Zen Cart How Do I Disable SSL In My Store?

This Zen Cart tutorial will teach zen cart users and store owners how to disable SSL on their web sites. This is not recommended, as SSL is a very important security measure, especially for ecommerce stores. SSL encrypts communications between web sites and the browsers viewing them, which ensures that nefarious third parties can not spy on the transmissions. This greatly reduces the risk of site break-ins, and protects both the store owner and customers from many forms of online fraud, including identity theft. While there are some instances where it could be useful to temporarily disable your site wide SSL, you should leave it off for as little time as possible. Sites without SSL are viewed as untrustworthy by the vast majority of online shoppers. Customers are more likely to leave an unsecured site straightaway than they are to browse and eventually make a purchase.

Disabling SSL on a zen cart web site is simple, and easy. All you will need to do is effect a few changes in your includes/configure.php and admin/includes/configure.php files.

First, open includes/configure.php in your favorite plain text editor, and locate this code:

// Define the webserver and path parameters
define(‘HTTP_SERVER’, ‘http://www.YOUR_SHOP.com’);
define(‘HTTPS_SERVER’, ‘https://www.YOUR_SHOP.com’);
define(‘ENABLE_SSL’, ‘true’);

Change the ‘true’ to ‘false’, and save the file. Next, open your admin/includes/configure.php , and find the following code:

define(‘HTTP_SERVER’, ‘http://www.YOUR_SHOP.com’);

define(‘ENABLE_SSL_CATALOG’, ‘true’);
define(‘ENABLE_SSL_ADMIN’, ‘true’);

Again, change the ‘true’s to ‘false’s.

It should also be noted that your configure.php files are most likely marked read-only. In order to make the needed changes, you will have to modify them so that they are read-write. After you make your changes, be sure to put them back to read-only. It is extremely important that you remember this last step, as it is imperative for the security of your zen cart site.

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