Banner Manager

This page manages your cart’s banners - individual text and image banners and their groups. When the screen is opened, a list of existing banners is displayed.

Banner Manager

Each banner (text or image) belongs to a banner group. Having multiple banners in a banner group allows different banners to be displayed in rotation at the same position.

The position of a Banner Group on the shopfront page is defined in the Layout Settings page.

Three banner groups come with Zen Cart:

  • Wide-Banners
  • Sidebox-Banners
  • BannersAll

Banner Positions are provided by your template. There are:

  • three positions in the header (positions 1, 2 and 3),
  • three positions in the footer (positions 1, 2 and 3),
  • three sidebox positions (banner_box, banner_box2 and banner_box_all).

Generally you would choose at most one of these positions in each area.

These positions can be seen in this diagram from @lat9:

Banner Positions

Groups are then specified in the Banner Display Groups settings in Admin > Configuration > Layout Settings. For example, setting Banner Display Groups - Footer Position 3 to Wide-Banners means that a banner in the Wide-Banners group will be shown in Footer Position three. Here’s what that looks like:

Wide Banner Footer Position 3

Similarly, turning on the banner_box sidebox and setting Banner Display Groups - Side Box banner_box to Sidebox-Banners means that a banner will be selected from the Sidebox-Banners group and shown in the banner_box sidebox.

To add a new banner, press the New Banner button at the bottom of the Banner Manager screen.

New Banner


  • Some users like to name banner groups by size, using group names like HalfWidth, FullWidth, and so forth. Others like to name banner groups by placement, using group names like BanHeadPos1, BanHeadPos2, BanHeadPos3, BanFootPos1, BanFootPos3, BanFootPos3.

  • Empty banner groups are deleted. Adding a banner group is done by specifying the group name in the text field below the Banner Group dropdown on the New Banner screen. Once a Banner Group is added, the new name will appear in the dropdown.

Still have questions? Use the Search box in the upper right, or try the full list of FAQs. If you can't find it there, head over to the Zen Cart support forum and ask there in the appropriate subforum. In your post, please include your Zen Cart and PHP versions, and a link to your site.

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Last modified December 9, 2022 by Scott C Wilson (ecc78fb).