I have a quick general question, if I could.
The first time I used ZenCart was a year ago. I was subbed by another design house to install it - never had done it before so it was sort of "trial by fire" if you know what I mean :)
What we did was create the woman's site with static pages. Then we created the ZenCart foe her store, and linked to the store from her regular site's navigation. This was before we had any inkling that ZenCart could handle the *whole* site - we just thought it was a shopping cart. Like I said - trial by fire!
Anyway, we've had reports from this original installation that if you're shopping on the site, and you navigate out of the cart to the static site (for whatever reason) and then return to the shopping cart, all the contents of the cart are gone. I've "heard through the grapevine" (never validated this) that the reason is because ZenCart sets cookies on your visit, and if you navigate *outside* the cart itself - even if it's on the same base URL - you lose the cookie, and thus the cart contents. Therefore, when you build a site that will use ZenCart, you *must* allow ZenCart to handle the *entire* site, or this will happen.
I was wanting to know if this was true? Since this "revelation", we've been doing ZenCart installations all based on this premise, and allow ZenCart to handle everything. But now I've been asked to do a ZenCart installation on an already existing site that's running it's own custom PHP/database system. To take all of the pages from that very-established site would cause some real issues.
It seems to me that *someone* might be misinformed about the need for ZenCart to handle *all* pages if you plan to use it. I mean, if someone has an established site that's already set and running fine the way it is, and one day they decide to start selling something using ZenCart - it doesn't seem too far-fetched to want to just add ZenCart in with a link in the already existing site, and not have to worry about people losing items if they move away from the cart.
So am I right in my line of thinking? And if so, what needs to be done so that the weird "losing the content of the cart" issue doesn't happen? Should I have the programmer do something with the cookies so they aren't lost when going away? I dunno what I'm asking LOL - I just want verification that it's not true, and ZenCart can easily be an add-on. And that the previous issues people had are a couple of people who just have their browsers set to not accept cookies (I don't know how many people have said this - this is all third-hand rumor stuff, really.)
I'd like to be able to tell this new client that we *don't* have to overhaul the entire site (and it's a BIG site!) and all of the custom database work they've got going just to use ZenCart to sell a few things. I'd like to tell him that all we have to do is install ZenCart and then do something with the cookies (or whatever) and they'll be set. Please tell me I can! :)