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    While access to your admin area is protected by the requirement of your admin password, it is recommended for additional security that you rename your admin directory after installation. This way, it will be significantly harder for hackers to find your admin area or attempt any attack on breaking into it.

    (Before making the following changes, make sure to have a current backup of your files and your database.) 

    You're going to do three steps: A) edit the configure.php settings and upload them, B) rename the admin folder, C) test login to the new folder. 
    Details are below:

    Zen Cart v1.5.x:

    A - configure.php - If you are using v1.5, go to step B. If you are using v1.3.x, see the next section below which explains how to edit this file properly.

    There is no need to alter the admin configure.php in v1.5.x when renaming your admin folder. Simply proceed to step B.

    B - Rename the Admin folder

    Using your FTP software or your webhost's File Manager, find your Zen Cart /admin/ directory. Rename the directory to match the settings you just made in step A.

    NOTE: DO NOT advertise this new foldername, else you defeat the entire purpose of renaming it.  And DO NOT EVER put it in your robots.txt file!

    C - Login to your admin using the new URL

    To login to your admin system you will now have to visit a new URL that matches the new name used in steps A and B above.

    For example instead of visiting www.example.com/admin/ visit www.example.com/NeW-NamE4u/

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    Zen Cart specifications - Server Requirements

    (Last updated: June 30, 2014)

    Minimum
    server requirements:
    • Zen Cart operates on a
    ...

    SSL (secure socket layer) is used to encrypt communications between the browser and the server, thus protecting sensitive data being transferred from your customers to your store. You will recognize SSL mode by seeing the familiar HTTPS:// in the URL in your browser's address bar. This should always also be accompanied by a secure padlock symbol in your browser, often in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window or in the address bar.

    Considerations: ...

    There are many possible causes of this kind of error, and many of them are completely unrelated to each other.
    Thus, use caution when reviewing the following list. DO NOT go changing permissions willy-nilly "just because" one of these points indicates that that "might" be the cause of ...

    The short answer is yes. You can use one of two methods to achieve the result.

    First method:

    Install the Images for Titles mod from Free Addons, following the instructions in its readme.
    Upload an image file for each sidebox heading you want to substitute, named (for instance) boxhead-categories.gif in the case of the Categories sidebox. Save the image in /includes/templates/CUSTOM/buttons/ENGLISH/.
    If you want to use other than .gif files for the images, edit the define in /includes/languages/ENGLISH/extra_definitions/CUSTOM/image_titles_defines.php.

    This method automatically removes the [more] that follows a replaced heading link; but it does require that the same image type (gif, jpeg, png) be used for all replaced heading images in an area.

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    There is a "New Products for [insert month]" section on several pages, including Home Page, New-Products page, All-Products Page, (empty)Shopping Cart page, etc.  These sections are called "centerboxes".

    There are several "sets" of settings for the Centerboxes. ...

    A number of features have been changed or added in v1.5.0. This may have broken some addons which were built for older versions. The following information may be helpful as you prepare to upgrade your site and/or convert your custom code or addons to work with v1.5

    1. Admin Menu Controls


    The /admin/includes/boxes/xxxxxx_dhtml.php ...

    REQUIREMENTS

    • LinkPoint or YourPay (also called FirstData Global Gateway) account (naturally)
    • The Linkpoint/FirstData account must be enabled for API Standard service (NOT their Web Services API option)
    • cURL is required and MUST be compiled into PHP with SSL support
    • TCP Port 1129 ...

    Instructions for moving your categories and products over from an OSC database to the Zen Cart® Database.
    -by networkdad

    Ok, a few things before we start:

    • Backup your databases first before doing this!
    • This only copies over your categories and products..!
    • I'm not a coder, or an expert. However, I've done this multiple times now, and it works every time for me. I walked another user thru how to do this, so I thought I'd share with others.
    • This instructions are dependent upon you having or using PhpMyAdmin, probably the most frequently used MySQL Database management tool. If you don't have this, sorry, I cant help! (phpMyAdmin can be downloaded from Source Forge, it is GPL)
    • These instructions assume you have some sort of file comparing utility. If you don't have one, I highly recommend you buy one. The one I use is Beyond Compare. It costs a little bit of money, but it is absolutely worth its weight in gold. There are many others ...

    Preface

    Warning:
    There are several all-in-one "packaged" "bundles" of Zen Cart scattered around the internet, but none of those are endorsed by Zen-Cart.com, as we believe that the manual installation is the best choice to have your system secure and optimized and so you know *exactly* what *you* have put onto your site.

    If you choose to use a packaged installer from someplace else, make sure you ask *them* for all your technical support needs and ensure that they intend to keep things up-to-date and that they will provide you with free support for updating *your* site whenever they make updates to their bundled packages.

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    Preamble worth reading: How-do-I-rebuild-my-site-on-the-new-version-instead-of-upgrading

    3 EASY STEPS TO UPGRADE ZEN CART


    NOTE: For each new release, there are important documents in the /docs folder of the Zen Cart ZIP file.  Please check the /docs/2.readme_how_to_upgrade.html file for any special notes about the version you are upgrading from/to.


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    Scenario: I have been building my ZC behind the scenes at: http://www.mysite1.com/shop/
    I am nearly ready to go live with it at: http://www.mysite1.com/ ...

    This is because Web Designer's Edit CSS function can't find your background images. Zen Cart's background images are referenced in your stylesheet using realtive addresses such as url(../images/header_bg.jpg). ...

    Situation:

    I have just upgraded and now I'm getting this error when trying to login from the customer screen "There was a security error when trying ...

    The Zen Cart® templating system uses a CSS based layout.

    In this article, CAPITALIZED words refer to a folder or language that you choose. We use CUSTOM for your template and ENGLISH for your language by default. Change these if needed.

    First, open includes/templates/ and create a new folder. You can call it anything you like, though it is best not to make it too long and to use underscores instead of spaces. We will call it /CUSTOM here, so everywhere we write /CUSTOM from now on, you should replace it with your own preferred folder name.

    Create an empty folder inside your new template directory and call it images so you should have includes/templates/CUSTOM/images/.

    Next, copy the includes/templates/template_default/css directory and place the folder and its files in your new includes/templates/CUSTOM/ ...


    This article describes how HTML-formatted emails are supported in Zen Cart® v1.x.x ...

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