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 softwares. 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.
yum -y update
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:
mkdir -p /var/www/html/zen-cart/
mv zen-cart-v1.5.4-12302014 /var/www/html/zen-cart/
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/zen-cart/
Set the permissions for these files and directories to 777 using the following commands:
mv admin/includes/dist-configure.php admin/includes/configure.php
mv includes/dist-configure.php includes/configure.php
chmod 777 admin/includes/configure.php
chmod 777 includes/configure.php
chmod 777 cache
chmod 777 includes/languages/english/html_includes
chmod 777 logs
chmod 777 media
chmod 777 pub
chmod 777 images/
chmod 777 admin/backups
chmod 777 admin/images/graphs
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 steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:
Configure it like this:
- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Zen Cart. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
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:
CREATE DATABASE zencart;
CREATE USER 'zencartuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password-here';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON zencart.* TO 'zencartuser'@'localhost';
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Zen Cart.
We will create 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:
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Require all granted
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing Zen Cart.
Zen Cart will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/zc_install 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 web site.