Zen Cart in the boxThe 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.
  • Admin – Improved configuration settings descriptions.
  • Admin – Countries page is easier to perform enable/disable actions.
  • Admin – Improved error messaging.
  • Admin – Help links to the documentation website added to all pages.
  • Admin – Products Viewed report now excludes bots and admins, and its database storage restructured to improve site performance.
  • Admin – Alphabetical sorting of Reports and Tools menus.
  • Admin – Validation and alerts for updating configuration settings, and other updates to sanitization layer.
  • Admin – Improvements in Option Name/Value management.
  • Admin – UI improvements for Attributes Controller, Featured, Option Names Manager, Option Values Manager, Products to Multiple Categories, Specials.
  • Admin – Fixed last-order details on customer preview box on right.
  • Email – SPAM prevention built in to forms (Credits @davewest for zenNonCAPTCHA).
  • Email – Improvements made to increase email deliverability.
  • Email – Untranslatable text removed from emai
  • Checkout – Correction of order total layout issues on mobile in responsive_classic template.
  • All known bugfixes and security fixes for v1.5.6 are included in v1.5.7
  • … and many other incremental improvements to make Zen Cart more efficient, more robust and easier to use.