Glossary

Terms you will see in Zen Cart documentation

Note: If a term is not in this list, you should use a web search to learn more about it. This list is intended to be specific to Zen Cart with only a minimal number of additional generic terms.

  • Categories Tabs - Categories Tabs is the name of a feature that places a set of links to every category in your store across the width of your home page just below the logo and tagline.
  • Centerbox - a centerbox is a block of content in the middle of the page.
  • cPanel - a branded hosting control panel which is very popular. See Hosting and Domain concepts.
  • Default Files - The file provided by the base software that provides some functionality which can be overridden using a template file. See Default files, template default and overrides.
  • Define Pages - Define pages are special pieces of content that appear above normal page content for certain pages.
  • Document Root - another term for “webroot.”
  • Domain Name - (also “domain”) the mnemonic name of your website. The domain name of this site is zen-cart.com. See hosting and domain concepts. A Name Server converts this mnemonic name into an IP Address.
  • Extra Pages - Extra pages are the three built-in additional content pages that people can use without needing to add software to their installation.
  • EZ-Pages - Zen Cart provides the ability for storeowners to create their own content pages without a developer through the EZ-Pages facility.
  • Hoster - a company that provides servers for you to run your site on. See hosting and domain concepts.
  • IP Address - a number assigned to a piece of hardware connected to the Internet. Computers identify each other by IP Address. See hosting and domain concepts.
  • JavaScript - a scripting language that adds dynamic effects to your website.
  • Name Server - a piece of Internet infrastructure that converts a domain name to an IP Address. See hosting and domain concepts.
  • Overrides - Zen Cart provides the capability of partitioning your changes from the base software; this is called the override feature. See Default files, template default and overrides.
  • Prefix - A prefix in your configure.php files allows you to have a special naming convention for your Zen Cart tables, to keep them separate from other tables in your database. Using a prefix is no longer encouraged; you should simply have separate databases for each of your web based applications. (This used to be expensive but is no longer so.)
  • Responsive - a template is responsive if it is designed for mobile viewing (on a phone or tablet) as well as desktop viewing. See Responsive Templates.
  • Shared Hosting - a hosting configuration that allows you to share a server with other users to reduce cost. See Hosting and Domain concepts.
  • Sidebox - a sidebox is a block of content on the left or right hand side of your page, when viewed on a desktop.
  • SSL - Secure Sockets Layer. A technology that allows you to securely transfer information between your webserver and a client browser. See hosting and domain concepts.
  • Template - Set of files which provide the theme or skin (eg: layout, colors, fonts) for the site. See Default files, template default and overrides.
  • Template Files - The individual files (css, js, php, and some images) involved in providing the Template for the site. See Default files, template default and overrides.
  • VPS - a hosting configuration that puts you on your own dedicated server. See Hosting and Domain concepts.
  • Webroot - The top level folder that is visible to someone using a web browser. See how do I install Zen Cart.
  • Webserver - the computer associated with your hosting account that runs your website or the program on that hosting account that serves web pages (e.g. Apache). See hosting and domain concepts.
  • YOURACCOUNTFOLDER - the folder in your hosting account which holds your site’s files. See basic terms.
  • YOURLANGUAGE - the language your site is presented in, which is english by default. See basic terms.
  • YOURSITE - the domain name you are using. See basic terms.
  • YOURTEMPLATE - the template you are using. See basic terms.



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 September 6, 2020 by Chris Brown (8e14a829).