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    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 problem. BE SELECTIVE about what you do to try to "fix' the issue. ...

    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.


    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


    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 ...


    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.


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


    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.


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

    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/ ...

    CAPITALIZED words refer to a folder or language that you choose. We use CUSTOM for your template and ENGLISH for your language by default. These generic terms should be changed to  the name of the  template/language you are using.

    If you want to change "Congratulations! You have successfully installed your Zen Cart®; E-Commerce Solution" with your own text open the includes/languages/ENGLISH/index.php file and find the following code:

    // This section deals with the ...

    CAPITALIZED words refer to a folder or language that you choose. We use CUSTOM for your template and ENGLISH for your language by default. These generic terms should be changed to  the name of the  template/language you are using.

    /images folder: This is where your Product images are located.

    /includes/languages/ENGLISH/images folder: icon.gif (your language flag).

    /includes/templates/CUSTOM/buttons/ENGLISH folder: contains the buttons used by ...

    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/ folder.

    You can also create the following ...

    This article is based on material originally posted by Networkdad, DrByte and other contributors.

    "Template Override" and "Override System" are terms used to describe the collection of files needed to build or customize the look of your cart. Using Overrides allows you to make and save changes to your cart without the fear of losing them when upgrades and patches are released. Also See: The Override System Simplified. ...

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