Zen Cart

Zen Cart

Open source shopping cart software for website developers

4/5 (8 reviews)

Zen Cart Overview

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.

Pricing

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Pricing options
Free Trial
Open Source
Value for money

Devices

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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, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Zen Cart Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
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63% positive reviews
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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

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Gonzalo F.

This is a great software when building new eCommerce web site.

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 17/11/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I'm a web developer and most of my clients uses Zen Cart. I recommend this to them compare to Magento is because its easy to manage the code and databases. It has also a feature where you can run the query directly to the software and not going to the host web site to run it there. What I love most is that, you can create your own html files with out touching the original files. Zen Cart will automatically detect the new created files and use it to run. It really easy to customize the software base on the customer needs.

Cons

At first, it is really difficult to understand the layout of the software and where to locate them. But as soon as you get used to it, it will be easily.

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Stacy W.

Great Option for Managing Product!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 05/01/2017
Review Source: Capterra

I think my favorite and best user experience was discovering Zen Cart. Operating on a very tight budget, this software offered me an affordable option to maintain products in my store! Works great with WordPress templates.

Pros

I was able to launch a web store with a functional shopping cart with Zen quite affordably!

Cons

N/A

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dave L.

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.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
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.

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Likelihood to recommend

2.0/10

Zen Cart Pricing

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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

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Customisable Templates
  • Electronic Payments
  • Product Catalogue
  • eCommerce Management

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Content Management
  • Custom Forms
  • Customisable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Search Functionality
  • Social Media Integration
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integration
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Integration

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

    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, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    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, ecomdash

    Q. What level of support does Zen Cart offer?

    Zen Cart offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base