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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    I have a much more basic question than this.

    How do I edit the main page that comes up for the Catalogue? Right now it shows a big advertisement for the ZEN manual and stuff like "Your sales comment goes here"

    How do I edit this thing just to get started?

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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    You do the actual editing using a plain text editor. As to what to edit - perhaps start by reading this thread and the FAQs on setting up your custom template.
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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    What is the best way to copy the override files/create the override folders? Can I use cpanel to do that?

    Is there a better way than downloading zencart, unzipping it, renaming everything called "classic" to "CUSTOM" then ftp'ing the CUSTOM directories with the files inside to the website?

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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    I have found the "step by step" instructions I think. I have found the folders template default etc, created my CUSTOM folder and copied the css files, but now it says to copy

    Then you copy the file called includes/templates/template_default/template_info.php and put it inside includes/templates/CUSTOM/. Next, open includes/templates/CUSTOM/template_info.php in your


    When I open includes/templates/template_default I see alot of choices which appear to open with Broderband. The only template_info I have says shopping cart. Also the "template_info.php" is in blue lettering. Is this to mean something?

    I have been at this project for 4 months. I am bound and determined to figure it out. I understand the trees and ftp uploads etc but it always appears there is a missing step.

    PLEASE HELP

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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    Quote Originally Posted by ttb View Post
    What is the best way to copy the override files/create the override folders? Can I use cpanel to do that?

    Is there a better way than downloading zencart, unzipping it, renaming everything called "classic" to "CUSTOM" then ftp'ing the CUSTOM directories with the files inside to the website?
    If you're using a good FTP tool then it will typically allow you to create new folders in your hosted space, drag and drop files for editing to a folder on your desktop/laptop and return the amended files to your hosted space as though this was all taking place locally.

    You can use CPanel, but I wouldn't advise using it for editing and it's a much more clunky approach.
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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    Quote Originally Posted by KRahall View Post
    When I open includes/templates/template_default I see alot of choices which appear to open with Broderband. The only template_info I have says shopping cart. Also the "template_info.php" is in blue lettering. Is this to mean something?
    This isn't very clear. template_info.php should be the only file in your template_default folder (everything else in there is a folder). What is Broderband? As far as I can see it's a package intended for either for CAD or calendar-making rather than web design. Could that be the problem?
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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    Windows picks a program if it's not sure what program to open a file with
    if you try to open the file from the hard drive by clicking on it. There's also
    a box that's checked by default that says "always open this type of file with
    this program". Once you click OK, it'll associate all files with that extension
    with that program. My computer also chose Broderbund's The Print Shop
    to open *.php files. It's changeable though, to your preferred .php editor.
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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    So are you saying everything in the folder are the .php files? this is what is so unclear about all these "so called" steps and instructions, they are too vague.

    Does the blue print mean everything in the folder?

    What is the best text editor program to Use?

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    Default Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    Quote Originally Posted by KRahall View Post
    What is the best text editor program to Use?
    There are several great choices. One good free one for Windows is Notepad++ available via http://notepad-plus.sf.net
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    help question Re: Second step in setting up your cart - templates

    In an excellent article posted here:

    http://tutorials.zen-cart.com/index.php?article=230

    Sermonzone advises:

    Extra Data Files

    * Custom file names - /includes/filenames.php

    You've created a custom page (about_us) and need to reference the filename.
    Create a new file (about_us_filenames.php) which would include the following:
    <?php
    // About Us Filename Define
    define('FILENAME_ABOUT_US', 'about_us');
    ?>
    Save the file to /includes/extra_datafiles/about_us_filenames.php and upload it to your server.

    My question is why? Why create a new file (about_us_filenames.php) instead of just editing the existing file (filenames.php)?

    As a newb, this is where I get into trouble - I make mistakes because I follow what I think is obvious based on previous rules, only to find those rules don't always apply.

    In this particular case, because all of my changes have involved editing existing files, had I not found this article, I would have just gone ahead and edited the existing file.

    Can someone please help me understand what the advantage and disadvantage of both methods is, and why the general rule re: editing existing files wouldn't seem to apply here?

    Thanks much

 

 
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