How do I change the "Welcome Guest" message?

Removing or changing the message for non-logged-in users

If you want to replace this message with one of your own, edit the file includes/languages/english/YOURTEMPLATE/index.php, and locate these lines of code:

if (STORE_STATUS == '0') {
   define('TEXT_GREETING_GUEST', 'Welcome <span class="greetUser">Guest!</span> Would you like to <a href="%s">log yourself in</a>?');
} else {
   define('TEXT_GREETING_GUEST', 'Welcome, please enjoy our online showcase.');
define('TEXT_GREETING_PERSONAL', 'Hello <span class="greetUser">%s</span>!');

As you can see, there are two Welcome messages depending upon whether you wish Zen Cart to be a fully functioning store, or just a showroom.

Edit the message starting from the word “Welcome” but be careful not to change the text in angled brackets, or the brackets themselves. Make sure that the single quote marks are not left out. If you want to include an apostrophe in your text e.g. “Lucy’s Store”, you will need to put an escape character before the apostrophe, i.e.

Lucy\'s Store

Save the edited file and upload it to your server.

If you want to eliminate “Welcome Guest! Would you like to log yourself in?” message completely, turn off the Customer Greeting in your Admin > Configuration > Layout settings. Go to Customer Greeting - Show on Index Page and set it to 0.

NOTE: Completely removing this message will result in an Accessibility structure violation as the result would be h1 to h3 on the main page versus h1 (Congratulations!), h2 (Welcome), and h3 (define_main_page.php).

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 December 18, 2022 by Scott C Wilson (fcfbaf4).