For those of you who didn’t know, AbanteCart is an open source PHP-based ecommerce platform for small or medium businesses. AbanteCart enables merchants to set up and manage online businesses selling both products and services via their website. It includes a robust core platform that can be customized by a wide variety of available extensions. AbanteCart includes features such as a shopping cart, support for digital and tangible products, product ratings and reviews, multi-currency and multi-language support, flexible layouts, support for a variety of payment gateways, and it is optimized for SEO, as well as for mobile and tablets.
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 AbanteCart in Ubuntu 14.04 server.
Install AbanteCart on Ubuntu 14.04
Step 1. First of all make sure that all packages are up to date.
Step 2. Install LAMP (Apache, PHP and MySQL) on Ubuntu 14.04
apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server apache2 php5 php5-mysql php5-gd php5-imap php5-ldap php5-odbc php-pear php-xml-parser php5-xmlrpc chkconfig wget unzip
Start LAMP service, enable to start on boot:
Step 3. Configuring MySQL for AbanteCart.
By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MySQL:
Next we will need to log in to the MySQL console and create a database for the AbanteCart. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MySQL root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for AbanteCart installation:
CREATE DATABASE abante_cart;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on abante_cart.* to 'abante_user'@'localhost' identified by 'PassWord';
Step 4. Install AbanteCart.
Download the latest stable version of AbanteCart, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.2.2-0:
Unzip the downloaded zip file using the command:
Create a directory for AbanteCart in your /var/www/html directory:
Copy the extracted files into the newly created directory:
cp -r abantecart-src-master/public_html/* /var/www/html/store
Change the owner of the files and the directories:
chown -R www-data: /var/www/html/store
Also, you need to change the permissions of some of the files and some of the directories. For that purpose, you can use the following commands:
chmod 0777 system/config.php
chmod 0777 system/
chmod 0777 system/cache/
chmod 0777 system/logs/
chmod 0777 image/
chmod 0777 image/thumbnails/
chmod 0777 download/
chmod 0777 extensions/
chmod 0777 admin/system/backup/
chmod 0777 resources/
Step 6. Accessing AbanteCart.
AbanteCart will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/store or http://server-ip/store 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.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed AbanteCart. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing AbanteCart ecommerce on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official AbanteCart web site.