For those of you wanting to create a shopping cart, Zencart may be an option you want to try. On IX Web Hosting there is an EasyApps collection that you can do a one-click installation of Zencart, or for more installation control you can install Zencart manually. To start your manual installation of Zencart follow the steps below:
To install Zencart download the latest version at their website http://www.zen-cart.com/index.php
Once you have downloaded Zencart files, unzip/extract them using any unzip program ex. 7-zip, then you will upload the files to your website directory using your FTP program, we recommend FileZilla. If you need help understanding how to use Filezillia check out the article How to publish your files using Filezilla.
For step 2 you will be required to create a blank MySQL database, if you need help creating a database checkout the article How to create a MySQL database. When you are setting up the database write down the listed information since Zencart will call for it later within the tutorial:
Now to create the database log in to your hosting control panel. If your not sure how to log into your hosting control panel please visit the article here.
NOTE: Changing permissions can be done via your FTP program with the chmod feature. Usually clicking right on a directory or filename will open a menu with this option (perhaps under “Properties”)
In your browser, enter the URL to your new shop, and the Installer should automatically start.
Example: http://www.mydomain.com/catalog - or – to start the installer directly, use: http://www.mydomain.com/catalog/zc_install
On System Setup page, Indicate if you want to Enable SSL (the secure pages where required, in Login, Checkout, and optionally Admin areas) on your server.
Congratulations you are now done! Now you are completely able to start uploading your products to your new Zen Cart.