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    Default Test Drive Free Templates

    There seems to be a very welcome upturn in the number and originality of templates emerging at the moment. However choosing between them can be difficult. Even finding out what they look like takes a fair bit of effort. So here's a tool to make it much, much easier ...

    zencarttemplates.info lets you test drive all the 1.3 templates currently available in the downloads area. You can switch to any template from any page, without losing your place in the store, making it easy to compare how well each deals with different parts of a representative store (played by the Zen Cart demo database).

    If you find a template that you'd like to download, there is a link at the top of the page to bring you back to the appropriate page in the downloads area.
    See and test drive Zen Cart's free templates at zencarttemplates.info

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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    I was thinking to do something similar.... but too much work with my "stuff".

    Thanks!!! I know the community will appreciate this.
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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    That was very nice of you to do Kuroi !
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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    That is uber cool!! That's awesome of you to do that. This should help people get into the swing of things with the override system, by making it easier to view templates and finding one that suits them.

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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    I certainly hope so Sketchy. And take some credit yourself - Candied Apple/Blueberry together with Sophy Blue, Simple Zen and the Gloss templates meant that the number available leapt suddenly as did the originality index inspiring me to put this together to make that more visible.

    The site's far from finished. I intend (for example) to add a further info such as links to support threads and wikis where they exist.

    And overall, I hope that this will encourage more designers to start pushing the boundaries a bit and contributing more (quantity) and more (creativity) templates knowing that they will have more visibility than was previously the case.
    See and test drive Zen Cart's free templates at zencarttemplates.info

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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    Thanks for that, I hope the users are pleased with the creations.

    Well, your site looks good so far. That's a wonderful idea of the links, kind of like a showcase and directory guide. That sure will make things easier for people new to Zen.

    You're right... I'd love to contribute more as I build more.

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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    And overall, I hope that this will encourage more designers to start pushing the boundaries a bit and contributing more (quantity) and more (creativity) templates...
    The only thing that is discouraging (spelling?) me of creating more free templates is that users aren't respecting the copyright/link back note on the footer, eventhough is the only thing I ask for.
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    Default Re: Test Drive Free Templates

    Quote Originally Posted by ideasgirl
    The only thing that is discouraging me of creating more free templates is that users aren't respecting the copyright/link back note on the footer, eventhough is the only thing I ask for.
    Funny what people will do with "free" software, isn't it ... somehow they think they suddenly own it ...

    Valid point, but now we're getting off-topic.
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    Thanks so much, Kuroi! You do good work!
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    WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH!! That was helpful, I love the glossy black template!


    Is there a mod for that template switcher trick??

 

 
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