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How to set up your own online store – overview

You are welcome, my new Zen Cart friends!

Since you are already here, I guess you have decided to use Zen Cart as your shopping cart. Maybe you have been Zen Cart user with several years experience and you are seeking a better way to set up Zen Cart.

Here are my secret weapons developed in my 6 years Zenning adventures. If you enjoy them, give me some positive feedback!

To New ZenCarter

Suppose you are a new zencarter like me 6 years ago, feeling rather excited to set up your first Zen Cart store, what would you like to do to get it running?

There are four steps you have to do:

  1. Install zen cart on your server
  2. Install your template if you don’t like the default TPL “classic”
  3. Setup Shipping and Delivery Modules in admin
  4. Upload products and run…

I hear what you say “how long does this take”. Well, if you are NEW enough, it may take you half an hour to get a store with 1 product uploaded to run. Not bad, right? However, if you have more than 30 products, it takes you at least one day. If you want to make your site more appealing to potential customers, you have to install some add-ons, and make alternations to the template, which takes a week. An exhaust week!

Then it becomes an enjoyable trip.

Punks like me, TOOK 2 days to launch my first Zen Cart and then spent 6 years to work with it. Luckily, I am still loving with it.

To Veterans

If this is not your first zen cart store, what is your best way to set up it? How long does it take? Is there any magic?

Well, I do have some secrets: do NOT setup, CLONE!

You will be happy to know that you can launch a new but robust site in half a day. How to do that? CLONE.

Do not reinvent the wheel. Do not reinstall Zen Cart, clone it. All you need to do is IMPORT the database and transfer your old zen cart to new server. You must know this, but seldom have change to do it.

As a career, I have too many opportunities to do this. If have more better ways, you can call me to pay your coffee for the advice.


Please read another post for more details: http://www.zencarter.com/blog/3-stages-of-zen-cart-store-%e2%80%93-technical-overview/

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