A shopping cart is a software or an application that functions as a catalogue and ordering process of online stores. Typically, it works as an interface between the company’s website and its infrastructure; enabling the consumers to choose, review, make necessary additions and finally, purchase the merchandize.
It is a very important tool in the host company’s eCommerce hosting site. Some companies offer the shopping cart as a standard feature in their hosting package while others allow their clients to purchase the cart as independent software which can then be integrated into the company’s online solution.
Definitey yes, WebHostingHub offers shopping carts as standard features of their hosting package. In fact, the company offers not just one but three shopping cart options, including ZenCart, CubeCart and PrestaShop. Although these carts are standard features of WebHostingHub’s eCommerce sites, it does not come automatically installed, setup and configured. Clients need to do the setup and configuration themselves to use the shopping cart option.
For the purpose of this discussion, let us focus and dedicate this specific discussion on one particular shopping cart, the Zen Cart. Zen Cart is a PHP based store management system that uses a MySQL database and HTML components. It is open source and is freely available, being under the GNU General Public License and supports numerous currencies and languages.
- First, you need to visit the official Zen Cart website (www.zen-cart.com) and look for the “Download Now” which should be located on the front page. As much as possible, it is recommended that you download the latest Zen Cart version.
- After download is complete, you need to uncompress the file and then with the use of the FTP, upload the files into the folder where you want your cart to be located. If you are installing for your main domain, you may download the files to public_html but if you are installing your cart unto an add-on domain, upload it to public_html/domain.com. Then modify the permission for these files to 755:
- Create a database, database user and then add the user to the database, using the MySQL Database wizard. It is important that you carefully take note of the database name, username and the password that you created.
- Using your browser, navigate to the Zen Cart setup page, (http://yourdomain.com/zc_install/).
- Once on the setup page, you need to click on the “Continue” button to proceed with the setup process. It is important that you should carefully read and the agree to the Terms and Conditions and then click Continue. At this point, the software should be performing the system inspection and then provide system information. Once complete, click the “Install” button at the bottom of the page.
- You should now be seeing the Database Setup menu where you need to input your database information setup such as the database name, username and password. After making the selections and completing the Database Setup, click “Save Database Settings”.
- It is now time to review your system settings from the data provided by the System Setup menu. After finding everything in order, you need to click “Save System Settings”.
After having completed the installation setup by clicking on the “Save System Settings”, it is now time to setup your store. To do the store setup, you need to do the following:
- Clicking the “Save System Settings” will automatically take you to the Store Setup menu. Included in the setup are the following:
- Store Name;
- Store Owner;
- Store Owner Email;
- Store Country;
- Store Address;
- Default Language;
- Default Currency; and
- Store Demo
- Enter the necessary information and after making the selection, click the “Save Store Settings”. After clicking, the Administrator Account Setup Menu should come up and present options for you to select. These options include:
- Administrator’s Username;
- TEMPORARY Admin Password;
- Confirm Temporary Admin Password;
- Administrator’s Email; and
- Check for Zen Cart updates when logging into Admin.
- You need to fill in the required fields and then click Save Admin Settings.
- After saving, in order to help you avoid unnecessary security risks, you need to rename your Admin folder. This can be done by navigating to your Zen Cart folder using the FTP or file manager, then rename the Admin folder.
- You should know that you are successful with the installation process when you receive the message. “You have successfully installed Zen Cart on your system”. Below you should find the buttons “Click here to go to the Store” and “ Click here to open the Admin area.”