Did you miss the Zen Cart POODLE notification?

Because of a discovered vulnerability in SSLV3, several payment and shipping modules in Zen Cart needed to be changed recently.

Some people asked me how they could have gotten this notification earlier.  Happily, it’s quite simple.  Just click this link


to subscribe to the Zen Cart Releases forum.  You’ll get an email when a new post is added.

MailChimp Zen Cart sidebox issue

If you are using my MailChimp Sidebox plugin for Zen Cart, and you installed it a while back, please take a look at something: the form created by the sidebox should say

<form action=”//something-something.list-manage.com…


<form action=”http://something-something.list-manage.com…

The latter can cause the lock icon to be slashed out, so an SSL page will appear to not be encrypted.

If the MailChimp sidebox is shown on your login page, you can easily test this by going to the login page and checking the lock icon for your site (assuming you have an SSL certificate).

Showing off your Zen Cart Newsletter Discount in the MailChimp Sidebox

If you are using Newsletter Discount, and you want to show off the discount in the sidebox, add this block to


right after the “</form>:

    $content .= "Newsletter subscribers enjoy a " . MODULE_ORDER_TOTAL_NEWSLETTER_DISCOUNT_AMOUNT ."% discount!";

Your sidebox will now look like this:
MailChimp signup with newslettere discount
Since Discount Preview does not support Newsletter Discount, this is a good compromise.

Zen Cart Optional Payment Method

Getting payments by Paypal is incredibly convenient for me – it means I can roll up dozens of small transactions into a single checkbook update showing the transfer from Paypal.  But some people don’t like Paypal, for a variety of reasons.  So I want to have a payment mechanism that will work for them.

Well, as I said in Monday’s blog post, I have a LOT of payment methods, but for the folks who just want to use a credit card, I use BrainTree.  Here’s the BrainTree Zen Cart integration, which works well except for one small bug in version 4 that I documented a fix for in this Zen Cart forum post.

But I don’t show two credit card payment methods at checkout, and I want to encourage people to use Paypal.  So what I did was create the Optional Payment Method module for Zen Cart, which allows you to enable only specific customers to see the optional payment module, and hide it from the rest.

Hopefully this contribution will help other folks too.

New Payment Methods for That Software Guy!

Most people pay me by Paypal, either directly or via my store.
But some people don’t like Paypal – for a variety of reasons. For a while, the payment alternative I offered was Google Checkout, but Google killed that product off. So now I offer three non-Paypal options for people to make payments or donations:

I also offer, for select customers, credit card processing via BrainTree.  More on this topic tomorrow!

Challenge for Zen Cart store owners: are you making it as easy as possible for your customers to pay you?