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OpenCart 2.0 is the latest version of the ecommerce software. You can quickly install it using the Softaculous option available in cPanel. This tutorial will step you through the process of installing OpenCart 2.0 (version 2.0.1.1) using Softaculous.

Installing OpenCart 2.x with Softaculous

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Softaculous icon

    Scroll down through the cPanel and click on the Softaculous icon to proceed.

  3. In the menu at left, click on E-Commerce. You will then see a list of e-commerce programs on the screen. Note that OpenCart is only listed as OpenCart 1.5. Click on OpenCart 1.5 to install either OpenCart 1.5 or OpenCart 2.0.
  4. After clicking on OpenCart 1.5 you will see a screen describing OpenCart. In addition to the Install option, this screen provides an overview, features list, and import option. Click on Install to proceed.
  5. Install screen

    The Install screen includes several main sections: Software Setup, Store Settings, Database Settings, Admin Account and Advanced Options. Fill in each option to meet your installation needs. Each option is described below:


    Software Settings
    Software Settings

    Software Settings
    Choose the version you want to installAllows you to select OpenCart 1.5 or 2.0 for installation
    Choose Protocol Choose HTTPS if you have a SSL certificate for your site
    Choose Domain Choose he domain name you will use for the site
    In DirectoryDirectory where the install files are setup. This folder must not already exist. If you wish for the URL to be only the domain name, then leave this field blank.

    Store Settings
    Store settings

    Store Settings
    Store NameThis is your store name
    Store DescriptionDescribes your store
    Store OwnerName of the store owner
    Store AddressAddress of the store

    Database Setting
    Database setting

    Database Settings
    Table PrefixPrefix used by the tables in the database. The default value is "oc_"

    Admin Account
    Admin account

    Admin Account
    Admin User nameUser name for the Administrator login
    Admin PasswordPassword used for the Administrator login
    Admin emailAdministrator's email address
    First nameFirst name of the Administrator
    Last nameLast name of the Administrator

    Advanced options
    Advanced options

    Advanced Options
    Disable update notificationsCheck box for enabling or disabling notifications for updates in Softaculous
    Automated backupsSelect if you want a backup and how often you wish to do it (once a day, week, or month)
    Backup RotationAllows you to set the backup rotation limit. This limits the number of backups that are made. Once it hits the limit, rotations overwrite the oldest backup. This can be set to unlimited, but remember that backups will take up disk space on the server
    Install buttonClicking this button starts the installation
    Email installation details to:Add an email in this field if you wish for the installation details to be emailed to you
  6. Click on the Install button in order to start the installation process. If you wish to preserve the settings used for the installation, add an email to the field at bottom of the screen where the installation details would be sent.

This completes the tutorial for installing OpenCart 2.0 using Softaculous. The back end Administrator Dashboard and the store front will look like the following:

Default Administrator DashboardDefault Store Front
Default Admin DashboardDefault Store front
Continued Education in Course 101: Installing and Logging into OpenCart 2.0
You are viewing Section 1: Installing OpenCart 2.0 with Softaculous
Section 2: How to Login to OpenCart 2.0

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