Zen Cart is an open source ecommerce software that was designed and developed by designers, programmers, and like-minded shop owners. Setting up a shop using Zen Cart is simple enough for anyone with basic knowledge of website building.
The beauty of Open Source is in the fact that you can customize the software’s according to your application requirement. Same is the case with Zen Cart. You can choose from hundreds of payment modules or integrate a custom payment module. You can choose themes and plugins to optimize your store for the best performance.
Zen Cart works well on all servers with small requirements of PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Irrespective of the hosting services you select, you can create and customize your own domain. However, do remember that your hosting service plays a major role in determining the smooth functioning of your ecommerce store. It is recommended that you host your store on a hosting platform that is specially built for ecommerce stores.
A platform like Cloudways gives you the ease of managed server combined with easy management panel that takes away the pain in setting up an ecommerce website.
Once you have launched your server, you can now install Zen Cart on Cloudways. Just follow this step-by-step procedure on installing Zencart on Cloudways Managed Hosting Platform through SSH.
First, you need to sign in on Cloudways. Select your cloud server from the world’s best 3 cloud servers, namely DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services, and Google Compute Engine. For this installation, we are selecting DigitalOcean.
Select PHP Stack from the list of provided app installation packages.
Now select Server Size and Server Location. Then, launch the application. Be careful when selecting your location as it can have an effect on server latency.
You will see the following screen. Wait for a while.
Once your server is launched, you will see the Summary screen that shows details like Creation Date, Server Type, Public IP, Cloud, Applications, and Region. Click on Manage Server button.
You will see two tabs of Cloudways Console: Server Management and Application Management. To install, you need to head to Application Management tab.
When you click the Application Management tab, you will see the following screen. The first section is Access Details. The information provided in this section will be very useful in the upcoming steps. You can observe MySQL Access and SFTP details. Now, click on the “Launch SSH terminal” button.
Once you have clicked the button, you will be taken to an alert. Do not worry. It is due to a self-signed SSL certificate. You should proceed to see the terminal window in your browser. Enter SFTP Username and Password details from Access Details section.
Now after entering this information, you should type the command as follows to extract the zip file of Zen Cart from Github website.
Now, unzip the file by using following command.
After pressing Enter, you will have the following screen.
Now after unzipping the folder, move the contents of the file into the root using the following command.
Now, visit the Staging URL. For Cloudways users, you can find this URL inside the Access Details section under the Application URL heading. If nothing appears, then add /zc-v1-series-1.5.4/ at the end of the URL. The following screen should be your desired output. Once you have seen this screen, find zc_install/index.php link and click it to proceed further.
The “Welcome” screen of Zen Cart appears. Press “Continue” button.
Read the Terms and Conditions. Select “I have read and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions as stated above” and press “Continue”.
You will now see the Prerequisites screen as shown below. Press the “Install” button at the end of the page.
Now, the setup will ask for Database Information. Fill out these details carefully. On Cloudways, this information is available under MySQL Access sub-section inside Access Details. Once you are done, press “Save Database Settings” button.
System Setup screen appears. Now you can set the URL to Zencart store, HTTPS Server URL and other SSL details. Also, enable SSL and SSL in admin area if you have a SSL certificate or otherwise disable it. Save the settings.
You will now come into the Store Setup tab. Now set the Store Name, Store Owner, Store Owner Email, Store Country, Store Zone, Store Address, Default Language and Default Currency. Once you are done, click “Save Store Settings” button.
Admin Setup will appear. Fill out the Administrator’s Username, TEMPORARY Password and its confirmation field and Administrator’s Email. Here, I would like to share some good advice. Even though the password is temporary, you should pick a strong password with both Numbers and Letters with minimum 8 or more characters. Plus, use a purposed-made working email address, like firstname.lastname@example.org instead of a Gmail address. Press “Save Admin Settings” when you’re done.
Congratulations! You have made it through. 🙂 (Drink some coffee!)
Now, as a security measure, you need to remove the zc_install folder by using the following command.
rm –rf zc_install
You can now access the Admin URL and rename the Admin folder.
Now access the Admin URL, like Shop.xyz/[admin_folder_name]. Now enter the login details:
From the screen below. you can change your password and submit. Remember, a lengthy password is a good password. I would personally suggest a password of 12 characters.
After submission, you can now view the Admin Panel of your Zen Cart store.
And, that is it! You have just installed your Zencart store using SSH. You can now start customizing your store by adding themes, products and other essentials.
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