The Zen Cart development team has released version 1.5.7. We do recommend upgrading to the current version for all of the reasons below. However, we also recommend waiting. There are often bug fixes found and fix in new versions as well as the need for plugins to be upgraded for us with new versions too.
The most notable improvements and bug fixes in v1.5.7 since v1.5.6 include:
Core – Many files have been updated for compatibility with PHP 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4. These changes, along with updating your PHP version, will make your cart faster.
Storefront – Products with single-valued attributes (such as downloads) can now be added to the cart from the listing page.
Storefront – Product page now includes Ask a Question
Storefront – Contact Us page now includes a telephone number
Storefront – Improved handling of product restrictions such as units and minimum quantities.
Storefront – Define page added to shopping cart page for static content.
Storefront – The responsive classic template now meets accessibility standards for both desktop and mobile.
Admin – Admins can now login to a customer account (login as that customer), to place an order on their behalf.
Admin – Order Status may be updated from the order listing screen.
Admin – Order Status emails are now sent in the language of the order.
Admin – Order Status dropdown can now be sorted to match your business workflow.
Admin – Order Status notification behavior for an Order Status update (send email/do not send email/hide update) may now be configured by an admin switch.
Admin – Order Listing – hover for quick view of the products ordered or to see customer comments, without opening the order details. (Inspired by Info-At-A-Glance plugin).
Admin – Improved customer search.
Admin – Products to Categories Link Manager – Addition of a global tool to copy linked categories to another product.
Admin – Product Copy expanded to include copy of metatags and linked categories.
Admin – Validation for integer min and max values and email addresses.