How to Install CS-Cart on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

CS-Cart is a simple and powerful eCommerce platform that can be used to host your own online store easily. It is written in PHP and uses MariaDB to store their data. You can sell and manage product inventories easily using built-in web-interface. CS-Cart does not offer a free version, it is available in a free 30-day trial. It is specially designed for building and managing an attractive storefront of any size. CS-Cart offers lot of features such as, multi-store, integrated SEO, theme editor, layout editor, different payment system, and many more.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install CS-Cart on Ubuntu 18.04 server.

Requirements

  • A server running Ubuntu 18.04.
  • A root password is setup to your server.

Getting Started

Before starting, you will need to update your system with the latest version. You can do this by running the following command:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Once your server is updated, restart your server to apply the changes.

Install LAMP Server

CS-Cart runs on web server, written in PHP and uses MariaDB as a database. So, you will need to install Apache, MariaDB, PHP and other PHP modules to your system. You can install all of them with the following command:

apt-get install apache2 mariadb-server php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip php7.2-soap unzip -y

Once all the packages are installed, open php.ini file and modify some parameters:

nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Change the following lines:

memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 150M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = Asia/Kolkata

Save and close the file, when you are finished. Then, restart Apache and MariaDB service and enable them to start on boot time with the following command:

systemctl restart apache2
systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable apache2
systemctl enable mariadb

Onc you have finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure MariaDB

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. So, you will need to secure it. You can do it with the following command:

mysql_secure_installation

This command will change root password, remove anonymous users, disallow root login remotely and remove test database and access to it as s$

    Enter current password for root (enter for none):
    Set root password? [Y/n]: N
    Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
    Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
    Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
    Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Once the MariaDB is secured, log in to MariaDB shell with the following command:

mysql -u root -p

Provide your root password, then create a database and user for CS-Cart with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE cscartdb;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'cscart'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Next, grant all the privileges to CS-Cart database with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON cscartdb.* TO 'cscart'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Next, flush the privileges and exit from the MariaDB shell with the following command:

MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Once you have done, you can proceed to the next step.

Install CS-Cart

First, you will need to download the latest version of CS-Cart from their website. Once the download is completed successfully, unzip the downloaded file with the following command:

mkdir /var/www/html/cscart
unzip cscart_v4.9.3.SP1.zip -d /var/www/html/cscart

Next, provide proper permissions to the cscart directory with the following command:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/cscart/
chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/cscart/

Once you have finished, you can proceed to the next step.

Configure Apache for CS-Cart

First, you will need to create an Apache virtual host file for CS-Cart. You can do it with the following command:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/cscart.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin [email protected]
     ServerName example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/cscart/

     <Directory /var/www/html/cscart/>
        Options FollowSymlinks
        AllowOverride All
        allow from all
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/cscart_error.log
     CustomLog /var/log/apache2/cscartcart_access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file, when you are finished. Then, enable CS-Cart virtual host file with the following command:

a2ensite cscart.conf

Next, enable Apache rewrite module with the following command:

a2enmod rewrite

Finally, restart Apache service to apply all the changes with the following command:

systemctl restart apache2

You can verify the Apache status with the following command:

systemctl status apache2

You should see the following output:

? apache2.service - The Apache HTTP Server
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
  Drop-In: /lib/systemd/system/apache2.service.d
           ??apache2-systemd.conf
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2019-05-12 12:40:04 UTC; 6s ago
  Process: 6498 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/apachectl start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 6517 (apache2)
    Tasks: 1 (limit: 1114)
   CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service
           ??6517 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start

May 12 12:40:23 ubuntu1804 systemd[1]: Starting The Apache HTTP Server...
May 12 12:40:23 ubuntu1804 apachectl[6498]: AH00557: apache2: apr_sockaddr_info_get() failed for ubuntu1804
May 12 12:40:23 ubuntu1804 apachectl[6498]: AH00558: apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using 192
May 12 12:40:23 ubuntu1804 systemd[1]: Started The Apache HTTP Server.

Once you have finished you can proceed to the next step.

Access CS-Cart Web Interface

CS-Cart is now installed and configured, it's time to access CS-Cart web interface.

Open your web browser and type the URL http://example.com. You will be redirected to the following page:

Accept license agreement

Accept the license agreement and click on the Next step button. You should see the following page:

Requirements check

Administrator settings

Now, provide your database name, database username, password, admin username and password. Then, click on the Install button. You should see the following page:

Licensing mode

Now, select Trial and click on the Select button. You should see the following output:

Administrative panel

Now, click on the Administration panel. You should see CS-Cart dashboard in the following output:

CS-Cart Dashboard

Congratulations! you have successfully installed and configured CS-Cart on Ubuntu 18.04 server. You can now create your own online store easily using CS-Cart. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

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