Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Changing the Zen-Cart 'Sales Pitch'

If you use Zen-Cart or OSCommerce, you may have found the need to change the 'Tagline Here' text on the main page at one point or another.

The usual solution is to copy includes/languages/english.php to your template directory and then change the tagline text there -- an adequate solution, if you only work with one template, but what if you run multiple stores, or you are dealing with a user who has no access to the filesystem, or an FTP program, or is simply uncomfortable editing something across a network.

The solultion I came up with, allows you to edit this field directly from the Administration Panel -- first edit the includes/languages/english/header.php file and change:

--- define('HEADER_SALES_TEXT', 'TagLine Here');

Next, open your Administration Panel and navigate to Tools -> Install SQL Patches and in the cut-and-paste box, add the following:

--- cut here ---

INSERT INTO configuration (configuration_title, configuration_key,
configuration_value, configuration_description,
configuration_group_id, sort_order, date_added) VALUES ('Store
Advertising - Tagline', 'STORE_TAGLINE', 'Tagline Here', 'Set Shop Tagline /
Default = Tagline Here', '1', '4', now());

--- cut here ---

Now you can go to Configuration -> My Store and configure the tagline
that is used for your shop, much easier than adding it by hand and much easier than editing your languages file to it.

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