Zen Cart Toolkit

Installing and customising Zen Cart may seem a little daunting at first. But, as with all jobs, it is so much easier if you have the right tools.

  • Web Hosting
    Choose a certified Web Host, such as Bluehost, that has pledged to provide superior customer service to all of their customers and ensure that their servers are set up to run Zen Cart without requiring any changes to the program.
  • FTP Program
    FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is used to download or to upload files to your web server.  An example of an FTP program is FileZilla
  • Source Code Editor
    A source code editor is a text editor program designed specifically for editing source code.  Source code editors have features specifically designed to simplify and enhance working with code. Examples are Notepad++ or CrimsonEditor.
  • phpMyAdmin (or equivalent)
    A tool to handle the administration of MySQL. It can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, and manage keys on fields.
  • File Comparison Tool
    A file comparison tool provides the automatic comparing files on a file system with the ability to highlight the changes at a file level or within a document or file.  An example is  WinMerge.
  • Zen Cart Notebook
    This is just a simple notebook or file where you have recorded important information regarding your implementation of Zen Cart.  This includes information like the Zen Cart database name, username and password, the Zen Cart Admin username and password, web hosting details as well as Add Ons installed and customisations made.
  • Zen Cart Developer’s Toolkit
  • Internet Explorer Developer Tools (F12)
  • Firefox Web Developer Tool & Firebug
  • Color Scheme Designer
  • Textures for Design
  • GIMP (Image Editor)
  1. #1 by Fran on 9 April, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    I am using BlueHost and they are providing OneClick as the utility to install Zen Cart. (I was anticipating using Fantastico). Does Zen Cart still auto populate the database at installation?

  2. #2 by kerrin hardy on 9 April, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Hi Fran, I’ve never used the OneClick utility, but from memory I believe Fantastico installs Zen Cart with the demo products as default so it may do the same too. I would recommend though that you do the install yourself. You can make sure that you have the version and the settings you want as well as being a great way to get to know Zen Cart which helps in the long run.
    Cheers, Kerrin

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