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Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser / NoChex Payment Module interoperability fix

If you are using Free Gift Chooser 1.3 or lower, with a payment module which has its own application_top file (such as Nochex), please move includes/extra_configures/free_gift_chooser_tables.php to includes/extra_datafiles/free_gift_chooser_tables.php (The symptom you will see is that customer checkouts will fail to … Continue reading

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Zen Cart on Mobile Platforms

I wrote about this a couple of months back on my Zen Cart newsletter: Two folks I work with have created templates which work well on mobile devices – take a look and see for yourself. Here is Delia Wilson’s … Continue reading

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What are the server requirements for running Zen Cart?

You’re almost always ok with the latest and greatest of each of the LAMP stack components, but someone asked me the other day about MySQL 5.6, and I had to double check.  With Zen Cart 1.5.3, has only been tested … Continue reading

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Why is using SFTP better than FTP to manage your Zen Cart files?

If you read the page “Important Security Recommendations” under the docs folder of your Zen Cart, you’ll see that SFTP is recommended as a file transfer method over FTP. Why is that? The reason is simple: when you use FTP, … Continue reading

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Making signup easy on your Zen Cart ecommerce site

Zen Cart’s default customer signup form comes with a number of fields for customers that you should not collect.  That’s right – turn them off and don’t collect them (unless you are required to for regulatory or other reasons).  These include: … Continue reading

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My Zen Cart Product Update is failing!

Got this one last night from a client -had never seen it before.  Sure enough, pressing the update button on the preview page after updating a product description was not working. One hint was that the editor was set to … Continue reading

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Trouble logging in after your offsite Zen Cart 1.5.3 upgrade ?

This post on the Zen Cart forum describes the issue, which can happen if the machine where you do the upgrade and database conversion uses a different PHP version than the one used by the site’s host. What I did was: … Continue reading

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Using set_cart_discount in Zen Cart Big Chooser

The Zen Cart Big Chooser discounting module normally works in “Buy X, Get Y” mode – but you can configure it differently.  If you want to discount the entire package (X+Y) or even the entire basket if X and Y are purchased, … Continue reading

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Package Discounts for Zen Cart

If you want to provide a discount for a kit or collection of items (also known as a package discount), you can now do this using Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser. This capability was already part of Big Chooser, but it … Continue reading

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osCommerce mod changes

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!

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