Showing EZ-Page Links

What determines when an EZ-Page link appears?

We will address the template responsive_classic in this article, although the information will apply to any properly coded template.

EZ-Page links can be shown without making a code change in three places:

  • Header
  • Important Links sidebox
  • Footer

A set of configurations determines where these links are shown. There is a radio button and sort order for each of the header, sidebox and footer. For a page to show up in one of these places, the associated radio button must be set to Yes and the sort order must be greater than 0. You can see these settings in Tools > EZ-Pages.

Adding a link manually

In addition to the three places shown above, you can change your template to show an EZ-Page (say on the product info page) using the technique below.

The page still needs to be visible, either by

  • enabling one of the three pairs of settings above (header, sidebox or footer), or,
  • Since Zen Cart 1.5.6, using the Page is Visible flag.

Let’s suppose the language constant for the name of the page is NEW_PAGE_TITLE and the EZ-Page id, as shown on the left hand side of Tools > EZ-Pages, is 19.

If you are already in a PHP block, you’d use:

  echo '<a href="' . zen_href_link(FILENAME_EZPAGES,'id=19') . '">' . NEW_PAGE_TITLE . '</a>'; 

If you’re in HTML (say in a list), you would use

<li><a href="<?php echo zen_href_link(FILENAME_EZPAGES, 'id=19'); ?>"><?php echo NEW_PAGE_TITLE; ?></a></li>

You would define NEW_PAGE_TITLE in a file like, includes/languages/english/extra_definitions/my_ezpages.php as follows:

<?php 
define('NEW_PAGE_TITLE','Name of My New Page');

Once you do this, your link will be displayed and your page content will be displayed when users visit that EZ-Page, by going to YOURSITE.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19, even if the page is not displayed in the header, sidebox or footer.

The Page is Visible flag has been available since Zen Cart 1.5.6; prior to that, the page had to be set to appear in the header, sidebox or footer. If it were not, users visiting the page would see the message, “Sorry, the page you were attempting to access cannot be found.”




Still have questions? No problem! Just 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.

Is there an error or omission on this page? Please post to General Questions on the support forum. Or, if you'd like to open a pull request, just review the guidelines and get started. You can even PR right here.
Last modified July 19, 2020 by Scott C Wilson (967d197).