Zen Cart shopping cart
This page explains how to install the Zen Cart software on your Web site. Zen Cart is one of the most popular shopping cart programs, and it’s free and easy to install.
These instructions are based on Zen Cart 1.5.1, although other versions should be similar.
1. Download Zen Cart
Download the most recent “.zip” version of the ZenCart 1.5 series from this download page onto your own computer, then extract the files.
This creates a folder on your computer that has a name beginning with “zen-cart”.
2. Rename the configuration files and upload
Locate the following two files:
Rename both of these to configure.php. Then upload the contents of your zen-cart folder to our servers using FTP. You can place the files at the top of your Web site, or in a subfolder. The location depends on where you want to install Zen Cart. The remaining instructions assume you have uploaded the files to the top of your Web site.
3. Create a MySQL database
Zen Cart uses a MySQL database to store its data. We recommend creating a new database specifically for Zen Cart, rather than using an existing one. To create the database on our servers, follow our instructions explaining how to create a MySQL database.
There’s no specific format you need to follow when naming the database. The rest of these instructions will assume that your database is called “zcexample” — if you use a different name, use that name instead of “zcexample” when following the instructions below.
4. Start the installation script
Go to http://www.example.com/zc_install/index.php to start the installation. Click Continue, accept the license, and click Continue again.
5. System Settings
Zen Cart will inspect the system settings. You can ignore any warnings on this page and simply click Install.
6. Database Settings
Enter your database details as follows:
- Database Type: (leave this set to “MySQL”)
- Database Host: localhost
- Database Username: zcexample
- Database Password: (the password you chose when creating the MySQL database)
- Database Name: zcexample
The “OPTIONAL Settings” section does not need editing.
Click Save Database Settings to continue.
7. Server and SSL Settings
The Server settings should automatically be entered for you. The SSL settings depend on whether you already have an active SSL certificate. If so, you should choose to enable SSL. If not, don’t do so yet.
Click Save System Settings to continue.
8. Store setup
Enter the details for your store. Make sure you pick the correct country and state since Zen Cart has different settings based on your local tax rules.
Click Save Store Settings to continue.
9. Administrator Account Setup
Enter the username and password details you want to use to manage Zen Cart, then click Save Admin Settings to continue.
10. Finishing up
Then you need to change the permissions on the following configure.php file to mode 444:
You can do this by running the chmod command from a shell or telnet connection:
chmod 444 configure.php
We can do this for you if you have trouble; just contact us.