What's Next for Zen Cart?

Upcoming changes to Zen Cart


🛑 PLEASE NOTE: The releases listed below have not yet been finalized, and this document is a work in progress.
These are goals, not commitments. Any of the improvements listed here might be delayed beyond the stated target release.

Future Releases (Not Yet Scheduled)

  • New Feature: Child Templates will be supported, so that storeowners can more easily determine what has been changed from the base release of a template.


The improvements targeted for v2.2.0 include:

  • New Feature: The Products Options Stock plugin will be integrated with Zen Cart. This feature will help storeowners who have product variants whose stock needs to be tracked (red large t-shirts vs blue medium t-shirts, for example). It is designed to replace the various “Stock by Attributes” plugins which are currently in use.


The improvements targeted for v2.1.0 include:

  • New Feature: The Zen Cart admin will be secured with Multi Factor Authentication.
  • Admin: FIXED - Searching for customers from the orders page would occasionally lead to a blank right hand infoBox.
  • Admin: FIXED - Selecting coupons on pages other than the first page would occasionally fail.
  • Admin: The template settings file may now be viewed from your admin page.
  • Admin: The date of last password change is now shown on the Users page in admin.
  • Admin: Product Price fields “Gross” and “Net” have been renamed to “Tax Included” and “Tax Excluded.”
  • Core: Retired Notifiers and Observers can be set to generate deprecated logs automatically.
  • Core: The introduction of the Product class continues the modernization of Zen Cart.
  • Core: Shipping modules now inherit from ZenShipping base class to reduce code duplication and ensure consistency.
  • Core: Zones module now has exception rules notifier. See this page for details on usage.
  • Storefront: Additional image matching rules now are enforced more strictly for new installs; see this page for details.
  • Extras: Improved and modernized utilities in the /extras folder.


Release 2.0.1 has been delivered; changes are now listed in What’s New in 2.0.x.

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.

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 June 10, 2024 by Scott Wilson (ad60909).