Zen Cart Features

Why should you choose Zen CartTM to power your e-commerce site? Let's face it. There are 100's of shopping cart programs around, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Zen CartTM is superior to most in ease-of-use, features and price.  Zen CartTM is built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. The program is built by programmers and designers who understand the online selling process from start to finish. Zen CartTM has included all the necessary tools required to build a successful online store and we are constantly improving and upgrading the software based on our users requirements.

Why Choose Benchmark Design to install and setup your Zen CartTM site?

Simply put, we're experts at it.  While Zen Cart can be installed by someone with moderate to advanced computer skills, it takes an expert to design, customize, and configure Zen Cart to meet the needs of your company.  With over 10 years of experience in the Web Design and Development industry and having built dozens of database driven websites using various applications, including Zen Cart, our programmers have the in-depth programming knowledge to get your cart/catalog to look and function just the way you want it!  By hiring Benchmark Design to design, install, customize, and configure your Zen CartTM site, you'll get the power of Zen CartTM backed with the expertise and experience of our designers and programmers - not to mention, 2 hrs of free training to operate Zen CartTM!

Below is a list of the major features included in Zen CartTM:

Customer Status Modes           

  • unrestricted shopping
  • must register to view prices
  • must register to view prices and merchandise
  • showroom only

Categories and Products

  • unlimited category depth
  • physical merchandise
  • downloadable virtual products
  • products can reside in multiple categories
  • product options as dropdowns, radio buttons, checkboxes, and text input

Promotions, Sales and Discounts

  • individual special prices
  • global sale reductions
  • category-wide sale prices
  • discount coupons
  • customer group discounts
  • quantity discounts
  • one-time charges
  • minimum and maximum purchases per product
  • prices by attributes

Fully Customizable Catalog Templates

  • XHTML 1.0 compliant - nearly table-less layout
  • change the colors, fonts and many graphics using Cascading Stylesheets
  • add, move, remove sideboxes via the Admin Tool
  • template overrides that do not get overwritten during upgrades
  • override functionality without having to learn PHP
  • create as many different looks as you would like and choose them from the admin

Expand Cart Functions and Features

  • Choose from hundreds of Add-Ons & Enhancements

Global E-Commerce Ready

  • multiple language support
  • multiple tax support
  • multiple shipping methods
  • multiple currency support
  • multiple payment methods

Catalog Status Modes

  • showcase mode without prices
  • showcase mode with prices
  • normal shopping mode
  • down for maintenance mode

Customer Retention Tools

  • periodic newsletter in plain text or HTML
  • order status emails and records in the customer account
  • referral tools
  • gift certificates

Powerful Administration Tool

  • configure your minimum and maximum values, image sizes and customer details
  • choose which layout settings to use for the spotlight listings
  • pick which details to show on your product details page
  • edit your policies pages with HTML (if desired)
  • add, delete, move, link or copy your products
  • create and manage your product attributes
  • manage product reviews, featured products, specials and storewide sales
  • shipping and payment module installation and management
  • price and taxation control
  • banner advertising controls
  • newsletter creation and sending
  • content management tool, easily add new content pages


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