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Zen Cart 1.5.7: What's in, what's out

Development of Zen Cart 1.5.7 is an on-going activity. Here are a couple of notable changes: What's In? The following new features have been added: ...

Zen Cart Observers: Observations

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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