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Zen Cart Local Message

Zen Cart Local Message

Local Message is a Zen Cart™ sidebox that allows you to provide zip code specific messages for your customers.

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Relevance: Zen Cart™ 1.3.0 - 1.3.9, 1.5.x

Current Version: 1.0 (version history)

Support Thread: Local Message Support Thread

Cost: Free, but donation appreciated

Location: Zen Cart Plugins, under Sideboxes.

Download: Local Message in Zen Cart Plugins


Local Message allows you to create a sidebox in which people can look up their zip codes and see specific messages (typically terms and/or conditions) appropriate for their area.

Local Message Sidebox

Zen Cart Local Message Sidebox

After a search is done, a result page is displayed with either the resulting entry from the database (e.g. "We deliver to your area Tuesday") or an error message (e.g. "Zipcode not found").

Local Message Results Page

Zen Cart Local Message Results

Installation Instructions:

  1. Back up everything! Try this in a test environment prior to installing it on a live shop.
  2. Copy the contents of the unzipped folder to the root directory of your shop.
  3. In phpMyAdmin, run the script local_msg.sql. You can also do this in your Zen Cart admin panel under Tools > Install SQL patches.

    If you are using phpMyAdmin and have used a prefix in your database, modify local_msg.sql to reflect this (e.g. change "local_msg" to "zen_local_msg" if your prefix is "zen_").
  4. Import some data into the newly created local_msg table.
  5. In Admin > Tools > Layout Boxes Controller, turn on the local_msg sidebox
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