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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by jtn3833, Jul 22, 2008.

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  1. jtn3833

    jtn3833 Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to work with Zen-Cart to set up a online shopping site.

    Does anyone out there have any experience with Zen-Cart? Is it just me or is the configuration process brutally complicated? I have their 400 page manual, but even with that it takes me hours to scratch the surface of this thing.

    I have the manual up on one monitor, the admin page up in another monitor and the Zen-Cart website help page up on a third monitor and it is still just going too slow.

    Is there a different interface out there or something to simplify all of the options and menus?

    I'm not a programmer, that may be part of the problem, and I know Zen-Cart is free and I've seen some really nice sites that were built using it but I've burned hours getting almost nowhere.

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks,
    JTN
     
  2. slurpee55

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    Have you looked at the FAQs on the Zen-Cart website? What specifically are you having trouble with?
     
  3. jtn3833

    jtn3833 Thread Starter

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    Just using the Admin console is very confusing. There are so many menu options and different settings... I don't know what most of the settings & menus mean or refer to. I'm used to more of a WYSIWYG, visual interface. I'm a graphic designer by trade and maybe I just use the wrong side of my brain or something.

    I have the pdf manual and the Zen-Cart FAQ website up at the same time, in different monitors, and bounce between the two trying to figure out how to make different changes.

    For instance, the last task I tried was to change the text in the center column of the home page. It's still on the default, "welcome to Zen-Cart" intro text and I can't find where to change it. It's simple things like that, that become very frustrating.

    Is there a way to make changes other than the admin console?

    Thanks,
    JTN
     
  4. slurpee55

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    I've set up a few carts, but never used this program. It is probably possible to redo the pages by rewriting the code (HTML or PHP or whatever). I would suggest you go here
    http://www.zen-cart.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=136
    and post your question. :)
    Good luck!
     
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