The mighty Googs have changed how their redirection works, so that search parameters are no longer passed to target pages. For this reason, my Zen Cart Welcome Google Searcher mod will no longer work.
I told you a while ago about my experience building a static site with Hugo. I was updating the page to show a few changes (notably to my book group website, but also to update the year in the footer). I stumbled upon a small bug in Hugo’s date reporting, but the real issue that caused me to waste a ton of time was that in my aggravation, I wound up deleting the
public folder to ensure a clean start. But in a Github Pages based site, the
public folder should really be a separate Github repo pointing to your target site!
So now I do a quick check in my deployment script to make sure I haven’t accidentally done this again. Be sure you do something similar!
Note: If you are using Jekyll instead of Hugo, the same advice applies, but you’ll want to check
_site instead of
So I decided to go with Jekyll, a Ruby based static site generator. I created a new website for my book group, using a gem that makes it easy to autogenerate Amazon affiliate URLs with the Product Advertising API.
I open sourced the project in case anyone else wants to build a book club website, or any other type of website that uses Amazon affiliate links.
My beloved book group website is getting the dreaded “not mobile-friendly” warning from Google. That’s because the site was built when “RWD” meant “rear-wheel drive,” not “responsive web design!” But challenge accepted – I will rework the site, and its 17 years of book choices – to be compatible with the modern web. And you, dear reader, will be lucky enough to follow my adventure!
When Gift Wrap at Checkout was updated to Zen Cart 1.5.4, I didn’t merge the code that takes care of the Wrap Selection Options: gift wrap swatches and gift wrap names. This has been fixed and the code is now available for Zen Cart 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.
Your customers can now create their own invoices from their orders using my Catalog Invoice contribution. It looks just like an invoice that you generate on the admin side of your store, but it can be done by your customers as a self-serve activity.
Per User Group Specials now includes Sales support for Zen Cart 1.5.4 and 1.5.5.
Specials are per-product discounts that show up in the shopping cart as price reductions, whereas Sales are per-category discounts. But neither of these built-in discounts can be restricted to a single user or group by default, which is why I did Per User and Group Specials.
So now you can create a Special *or* a Sale, and keep it restricted to one particular customer or group.
All of my mods have been now updated for Zen Cart 1.5.5a. Here’s the list:
- Auto Add
- Auto Add plus Better Together
- Better Together Offers on Listing Pages
- Big Upsell
- Checkout Candy
- Checkout Candy for Combination Discounts
- Combination Discounts Offers on Listing Pages
- Coupon Auto Add
- Coupons No Sale or Special
- Coupon Restrictions – Big Chooser Style
- Coupon Single User
- Impulse Buy
- Manufacturer Discount
- Optional Payment Method
- Order Copy
- Per User Group Specials
- Quick Quantity Update
- Quick Status Update
- Roundup for Charity
- Sale Ending on Listing Pages
- Save for Later Report
- Switch Skin
- Valid Cart.
- Welcome Google Searcher
- What’s On Sale
I have put a ton of effort into marking up my help pages with HTML id tags. Here’s an example:
<h2 id="installation_problems">Installation Problems: </h2>
Why do this?
So when people ask questions I have seen dozens times before about an issue they are having installing Zen Cart Discount Preview, I send people directly to the portion of the Discount Preview documentation which describes installation problems: you can send them the link
Over time, as you build up your list of tags that you can use in answering questions, you are enabled to not only provide better service (since you can answer more quickly), but also to save time, since you don’t have to explain the answer again and again. And on top of that, you’ll probably spend time refining the one answer you have written down to the question so that it improves in quality over time.