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Initial Setup and Management

Admin Site Setup Checklist


Login issues



Customer Referral First Discount Coupon

How to

Configure Downloadable Products

Activate Group Pricing

Change Home Page Display

Stop The Post Code From Being Required

Rename Your Admin

Admin Menu Sections


  • My Store — General information about your site.
  • Minimum Values — Defines minimum values for various options in validation of user input.
  • Maximum Values — Defines maximum values for various items that will appear on each page/in each block.
  • Images — Controls size of images on each page/each type of content.
  • Customer Details — Controls options to include in User Login/Registration and My Account pages.
  • Shipping/Packaging — General shipping information including locations, weight and size limits, etc.
  • Product Listing — Controls appearance of main Product Listing pages.
  • Stock — Control various options regarding stock control.
  • Logging — Controls how events are logged.
  • E-Mail Options — Various email configuration options.
  • Attribute Settings — Controls how product attributes are handled.
  • GZip Compression — Controls compression settings if the information is transmitted to the user's web browser in compressed format.
  • Sessions — Information about user sessions (such as whether they are stored in a file on the server or in a cookie on the browser).
  • Regulations — Provision of terms and conditions for customers.
  • GV Coupons — Various configuration options for the Gift Voucher module.
  • Credit Cards — Determine which credit cards to accept.
  • Product Info — Basic options controlling elements to include on Product Info page.
  • Layout Settings — Controls certain layout options.
  • Website Maintenance — Controls how your store appears to customers when it is down for maintenance.
  • New Listing — How and where certain product listing information for new listings are displayed.
  • Featured Listing — How and where certain product listing information for featured listings are displayed.
  • All Listing — How and where certain product listing information for all listings are displayed.
  • Index Listing — Whether certain items show on main page.
  • Define Page Status — Controls whether define pages editor text is used and whether a link to a certain page is displayed.
  • EZ-Pages Settings — Various options to configure the EZ-Pages; an easy way to add new pages of content.



  • Payment — Install, edit or disable payment processing systems.
  • Shipping — Install, edit or disable shipping methods.
  • Order Total — Install, edit or disable checkout totalizer items.


Locations / Taxes

  • Countries — Defines every country and ISO-3166 2-letter and 3-letter country code. Also defines the address format for letters sent by postal mail.
  • Zones — Defines subdivisions of countries such as states/provinces or counties for tax or shipping purposes.
  • Zones Definitions — Create a zone for tax purposes.
  • Tax Classes — Used to differentiate between the type of tax calculations that apply to a given product.
  • Tax Rates — Create a specific tax rate for a zone.


  • Currencies — Add new currencies or edit existing ones.
  • Languages — Add additional language(s) in order to internationalize the output generated by Zen Cart™.
  • Orders Status — Add names of new order status entries, edit existing order status name entries, or delete an order status name entry.



  • Template Selection — Assigns a tempate to a language as the default for that language.
  • Layout Boxes Controller — Shows how and where certain side boxes are to be displayed.
  • Banner Manager — Manage various "fortune cookie"-type text banners.
  • Send Email — Compose a plaintext only (non-HTML) email message to be sent to a customer or a certain group of customers.
  • Newsletter Manager — Compose an HTML (with optional plaintext) email message to be sent to a customer or a certain group of customers.
  • Server/Version Info — Information about the web server and PHP running Zen Cart™.
  • Who's Online — View certain information about the users who are currently connected to Zen Cart™.
  • Admin Settings — View certain information about users who have administrator priveleges on Zen Cart™, or to grant administrator priveleges to certain users.
  • Email Welcome — View the welcome message sent by Zen Cart™ when a user first registers for an account.
  • Store Manager — Delete certain information from activity logs if they become too large (prior backup recommended).
  • Developers Tool Kit — Search system files (to make it easier to make customizations).
  • EZ-Pages — Add and remove special EZ-Pages pages which are easier to create or edit than standard PHP or HTML.
  • Define Pages Editor — Edit certain definition pages.
  • Install SQL Patches — Run SQL commands directly.

Gift Certificate/Coupons


  • Record Artists — View, add, edit and delete recording artists.
  • Record Companies — View, add, edit and delete record companies.
  • Music Genre — View, add, edit and delete music genres.
  • Media Manager — View, add, edit and delete collection names, which may be assigned to products.
  • Media Types — View, add, edit and delete media type names and media types (like MP3, WAV etc.).