Zen Cart

Open source shopping cart software for website developers

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Zen Cart Overview

What is Zen Cart?

Zen Cart is an open source, free, GPL2 licensed solution for adding powerful eCommerce shopping cart management to websites. The software can be installed on private or third party host servers, plus local LAMP stacks running PHP, Apache and MySQL. Supported by a dedicated global community of programmers, Zen Cart offers a high level of customization alongside an array of additional training, store front templates and plugins. Designed to put merchants and shoppers first, Zen Cart attempts to make installation and configuration simpler for those users with adequate web building skills. Deeper customization may call for specialist PHP/MySQL knowledge, although standard features such as product/catalog creation tools require no HTML editing whatsoever.

Provide customers with 24/7 access to live stores, list detailed product attributes or pricing structures and add entire product categories in a matter of clicks. Layouts and product ordering can be tweaked in fine detail using an Admin area rich with settings, making it quick and intuitive to reconfigure the look and feel of pages and enable or disable elements. Add multiple product descriptions and images, with popups for larger views, or setup product-only “brochure” showcases free of any pricing details. Easily implement customer access restrictions and offer a variety of shipping options while supporting discount coupon codes, advertising banners, email communications and much more.

Zen Cart Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Open Source
Value for money

Zen Cart is available to download free, with plugins and add-on available separately.


Zen Cart Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish and 21 others, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Taiwanese, Thai

Screenshots

Zen Cart screenshot: Hosted Zen Cart installation showing account statistics
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Zen Cart Reviews for UK Users

Zen Cart Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.3
/
5
Excellent
8

Very good
0

Average
1

Poor
2

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Support
4
73% recommended this app
Dave L.

Best shopping cart software around

Great software. I use it on several sites. There is pretty much a plugin for anything you want to do. Highly reccomended.


Michael R.

Excellent ECommerce Solution

It has been an excellent ecommerce solution for our campground and I am very happy.


Verified Reviewer

Great cart, but not very beginner friendly.


Melanie W.

Great Open Source Shopping Cart!


David L.

Review of Zen Cart


Dave L.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Best shopping cart software around

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 31/10/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Great software. I use it on several sites. There is pretty much a plugin for anything you want to do. Highly reccomended.

Pros

Easy to use . Many plugin features. Pretty much anything you want to do , there is a plugin.

Cons

Somewhat hard to figure some things out at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Michael R.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Excellent ECommerce Solution

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 31/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

It has been an excellent ecommerce solution for our campground and I am very happy.

Pros

I have used this software for over 5 years with a client and it has served us well. Each year, I load in the new events for the summer camping season and add links to the separate website. It is quick, provides a quick and easy way for our customers to pre-register. I am so glad I decided to go with this 3rd party software than trying to set up my own system.

Cons

I have not found any cons. I have had to troubleshoot customer orders or different features but there is a rich and diverse support system from other having similar issues.

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer

Great cart, but not very beginner friendly.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 10/03/2018
Review Source: GetApp

Pros

The cart is open source, so it is perfect for those on a budget. Once you get it set up, adding categories and products are fairly easy, just a bit time consuming.

Cons

I run my own social network, and I couldn't set up ZenCart myself. I had to pay a friend to do it. There's just so much work involved with settings and criteria that needs to be done that it was overwhelming for a first timer. A clearer, more concise back end would be a wonderful thing.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 2.0/10

Melanie W.

Great Open Source Shopping Cart!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/06/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Once you have it downloaded & set up. Functionality is fantastic. You can see behind the scenes. If a potential customer calls and wants to know if their order went through online (because in reality it did not), you can actually see where the breakdown happened & what they had in their cart even if they were shopping as a guest. The program definitely requires a learning period but it is worth it.

Cons

Requires a good amount of tech knowledge. If you are not tech savvy or don't have someone that is, then this is not the way to go. You will only get support through the forums & "tickets". There is no phone support.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

David L.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Review of Zen Cart

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 29/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

It's FREE! and it's powerful. Does everything I need plus more. So much better than the 1and1 online eCommerce software I use to use. So many add ons can do just about anything.

Cons

Nothing at all to dislike. it's free and powerful.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8/10
Based on 11 user ratings
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Zen Cart Pricing

Zen Cart Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Open Source
Value for money

Zen Cart is available to download free, with plugins and add-on available separately.

Zen Cart is available to download free, with plugins and add-on available separately.

Value for Money
4.8/5
Based on 11 user ratings
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Zen Cart Features

Zen Cart Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Custom Forms
Customisable Branding
Customisable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Order Management
Product Catalogue
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4.5/5
Based on 11 user ratings
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Additional information for Zen Cart

Additional information for Zen Cart

Key features of Zen Cart

  • Accept payments via integration with popular gateways
  • Administer customer or user access rules and restrictions
  • Full feature, customizable shopping cart solution
  • List detailed product descriptions, images and pricing
  • Manage discounts, group pricing, coupons and voucher codes
  • Open source eCommerce tools supported by developer community
  • Re-skin Zen Cart with a vast library of templates available
  • Seamless integration within an existing eCommerce website
  • Show advertisements and banners for associated products
  • Showcase an inventory of available products of multiple type

Benefits

  • Zen Cart is free to download and install on servers running PHP, Apache and MySQL, promising easy setup and limitless customization options.
  • Re-skin and redesign eCommerce storefronts with a template-based system and built-in WYSIWYG editor for modifying pages.
  • Integrates with popular payment gateways such as Authorize.net, PayPal and First Data, while accepting global cash currencies and credit cards.
  • Compile broad product catalogs with rich descriptions and pricing details, listing whole categories and configuring layouts via Admin panel.
  • Provide shipping estimates and configure international tax rates, while managing discount codes, coupons and group pricing rates.
  • Accept customer product and service reviews, with Administrator-level approval before publishing.
  • Zen Cart scales from small to medium business requirements, with global currency support and international language packs available.
  • Zen Cart FAQs

    Zen Cart FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Zen Cart.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Zen Cart offer?

    Zen Cart offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Open Source

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Zen Cart is available to download free, with plugins and add-on available separately.

    Q. What are the main features of Zen Cart?

    Zen Cart offers the following features:

    • Accept payments via integration with popular gateways
    • Administer customer or user access rules and restrictions
    • Full feature, customizable shopping cart solution
    • List detailed product descriptions, images and pricing
    • Manage discounts, group pricing, coupons and voucher codes
    • Open source eCommerce tools supported by developer community
    • Re-skin Zen Cart with a vast library of templates available
    • Seamless integration within an existing eCommerce website
    • Show advertisements and banners for associated products
    • Showcase an inventory of available products of multiple type

    Q. Who are the typical users of Zen Cart?

    Zen Cart has the following typical customers:

    Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Zen Cart support?

    Zen Cart supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Taiwanese, Thai

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Zen Cart offer?

    Zen Cart has the following pricing plans:

    Open Source

    Q. Does Zen Cart support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Zen Cart supports

    Q. What other apps does Zen Cart integrate with?

    Zen Cart integrates with the following applications:

    EBizCharge, Finale Inventory, GetResponse, HelpOnClick Live Chat Software, Justuno, LiveChat, REVE Chat, ShipRush, User.com, ecomdash

    Q. What level of support does Zen Cart offer?

    Zen Cart offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base