Zen Cart is basically an open source online shopping cart and store management system. It a branching from osCommerce that has some features similar to that of osCommerce like, it is multilingual and has facility of multi currency transactions.
It uses a template system to implement a design; unlike osCommerce, which does not restrict how developers integrate a design into the code.
It is freely available under GNU General Public License and is based on PHP application and uses MySQL database.
The software is developed by Zen Cart Development Team, which consists of shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants. The biggest advantage of Zencart is that it can be installed and run by anyone who has just a basic know-how on website building with some computer skills.
Some of the Key Features are:
- Has XHTML template system
- Has a system for discount coupons and gift certificates
- Has a facility of multiple customer modes
- Provides facility of unlimited extra pages, multiple shipping and multiple payment
For Online Customers
It is a very user-friendly program, which renders an ultimate shopping experience to all online customers. The process can be divided into 4 simple steps:
First, the product has to be selected from the varied range through navigation, then after that the customer is supposed to provide all billing related information and then about the shipping method and then finally about the payment modules. After this, the customer can review the order, and the shipping and payment details before confirming the order. Once this process is over, the order notification is received and the customer receives an order confirmation.
- It has facility of automatic tasks like order confirmation
- Has built in promotions; discount coupons, gift certificates, newsletters and product notification.
- It offers single item specials and storewide discounts, including group discounts and quantity discounts also.
- Has a built in Search Engine Optimization tools for better navigation options.
- Has a support for multiple languages, currencies and tax structures.
For Web Designers
It supplies the web designers with a customizable electronic storefront that's easy to keep up-to-date with new features. It has a template system, which is very useful to understand the code and the logic. This is very useful to ensure that the customers are well satisfied through proper purchase flows.