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Zen Cart is a tremendous asset to the world of ecommerce. Based on PHP and MySQL, this software offers an extremely flexible ecommerce platform. The biggest plus about this is the massive support forum. There are 103,000+ members at the forum at this time and growing everyday. Posts are answered frequently within minutes. Try to best that anywhere on the net! Install is pretty straight forward and only requires that you create a database and database user through your myphpadmin in your webhosting control panel. Directing your browser to the install directory will start the install process. There are 6 or 7 steps where you have to answer a few questions. Total time to install is about 10 minutes. Immediately after install you are offered the choice to go to the admin section of your store or go to the storefront on the web. All installs result in the same basic color scheme and layout (white background with green boxes). You can stick with the basic green and white or you can edit the css file to change colors. You will need a text editor in your control panel to make the changes and you will have to understand hexidecimal color codes ..... i.e. #FFFFFF. Other changes can be made from your admin section of the store. There are thousands of customizeable settings thru the control panel. It may seem overwhelming at first but after a few years you will get the hang of personalizing your store. And again, the forum will offer you tons of support and a guiding hand. I'm not saying you need a couple of years to use zencart. But I am saying that after a couple of years you can make spectacular modifications to your website. (You can even turn around and sell these mods as customized zencart templates.) You can be selling merchandise within 30 minutes after the install. You will need pics of all of your merchandise and the accompanying descriptions. That can take some time all by itself. You have choices for payment which include paypal, merchant accounts, COD, Cash/Money Orders, First data, and Authorize.net. You have shipping choices also which include flat rate, per pound, per unit and plugins for fedex, UPS and USPO. You can upload items one at a time, or you can upload them from a spreadsheet with many more items. Some of the things Zencart offers: Group Discounts Coupons Gift Certificates Quantity Discounts Attributes likes small, medium and large Multiple Users with customized access rights Banners, Top, side and bottom Reports Invoices Order Updating State Tax settings Any currency Sale Makers Specials Low Stock Notifications Newsletters and much much more. You have to have a lot of time to dedicate to this on line store in order to be satisfied with Zencart. If you dont have the time, then pay someone else to do it for you. And be prepared to pay big money. Zencart is free and you can have a website worth 10's of thousands of dollars if you do it right. Qualifications to use Zen cart: I would say that you would have to have at the minimum a basic understanding of html, database awareness, and preferrably experience in some computer programming language. Anyone will do because you only need to know the ramifications of typos, syntax errors and call statements. Of course if you just use the out of the box store, then you wouldnt need to know any of the above. But very few people actually use the out of the box store. So the decision you have to make is to pay someone big money to design and later maintain your ecommerce site, or you can spend a few years learning like we all had to do. The first option is for the lazy or very busy person with money. The second option is for the person who wants to save money and has the time to learn how to do it! One thing is certain......Zen Cart is only getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Learn it now or learn it later.
Hallo het programma werkt voor géén meter!!!!! Het installerd zichzelf niet zoals staat vermeld, en de links die aangeven dat je er eenvoudig met kunt betalen met Paypal is door deze redenen grote onzin????? groeten, A Jansen
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