Miscellaneous EZ-Pages Questions

Using EZ-Pages in Zen Cart
Some questions are important but brief. To make managing this FAQ easier, these questions are grouped in a single page, rather than separating each one into an individual article.

How do I add text to the EZ-Page Sidebox

To insert the text, we firstly create some over-ride files. If it doesn’t already exist, create the following directory

includes/templates/YOURTEMPLATE/sideboxes

and copy includes/templates/template_default/sideboxes/tpl_ezpages.php
into it. Similarly, if they don’t already exist, create an

includes/languages/YOURLANGUAGE/extra_definitions/YOURTEMPLATE

directory for each language you are using and copy includes/languages/YOURLANGUAGE/extra_definitions/ez_pages_definitions.php into them.

Now let’s create the text for insertion. Open each of the ez_pages_definitions.php files that you just created and insert the following define statement in the appropriate language

define('BOX_TEXT_EZPAGES', 'The text you want to insert into your EZ-Pages sidebox');

This doesn’t have to be plain text. If you wish, it can be any string of HTML.

Next we tell the EZ-Page sidebox to use the text. Open the copy that you made of tpl_ezpages.php and insert the line marked below

 $content = "";  
 $content .= '<div id="' . str_replace('_', '-', $box_id . 'Content') . '" class="sideBoxContent">';  
 $content .= BOX_TEXT_EZPAGES;  <font color="#ff0000"><----- this is the line that you insert</font>  
 $content  .= "\n" . '<ul style="margin: 0; padding: 0; list-style-type: none;">' . "\n";

Finally, upload the new files to your server and check the results in your browser.


For simple menus made up of EZ-Pages and non-EZ-Pages, the best solution is often to use the internal and external link functions within EZ-Pages to bring all of the links into your EZ-Pages’ menus. However, sometimes this is not sufficient. An example might be if you only wanted the EZ-Page to be shown when certain conditions were met.

To program an EZ-Page link we can make use of the zen_ez_pages_link() function that is built into Zen Cart. This will compile and return the tag with the EZ-Page’s information. First you will need to know the EZ-Page ID and chapter number of the page to which you want the link to point. You can find this information by going to Admin > Tools > EZ-Pages. You will find the ID in the left hand column and the chapter number in a column over towards the right of the page.

Armed with this information you can now construct a link based on the following code model.

<?php echo zen_ez_pages_link(page ID, chapter number, page is SSL [true/false], 
  open new window [true/false], return full url [true/false]); ?>

You must enter a valid page ID as the first parameter. The other parameters are optional and default to 0 for chapter and false for the others. (Hint: Usually you will set the last three parameters to false, false and true respectively.)


How do I turn off the EZ-Pages Header Bar?

There are two ways to turn off the EZ-Pages header bar. Firstly, it won’t show if there are no links there, so turning off all link in the header (Admin > Tools > EZ-Pages) would also suppress display of the bar itself.

Even quicker would be to go to Admin > Configuration > EZ-Pages Settings and set the value of “EZ-Pages Display Status - HeaderBar” to zero.


How can I add Meta Tags to my EZ-Pages?

Use the EZ-Pages Meta Tag Fields plugin.


Sorry, the page you were attempting to access cannot be found

Issue: When I visit my page, I get the error message, “Sorry, the page you were attempting to access cannot be found.”

This means you have not configured the EZPage correctly. You need to set the radio button to Yes and the sort order to a value > 0 for either the Header, the Sidebox or the Footer. Alternately, in Zen Cart 1.5.6 and above, you can set the Page is Visible radio button to Yes. See the help for Tools > EZ-Pages for more details.


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Last modified July 6, 2020 by Scott C Wilson (c787136).