This is a small template that won't be to everybody's taste and won't win any design competitions, but that's not the point. The template has been designed to meet three objectives:
1. To provide new users with a starting point that is as appealing as the classic template but doesn't have the headaches that are played out over and over again in this forum.
2. To show how much can be done with almost no effort, just by harnessing the power of the template_default and CSS
3. To be trivial to install
This template consists of just 11 files, 8 of which are images. The other three are a stylesheet that does most of the work, the obligatory template_info.php file and the installation instructions.
As you might expect with such a lightweight template it has some limitations. For example, if you wish to adjust column widths, you will need to generate new images to reflect the changed widths. Some known, but easily fixed imperfections (e.g. sidebox padding), have been left in to encourage new users to start the process of adapting this template to their own needs.
This version updates the stylesheet for 100% compatibility with Zen Cart 1.3.6.
This is a general tidy up of the future Zen stylesheet offering more robust handling of positioning in the header area, and a number of other CSS change to fix bugs and improve the appearance of selected inner pages. I have also sucumbed to the weight of forum enquiries and "fixed" the sidebox padding "error".
This version of the Future Zen template is a simple extension to the version 1.1 to demonstrate the sliding boxes technique for background images. A new support thread has been started at http://www.zen-cart.com/forum/showthread.php?p=225474
Unlike version 1.1 which was designed for a fixed width layout, version 1.2 allows liquid layouts up to about 1700px in width. Sideboxes however remain limited to 150px though users can easily build their own images if they wish to make them wider. Despite the extra flexibility, future Zen v1.2 remains a lightweight template with just 11 files and no PHP changes other than in the template_info file. The photoshop files used to create these images will be made available as a separate contribution.