Install zencart

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  • 1 Introducing Zen Cart
  • 2 Installing Zen Cart – Fantastico De Luxe
  • 3 Installing Zen Cart – Manually
  • 4 Using Zen Cart
    • 4.1 Create a new Product
    • 4.2 Select a template
  • 5 Backup Zen Cart Database

 Introducing Zen Cart

Zen Cart is a free online store management software based on PHP and MySQL. Through its features and modules you can have a professional online store with proper management to use for selling your products.


 Installing Zen Cart – Fantastico De Luxe

  • Step 1: Login to your Admin cPanel
  • Step 2: Locate and click on the Fantastico De Luxe Icon
  • Step 3: Under the “E Commerce” section, find and click on “Zen Cart”
  • Step 4: In the right panel, select “New Installation”
  • Step 5: on page 1 of the installation process, you will be prompted for the installation directory. To have “Zen Cart” installed on your website’s main page ( leave it blank else, insert the directory of your choice ( Fill out all the required information accordingly and click “Install Zen Cart”.
Step 6: A summary of the installation details will be posted. Once read, click “Finish Installation”. You will also see the link to your Zen Cart script; click it to start using the application.


 Installing Zen Cart – Manually

  • Step 1: Browse the official site of Zen Cart and download the latest stable version of Zen Cart to your desktop.
  • Step 2: Uncompress the downloaded file to a specified directory on your desktop.
  • Step 3: Upload the extracted files (keeping the directories structure intact) to your web hosting account via FTP to a specified directory of your choice (e.g. /zencart).
  • Step 4: Login to your Admin cPanel, locate and click on MySQL Databases.
  • Step 5: Create a MySQL database name “zencart” and save its name along with the username and password for future use.
  • Step 6: After successful creation of the database and its tables, go to the location of your newly uploaded files:
  • Step 7: The web installation wizard will launch and will permit you to start installing Zen cart.
Step 8: Next will be the welcome message, click “continue” to proceed.
Step 9: After the welcome message comes the License Agreement. You should read it and accept it to proceed.
Step 10: Accepting the License agreement will move you to the next page which will test for file and folder permissions.
Step 11: After you click “Install” the next page will be the database connection settings. Set the correct settings for the database that you created earlier and click “Save database settings”.
Step 12: Store settings comes next, so you will have to set some information like store name and email address…
Step 13: Finishing with the store information takes you to the Administrator Setup which enables you to configure the administrator credentials.


After saving the administrator settings, you would have completed the installation procedures and thus be able to use Zen Cart.

 Using Zen Cart

Create a new Product

To create a new product:

  1. Login to Zen cart administrative backend.
  2. Click on “Catalog”
  3. Click on “Categories/Products”
  4. Click on “New Product”.
  5. Fill in the required fields.
  6. Click “Preview”.

Select a template

To select an existing template:

  1. Login to Zen cart administrative backend.
  2. Click on “Tools”
  3. Click on “Template Selection”
  4. On the right side, a list of all available templates will be displayed.
  5. Select the template of your choice and click “Apply”


 Backup Zen Cart Database

  • Step 1: Login to your hosting account cPanel, locate and click on the “PhpMyAdmin” icon.
  • Step 2: From within PhpMyAdmin, choose the Zen Cart Database.
  • Step 3: On the top menu of the database table list, click on “Export”
  • Step 4: In the export options, make sure you:
    • “Select All” Tables
    • Check “Structures” property.
    • Check “Data” property.
    • Check “Save as” option
  • Step 5: Once you double check that all the options in step 4 are set, click Go and save to the file to your desktop.


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