Have you ever wanted to create your own eCommerce website? With your free (and paid!) x10 web hosting account, you can easily set up one of the many eCommerce scripts available, such as Magneto, Zen Cart, or PrestaShop. With this blog post, we’ll go over setting up a subdomain for your eCommerce website, and go over installing one of the eCommerce Scripts, PrestaShop.
Creating a Subdomain for your eCommerce Website
When setting up an eCommerce website, you may want to create a subdomain for it, such as store.x10hosting.com. If you’re looking to create a website solely for eCommerce, you may not want to use a subdomain for your website. However, it is up to you how you would like to set up your eCommerce website. If you do not want to use a subdomain for your eCommerce website, you can skip to the next part of this post.
Setting up a subdomain is very easy with cPanel. Once you log into your web hosting account, look for the Domains category and select the Subdomain icon. On the following page you’ll see a list of all of your existing subdomains, if you have any, and you’ll have the ability to create a new one.
In the blank field next to subdomain, fill in the name you would like to have for your eCommerce website such as “store” or “shop”. To the right of the field, you will be able to select the domain you want to have the subdomain attached to. The document root will automatically fill out with the default /public_html/subdomainName, and you can leave it as is if you would like. Once you are done, click on create and cPanel will create the subdomain and root directory for you.
Installing an eCommerce Script
Now you are ready to install your eCommerce script for your website! Back at the cPanel home page, you’ll need to look for the Software and Services category, and select the last icon for Softaculous. On the following page you will see a list of top scripts, and a menu bar on the left side. If you know what eCommerce script you would like to install, you can look for it with the search bar at the top of the menu bar. If you’re not sure which you would like to install, click on the eCommerce category for a list of the available scripts to install.
With this blog post, we’ll show you how to install PrestaShop for your eCommerce website. Most of the setup steps are the same for each of the scripts, but some also have a field for the store address, for a cron job, or they may be missing an option or two that you’ll see below. When looking at the scripts available with softaculous, you can look at the features that each script has, read through reviews for the script, and preview a demo for it. If you’re not sure which eCommerce script you want to use, all of this information can be very useful for making an informed decision.
Once you have found the eCommerce script you would like to install, click on the blue install button on the left of the script’s menu. The first section you will need to fill out will be for your Software Setup. By default, softaculous will select the latest version to install with. Unless you need to install an earlier version, the newest version will be the best option for your website and for security. If you have an SSL Certificate installed for your domain or subdomain, you can select https:// from the second drop down menu. If you do not have one installed, you should leave this at the default http://.
With the last two options, you will select the subdomain or domain that you would like to have the eCommerce installed for. If you are looking to have your website URL to look like: domain.com/shop you will need change the In Directory to “shop” or “store”. If you do not want to use a “/store” URL, leave this field empty.
Under Site Settings you’ll be able to change the name of the eCommerce website you would like to create. You will always be able to update the store name in the future if you’re not sure what you want to call it when you’re setting up the install. You will also be able to change the directory name for your Admin Folder. By default, it will use “admin123”, however, for security reasons, it would be better to change the name of this directory to something else. Please make sure you remember the directory you create, as you will log into the website’s back end here.
Below site settings, is your website’s Database Settings. Here you’ll be able to change the table prefix for your website’s database. If you’re not sure what to change it to, you can leave it with the default prefix that softaculous fills in for you.
The last section you will need to fill out is the Admin Account for your website.
- Admin Email: You can change this to any email address that you have access to. Please make sure you have access to whatever email address that you enter here; if you ever forget your password or if there are updates available for the script you are using, the script will email to this address.
- Admin Password: Create the password for your admin account; please make sure it is a secure password, and make sure you have it written down somewhere in case you forget it. You can use a website, such as this one, to generate a secure password for your admin account.
- First & Last Name: Fill in the first and last name that you would like to have associated for your website.
Below the admin account section, there is a hidden Advanced Options category. Here you will be able to change the name of the database that softaculous creates for your eCommerce website, and tick off a box to disable update notifications. However, if you would like, you can skip this part if you would like, and click on the Install button below it. You will then see softaculous start installing the script, with a progress bar. Once the install has completed, you will see a “Congratulations” and information regarding the successful install with URLs for your new eCommerce website.
Now that you have installed your eCommerce website, you can start building it and uploading products to your website! Log into the back end of your website, and have fun creating your own eCommerce store. Be sure you are following our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!