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2.2. Installation procedure
2.2. Installation procedure
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ViArt installation procedure is rather simple and takes just a few steps:

Note: installation procedure for free version and licensed version is the same, the only difference is for licensed version you upload the license file in the end.

Step 1: copy the files

  1. Check your server (or local computer) for necessary prerequisites (see section 2.1).

  2. Go to http://www.viart.com/Free_Evaluation and download ViArt Shop Evaluation archive saving the file to your computer.
    Note: tar.gz archive is for Linux systems.

  3. If you have chosen a zip archive unpack it to some folder on your computer and upload all exctracted files to your server via any FTP client (it can be FileZilla, Total Commander, WinSCP or other) to a public or a root folder (usually, it is called "www" or "httpdocs" or "public_html" depending on your server).

  4. When the files are uploaded, set privileges for the 'includes' folder to 777 to be able to finish installation. After installation it is strongly recommended to change the privileges for this folder to 755 or 655.

Uploading shop files with Auto-Uploader

You are welcome to use ViArt Auto-Upload Script to automatically upload files of the shop to your server. To select this option go to: http://www.viart.com/upload_product.php

Fill in the necessary fields and press the 'Upload' button. Please, see the below image as example.

An email will be sent to you at the start of the process and when the installation has completed. The whole procedure usually only takes about 5-20 minutes. When the uploading is completed, do the below steps to install the shop.

Note: the folder where you upload ViArt Shop must have writable permissions. Also on some hostings the upload process can stop by timeout and not all files are uploaded so always check after upload if a) all files are there; b) there are any beaten files (with 0 kb). In that case upload the files manually.

Step 2: prepare database

Installation requires a database and database user to be created. If you're installing the shop on localhost then usually it is done via phpMyAdmin.

Otherwise database settings are managed via hosting cpanel.

  1. Login to your hosting cpanel where select MySQL Databases
  2. create a new database;
  3. create a db user;
  4. select for your new database this user;
  5. you should see such table in result.

If you don't see any database settings in your cpanel or you don't know how to use them then contact your hosting provider to create a database with db user for you.

Step 3: follow Installation Wizard

Further, open a browser window and type http://www.yoursite.com/install.php (where yoursite.com is the name of your domain name).

Note: if you install ViArt Shop on the local computer, type http://localhost/your_viart_folder.

If files are uploaded correctly and your server supports necessary prerequisites, this page appears:

  • Database Type is a type of DB your server/computer supports.
  • Hostname: the Server name where your database resides (usually it is called localhost).
  • Database Name / DSN: the name of the database you have created.
  • Username: a login name of your DB user.
  • Password: a password of your DB user.
  • Populate DB: tick this checkbox to populate DB tables with data.
  • Test Data: select this option to populate DB with test items.

Clicking on the Next button will commence the database build, and show an install progress counter (see image below).

When the DB is populated, you are redirected to Step 2 of Installation Wizard, where you specify the details for your Admin panel. Please, see the image below.

  • Site Name: is meta title of your home page.
  • Site URL: is the domain name of your site, like: http://www.yoursite.com
  • Administrator Email: the email address you wish the site administrator messages to be sent to.
  • Administrator Login: an Administrator name for logging in to the ViArt Admin Panel.
  • Administrator Password: a password for the Administrator to login.
  • Confirm Password: confirmation of the above password.

Further you have to choose your Date and Time display preferences by clicking on the Select from list.

On the next step choose one of the eleven default design layouts: Default, Curved, Silver, Double, Convex, Fashion, Rainbow, Demo, Classic, Marine, E-commerce.

Note: the Template settings can be changed later (see section 4.3).

And finally, on the last step click the appropriate link:

  • Administration URL: takes you to the Admin Panel.
  • Site Home URL: takes to ViArt Shop front-end.
  • Manual URL: redirects to ViArt Shop manuals.

Note: You are welcome to view the flash manual of installation procedure here. It was created for old ViArt Shop 2.x but the core process remained the same.

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