Zen Cart Alpha v1.1 to Release on Wednesday, January 14th

The Zen Cart Team has announced the Alpha v1.1 will be released on the 14th of January 2004. Several bugs were discovered and the release was delayed to make sure they were corrected.

Features Included in Zen Cart Release v1.1

Improved Template System - changes can be made to the basic style using only the stylesheet and a few images. No php coding neccessary. More extensive modifications can be made with a simple template override. Changing from one installed template to another is as simple as a couple of clicks in the Admin.

New Merchandise Pricing Options - In addition to being able to put single items on Special, there are now dozens of options for sales. Percentage off, fixed amount off, or make a new price. Include or exclude the product attributes, add a discount to a Special, put a whole category or the whole store on sale! Plus Free/Call for price.

Minimum or Maximun Quantities and Units - Want to sell only one 1 per customer or require at least 4 and in units of 2? Now you can set your requirements on a per product basis.

New Attributes and Options - Radio buttons, checkboxes, dropdowns, text boxes, and uploads. Use any or all them to highlight the products options. Add option upcharges or price by your attributes. Plus, the 'Read Only' option for Features lists.

New Attributes Controller - Add, remove, set sort orders, change your product options and features all in one place. Set your attributes properties, add images for your options, and set up your downloads from one convenient control panel.

New Layout Settings - Choose your side column and box widths, Bread Crumb seperator, add a link to the Specials or New Products pages from the category menu and more from the Admin Tool.

Down for Maintenance - Need to close the web site for a little sprucing up? Now you can! Settings to warn your customers about scheduled work and when the site is not available. Multiple IP override for the webmaster or designer.

New Email Options - If you need to send copies of the shop's emails to other departments for records or order fullfillment the settings are easy to make in the Admin. You now have a dropdown contact list available from the the catalog's Contact Us form.

Improved Design and Features for Product Information - In the Admin (Configuration > Product Info), you now have the option of configuring whether to show or not show nearly every piece of information about your product. Add multiple images in multiple sizes. Coupled with the attributes display options, you should be able to give your customer more than enough information to make their buying decision.

Agree to Terms - A verification for Agreement to the Terms of Service has been added for compliance with new laws regarding privacy and disclosure.

CVV2 - The additional credit card verification number field has been added to the Basic Credit Card module for compliance with most Merchant Agreements. This feature is switchable in the Admin.

More Shipping Options - Need to have your customer pick up their items or delivery it free in a certain area, Zen Cart can do it.

Sidebox Options - Turn them on or off, switch their columns and change the sort order with the handy Layout Boxes Controller. Never have to touch the code again.

Demonstration Mode - Allows visitors to view the admin, make changes and test the program but, protects the most sensitve areas from abuse. Full admin level access available even in Demo Mode.

Improved Search - Search the products by name and in the description by default.

Posted by Kim Elliott 2004-01-13