Zen Cart custom software development, Zen Cart modules, Zen Cart Expert eCommerce with Zen Cart!

2018 July to December

ZenCart 1.5.6 Released!

Posted December, 2018

The new release of Zen Cart is ready for action. You can read more about Zen Cart 1.5.6, or you can just download it and start selling! And if you're running a prior version, of course I'd be happy to update your Zen Cart for you.

And be sure to check my list to see the status of my Zen Cart mods and PHP7. I'm working as fast as I can to get them all ready.

ZenCart and eCommerce FAQ

Posted December, 2018

*** Updated: my FAQ is no longer online since we updated the Zen Cart documentation.

I have started building a FAQ on eCommerce and Zen Cart using phpMyFAQ.

ZenCart Coupon Single User

Posted December, 2018

ZenCart Coupon Single User has been upgraded so that you can now restrict a coupon to a single domain, not just a single email.

So for example, if you want to permit a coupon to only be used by customers with a "@MyBestCustomer.com" email address, you would create a coupon code starting with "@MyBestCustomer.com", such as "@MyBestCustomer.com_save_ten" or "@MyBestCustomer.com-bogo".

ZenCart Product Customization

Posted December, 2018

Zen Cart Product Customization is a specialty of mine. I had a customer who told me his current web developer (I won't name this industry standard competitor) said that adding a per product conditional message would be "a big can of worms" and "harder than you think."

I guess that could be true if you don't know what you're doing - but if you'd rather get results than hear excuses, please get in touch and I'll implement your Zen Cart product customization promptly.

ZenCart MailChimp Integration Updates

Posted November, 2018

ZenCart MailChimp and ZenCart Newsletter Discount have been updated as follows:
  • Fixed bug in API integration
  • Added instructions for changing Zen Cart newsletter page
  • Removed double opt in
  • Moved MailChimp error log to /logs folder
If you wish to read more about these changes, please see the blog post on Zen Cart - MailChimp Integration.

ZenCart Better Together Admin, Combination Discounts Admin

Posted November, 2018

ZenCart Better Together Admin and ZenCart Combination Discounts Admin have been upgraded so that they interoperate with PHP7.

Zen Cart Preview Email

Posted November, 2018

Zen Cart Preview Email allows you to to view the HTML emails your cart produces, so you can easily fine tune the layout.

Zen Cart 360 Sales Reporting

Posted October, 2018

The Zen Cart 360 Sales Reporting mod extends the "Best Customers" Report (Admin > Reports > Customer Orders-Total) to include
  • direct payments (bank to bank transfers)
  • payments made outside the ecommerce environment
  • payments made by multiple customers working for the same account.
This mod is also highly relevant to my Salesforce Integration for Zen Cart, since it demonstrates how to create accounts where multiple contacts for a company exist.

Big Files for ZenCart

Posted October, 2018

The ZenCart Big Files report allows you to easily see your largest files. This can be useful if you are running out of disk space and need to figure out the cause.

SysCheck for Zen Cart

Posted September, 2018

SysCheck is back! I originally wrote this module to help shopowners determine if their 1.3.8 ZenCart installations were secure, but I recently updated it to do more checking and look for more bad-guy activity. When used in conjunction with the ZenCart Changed Files report, it can make an investigation into a site compromise go more quickly.

CSV Model Update for Zen Cart

Posted September, 2018

My Find Duplicate Models mod is very useful for stores that have a unique model number requirements (because of external systems like Webgility). But if you get a large list of products that need to be updated, it can be a very time consuming process. For those people, I created CSV Model Update. Update the model number for as many products as you like, all from a CSV you created in Excel or with a text editor.

RocketShipIt Help!

Posted August, 2018

I'm pleased to announce that I am partnering with Mark Sanborn, the creator of RocketShipIt, to provide integration services for people who want to use RocketShipIt but need help.

Is your Zen Cart Secure?

Posted August, 2018

Google Chrome made a change recently which resulted in a lot of websites showing "Not Secure" in the address bar - even if they have SSL certificates! Is your site one of them? Take a look at Does your Zen Cart appear Not Secure?

Zen Cart Sellbrite Integration

Posted August, 2018

Do you want to add Sellbrite to your business so that your Zen Cart based business becomes a multichannel selling machine? Take a look at my Zen Cart Sellbrite Integration.

That Software Guy featured on Salesforce Blog

Posted July, 2018

I met up with Rekha Srivatsan, the product manager of Salesforce Essentials on Twitter, and responded to her survey about SMB use of Essentials. We wound up talking after that, and she thought my story was so interesting she wrote it up on the Salesforce blog. Thanks, Rekha!

If you're a Salesforce user, and want to see how I imported my Zen Cart customer data into Salesforce, have a look at my Zen Cart to Salesforce Import Tools.

CSV Stock Update for Zen Cart

Posted July, 2018

Lots of people have enjoyed my Quick Quantity Update mod, which allows a single item's quantity to be changed with one click - but some people need more. For those people, I created CSV Stock Update. Update the in stock quantity for as many products as you like, all from a CSV you created in Excel or with a text editor.