How To Install Zen Cart on CentOS 7

Install Zen Cart on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Zen Cart on your CentOS 7 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Zen Cart E-Commerce is one of the most popular open-source e-commerce shopping cart software. It is a PHP-based online store management system and can easily be installed on  top of a LAMP server. Zen Cart is fully customizable so you can run an online store and control all of its features and capabilities in no time. If you have a need for eCommerce make sure you check out Zen Cart first.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation Zen Cart E-Commerce in CentOS 7.

Install Zen Cart on CentOS 7

Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing Zen Cart.

First thing to do is to go to Zen Cart’s download page and download the latest stable version of Zen Cart, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.5.4:

Unpack the Zen Cart archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Set the permissions for these files and directories to 777 using the following commands:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Zen Cart.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Zen Cart. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Zen Cart installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Zen Cart.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Zen Cart website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:

Next, create the virtual host:

Add the following lines:

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

Step 6. Accessing the Zen Cart.

Zen Cart will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/zc_install and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

For security reasons, delete the ‘/zc_install’ directory and reset permissions of your ‘/admin/includes/configure.php’ and ‘/includes/configure.php’ files to read-only mode. Also, rename the ‘/admin’ directory to a name less likely to be ‘guessed’ by someone probing your site for illegitimate access.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Zen Cart. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Zen Cart E-Commerce on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Zen Cart E-Commerce website.

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