How to Install Opencart in cPanel

How to Install Opencart in cPanel

How to Install Opencart manually in cPanel

Opencart is one of the best open source eCommerce shopping carts available. It is written in PHP and accounts for more than 6.42% of the global eCommerce volumes. It ranks next only to wooCommerce and Magento and ahead of osCommerce, Zencart, Shopify.
Some popular shops built on Opencart are

Brick Cave Store
Pasadena Tools

In this article let’s see how to install Opencart manually on a cPanel web hosting server.
Things needed:

  • cPanel link, username and password
  • Opencart zip file

Step 1 – Creating a Database

As with any other eCommerce shopping cart, Opencart requires a Database to function properly. First create a Database and an associated username using the cPanel. Please note down the Database name, Database username and password. We will use them in the consecutive steps. 

Step 2 – Upload the Opencart Zip file in your cPanel file manager

Next login to cPanel and upload the latest Opencart zip file in your cPanel(public_html folder). public_html corresponds to your www root folder.
Please refer how to Upload files using cPanel.
Once the file has been uploaded successfully, right click on it and click ‘extract’. (Refer Fig: 3 in Upload and Install Joomla CMS in your cPanel)
Once all the files have been successfully unzipped, we will use the domain name to install the Opencart shopping cart and build our online store. 

Step 3 – Install Opencart

Open your favourite web browser and type your Domain name ( in the address bar. You will now see the installation script
Keep the following things handy: 

  1. Database name, Database username and Password (already created using Step 1)
  2. Username and password for Opencart backend administration.
  3. Email address

In the ‘Opencart License Agreement’ window click on Continue button. 

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Fig. 01: How to Install Opencart in cPanel

All the pre-installation checks are performed and if the status of all the conditions are ok, click on Continue.

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Fig. 02: How to Install Opencart in cPanel

In the ‘Configuration’ window enter the following details 

  • Hostname (Database)
  • Username (Database)
  • Password (Database)
  • Name (Database)

In the same window also enter the username, password and an email address for opencart backend administration 

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Fig. 03: How to Install Opencart in cPanel

The ‘Installation complete’window lists the address of your store and your store backend administration. Don’t forget to delete the ‘install’ folder in public_html directory.

Fig. 04: How to Install Opencart in cPanel

Now that we know how to install Opencart ecommerce shopping cart we will in other articles see how to build an online store based on Opencart step by step.
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