What is a Template?
Before you read this article, please be sure you are familiar with Basic Terms used in describing Zen Cart files.
What is a template?
A template (sometimes called a “theme” or a “skin” in other software) is a set of files that controls how the Zen Cart storefront looks.
The following list outlines the elements of a template:
- Template Pages - how content display is structured
- Header - top part of template, including logo and top menu area if any
- Sideboxes - narrow pieces of content that are placed on the left and right edges of all pages
- Centerboxes - wide pieces of content that are placed in the center of the page on specific pages
- Stylesheet - the CSS that controls the layout of the site
- Responsiveness - modern templates must look good on mobile devices like phones and tablets
What’s the difference between templates and overrides?
Creating a new template means you are using the
even if just to create
folders below that. But generally, a new template also uses
- language file overrides like
- code overrides like
What can I not override?
What is template default?
What is responsive classic?
The “Responsive Classic” template was added as the main template in Zen Cart 1.5.5. It uses techniques like browser user-agent-detection to adapt its display for mobile devices like phones and tablets. See other templates for Zen Cart and the Responsive Classic FAQ.
What is the Bootstrap template?
The “Bootstrap” template is a community contribution which is well-supported and up to date. It uses the Bootstrap library to adapt its display for mobile devices like phones and tablets. See other templates for Zen Cart and the Bootstrap FAQ.
What other templates are available?
I created a new template, but can’t see it in Admin > Tools > Template Selection
This can happen if you have forgotten to create the
See the template_info FAQ.