Zen Cart How To Speed Up Your Site – Part One

If your Zen Cart is taking a long time to load, it can have a negative effect on your business. In this day and age, online shoppers are accustomed to quick page load times, and when a website takes too long to load, they are likely to leave without completing their order, or even without making one in the first place. In this zen cart tutorial, we will give you some helpful tips on how to speed up your website. It should be noted that these suggestions all work from the assumption that you are running the most recent version of Zen Cart.

The first thing to try is turning off your Category Counts, especially if you have a lot of categories. Do this by navigating to admin-> Configuration -> My Store. Switch both Show Category Counts’, and ‘Show Category Counts-Admin’ to false.

If you aren’t using the Manufacturers sidebox, you should turn this off as well. Again, it’s a very easy change to make. Simply go to Admin-> Tools-> Layout Boxes Controller, and find the sideboxes/manufacturers.php entry. Turn it ‘Off’.

Another thing you can do is to make sure that your images are optimized for your site. Specifically, you should be using small images for thumbnails, slightly larger images for product pages, and large detailed pictures for ‘click to enlarge’ images.

There are also a few functions that you can turn off in Admin->Configuration->Attribute Settings. Doing this will reduce the number of queries used to calculate and display product information.

1: Enable Downloads – If you don’t have downloadable products on your site, turn this off.
2: Enable Price Factor – This is unnecessary if you are not using price-by-attributes support.
3: Enable Qty Price Discount – This should be off, unless you offer quantity discounts.
4: Enable Attribute Images – Disable this if you’re not adding images to your attributes.
5: Enable Text Pricing by word or letter – Turn this off if you’re not offering text attributes which calculate per-word or per-letter.

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