The process of changing templates can be done using the Template Selection screen under Admin > Tools.
But what if the templates you are switching between expect different configuration values? It’s tedious to do these by hand, especially if you’re switching back and forth doing tests.
That’s why Zen Cart 1.5.8a introduced a new feature called Template Init. Here’s how it works:
- Place a file called
template_init.phpin the includes/templates/YOURTEMPLATE folder.
- The file will run when the template is set to YOURTEMPLATE from Admin > Tools > Template Selection.
Note this feature is not available when using Private Template Testing.
For example, here’s a
template_init.php file that turns off CSS buttons when this template is selected:
<?php // Settings for Older Template $db->Execute("UPDATE " . TABLE_CONFIGURATION . " SET configuration_value='No' WHERE configuration_key = 'IMAGE_USE_CSS_BUTTONS'");
A corresponding query should exist in
template_init.php of the other template(s) to restore the value when switching back:
<?php // Settings for Newer Template(s) $db->Execute("UPDATE " . TABLE_CONFIGURATION . " SET configuration_value='Yes' WHERE configuration_key = 'IMAGE_USE_CSS_BUTTONS'");
Any configuration variable can be set in the same way.
If you can’t recall the name of a particular variable, remember you can look it up on the All Configuration Settings page.
If you are using an older Zen Cart version and want this feature, you can merge this PR into your copy of