Help with ZenCart Basics
October 16, 2006 2:32 PM   Subscribe

ZenCart Basics: The AskMe archives provide great information about e-commerce solutions. Based on previous suggestions, I've decided to go with ZenCart for my first project. But I need some help with the basics.

Before working out all of the design aspects, I want to get my client started populating the store. I know what categories I need to create and exactly what attributes need to be associated with each product. But getting this set up isn't entirely intuitive. There's lots of support out there for ZenCart - what's the best? Is there a ZenCart for Dummies resource that would make my life easier?
posted by aladfar to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
I've been using ZenCart for about 6 months, and there's still plenty to learn. (I still have to figure out the 'overrides' system, for example.

They've started a documentation wiki, but that's pretty sparse. I've had decent luck with the support forums.

You could make a bazillion dollars if you wrote a great dummies guide for ZenCart.
posted by Wild_Eep at 3:34 PM on October 16, 2006

I use Zen for my site (link in profile if yer innerested...). My experience has been that the Zen Cart Forum is the most helpful resource out there.
posted by spilon at 4:36 PM on October 16, 2006

Been using ZenCart for a while. The folks on the forum answered my newbie questions pretty quickly whenever I got stuck, and forum searches usually answered my other questions.

The interface for entering attributes is not the most intuitive, and it simply takes a bit of practice setting up products and seeing what they look like.

There's a mod called EZ Populate that allows you to populate your catalog from a text file import. I have no experience with that, but it may fit your situation.
posted by dweingart at 8:13 PM on October 16, 2006

I use EZ Populate. It took forever to figure it out the first time, but once I got the hang of it, it is a lifesaver.
posted by spilon at 6:42 AM on October 17, 2006

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