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Zen Cart Observers: Observations

Oct082017
One thing to consider when you're writing a Zen Cart plugin that includes an observer-class module is the point at which any monitored notification...

Upgrades: Character Sets and Collations

Dec202016
As more and more web-hosts retire PHP 5.4, more and more Zen Cart stores are going through the "upgrade process" ... many of them from versions of...

Zen Cart 1.5.5b!

Nov122016
Wow, where did the year go?  In the interim, the Zen Cart developers have finalized the 1.5.5 (initial) release and augmented that with 1.5.5a and...

Zen Cart 1.5.5 Features

Dec202015
Zen Cart 1.5.5’s imminent release on December 29th has been announced.  I’ve had a chance to do some basic comparisons to see what’s changed...

Zen Cart Rule #3: Don't Over-Prepare

Oct312015
When you’re performing database manipulations, it’s important to prepare your textual input so that there aren’t any stray single- (‘) or...

Zen Cart Rule #2: Additional Images' Names

Sep292015
From “Animal Farm”, by George Orwell: All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. You’ve got your Zen Cart set up and have been...

Zen Cart Rule #1: Shipping Module Names

Aug282015
There are rules everywhere.  In the kitchen, my #1 rule is “ Never try to catch a falling knife “; it apparently applies to investments, too! ...

XAMPP: Debugging Email Messages

Jul262015
I use XAMPP to host my local pre-staging test environments and I don’t install the Mercury e-mail server since it doesn’t “play nice” with...

Products' URL: Template File Changes for Zen Cart 1.5.3 and later

Apr302015
Starting with Zen Cart v1.5.3, the built-in handling that displays a product’s URL was changed. If you are upgrading your store from a previous...

Drop-down Attributes Stop Working After Installing AIS

Mar152015
If your normal drop-down (a.k.a select-type) attributes stop working after installing my Attribute Image Swatch plugin, then your site’s been the...
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