This Zen Cart tutorial is the fourth installment in a series dedicated to teaching zen cart users and store owners how to create downloadable products in their ecommerce shops. Before we wrap things up in the next few segments, we will take a quick look at an alternate method that you can use to create downloadable products.
Using this alternative method, the first thing you need to do is open your zen cart admin area and navigate to the ‘Option Name’ screen. Once here, add an option name, and set the ‘Option Type’ to either ‘radiobutton’ or ‘Dropdown’.
Next, go to the option values manager, and add an option value. Typically, it will look something like this:
Option Name: Downloads (from dropdown) Option Value: PDF Default Sort Order: 10
Then go to the ‘Attributes Controller’ area. Find the Product you wish to affect, and enter the correct information:
Pick from Option Name dropdown: Downloads Pick from Option Value dropdown: PDF [DOWNLOAD] Enter the filename: yourfilename.zip Enter the number of days Enter the number of download attempts Set as Default Set Sort Order (if needed or after adding you can run the Update Sort Orders)
After this, all you need to do is click ‘insert’ to put the changes into effect on your website. Before you check the download on your storefront, however, you should take a moment to ensure that there is a green dot next to the name of the file which is to be downloaded. If the green dot is not there, it means the file is absent from your server, and you will need to upload it to the correct directory. While this can be done after the product is set up, it is better to do it beforehand to avoid confusion.