What are the best plugins?

What are the best Zen Cart plugins?

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as the saying goes. Ten users will have ten different opinions about what’s important.

Look through the Plugins Library. If you find something that appeals to you, here are some next steps:

  • On the plugin’s own page, click the orange Forum Support Thread Forum Support Thread button, and browse the support thread for the plugin. Is the thread active? Is the plugin still supported?

  • Download the plugin and take a look at the README file. Many plugins are easy to install. See how to install a plugin. If it looks too complicated or there are too many steps, place an ad on the Commercial Help Wanted forum to hire a pro to do it for you.

Plugins and the Zen Cart Core

  • Sometimes a plugin is so popular, it becomes part of Zen Cart! In the 1.3.X days, a feature called Admin Profiles feature was created to allow storeowners to create subsets of capabilities for their staff when full admin access was not desired. This feature was pulled in to Zen Cart core in the 1.5.0 release, and it is now under the Admins menu.


  • Zen Cart 1.5.7 includes a number of popular and powerful plugins from the user community, including Default Attribute, Report All Errors, Ask a Question, Sortable Orders Status, zenNonCAPTCHA, and perhaps most importantly, Login as Customer.

  • In Zen Cart 1.5.6, Sales Reports with Graphs was migrated from a plugin to a core feature.

  • In Zen Cart 1.5.5, myDEBUG log backtrace was migrated from a plugin to a core feature.

However, even though a plugin is popular, there’s no guarantee it will be pulled into the core There are good reasons for keeping some plugins separate from the Zen Cart core.

No really, what are the best plugins

Plugins which are pretty much universally useful and have earned honorable mention in this documentation are:

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 January 22, 2022 by Scott C Wilson (5b7a22d).