How to Install Zen Cart via Softaculous

Step by Step tutorial on Installing Zen Cart via the Softaculous auto-installer

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Zen Cart via the Softaculous Automated Installer. Softaculous is an application installer available in the cPanel of all Zen Cart Hosting plans.


Step 1 Locate Zen Cart in Softaculous

To access Softaculous, you will need to log in your cPanel and navigate to the Software section.


Accessing the Softaculous service in cPanel


Now you will need to type Zen Cart to the Softaculous Search bar and click on the result.


Finding Zen Cart in Softaculous


Here you will see an Overview of the features of the application and extra information like reviews, ratings and screenshots. Click on the Install tab to initiate the install.


Preparing to Install Zen Cart via Softaculous


Step 2 Configure the Installation

Before the installation process can start, you will need to review and configure the installation settings of the application. You will need to configure:


  • Choose Protocol - If you have an SSL certificate installed on your account and you would like to have your Zen Cart store accessible via HTTPS, please select the https:// protocol. Otherwise, please leave this option to http://.



Installing your Zen Cart application for the https:// protocol, without having a valid SSL certificate, might affect your website accessibility or result in security warnings. If you need a hosting solution with SSL certificate to secure your store, you may review our Zen Cart Hosting plans.


  • Choose Doman - If you have more than one domain configured on your hosting account or you would like to have Zen Cart installed on a subdomain, please select the correct domain via the drop-down menu
  • In Directory - If you want to install Zen Cart under a subdirectory of your account, please input the subdirectory name. Be advise that this directory must not exist prior the installation. Leave this field empty, if you want to access Zen Cart directly via your domain.


Configuring the Installation of Zen Cart in Softaculous


Next, you should proceed with your store settings. You can safely leave these settings unchanged as you will be able to edit them later via the Admin Dashboard of Zen Cart. You should setup your administrative Username, Password and Email Address. These credentials will be used to access the Zen Cart admin panel.


Creating an Admin Account for Zen Cart


The Advanced Options will allow you to enable update notifications and change the Database’s name.


Advanced Options during the Installation of Zen Cart


Click on the Install Button to complete the installation


Step 3 Complete the Installation Process

The Install will take a few seconds to complete and you will be presented with a link to your Zen Cart store’s front-end as well as a link to the admin area of your website.


Successfully Installing Zen Cart via Softaculous


Congratulations, you have successfully installed Zen Cart via the Softaculous Auto-Installer service.



In rare occasions the SSL is being forced in the configure.php file even if you have installed Zen Cart for HTTP. If your store’s front-end is not displaying correctly, you might need to go into the configure.php file of Zen Cart and remove the Force SSL from there. If you are not sure how to find or edit this file, visit our Configuration File tutorial. You will need to make sure the start of your configuration file looks like this:


  define('HTTP_SERVER', '');

  define('HTTPS_SERVER', '');

  // Use secure webserver for checkout procedure?

  define('ENABLE_SSL', 'false');


In the most cases there will be an extra “s” in the 18th line of code:


   define('HTTPS_SERVER', 'httpS://');


which should be removed.

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