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Adding a New Field to a Zen Cart Table

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Relevance: Zen Cart™ 1.5.x.

Adding Radio Button field to the Products Table

For this example, we'll add the field "is_kit" to the Products table, which is needed by the mod Kitbuilder.
This field is a radio button, which is either Yes or No.

  1. Add the new field to the database. Go to Admin->Tools->Install SQL Patches, and in the box, enter
    ALTER TABLE products ADD is_kit tinyint(1) default '0' NOT NULL;
    (Note that in the actual Kitbuilder mod, this is done in the provided .sql file. This step is shown for completeness only.)
  2. Modify the file admin/includes/languages/english/product.php and add the following line:
    define('TEXT_IS_KIT', 'Is Product Kit?');
  3. Modify the file admin/includes/modules/update_product.php and below the line
                                'products_model' => zen_db_prepare_input($_POST['products_model']),^M
                                'is_kit' => zen_db_prepare_input((int)$_POST['is_kit']),
  4. Modify the file admin/includes/modules/product/collect_info.php and change the select statement that uses
    p.product_is_free, p.product_is_call,
    p.is_kit, p.product_is_free, p.product_is_call,
    There are additional changes to this file but they depend on your Zen Cart version.
  5. In Zen Cart 1.5.5 and below, continue editing admin/includes/modules/product/collect_info.php.
    Above the comment
    // Product is Free
    // is_kit
        if (!isset($pInfo->is_kit)) $pInfo->is_kit = '0';
        switch ($pInfo->is_kit) {
          case '0': $in_is_kit = false; $out_is_kit = true; break;
          case '1': $in_is_kit = true; $out_is_kit = false; break;
          default: $in_is_kit = false; $out_is_kit = true;
    Then above
                <td class="main"><?php echo TEXT_PRODUCT_IS_FREE; ?></td>
                <td class="main"><?php echo TEXT_IS_KIT; ?></td>
                <td class="main"><?php echo zen_draw_separator('pixel_trans.gif', '24', '15') . ' ' . zen_draw_radio_field('is_kit', '1', ($in_is_kit==1)) . ' ' . TEXT_YES . '  ' . zen_draw_radio_field('is_kit', '0', ($in_is_kit==0)) . ' ' . TEXT_NO; ?>
  6. In Zen Cart 1.5.6 and above, continue editing admin/includes/modules/product/collect_info.php.
    Look for
      <div class="form-group">
          <?php echo zen_draw_label(TEXT_PRODUCT_IS_FREE,  ... 
    Above this, add
      <div class="form-group">
          <?php echo zen_draw_label(TEXT_IS_KIT, 'is_kit', 'class="col-sm-3 control-label"'); ?>
        <div class="col-sm-9 col-md-6">
          <label class="radio-inline"><?php echo zen_draw_radio_field('is_kit', '1', ($pInfo->is_kit == 1)) . TEXT_YES; ?></label>
          <label class="radio-inline"><?php echo zen_draw_radio_field('is_kit', '0', ($pInfo->is_kit == 0)) . TEXT_NO; ?></label>

Adding Radio Button field to the Customers Table

An example of how to add a radio button to the Customers table is provided in the Optional Payment Method mod.

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