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Zen Cart Upgrades

Please note: I *only* do Zen Cart upgrades; I do not offer upgrades for osCommerce, OpenCart, or any other open source shopping carts.

Why are Zen Cart Upgrades Important?

This article explains in detail some of the things that can happen with older installations of Zen Cart. Zen Cart is constantly being updated as new vulnerabilities are uncovered, so your best defense is to stay up to date by upgrading your site.

As a storeowner, this is your responsibility. But the good news is, it doesn't have to be your job - you can hire me!

How much is a Zen Cart Upgrade?

Doing a Zen Cart upgrade isn't a task I can give you a fixed cost on; it will depend on how many changes were made (and whether the work was done correctly in the first place using the overrides system, starting with current versions of the files, etc.). Please let me know the mods you have used in your cart (in particular, I can't upgrade your cart if you used Stock By Attributes.)

Generally I tell people to budget 10-20 hours (@ $100/hr) to upgrade a cart. The minimum charge is $1000, and most upgrades take around 10 hours. You should expect the entire process to take about two-four weeks.

If you have a Template Monster template, I do *not* upgrade the template.

Let's get started

To get started, buy a a base upgrade from my store. I will need your Zen admin, FTP and cPanel credentials. Instructions for sending credentials are below.

As I noted, you should expect the job to take 2-4 weeks. My preference is to deploy a test copy of your cart in another subdirectory for you to verify once I'm done; once you approve, I stage the update (transfer all files in advance) and take your store down for just a short period of time to update the database. However, if you were hacked, I delete ALL the files from your server before re-installing (so I'm sure no hacks were left behind). I also change your db and admin passwords and your admin URL.

To send credentials, go to PrivNote.com, and enter the following information:
Zen Cart Admin URL:
Zen Cart Admin userid:
Zen Cart Admin password:

FTP Hostname:
FTP Userid:
FTP Password:
(If SFTP is used, please note port number or any other relevant details)

CPanel URL:
CPanel Userid:
CPanel Password:
Then press the "Create Note" button and send me the URL.