Marketing Solutions

is a UK company specialising in Website Design

In the past if you wanted an e-commerce store you basically had two options, you built and coded your own online store from scratch or you paid a company to do the job for you. The first option required a great deal of knowledge and hands-on experience of the various coding languages, not to mention the ability to design an attractive interface that would work efficiently within the construct of the website’s structure. The second option was not only extremely expensive but seldom allowed you the freedom to create your own design.

That however was in the bad old days, when things were different; nowadays there is a ridiculously easy solution for building a quality online store that won’t overwhelm you – Zen Cart. This amazing and highly popular open source online store management system allows you to easily implement the perfect store design for your business.

Zen Cart is ideal for anyone who sells products online and is in need of a professional web site that utilises a shopping cart feature. It provides countless features within its system, allowing anyone to successfully sell their products online. This unique system was developed by other shop owners, programmers, designers and consultants with the sole mission of putting merchants and shoppers together, in an easy-to-use fashion. The idea was always that you don’t need to have extensive computer knowledge in order to get the most out of this store management system.

Not only does Zen Cart offer a very long list of features, as well as its own a superb range of Modules and Addons, the system is most definitely designed with both store owners and web developers in mind. It has an easy-to-customise template system so that the outlook of any online shop can be changed, including colours, fonts and much more. Zen Cart templates are XHTML 1.0 compliant and therefore can be edited without any knowledge of PHP.

With a wide range of functionalities this superb administration tool offers a fully functional and easy to use control panel that enables you to manage products, product listings and reviews, prices, change templates, add banners or advertising materials, etc. Zen Cart provides a huge variety of important features including a multiple payment system, shipping and tax options and a facility for setting up different currencies and languages. As an online merchant you are able to add an unlimited number of products and categorise them yourself.


The great thing about Zen Cart is that anyone with the most basic computer skills can manage their own shopping cart. Zen Cart is ready to go, right out of the box. Installation is automated and the administration area is very user-friendly, all you need to get trading is a merchant account. One major consideration though – unless you want your store to look exactly like countless others that use Zen Cart, it is well worth investing in a professional web design service to customise the look and feel of your web site.

One of the other advantages of Zen Cart is that it offers easy integration with PayPal, as well as other payment processors, which means you can get going in no time at all as an online trader. This excellent shopping cart also provides useful functionalities for setting individual prices, providing discounts, performing one-time charges, global sale reductions, customer group discounts or quantity discounts; in addition you can set prices in different currencies.

With all the worry about online security these days it is good to know that Zen Cart works well with all kinds of SSL certificates in order to secure the credit card transactions made to your website. As well as payment security, Zen Cart also provides that all important ability to secure your website and admin panel with a username and password at the time of installation.

Zen Cart has outstanding customer relationship tools enabling you to establish and manage customer relationships, a vital part of becoming an online success. In fact Zen Cart offers tools which enable the online merchant to send newsletters to the customers on a regular basis, send email confirmations, provide gift certificates, create referral programs and much more besides.

To sum up, while large companies will probably always elect to commission a custom built solution for their online stores, the average small business no longer needs to spend five or ten thousand pounds to have a quality store developed. The application of Zen Cart will have you selling online for minimum outlay and if you don’t feel you have the basic skills or even the desire to set up your online store you can hire a competent web developer to implement it for you.

Of course you’ll be charged for this service, but the price will be a tiny fraction of what you would have paid in the past for the creation of a complete bespoke e-commerce site, which is why Zen Cart is so obviously the future for e-commerce store development.

This article was written by Web Copy Expert

Services we offer

Website Hosting

Standard Hosting Package

monthly (+vat)
 Domains - 1
 Disk Storage 3 GB
MySQL - 5 Databases
Bandwidth - 2048mb
Email Accounts - Unlimited
Control Panel - cPanel

Advanced Hosting Package

monthly + (vat)
Domains - 4
Disk Storage 4 GB
MySQL - 10 Databases
Bandwidth - 4096mb
Email Accounts - Unlimited
Control Panel - cPanel

Business Hosting Package

monthly (+vat)
Domains - 8
Disk Storage 8 GB
MySQL - 20 Databases
Bandwidth - 8192mb
Email Accounts - Unlimited
Control Panel - cPanel

We consistently deliver results through evolving marketing techniques, new developments and accredited partners.

sagepay approved partner
Google AdWords
Bing Ads
Zen Cart Shopping Cart
We are a UK Company specialising in website design

We will build you a website tailored to your specific requirements, some clients start from a scribble on a note pad and we help them and you maintain and develop the site as it grows and changes over time.

As everyone knows, design is very subjective and what one person may like, another might hate. Our designers and programmers are vastly experienced in all aspects of website design and development and we have hundreds of satisfied clients to prove it!
We are an honest company that strongly believes that we can create a great site for you which both looks and functions to the highest standards. Not only will we do this, but we will also only charge a fraction of the amount that you might expect to pay. Our prices for the quality of workmanship are hugely competitive.

Do you require a professional web designer to create a quality professional web design for your site? or are you looking for your site to be updated? If so you have come to the right place. Take a look through our site to see what we can do for you.

Website Design Company based in Northumberland.


Lev Cribb - Marketing Consultant & Managing Director at INBND Growth Marketing Consultancy

I love it when people exceed my expectations, especially in terms of turn-around times, skill-set and by being proactive. These are three of many reasons why I love working with Stuart. He is reliable and my first choice when it comes to HMTL design and webcasting management capabilities and where I have presented Stuart with […]

Read More
Krissy Rerucha, The Lewin Group

Thank you for stepping into the role of Webcast Manager for the last two days of the Lewin CCTP Learning Session 3 last week. We really appreciated the seamless transition between Martyn and yourself. I had been worried that we would have to spend time onboarding you with the logistics for each session, however you […]

Read More
Howard Greenland - Sash Window Revival

A Huge thank you to Stuart Perkins and team for my great new website and the continued support. Marketing Solutions created a brilliant website for my partners business so it made perfect sense to use them revamping my image with a new site. I found the pricing very fair, the communication excellent and the patience which […]

Read More

Contact Details

01670 708 200

Test Ring Me

Marketing Solutions
17 Saxilby Close
St Nicholas Manor
NE23 1AZ

Considering Marketing Solutions for your next project?
Get a free quote 
Simply Business

Business insurance provided through Simply Business.

View our insurance details