This series of WordPress widgets provide methods to seamlessly link your Zen Cart products to your WordPress blog.
|Author:||Vinos de Frutas Tropicales and Over the Hill Web Consulting (profile at wordpress.org)|
|WordPress version required:||3.5|
|WordPress version tested:||4.8.x|
|Added to WordPress repository:||05-08-2014|
|Total downloads:||2 982|
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Why does Zen Cart for WordPress require the same database that Zen Cart uses? Could I configure a different database for the blog? I don’t think it’s that desirable to mix the product and order data with blog data?
Having Zen Cart look up info in WordPress tables in a database Zen Cart already has access to is a world of difference from having to establish credentials and communication with a different database. The two table systems can be separated with prefixes if necessary; the capability is built into WordPress and Zen Cart.
How does one set this up for WordPress and Zen Cart to share a database? Zen Cart is in my root and WordPress is installed in a sub-directory. Do I need to reinstall WordPress in a different manner?
Doesn’t matter which one you install first (Zen Cart or WordPress), but during the installation when you are asked for your database information you use the SAME database information for both. (DB name, DB Password, DB Username) You also need to make sure you are using a DB prefix for BOTH installs. For example in Zen Cart you could use zen_ and for WordPress you could use wp_.
Okay it sounds like I need to wipe-out and reinstall WordPress manually as it was installed with Simple Scripts and I never had the option of selecting or naming a database. My Zen Cart install was a manual install about a year ago. Will the default database settings for this install conform to these rules? There’s no way that I’d want to re-install Zen Cart now that the site is built and customized.
The default Zen Cart database prefix is ‘ ‘ (i.e. none) and the default WordPress prefix is ‘wp_’. As long as the prefixes are DIFFERENT, you should be good-to-go! (YES they are “different” if you used the Zen Cart default of NONE and the WordPress default)
Does it matter whether or not WordPress is in the main site root or does Zen Cart have to be in the main site root?
IN GENERAL you need WordPress in a subdirectory of Zen Cart OR Zen Cart in a sub-directory of WordPress. You don’t install them BOTH in the root of your domain.. Bottomline is this plugin works REGARDLESS as to which is in the root folder (WordPress or Zen Cart).
When someone goes to the shop page I don’t want it to look like the Zen Cart pages. Will Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) & WordPress for Zen Cart (wp4zen) make my Zen Cart site look like my WordPress site?
Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) & WordPress for Zen Cart (wp4zen) isn’t going to change the look of Zen Cart or WordPress. The look and feel of Zen Cart is still controlled by the Zen Cart template and the look and feel of WordPress is still controlled by your WordPress theme. You WILL still need to modify your Zen Cart template to make it MATCH your WordPress site. (which is EXACTLY what was done for sites that are using Zen4WP – like http://www.eyeitalia.com)
Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) & WordPress for Zen Cart (wp4zen) are not theming or templating add-ons.. They are CONTENT add-ons. They will allow you to display Zen Cart products, reviews, testimonial, shopping cart, etc in your WordPress site. They will allow you to display your blogs post categories, recent posts or tag cloud widgets, etc in Zen Cart. What your WordPress site and Zen cart site LOOK like is still controlled by the respective WordPress theme and Zen Cart template. Making them LOOK alike is a LOT easier today than it has been historically. (As you can see on the http://www.eyeitalia.com site)
I found a plugin for WordPress which says it “integrates osCommerce into any WordPress theme”. This plugin looks like it embeds osCommerce inside WordPress. Does Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) work the same way? Will I be able to embed Zen Cart inside my WordPress site/theme?
Simply put, no. Unlike other plugins, Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) is not going to display a whole Zen Cart store inside WordPress. Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) is NOT an embedding plugin (ALA WordPress on Zen Cart or other “blog embedding” solutions). Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) allows you to display specific Zen Cart content on your WordPress site using a series of widgets (which can be displayed inside any WordPress sidebar) and shortcodes (which can be displayed inside any page or post or text widget).. Unlike embedding plugins, Zen Cart for WordPress (zen4wp) allows you to use the FULL power of WordPress and the FULL power of Zen Cart. This means that you will be able to use any plugin/module for Zen Cart or WordPress without limits (like having to implement some gnarly code just to get your Zen Cart module to work inside WordPress).
Where can I get more information?
To learn more, go to http://zencart-wordpress-integration.com/
- Initial release
- Incorrect display of some sale prices, especially Salemaker sales and some free products. Changed zen4wp_functions_prices.php.
- Provided enhancements to the [zenprod] Shortcode.
- Best Sellers widget: Throwing “printf() too few args” on line 97
- Correct various PHP notify errors (a couple of which were variable “misspellings”).
- Duplicated definition: ZEN_TABLE_PRODUCT_TYPES
- Update zen4wp functions to use Zen Cart 1.5.4 as their change-basis.
- Incorporate changes into the widgets to make them compatible with WordPress 4.5.2 and later