Template Overrides System
Overrides were created to simplify upgrading and templating.
What Can I Override?
Any file which exists in a folder which has a
can be overridden.
As of Zen Cart 1.5.6, this list is:
includes/languages/ includes/languages/english/extra_definitions/ includes/languages/english/ includes/languages/english/html_includes/ includes/languages/english/modules/payment/ includes/languages/english/modules/shipping/ includes/languages/english/modules/order_total/ includes/modules/ includes/modules/sideboxes/
In addition, you can override:
You can also override any folder in your template folder. Again as of 1.5.6, this list is:
YOUR_TEMPLATE/buttons/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/common/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/css/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/images/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/info_shopping_cart/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/jscript/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_attributes_qty_prices/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_coupon_help/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_cvv_help/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_image/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_image_additional/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_search_help/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/popup_shipping_estimator/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/sideboxes/ YOUR_TEMPLATE/templates/
You can also place overrides in these folders:
./includes/auto_loaders/overrides/ ./includes/init_includes/overrides/ ./admin/includes/auto_loaders/overrides/ ./admin/includes/init_includes/overrides/
What Can I NOT Override?
At the moment, these elements of your cart do not support overrides:
order totalfolders under
However, you may still modify their operation without changing core code by using notifiers and the other mechanisms described below.
Other Mechanisms for Changing Cart Appearance
Some behaviors are controlled by the show flags in the admin.
Starting in 1.5.8, there are site specific overrides, which allow you to change some aspects of Zen Cart without touching core files.
There are also other mechanisms to allow you modify the behavior of the system without touching core files. These are more advanced topics, intended for developers.
See also plugin tips for more suggestions.
Using your Overrides
You’ve created some overrides and now you want to use your new template!
Just create the
template_info.php file and activate your template.
See the template_info FAQ.
Learn to use the Developers Tool Kit. It will help you track down the files that you need to change to get the results you want.