My Zen Cart Mods In Action

September August, 2014

Last year I created a page of Zen Cart Discount Preview screenshots on sites which use my discounting mods and show the discount on the shopping cart page using Discount Preview.

I'd like to expand this even more this year to showing off the marketing text for various discounting mods, and various other template changes I have offered to the community. Are you using one of my mods in a unique way? Send me a screenshot!

Final Price modules for Zen Cart

Posted September, 2014

There are now two ways you can set a final price for a bundle of products in Zen Cart. The first, which was introduced in April of this year, is Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser. The latest is in Zen Cart Table Discounts, which permits you to set final prices for bundles of items at multiple quantity levels. So you can say the final price for a bundle of five items (specified by category, manufacturer or product id) is price 1, and the final price for a bundle of ten items is price 2. Table Discounts will generate the necessary discount to get the post-discount price to the level you have set. It's a great spin on Quantity Discounting.

Note that the meaning of "final price" in this context is that a discount is created such that the price of the items in question minus the discount is equal to the final price. For example, here is a demonstration of "Buy 4 movies for $100" using Free Gift Chooser. Final Price Discount using Free Gift Chooser

OpenCart Better Together

Posted August, 2014

OpenCart Better Together has been released as a free OpenCart extension.

Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser allows use of Linked Categories

Posted August, 2014

Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser now has the ability to look not just at master category ID, but at all possible category IDs for linked products.

What does this mean in practice? Suppose you have a series of items you want to link to a clearance category. Now you can specify that category ID as a category to choose discounted items (or condition items) from. This flexibility is not available in any of my other modules.

Zen Cart Updates for 1.5.2 and 1.5.3

Posted July, 2014

All my updates for the latest Zen Cart Release are complete! The following modules have been updated for Zen Cart 1.5.2 and 1.5.3:

Zen Cart 1.5.3 Released!

Posted July, 2014

Here's the Zen Cart 1.5.3 Release Announcement. Note that the second release candidate of the 1.5.2 beta (zen-cart-v1.5.2-RC2-12172013) is now officially being called Zen Cart 1.5.2.

osCommerce Updates

Posted July, 2014

Both osCommerce Free Gift Chooser Mega Module and osCommerce Better Together Admin have received facelifts for osCommerce 2.3.4. Thanks to osCommerce wizard Gary Burton for letting me know about this!

And speaking of Gary, he was kind enough to show off Free Gift Chooser on his blog. Read the Club OSC review of Free Gift Chooser.

Zen Cart Coupons No Sale or Special

Posted July, 2014

A common request is "please change coupons to only apply to items not on sale or special." If you want that change, please see my Zen Cart Coupons No Sale or Special mod.

osCommerce Free Gift Chooser

Posted June, 2014

osCommerce Free Gift Chooser Mega Module is now available for osCommerce 2.2 and 2.3.
Free Gift Chooser supports the most common types of discounts people were building with Big Chooser - but with the convenience of an admin panel, instead of having to code the discounts in by hand. There is a new YouTube video on Creating Discounts with Free Gift Chooser (it uses Zen Cart, but the steps are the same for osCommerce.) See how easy it is to create discounts for your osCommerce based store.

The Cobbler's Children are the Last to be Shoed

Posted May, 2014

At long last, my mods are available in an online store. Until now, I have been too busy building other peoples' websites to do this for myself!

osCommerce Payment Methods and Discounts

Posted May, 2014

In my osCommerce Payment Integration page, I have documented how to fix Paypal Express in osCommerce 2.3.x so that it is aware of discounts.

And speaking of osCommerce, I have updated my osCommerce Demo Shop with the latest versions of my mods.

Video: Changing Customer Passwords in Zen Cart

Posted May, 2014

There is a new YouTube video on Changing Customer Passwords in Zen Cart. It shows you how to change a customer password using my Zen Cart Customer Password Edit module.

Video: Discounting in Zen Cart with Free Gift Chooser

Posted April, 2014

There is a new YouTube video on Creating Discounts in Zen Cart with Free Gift Chooser. See how easy it is to create discounts for your Zen Cart with Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser.

Free Gift Chooser now supports Discounts

Posted April, 2014

Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser Mega Module version 1.1 now supports discounting by dollars or percentage in addition to free (100% discount). You can even create a final price discount (i.e. the discount necessary to get to a specific bundle price) for a group of products.

Free Gift Chooser supports the most common types of discounts people were building with Big Chooser - but with the convenience of an admin panel, instead of having to code the discounts in by hand.

Quick Quantity Update

Posted April, 2014

Zen Cart Quick Quantity Update allows you to quickly update the quantity in stock for a particular item from the admin listing page for that category.

Table Discounts Updates

Posted March, 2014

Zen Cart Table Discounts now has two new constraint filters (ways of ensuring that only certain items are discounted):
  • set_constraint_attrfilter, which allows you to ensure a constraint has a particular attribute set to a certain value
  • set_constraint_name_includes, which allows you to match on a substring of the product name

Better Together Update

Posted March, 2014

Better Together needed an update to allow Checkout Candy to interoperate with the new One-To-Many feature. This update is only required for Checkout Candy users.

Copy Sideboxes

Posted February, 2014

Want to install a new template, but you're dreading reconfiguring the sideboxes you use on the old template? Just grab my Copy Sideboxes contribution! It does all the hard work for you.

New USPS Module

Posted January, 2014

On January 27, 2014, USPS rates change - be sure to get the new USPS Zen Cart Integration.

Per User and Group Specials

Posted January, 2014

Want to offer special prices to just certain users or groups? Take a look at my Per User Group Specials mod. It creates specials that are only available to the people you choose.