How To Install Zen Cart via Softaculous
Softaculous can make a useful way of installing software for creating websites, and for helping to keep the installed software updated. Among the things that can be installed in this way is Zen Cart.
Note that in order to install Zen Cart via Softaculous, it is necessary to have a Premium license for Softaculous. If you do not yet have a Premium license for Softaculous, you can purchase one via our Billing Department.
Step 1: Make sure Zen Cart is available for installation
First, log into WHM and make sure Zen Cart is one of the scripts being made available to the cPanel users for installation. To do this, log into WHM and go to Plugins → Softaculous Instant Installs”.
Then within the Softaculous frame’s left sidebar, go to “Software → General Scripts”.
Then make sure Zen Cart is enabled there. To save time later, you can also check the box in the Pre-Download column.
After checking that the boxes are checked, scroll back up to the top of the list to click the “Update Settings” button.
You should then see the success message:
Step 2: Create the cPanel account
If you haven’t already, you will need to make the cPanel account for the site. This is done in WHM under “Create a New Account”. If you aren’t already sure how to do this, you can read more about some of the first steps to getting a cPanel account set up here.
Step 3: Install Zen Cart
After logging in to the cPanel, scroll down to section “Softaculous Apps Installer”. In the subsection “Scripts”, one of the options should be “E-Commerce”.
One of the options on this page should be Zen Cart.
Then click the “Install Now” button.
Fill in the information in the form. The first three blanks are for determining the url of the main page of the site. The first dropdown box is to specify if you want to use https or plain http, and whether you want “www.” as part of the url or not. The second dropdown box chooses which of the domains or subdomains in the cPanel account to use for the site (in case the cPanel account has more than one). The third box is to type the folder name of the site, in case you don’t want it directly under the domain’s documentroot. You can also specify a Store Name, Store Owner, and Store Address.
You will also need to specify the username and password you would like to use for the administrative account in the new Zen Cart site. Be very sure to choose a strong password! This is also where you can specify contact email address of the site administrator. There is also an expandable list of Advanced Options.
Within the Advanced section, you can choose the Database Name and/or Table Prefix, if desired. If WHM has “Require a username prefix on names of new databases and database users” enabled in “Tweak Settings”, you do not need to add the prefix yourself. It is not recommended to check the box for “Disable Update Notifications”. These notifications are very useful to let you know when the site needs updated. It is extremely important that whenever updates are available that they be applied as quickly as possible, in case there are important security patches included in the newer versions. If needed, you can also enable softaculous-level backups of the site, but it is recommended instead to use the automatic backups builtin to WHM. If you do enable the Softaculous-level backups, be sure to enable the backup rotation for a finite number of retained backups. Do not choose unlimited here! Once you have chosen the desired settings, click the Install button at the bottom of the page. If desired, you can first enter your email address in the box below the button, to have Softaculous email you details about the installation.
After clicking “Install”, there will briefly be a progress bar as Softaculous checks the validity of the information you entered into the form. If it worked, you should soon thereafter see the success page.
If you choose to have Softaculous send you an email with the installation information, it should look something like this:
Received: from zencart by host.XXXXX.net with local (Exim 4.87)
for admin@zencarttest.XXXXX.net; Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:11:10 -0500
Subject: New Installation of Zen Cart
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
From: Softaculous <admin@host.XXXXX.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:11:10 -0500
A new installation of Zen Cart 1.5.5b has been completed. The details of the installation are shown below:
Path : /home/zencart/public_html/zencart
URL : http://zencarttest.XXXXX.net/zencart
Admin URL : http://zencarttest.XXXXX.net/zencart/zcadmin
Admin Username : hopefullysomethingnotobvious
Admin Password : ********
Admin Email: admin@zencarttest.XXXXX.net
MySQL Database : zencart_zenc569
MySQL DB User : zencart_zenc569
MySQL DB Host : localhost
MySQL DB Password : ********
Update Notification : Enabled
Auto Upgrade : Disabled
Automated Backups : Disabled
Time of Installation : November 23, 2016, 4:11 pm
If you wish to unsubscribe from such emails, go to your Control Panel -> Softaculous -> Email Settings
Step 4: First Login
Once the site has been installed, you can then log into the newly-installed site.
It may ask you to set a new password. Make sure the new one is also very strong! Once logged in, you can check some of the site-level configuration, or jump right in with adding some products!