So, friends… I’ve ditched Magento, and I now begin, after another year-long hiatus, to document the installation and tinkering of a new ecommerce app. I’ll start with OpenCart.

Here are the download instructions, seems pretty straightforward…

 

/////////////////////////////////
///       OpenCart V1.5.x     ///
///    Install Instructions   ///
///  http://www.opencart.com  ///
/////////////////////////////////

NOTE: THIS IS FOR NEW INSTALL ONLY!
IF UPGRADING YOUR EXISTING CART, BE SURE TO READ THE UPGRADE.TXT FILE INSTEAD

——-
INSTALL
——-

1. Upload all the files and folders to your server from the “Upload” folder.
This can be to anywhere of your choice.

e.g. /public_html/store or /public_html

2. If you have a Linux/Unix make sure the following folders and files are writable.
chmod 0755 or 0777 image/
chmod 0755 or 0777 image/cache/
chmod 0755 or 0777 image/data/
chmod 0755 or 0777 system/cache/
chmod 0755 or 0777 system/logs/
chmod 0755 or 0777 download/
chmod 0755 or 0777 config.php
chmod 0755 or 0777 admin/config.php

3. Make sure you have installed a MySQL Database which has a user assigned to it
DO NOT USE YOUR ROOT USERNAME AND ROOT PASSWORD

4. Visit the store homepage
e.g. http://www.example.com or http://www.example.com/store/

5. Follow the onscreen instructions.

6. Delete the install directory after install is complete.

For any support issues please visit: http://www.opencart.com

EOF

 

Results:

The only two files I had to change permissions on were the config.php and admin/config.php. I did this before visiting the install URL via browser, so the ensuing  install checklist came up clean. If I had missed these, the two files would have shown up here. So from what I can see thus far (as much as you can judge a piece of software based on the installation process :-) ) Open Cart seems idiot proof. I will test this theory shortly.

© 2011 'Tis Educational Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha