Opencart Full Tutorial - For Begginers

Opencart Full Tutorial - For Begginers
 


INSTALLATION OF OPENCART


Step 1 :Download Opencart Zip

Download the latest version of Opencart from here :

https://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=cms/download


Step 2 :Extract Zip File

Extract the downloaded  zip file named “opencart-3.0.3.2.zip”  to a location of your
choice on your computer.


When opening the zip file, the following files will be visible:


1. The "upload" folder contains all the files needed to upload OpenCart to a web 

    server.


2. The "license.txt" file contains the license agreement regarding the use of         

    OpenCart on your site.


3. The "readme.text" file provides links to the current install and upgrade

    instructions on the OpenCart website.


Step 3 :Installing & Configuring the FTP Client

 

You should Upload the downloaded files to the web server using FTP(File Transfer Protocol) client.



  1. We recommend using Filezilla as your FTP client.

       The FileZilla client (not the server) can be downloaded from 

       http://filezilla-project.org/  and installed onto a computer.


   2. When you open Filezilla you should see your computer's file directory on the

       left side.The next step is to locate where you saved the uncompressed OpenCart

       archive and click on the "upload" folder, and the files should appear below it.   

       The directory needs to be left open as we continue.

       The right hand side is blank at the moment because the target website hasn't

       been connected to. When connected it will display the file directory of the web

       server.

 

   3. Before we continue, we need to make sure that you have the following

       information about your website.

  • The Host Name
  • The Username
  • The Password


Step 4 :Connecting to the Site Manager

Under the “File” menu, “Site Manager” should be opened in Filezilla.

A window will pop up with the General tab open. You should fill in the information gathered above regarding hosting information, and press “Connect”.

The right “Remote Site” side will now display the file directory of your website.



After Filezilla finishes uploading the files to the location specified, you should see the same files on both the left side(computer) and on the right side (the website); as seen in the screenshot below:



The Filezilla window should look similar to the above image (minus some directory details). This means that the OpenCart files were successfully transferred the target site. The site now contains the files necessary to setup an OpenCart shop.


Step 5: Creating a Database for the Shop

The next step is to create a database on the MySQL server for OpenCart to store a shop's data on. You should log into the site’s control panel and locate MySQL Databases.

Using MySQL Databases, you can create a new database by entering a database name and a username/password to access this database.

The user that was just created needs to be added to the database, along with enabling all of the necessary permissions.

We will use this database information later when we are configuring OpenCart using the auto-installer.


Step 6: Launching the Auto-Installer

With a new database freshly created, we are now ready to install OpenCart directly onto a website. You should open up a web browser and enter in the web address of where you uploaded OpenCart.

If the "install" folder in "upload" was uploaded correctly, you should be automatically greeted by the following page:

This page is the installation page. The following steps will help you complete the installation process for OpenCart.

1. License

You may read through the license, check "I agree to the license", and press “Continue”.

2. Pre-Installation

This step checks to see if the web server has the technical requirements and correct permissions to setup OpenCart properly. If red marks are visible on #1 or #2, you need to make sure that these components are properly installed onto the web server. You should contact your hosting service if there are any issues with this. If there are red marks on #3 or #4, there might have been an issue with uploading the files using the FTP client. If everything is configured correctly and green marks are visible (as seen below), you may press "Continue".




3. Configuration

You need to fill in the spaces below #1 by adding the database connection details (username/password, database name) established when you created the store's database using MySQL Databases. Under #2, you should create a new username and password for administration access to the OpenCart shop. When finished, you may press "Continue".



4. Finished

Now that installation is complete, the "install" folder is no longer required. You should delete the “install” folder in the Remote Site section of Filezilla for security reasons. You now have the option to browse the frontend of your shop or choose to log into the administration side.


Now you are good to go with Opencart-The best & Free E-commerce Platform

Cheers . 






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Posted by Hasan

Nurul Hasan - Project Manager - N2R TECHNOLOGIES