As with many other web based scripts there are a few things we need to do before we start the installation.
Firstly go to the Tomato Cart website and download the latest package Find it Here
Tomato Cart now uses sourceforge.net as a repository for their downloads.
Once you have downloaded the latest package containing the Tomato Cart installation files we need to perform two other easy to follow tutorials.
Firstly we need to upload the the packaged files to our web space.
you can find the tutorial on how to accomplish this HERE.
The Tomato Cart file contains another folder with the script files inside, if your using TomatoCart as your main website then you need to extract all the files from inside this folder to your main public_html folder.
Next we need to create a database for our installation of our shopping cart.
Again you can follow the tutorial to do this HERE
We are installing tomato cart locally on our computer using WAMP Server but the process is the same when installing on your web space.
Ok now we are ready to begin the installation.
To start with the web-based installation of Tomato Cart, you need to open a browser and type in the URL.
Starting Installation Procedure
If you are running on your own computer, this will be: http://localhost/tomatocart-directory/install.
Or if you are on a live server, it will be: http://www.mydomain.com/install/.
You then only need to follow the prompts and fill in all the blanks to finish the installation procedure. Noticeably, the License Agreement page as in the illustration below should be first shown on the web browser, and the installation procedure can be continued after the license is read and agreed.
At the top of License Agreement page are page links, Tomato Cart Support Site, Community Support Forums, and osCommerce Support site. Click each the page hyperlink, and you will be directed to learn more.
Pre-installation CheckMake sure your system does meet the minimum requirements for installation during this step, or Tomato Cart may not function properly. Click “Continue” to go on the installation proceeding.
Database Server SetupDuring this step, the required structure information can be con in the database, in the form of tables and data relationships.
- Database Server:The address in the form of a host name or an IP address.
- User-name:To connect to the database server.
- Password:Used together with the user-name to connect to the database server
- Database:Name to hold data in.
- Database Type:The database software that is used.
- Database:Table Prefix to use for the database tables.
Web ServerThe step is used to configure the navigation links of your online store to your visitors.
- WWW Address: The web address to the online store.
- Web server Root Directory: Directory where the online store is installed on the server.
- Work Directory: The work directory for temporarily created files. This directory should be located outside the public web server root directory for security.(Shared hosting servers should be used /tmp/)
Online Store SettingsOnline store settings is used to configure the basic information of the store. Information set in this process will be used to log in to the administration panel.
- Store Name: Store Owner Name;
- Store Owner Email Address: This is the one for any emails sent through your website.
- Administrator Username/Administrator Password/Confirm Password: Administrator Username and Password for the administrator account. To make sure the password is correct, you should enter it again in the Confirm Password field.
Import Sample Data. Inserting sample data into the database is recommended for the first-time installation. This will install all the modules, categories and products so we can see how the shop is setup
Finishing InstallationNow that the installation is completed, you can go to your online store by clicking “Catalog”, or to the backend by clicking ”Administration Tool”.
The next step is to log into the backend of your shop and start the configuration setting which we will cover in the next tutorial here