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Welcome To Zen Cart™ - The Art of E-Commerce

Designed for Online Merchants


Zen Cart™ truly is the art of e-commerce; a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system. The software is being developed by group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think e-commerce could be, and should be, done differently.

Some other "solutions" seem to be complicated programming exercises instead of responding to users' needs.  Zen Cart™ puts the merchant's and shopper's requirements first.

Similarly, other programs are nearly impossible to install and use without an IT degree. Zen Cart™ can be installed and set-up by anyone with the most basic computer skills.

Others are so expensive ... not Zen Cart™, it's FREE!

Designed for Online Shoppers

Zen Cart™ will deliver the ultimate online shopping experience to your customers. Navigating through your merchandise offerings is a breeze with Zen Cart™.

The program provides several "Spotlight" lists in addition to the traditional category-to-product links. Once a product is added to the shopping cart, secure checkout is a simple 3-step process.

After providing the billing information, your customer chooses the shipping method (multiple shipping methods including real-time internet shipping quotes are built-in).

Next, a payment type is chosen from one of the popular payment modules. (PayPal™ and AuthorizeNet™ are just 2 of the included modules)

Last, the customer reviews the order, shipping and payment choices, and confirms the order. You are immediately notified of the order and your customer automatically receives an e-mail confirmation.

Zen Cart™ addresses many of the goals we set:

In short, Zen Cart™ is shopping cart software the way it should have been all along.

For Web Designers


Zen Cart™ gives web designers a robust and customizable electronic storefront that's easy to keep up-to-date with new features. It provides usable, intuitive and unobtrusive purchase flows right out of the box based on proven industry best-practices - there are no major revisions required to get things right for your clients!

One of the secrets behind its power lies in our robust template system that "abstracts" the look-and-feel from the code and logic behind Zen Cart™. This enables you to give clients a truly custom solution that integrates quickly and perfectly with their existing marketing websites. Using the customized template system helps you implement a core upgrade very quickly.

For Developers and Hosting Providers

Developers are able to deploy cutting-edge solutions based on Zen Cart™'s modern standards and technologies. Combining PHP server-side technology with the ability to choose from multiple databases on the back end results in flexible software that you can customize and modify to suit your needs.

Minimum/suggested server requirements: