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How to Install Zen Cart Manually

Step 1: Download and Extract Zencart the latest version at their website http://www.zen-cart.com/index.php

Once you have downloaded Zencart files, unzip/extract them using any unzip program ex. 7-zip, then you will upload the files to your website directory using your FTP program, we recommend FileZilla.

Step 2: Create a new MySQL database, database user and grant all privileges to that database user. When you are setting up the database write down the listed information since Zencart will call for it later within the tutorial:

Database Name
Database Username
Database Password
Database Host Name

Step 3: Setting up the Configure.php Files:

(i)On the server locate the file: /catalog/includes/dist-configure.php
(ii)Rename this file to configure.php and change the permissions to 777 (read-write-execute for all)
(iii)Next, on the server locate the file: /catalog/admin/includes/dist-configure.php
(iv)Rename this file to configure.php and change the permissions to 777 (read-write-execute for all)

Step 4: Start the Installer
In your browser, enter the URL to your new shop, and the Installer should automatically start.

Example: http://www.mydomain.com/catalog – or – to start the installer directly, use: http://www.mydomain.com/catalog/zc_install

On System Setup page, Indicate if you want to Enable SSL (the secure pages where required, in Login, Checkout, and optionally Admin areas) on your server.

Note: If you do not have an SSL certificate yet, do not enable this feature now. It can be changed at a later date.

Step 5: After you have installed Zen Cart make sure to Rename your Admin Folder.

Step 6: When you enter the Catalog, you will receive security warnings about the configure.php files and the /zc_install directory. You will now want to change the permissions on the configure.php files(/includes/configure.php and /admin/includes/configure.php) with chmod 644 and remove the zc_install directory(/catalog/zc_install directory)

Step 7: Congratulations you are now done! Now you are completely able to start uploading your products to your new Zen Cart.

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