Zen Cart Customization

Get your Zen Cart store customized and functioning exactly the way you’d like!

This course includes…

  • Unlimited lifetime access
  • Downloadable project files
  • 30 day money-back guarantee

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  • Project files included!
  • No recurring monthly fees!
  • Unlimited lifetime access!

How does it work?

“Man, that was the BEST video course ever! Thanks Geoff, that makes so much sense to me, and is easy to follow!”


Free course included!

Enrollment includes Foundations In Web Design, a free bonus course, at no extra cost!

  • Worksheets
  • Hands-on lessons
  • Other extras and goodies!

Course description

Join award-winning trainer and author Geoff Blake, as he takes you on a fun, fast-paced journey into Zen Cart e-commerce store customization in Zen Cart Customization Fundamentals! With his down to earth, no-nonsense style, Geoff gets you up and running, first by dissecting the Zen Cart storefront, then by quickly delving into the world of templates — where to find them, how to install them, and how to get them running in your store. Then, it’s deep into the admin console where you’ll learn how to adjust banner graphics, side boxes, columns, the login screen, and a whole lot more. Next, you’ll learn how to customize your store’s product pages, and also the shopping cart page. Geoff rounds off the course with a look at how to work with Zen Cart’s Define Pages, including how to use Zen Cart’s back-end page editor and how to edit PHP files directly, and finally Zen Cart’s EZ-Pages, where you’ll discover how to use the Developer’s Toolkit, customize navigation, and even begin integrating content from other sources, like Dreamweaver. Strap in for a session of fun and learning in Zen Cart Customization Fundamentals!

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Hey, I’m Geoff. I help graphic designers, small business owners, and creative people just like you learn about web design, develop valuable, in-demand skills, launch online businesses and creative projects…and yeah, make more money! Learn more about me here.

Learning how to build websites is no different than figuring out perspective drawing, how to weave literary prose, or how to combine chords to make beautiful music. It’s like cooking or woodworking or learning how to fix your car…But for whatever reason, web design’s made out to be highly technical and overly complicated. Let’s change that.

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What others are saying

People just like you are building dream web projects every day. A few would love to tell you how Ten Ton helped them get there.

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Course outline

Here’s a complete outline of all of the topics covered in this course

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Customization

  1. A Look At Geoff’s Store Set Up (free lesson!)
  2. Software You’ll Need (free lesson!)
  3. Understanding Your Store's Layout (free lesson!)
  4. Dissecting the store further (free lesson!)

Chapter 2: Downloading and Applying Templates

  1. Understanding What Templates Are (free lesson!)
  2. Finding Templates on Zen-Cart.com (free lesson!)
  3. Other Places to Find Zen Cart Templates (free lesson!)
  4. Moving the Template Files (free lesson!)
  5. Moving the Template Files Locally on the Mac (free lesson!)
  6. Applying Templates to Your Store (free lesson!)

Chapter 3: Customization via the Admin Console

  1. Determining Where Banner Ad Graphics are located
  2. Turning off banner ads
  3. Adding Height to the main content area
  4. Moving sideboxes in the store layout
  5. Adjusting the Order of the sideboxes
  6. Disabling the left and right columns
  7. Adjusting left and right column widths
  8. Adjusting the width of sideboxes
  9. Switching to a split login screen
  10. Removing the header’s search box
  11. Disabling the Category tabs in the header
  12. turning off the IP address in the footer
  13. Adjusting the store’s Breadcrumb navigation
  14. Controlling links in the Categories sidebox
  15. Controlling Product listing amounts
  16. Customizing search and Category pages

Chapter 4: Customizing the Product Info And Shopping Cart Pages

  1. Customizing the look of the product info page
  2. Adjusting the summary text above the shopping cart
  3. Customizing the shopping cart’s buttons
  4. Controlling the shipping estimator behavior
  5. Controlling the product graphic in the shopping cart
  6. Displaying or hiding product boxes on the home page
  7. Displaying or hiding product boxes on the category page
  8. setting the number of products to appear in the product boxes

Chapter 5: Working with Define Pages

  1. Understanding what Define Pages are
  2. Getting Familiar with Zen Cart’s Pages
  3. Toggling Sidebox Links and page Content
  4. Editing pages with the Define Pages Editor
  5. Handcoding Pages with HTML
  6. Using the HTML area editor
  7. Editing define page PHP files directly (and customizing the contact us page)
  8. Creating A Custom 404 Error Page
  9. Removing the homepage welcome text and introducing the Developer’s Toolkit
  10. Creating A custom homepage with Dreamweaver
  11. Working with Additional Define Pages
  12. Changing Sidebox hyperlinks for the additional define pages
  13. Changing header and navigation text for additional define pages

Chapter 6: Adding New Pages To your store with EZ-Pages

  1. What are EZ-Pages?
  2. Configuring your store for EZ Pages
  3. Creating an HTML EZ page
  4. Editing EZ Pages and adjusting sort order
  5. Using EZ Pages to create internal links (and how to consolidate your store’s navigation links)
  6. Using EZ Pages to create external links
  7. Disabling EZ Pages navigation bars
  8. Adjusting Navigation bar link separators
  9. Disabling the header, footer, and sidebars on specific ez pages
  10. Using the developer’s toolkit to change sidebox header text

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

What is Ten Ton?

Hey, I’m Geoff, an award-winning teacher, artist, and designer. Ten Ton Online is my premium online training platform to help graphic designers, small business owners, hobbyists, and other creative rabble-rousers learn about web design. If you want to discover how to build beautiful looking websites, how you can develop valuable, in-demand skills, or how to launch and market online businesses and creative projects, you’re in the right spot! You can view the full list of courses here.

Can I sign up any time?

Yes. All courses are completely self-paced. This means you can enroll now, and start your course whenever you like.

How do I watch the videos?

After enrolling, you’ll be able to stream your course lessons on the web, to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Can I download the video lessons?

To best serve the community, lessons are provided as streaming video only. This is because courses are sometimes updated to provide users with the latest information and content.

How long will I have access to my courses?

All courses come with unlimited, lifetime access. This means you can access your course as often as you’d like, without any limitations.

Are there recurring monthly costs?

Nope. There’s just a single one-time enrollment fee for your course.

Are courses self-paced or scheduled?

Courses are completely self-paced, allowing you to work through lessons at your own speed. You can skip ahead or go back, and otherwise move through your courses as quickly or slowly as you’d like. You can find out more about how it all works right here.

Are project files included?

You bet! Courses come with downloadable project files, allowing you to get the most out of your learning experience. You’re encouraged to follow along, step-by-step, so you can gain real-world, hands-on skills.

What is your refund policy?

All courses come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your course within 30 days of purchase, let us know. We’re here to help.

Where should I start?

Start with my free Foundations In Web Design course. It’ll give you a solid foundation in web design, and help you determine which direction you should head in based on your interests and goals.

I have more questions, how can I contact you?

You can contact me right here.

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Enroll in this course
  • Project files included!
  • No recurring monthly fees!
  • Unlimited lifetime access!

How does it work?

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