I need help installing ZenCart on our new VPS

  • Posted October 10, 2013

can someone explain how to install ZenCart on our new VPS?

i installed the LAMP stack no problem.


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if someone else like me is following this article new file for wget is

wget - Zen Cart 1.5.x Series/

Do it directly in cd /var/www/html/ saves time

You can also easily install Zen Cart on DigitalOcean via Cloudways. Here is a short tutorial we have written recently on our blog.

Try going through the installation wizard, it should work fine.

i see the installer page in the web browser <br>http://ipaddress/zen-cart <br>

this line seems to be failing. <br>mv /var/www/zen-cart-* /var/www/zen-cart/ <br> <br>i get ‘no such file or directory’. am not familiar with ‘var/www/…’ <br> <br>can i just move via the ftp? i see the uncompressed folder in the root dir. <br>

ahh, thanks

Did you successfully download the zencart zip file to your server using wget? <br> <br>you have to use the unzip command in the same dir as the downloaded zip file. <br> <br>don’t hesitate to post where you’re stuck, you will be helped.

sorry but i’m already stuck here… <br> <br>i download zipped ZC no problem. in the command line i typed… <br>apt-get install zip <br> <br>no problem. but then i typed… <br>unzip zen-cart-*.zip -d /var/www/ <br> <br> and it said 'no zip files found. <br> <br>do i need to upload to server? via ftp? <br> <br>

Also, some payment and shipping modules of Zendesk require cURL in order to talk to an external server to request real-time quotes or payment authorizations. To install cURL: <br> <br>sudo apt-get update <br>sudo apt-get install curl libcurl3 libcurl3-dev php5-curl <br>service apache2 restart <br>

First, download the latest version of zencart

<pre>wget - Zen Cart 1.5.x Series/</pre>

unzip and move to /var/www/ <pre>apt-get install zip unzip -d /var/www/ mv /var/www/zen-cart- /var/www/zen-cart/</pre>

create MySQL db <pre>mysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE zen; CREATE USER ‘zenuser’@‘localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘yournewpassword’; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON zencart.* TO ‘zencartuser’@‘localhost’; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;</pre>

create Apache vhost , for instance <pre> ServerAdmin you@your.tld DocumentRoot /var/www/zen-cart/ ServerName your.tld ServerAlias www.your.tld ErrorLog logs/your.tld-error_log CustomLog logs/your.tld-access_log common</pre> restart Apache <code>service apache2 restart</code>

Prepare installer, change permissions (some folders and files need writable permissions for use in Zen Cart) <pre>cd /var/www/zen-cart/ mv admin/includes/dist-configure.php admin/includes/configure.php mv includes/dist-configure.php includes/configure.php chmod 777 admin/includes/configure.php chmod 777 includes/configure.php chmod 777 cache chmod 777 includes/languages/english/html_includes chmod 777 logs chmod 777 media chmod 777 pub chmod 777 images/ chmod 777 admin/backups chmod 777 admin/images/graphs</pre>

Go to http://your.tld/zc_install to complete the installation.

To finish, delete / dir & reset permissions /admin/includes/ /includes/ files to read-only mode 644. Rename /admin to something else. configure.phpand configure.phpof zc_installthe

You might stumble upon the following error: <pre>ERROR: date.timezone not set in php.ini. Please contact your hosting company to set the timezone in the server PHP configuration before continuing.</pre> fix it: <code>nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini</code> search for date, then set for example: <code>date.timezone = “Europe/Amsterdam”</code> Now save, close and restart your apache. <code>service apache2 restart</code>

Happy installing.