Archive for October, 2010

Zen Cart Standard Store

Standard Store

I would say 98% of store owners use zen cart because they actually want to process payments through their website for their products. This is how zen cart is set up as a default – to actually sell products, have the add to cart buttons, etc.

However, there may be times when you do not want to process the payment through your website – possibly because of shipping costs not being uniform, or you just want to showcase your work.

Zen Cart is flexible in allowing you to add products that you want to sell from your web site, or just showcase your products and have prospective customers contact you if they are interested in a product.

To change your Zen Cart store from a standard default store to a showcase, you can log into your admin area and go to Configuration>My store.  On this page you will see a link called Store Status.  If you click on this link you will see 3 different options to choose from:

What is your Store Status
0= Normal Store
1= Showcase no prices
2= Showcase with prices

Below are photos of how the site will look with prices and no prices: (Note:  these pictures have the products laid out in column format, but it gives you an idea of how it will look whether the column layout mod is installed or it is in rows)

store no prices

Showcase No Prices

store with prices

Showcase With Prices

As you can see, there is a link that says “Contact Us” instead of an Add To Cart button.  If a customer were to click this link, they will be taken to your contact us page where they can send you an email / inquiry.