Installing OpenCart 2.0 with Softaculous

OpenCart 2.0 is the latest version of the ecommerce software. Unlike more general-purpose content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress, the OpenCart e-commerce software is focused entirely on helping you setup an online shop. 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. Scroll down through the cPanel and click on the Softaculous icon to proceed.
    cpanel files
  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. 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
    open cart software settings
    Choose the version you want to installAllows you to select OpenCart 1.5 or 2.0 for installation
    Choose ProtocolChoose HTTPS if you have a SSL certificate for your site
    Choose DomainChoose 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
    opencart store settings
    Store NameThis is your store name
    Store DescriptionDescribes your store
    Store OwnerName of the store owner
    Store AddressAddress of the store
    Database Settings
    opencart database settings
    Table PrefixPrefix used by the tables in the database. The default value is “oc_”
    Admin Account
    opencart 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
    opencart 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 Dashboard

default administrator dashboard

Default Store Front

default store front
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2 Comments

  • The article was helpful and pretty clear (although I couldn’t get the images to expand as the magnifier cursor would lead one to think they should). I did find one aspect of the article unclear. I presume that OpenCart is a WordPress plugin but I didn’t see that stated explicitly in the article. Is that a correct assumption?

    • Great question, Jonathan! OpenCart is actually its own, standalone Content Management System (CMS) entirely separate from WordPress. It’s much more focused on ecommerce than WordPress — fewer options, but set up to streamline making a store. I’ll edit the article for clarity and fix the image issue you mentioned. Thanks for pointing it out!

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