Zen Cart Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Zen Cart

Open source shopping cart software for website developers

4.27/5 (11 reviews)

Zen Cart overview

What is Zen Cart?

Zen Cart is an open source, free, GPL2 licensed solution for adding powerful eCommerce shopping cart management to websites. The software can be installed on private or third party host servers, plus local LAMP stacks running PHP, Apache and MySQL. Supported by a dedicated global community of programmers, Zen Cart offers a high level of customization alongside an array of additional training, store front templates and plugins. Designed to put merchants and shoppers first, Zen Cart attempts to make installation and configuration simpler for those users with adequate web building skills. Deeper customization may call for specialist PHP/MySQL knowledge, although standard features such as product/catalog creation tools require no HTML editing whatsoever.

Provide customers with 24/7 access to live stores, list detailed product attributes or pricing structures and add entire product categories in a matter of clicks. Layouts and product ordering can be tweaked in fine detail using an Admin area rich with settings, making it quick and intuitive to reconfigure the look and feel of pages and enable or disable elements. Add multiple product descriptions and images, with popups for larger views, or setup product-only “brochure” showcases free of any pricing details. Easily implement customer access restrictions and offer a variety of shipping options while supporting discount coupon codes, advertising banners, email communications and much more.

Pricing

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Open source
Value for money
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech and 21 other languages, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Taiwanese, Thai
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Zen Cart reviews

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8

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0
Average
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Poor
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Dave Lewis

Best shopping cart software around

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

Great software. I use it on several sites. There is pretty much a plugin for anything you want to do. Highly reccomended.

Pros
Easy to use . Many plugin features. Pretty much anything you want to do , there is a plugin.

Cons
Somewhat hard to figure some things out at times.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Michael Raymond

Excellent ECommerce Solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

It has been an excellent ecommerce solution for our campground and I am very happy.

Pros
I have used this software for over 5 years with a client and it has served us well. Each year, I load in the new events for the summer camping season and add links to the separate website. It is quick, provides a quick and easy way for our customers to pre-register. I am so glad I decided to go with this 3rd party software than trying to set up my own system.

Cons
I have not found any cons. I have had to troubleshoot customer orders or different features but there is a rich and diverse support system from other having similar issues.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Great cart, but not very beginner friendly.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-03-10
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
The cart is open source, so it is perfect for those on a budget. Once you get it set up, adding categories and products are fairly easy, just a bit time consuming.

Cons
I run my own social network, and I couldn't set up ZenCart myself. I had to pay a friend to do it. There's just so much work involved with settings and criteria that needs to be done that it was overwhelming for a first timer. A clearer, more concise back end would be a wonderful thing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Melanie Wallace

Great Open Source Shopping Cart!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-06-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Once you have it downloaded & set up. Functionality is fantastic. You can see behind the scenes. If a potential customer calls and wants to know if their order went through online (because in reality it did not), you can actually see where the breakdown happened & what they had in their cart even if they were shopping as a guest. The program definitely requires a learning period but it is worth it.

Cons
Requires a good amount of tech knowledge. If you are not tech savvy or don't have someone that is, then this is not the way to go. You will only get support through the forums & "tickets". There is no phone support.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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DAVID LABELL

Review of Zen Cart

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
It's FREE! and it's powerful. Does everything I need plus more. So much better than the 1and1 online eCommerce software I use to use. So many add ons can do just about anything.

Cons
Nothing at all to dislike. it's free and powerful.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Zen Cart pricing

Pricing options
Open source
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Zen Cart is available to download free, with plugins and add-on available separately.

Zen Cart features

API
Access Control
Customizable Templates
Electronic Payments
Product Catalog
eCommerce Management

Activity Dashboard (136 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (104 other apps)
Content Management (131 other apps)
Custom Forms (88 other apps)
Customizable Branding (154 other apps)
Data Import/Export (123 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (117 other apps)
Order Management (92 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (124 other apps)
SEO Management (95 other apps)
Search Functionality (112 other apps)
Social Media Integration (95 other apps)
Third Party Integration (187 other apps)
Website Management (90 other apps)

Additional information for Zen Cart

Key features of Zen Cart

  • Re-skin Zen Cart with a vast library of templates available
  • Open source eCommerce tools supported by developer community
  • Accept payments via integration with popular gateways
  • List detailed product descriptions, images and pricing
  • Full feature, customizable shopping cart solution
  • Seamless integration within an existing eCommerce website
  • Show advertisements and banners for associated products
  • Manage discounts, group pricing, coupons and voucher codes
  • Showcase an inventory of available products of multiple type
  • Administer customer or user access rules and restrictions
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Benefits

Zen Cart is free to download and install on servers running PHP, Apache and MySQL, promising easy setup and limitless customization options.

Re-skin and redesign eCommerce storefronts with a template-based system and built-in WYSIWYG editor for modifying pages.

Integrates with popular payment gateways such as Authorize.net, PayPal and First Data, while accepting global cash currencies and credit cards.

Compile broad product catalogs with rich descriptions and pricing details, listing whole categories and configuring layouts via Admin panel.

Provide shipping estimates and configure international tax rates, while managing discount codes, coupons and group pricing rates.

Accept customer product and service reviews, with Administrator-level approval before publishing.

Zen Cart scales from small to medium business requirements, with global currency support and international language packs available.