip file format. Installation is easy and each package will include an install.txt file with complete instructions for easy installation. An optional SQL file is included to customize the admin settings automatically, or use the screen shots for manual customization. Also included in the .zip file are blanks of the images needed to customize the template, along with the fonts used in the demo.

Available template additions are:

  • About Us Page ( +$15.00 )
  • Newsletter Header ( +$25.00 )
  • Add Business Name & Slogan to Header ( +$25.00 )
  • Vista Print Business Card Template ( +$25.00 )
  • Matching WordPress Theme ( +$150.00 )
  • Ask a Question on Product Info Page ( +$15.00 )
  • Footer Menu (includes About Us Page) ( +$50.00 )
  • Change Template Colors ( +$100.00 )
  • Twitter Set ( +$25.00 )