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    Default Re: Why I'm Quitting Zen Cart

    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd_borrett View Post
    Zen Cart assumes it needs the extra billing and shipping information because eventually you'll need to ship something, so may as well get it at account setup than as at any other time. If you're not shipping then you can customise to reduce the stuff asked. You can also stop some fields via config settings. I recently turned of asking for the salutation and age.
    This is a reasonable assumption, but a bit antiquated in terms of account creation expectations of today. Been trying to customize this with the help of other zenners and getting nowhere thanks to the unclear hacking away that needs to be done to code in several files, instead of a nicely designed on/off switch in the back-end.

    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd_borrett View Post
    I agree that the default themes are very dated. Plus most of the new responsive themes I've looked at so far are pretty clunky and some really slow sites up. However, I've recently seen some Zen Cart sites that look 'modern' and are responsive. But money was spent to buy them and customise them.
    This, I'm realizing today, after my initial posting out of frustration, is what I think it all comes down to. Even the so-called premium pay-for themes just simply do not work. They always try to incorporate the same junky distractions like hover over an image and it zooms and tilts, instead of just creating a cleanly coded theme that works. IMo this is due to codebase of zencart, that didn't evolve very well with the idea of people creating themes and plugins. Developing a wordpress theme/plugin is a million times easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd_borrett View Post
    I often found having almost everything on the same page in WordPress frustrating. Sometimes you just want to do what you need to do and you don't need all of that extra clutter.
    Off topic but at the top of your wordpress admin you have the option to shut off anything that you feel clutters the screen while posting.

    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd_borrett View Post
    Actually, it works quite well if you focus on the content and not on killer latest tricks. Sure it takes some work to find the extra plugins to get the right structured metadata into Zen cart, but it's easily done.
    Being on top of the "latest tricks" is actually important for SEO. Clean URLs is also important but not an easy built-in solution.

    Quote Originally Posted by lloyd_borrett View Post
    I wish you luck in finding that one platform, because I haven't seen anything that comes close yet. Nothing is impossible to achieve in Zen Cart. Because it's open source, you can do anything. And often the extras are available, they just cost you money. But that happens with other platforms as well. But with closed platforms, you don't have the choice of breaking out and doing your own thing the way you can with Zen Cart.
    That's a great point. But for aesthetics and ease of creating a better looking site, maybe a paid option will be better. IE: shopify type of service. Those sites look nice and seems like less hacking to do to achieve it.



    Thank you very much for you thoughtful replies. It helps!

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    At some point I shared a similar outlook to you.

    I did look at alternatives, like OpenCart, and Magento (good gosh - say bye bye to built-in basic customization) - and I looked at...more contemporary alternatives like Shopify.

    I learned to appreciate Zen-Cart even more.

    You grow with Zen-Cart. The templating system is ingenious, it separates core from design and pretty much gives you free reign over many things. Once you get a hang of the basic file structure - it's so navigable. The plugins you find here are a dream to be honest. Specific markers to outline what code is custom and what is standard - it allow you to pick and choose how you want to install a plugin. Whoever maintains the plugin submissions is really keeping an eye on things.

    There is so much open to you - and I've learned too much along the way. I never saw myself coding php when I built my first Zen-Cart store, and now I've picked up some seriously crazy stuff along the way. Zen-Cart has taught me so much, about html, css, and php. And because it's so disastrously lacking in design, I've learned an ample amount of stuff on just basic jQuery. Give me the functionality, and I'll handle the design myself.

    There are some frustrating things, like you pointed out - these days customers don't want to fill in an entire form of information to become a member. I agree with you there.

    As for the admin layout...I don't care what it looks like, my customers aren't seeing it, so as long as it functions, I'm happy.

    I'm still looking for that perfect accounting software package I can integrate with Zen-Cart - still no luck. I find that the problem is quite often that the accounting packages are lacking proper APIs or just plain closed up and restricted. This is arguable.

    All in all - I'm hoping Zen-Cart 1.6 addresses the smaller issues - like the account creation process - and other than that - It's easiest cart open to free reign.

    The one thing that scares me is, when DrByte and Kobra and the cool guy with the forum nick that begins with "mc" and Linda and all of the ninjas...how long are they going to be around for...and what happens when...they've grown tired...
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    On one of the above "topics" in pricediscrimination's "defense" he did reach out to get assistance on the login credentials side of things... There were some initial miscommunications, and sure if I at the time had had better computer access, I might have been able to give much more direct guidance rather than simply talk about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    At some point I shared a similar outlook to you.
    I did look at alternatives, like OpenCart, and Magento (good gosh - say bye bye to built-in basic customization) - and I looked at...more contemporary alternatives like Shopify.
    How did you feel about Shopify?

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    You grow with Zen-Cart. The templating system is ingenious, it separates core from design and pretty much gives you free reign over many things. Once you get a hang of the basic file structure - it's so navigable. The plugins you find here are a dream to be honest. Specific markers to outline what code is custom and what is standard - it allow you to pick and choose how you want to install a plugin. Whoever maintains the plugin submissions is really keeping an eye on things.
    Maybe you never used Wordpress but THAT is a dream. One click install, done. Not hacking away at code because of a templating system that is stuck in web 1.0. Don't want the plugin anymore? You're screwed if you didn't take notes or save the original files to know what to remove from the code.

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    There is so much open to you - and I've learned too much along the way. I never saw myself coding php when I built my first Zen-Cart store, and now I've picked up some seriously crazy stuff along the way. Zen-Cart has taught me so much, about html, css, and php. And because it's so disastrously lacking in design, I've learned an ample amount of stuff on just basic jQuery. Give me the functionality, and I'll handle the design myself.
    You are so right about this. Without ZC I wouldn't have learned any PHP or CSS, etc. For that, I am very thankful.

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    There are some frustrating things, like you pointed out - these days customers don't want to fill in an entire form of information to become a member. I agree with you there.
    Just a product of old school thought and design without new school evolution.

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    As for the admin layout...I don't care what it looks like, my customers aren't seeing it, so as long as it functions, I'm happy.
    I case about this a lot, because poor admin layout means wasted time. It's also discouraging for developers to create cool plugins and themes for the community. Amazingly some newer theme makers are finding way to create decent enough admin panels to make theme changes, but it still lacks so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    I'm still looking for that perfect accounting software package I can integrate with Zen-Cart - still no luck. I find that the problem is quite often that the accounting packages are lacking proper APIs or just plain closed up and restricted. This is arguable.
    Good luck! Accounting software it the worst. Quickbooks is a nightmare! It's not even easy to find a half-decent inventory management solution. *crying*

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    All in all - I'm hoping Zen-Cart 1.6 addresses the smaller issues - like the account creation process - and other than that - It's easiest cart open to free reign.
    Hope so, too. Thanks for reminding me of some positives of using ZC.

    Quote Originally Posted by yaseent View Post
    The one thing that scares me is, when DrByte and Kobra and the cool guy with the forum nick that begins with "mc" and Linda and all of the ninjas...how long are they going to be around for...and what happens when...they've grown tired...
    That is a scary thought! Every name you listed here has helped tremendously over the years. They are all names that mean a lot and create such a sigh of relief when they take time to chime in on posts. So very thankful for them and other Zenners that post here!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc12345678 View Post
    On one of the above "topics" in pricediscrimination's "defense" he did reach out to get assistance on the login credentials side of things... There were some initial miscommunications, and sure if I at the time had had better computer access, I might have been able to give much more direct guidance rather than simply talk about it...
    Thank you very much for remembering that, and for trying your best to help. This particular issue is a source of my intense frustration because it really shouldn't be THAT difficult to create a simple create account page that 99% of all other ecommerce sites have, and for good reason. You're always very helpful, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pricediscrimination View Post
    How did you feel about Shopify?
    Impressive basic features. But when you need modules to solve even some simple stuff...you must pay a developer up to $15 per month...and if the module requires the use of database entries, the third-party developer is hosting this database for you...this is scary.


    Quote Originally Posted by pricediscrimination View Post
    Maybe you never used Wordpress but THAT is a dream. One click install, done. Not hacking away at code because of a templating system that is stuck in web 1.0. Don't want the plugin anymore? You're screwed if you didn't take notes or save the original files to know what to remove from the code.
    Not really..I assume you're talking about Woocommerce? I've taken one look at a website a friend cooked up...I found it rather bloated-looking.

    Quote Originally Posted by pricediscrimination View Post
    Good luck! Accounting software it the worst. Quickbooks is a nightmare! It's not even easy to find a half-decent inventory management solution. *crying*
    Stupid accounting. I've been watching AccountEdge closely, by Acclivity. I'm going to be implementing that when I get a chance...there is some room for importing orders and so on...it's quite nifty, with a rather interesting mobile app as well. iOS only for now, but the desktop software is for Mac and PC - and it syncs some stuff back and forth to the mobile app.

    Quote Originally Posted by pricediscrimination View Post
    Hope so, too. Thanks for reminding me of some positives of using ZC.
    :)

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    Default Re: Why I'm Quitting Zen Cart

    At the risk of repeating myself....the only really important thing ZC is missing is attribute inventory control IMHO. Everything else is frills or eye candy.
    Yes it's a pain that its so ugly and you have to spend ages customising it yourself, or pay someone to customise it without following the template rules/not commenting all code changes and so you enter upgrade hell.

    But if it looked too good many ZC sites would look the same like many lazy Prestashop sites.
    I would rather they fix the above function hole (and the rounding errors) than make it look pretty, but I know that is not possible until ZC2.0.

    If I was starting again I would invest my time in checking out Spree Commerce.

    For invoicing, the most likely candidates I have come across for those with a Zen Cart skill set (php, mysql) and who want to see some code they might understand:
    for USA-centric I would look at Phreebooks,
    EU-centric I would look at Dolibarr, which I will be implementing one day.

    Otherwise you are looking at Magento + Open ERP/oDoo with learning curves so steep you need ropes and crampons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by torvista View Post
    At the risk of repeating myself....the only really important thing ZC is missing is attribute inventory control IMHO. Everything else is frills or eye candy.
    Yes it's a pain that its so ugly and you have to spend ages customising it yourself, or pay someone to customise it without following the template rules/not commenting all code changes and so you enter upgrade hell.

    But if it looked too good many ZC sites would look the same like many lazy Prestashop sites.
    I would rather they fix the above function hole (and the rounding errors) than make it look pretty, but I know that is not possible until ZC2.0.

    If I was starting again I would invest my time in checking out Spree Commerce.

    For invoicing, the most likely candidates I have come across for those with a Zen Cart skill set (php, mysql) and who want to see some code they might understand:
    for USA-centric I would look at Phreebooks,
    EU-centric I would look at Dolibarr, which I will be implementing one day.

    Otherwise you are looking at Magento + Open ERP/oDoo with learning curves so steep you need ropes and crampons.
    Valuable insight. Thank you for sharing. Will also check out Spree.

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    Default Re: Why I'm Quitting Zen Cart

    In my almost 62 years of playing on this planet I have learned one important thing: You can dress the most evil person in the most beautiful and classy looking clothes and create a wonderful first impression but by doing so you won't take the evil and nastiness out of that person. But it's easy to take the most beautiful person with the biggest heart and warmest nature to the best dress shop and make them look like the perfect lady or gent.

    What's under the hood is what counts. And that's what ZC is all about!

    Not many of us like and use the basic classic template that comes with a fresh install, the devs have acknowledged that as well... and it is being addressed. Don't judge a book by it's cover! There are lots of great template designers around so why not calling into their dress shop and getting an outfit (template) that suits you? Pretty simple, isn't it?

    As for Shopify, I recently did a cost comparison between that platform and ZC. Yes, you guessed it: ZC comes up the winner by a country mile. Let alone that you retain full control over the lot, design, DB, security etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank18 View Post
    In my almost 62 years of playing on this planet I have learned one important thing: You can dress the most evil person in the most beautiful and classy looking clothes and create a wonderful first impression but by doing so you won't take the evil and nastiness out of that person. But it's easy to take the most beautiful person with the biggest heart and warmest nature to the best dress shop and make them look like the perfect lady or gent. What's under the hood is what counts. And that's what ZC is all about!
    Haha well said.

    Quote Originally Posted by frank18 View Post
    Not many of us like and use the basic classic template that comes with a fresh install, the devs have acknowledged that as well... and it is being addressed. Don't judge a book by it's cover! There are lots of great template designers around so why not calling into their dress shop and getting an outfit (template) that suits you? Pretty simple, isn't it?
    With all respect to anyone who was brave enough to develop a template/theme for ZC, they almost all look the same, or are outdated, or built around lousy code that makes no sense. And while pay-for premium sites like Themeforest have some of the best Wordpress theme available, it's sad sad sad that there are 15 or less ZC themes there and mostly all built like

    Quote Originally Posted by frank18 View Post
    Let alone that you retain full control over the lot, design, DB, security etc etc.
    Full control is a very good point to consider. Thank you.

 

 
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