Installing AbanteCart CMS via Softaculous
Installing AbanteCart is probably the first thing you will struggle with. Not that the application is hard for installation or that the installation is a process you cannot handle but simply because it is a time consuming process especially if you are performing the manual installation. For this purpose and in the next few lines of this tutorial we will provide you with more information on how to perform a prompt installation via the Softaculous auto-installer.
To install AbanteCart via Softaculous, you need to:
- Step 1: Access Softaculous and Find AbanteCart
- Step 2: Configure and Initiate the Install
Step 1: Access Softaculous and Find AbanteCart
First and foremost you will need to access the Softaculous auto-installer. This is a useful tool we provide into the cPanel service of your package with us. It will help you install basically every Opensource application, however in this particular case we will use it for installing AbanteCart.
In order to access Softaculous, please login into the cPanel service and then navigate to Softaculous.
Once you click on the Softaculous auto-installer you will be presented with the default page of the software. In the upper left corner you will find the search feature where if you type AbanteCart you will be presented.
If you click on the only result you will be redirected to the Overview page where you will find basic information for the software.
Step 2: Configure and Initiate the Install
Now that you have found the Overview page and you are well aware of what the application is, you should move forward with its installation. The process begins with the Install tab which is the first one colored in blue. Please click on the same.
Here you should be able to find few configuration sections which you should be able to configure easily. Just in case we will discuss them all in the following lines of this tutorial.
The first section is called Software Setup and there you will be able to define the following options:
- Choose Protocol - here you will be able to choose under what protocol the application should be installed on
- Choose Domain - here you will be able to choose the domain name under which your AbanteCart should be installed. Keep in mind that here you will find all subdomains/addon domains for your package
- In Directory - here you can specify the installation directory. Please leave empty if you would like to have the application accessed directly on the domain/subdomain
- Database Name - the name of the database that will be used by your AbanteCart application
The next few sections you will find are the Database Settings and the Site Settings with respectively the following options:
- Table Prefix - The prefix of the tables that will be created in your database
- Admin Folder - The location of the admin folder which will be used after the installation by you in order to access the admin interface of the application
The final section is called Admin Account and there you will be able to find the settings for the admin account which will be accesing your website. The available options are:
- Admin Username - the username which will be used by the admin user
- Admin Password - the password which will be used by the admin user
- Admin email - the email for the admin user
Once you are ready with all these please click on the Install button so you can be able to initiate the installation process and on the next screen you will find both the URLs for accessing your AbanteCart instance.
Congratulations! You now know how to complete the installation of AbanteCart via the Softaculous auto-installer!
Installing AbanteCart Manually
In case you are not the kind of person who would like to install things automatically, you most probably will go with the Manual Installation approach when you are installing the AbanteCart application on your website. For this reason we would like to provide you with a detailed description of the manual installation process of the AbanteCart application in the next few lines of this tutorial.
To install AbanteCart manually, you will need to:
- Step 1: Download and Prepare the Files
- Step 2: Follow the Installation Wizard to complete the Install
Step 1: Download and Prepare the Files
In order to start with the installation of the application you will need to obtain a copy of the installation files. This can be done quite easily at the official download page of AbanteCart. There you will be able to find the Download Now button which will provide you with the installation archive you need.
Once the file is downloaded you will need to of course upload if on your web hosting account, but first you will need to extract it on your local computer. After the extraction you will receive a folder called abantecart-src-master which is the master folder of the AbanteCart project.
In that folder you will find few text files related to the Installation, license and of course the release notes. The thing you will need is the actual folder called public_html as in this folder you will find the installation files of the application.
The best way to upload the installation files is the FTP service for your web hosting account. Once you connect you will need to access the installation directory on your web hosting account and there you will need to upload all the installation files we mentioned above.
When this is completed you can move forward to the next step of this tutorial.
Step 2: Follow the Installation Wizard to complete the Install
Assuming that you have uploaded all the files correctly you should now access the location where the files are located. Keep in mind that if you have uploaded the files into the public_html folder of your account directly you will need to access the primary domain for your account. If the files are uploaded into a subfolder (public_html/subfolder/) you can access that subfolder with your primary domain name followed by the name of the subfolder (yourdomain.com/subfolder/).
The first thing you will notice when you access the location where the files are uploaded is the redirection to the installation folder of the AbanteCart application and respectively the first installation screen.
There you will find the license agreement which you should read carefully and accept before you can click on the Continue button. Once you click on that button you will be presented with the second installation step called Compatibility Validation.
On that page you will find common information about the compatibility tests performed by the AbanteCart installer. If everything is listed green you can proceed with the installation by clicking on one of the Continue buttons located at the top and also at the bottom of the page.
The next page of the install interface is called Configuration. On this page you will find various options to configure the database, the admin account and also if you would like to load some sample data.
First let’s begin with the database configuration. In the first section of the page you will find few fields related to the Database Connection.
In order to fill that section of settings you will need to create a database, create a username and grant all privileges on the same to operate with the created database. You can do that easily following our cPanel Database tutorial.
Once you are ready with the database creation you can move forward with the configuration of the following options:
- Database Driver – Here you should make sure that MySQL is selected as default driver for the MySQL service
- Database Hostname – The hostname of the database server. Usually here you should leave the localhost value, however if you are using a remote database service then you should enter the hostname or the IP address of that server
- Database Username – The username granted with privileges to operate with the database
- Database Password – The password for the username you have been using
- Database Name – The name of the database you will be using
- Table Names Prefix – The prefix of the database tables. Please either leave it as it is or change it based on your personal needs
The next section of settings is for the location of the admin section for your E-Commerce website. In the Admin section unique key you will need to enter the URL suffix that you should be used when accessing the admin area.
Then the final section you will need to configure here is for the admin username, password and email. These will be used by the administrator for accessing the admin area of the website once you finish with the installation.
When you are ready with all of the settings you will need to click on the Continue button so you can be able to proceed further with the installation.
The next step is called Data load and there you will be presented only with the status of the installation. Once completed you will be redirected to the final page which is “Finished” and there you will be presented with information that the installation is completed.
As a final step you will need to remove the installation directory. This can be done quite easily if you simply access the installation directory of your application via the File Manager feature of the cPanel service.
Congratulations! You now know how to perform a complete manual installation of the AbanteCart E-Commerce platform.