Now that Discount Chooser is becoming the gold standard for discounting offers in ZenCart, osCommerce, and (soon) OpenCart, I have decided to reduce the price of Better Together Admin.Better Together Admin for Zen Cart and Better Together Admin for osCommerce are now price reduced to just $30 for software only, or $90 for the software plus installation. If you have been holding off on buying the Better Together Admin Panel, now is your chance.
If your discounting needs are limited to BOGO style offers, Better Together is still a great choice, so I hope a lot of people will take advantage of this lower price.
When I first created Free Gift Chooser, it only offered 100% discounts (“free gifts”), based on the content of the cart. About a year later, I added the ability to do price reductions – percentage or dollar based. So the name “Free Gift Chooser” was no longer very accurate.
With the pending release of the Free Gift Chooser algorithm for OpenCart, I’m taking this opportunity to rename the Zen Cart and osCommerce versions of Free Gift Chooser to Discount Chooser (and similarly, to rename Free Gift Spender for Zen Cart to Discount Spender).
Same powerful discounting software; new name!
Back in 2013 I extended the one-to-one linkage concept in Zen Cart Better Together with the One-to-Many feature. This addition of three new radio buttons in the Zen Cart admin panel effectively tripled the number of permutations of computed discounts. What could go wrong?
Well, as it turned out, a number of things! Freed from the classic one-to-one constraint, the configuration
would discount a *single* product 3, because it miscounted the number of items in the cart. You can see this error in the screenshot above.
This bug is fixed in Better Together 2.5.3 for Zen Cart, which is available in the Plugins area.
You may have already heard that Mastercard is rolling out cards that start with a “2” instead of the traditional “5.” You’ll want to check your version of Zen Cart to be sure you can handle this. Versions 1.5.5b and above have built in logic for the native payment methods (such as Authorize.net); if you are running a lower version, you will need to merge in the changes from the latest copy of includes/classes/cc_validation.php. If you are using an extension to manage credit card payments, be sure to test with Mastercard 2223000048400011. Then you can have confidence that your cart properly processes “2” series Mastercard cards.
Extended Family joins Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser and Zen Cart Free Gift Spender as modules that required MySQL 5.7 compatibility changes. Please get these updates if you use these modules.
Newsletter Discount for Zen Cart has a few new features:
- Dollar off per order setting
- Caching of Mailchimp subscriber status
Zen Cart Free Gift Chooser and Zen Cart Free Gift Spender have just been updated for compatibility with MySQL 5.7.
In addition, Free Gift Chooser now offers the ability to condition on *any* category. So deals like, “With any purchase, get a free <item>” are now possible.
If you’re getting this warning message in your ZenCart checkout using Paypal Payments Standard, fear not! There issue is just that Paypal is no longer using commas in the payment amount, and there’s a fix for it. The options are described in the Zen Cart forum thread PayPal deleting the comma from PayPal Standard in Jan 2017.
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.