Admin is slow or hangs forever

Admin performance with Zen Cart

NOTE: Is the slowness only for the admin area? If you also see the same slowness in your storefront, this FAQ does not apply to your situation.

When you first log in to the Admin area, Zen Cart attempts to talk to the Zen Cart versioning server to see if updates are available. If it can’t communicate with the versioning server then it is possible that you’ll see your admin access hang for a minute or so.

There are 2 approaches to addressing this:

  1. When you DO log into the admin area, turn off version checking here: Admin > Configuration > My Store, and set Show if version update available to false.

  2. IF AND ONLY IF you can’t log into the admin area AT ALL, try editing the /admin/includes/local/skip-version-check.ini file and disable version checking:


Still have questions? No problem! Just head over to the Zen Cart support forum and ask there.
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Last modified April 3, 2020 by Scott C Wilson (a117296).