Zen Cart Features

Why should you choose Zen Car 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 Cart is superior to most in ease-of-use, features and price.
Zen Car 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 Cart  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.
Below is a list of the major features included in Zen Cart.

Easy Installation

checks the database and server for requirements before installing
installs using a built-in installation tool
prepopulates the basic store information
optional demo products

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

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