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How to Start an OpenCart Website with InMotion Hosting?

updated on Sep 14, 2014
How to Start an OpenCart Website with InMotion Hosting? Starting an OpenCart website with InMotion Hosting is easy, requiring little technical knowledge only. But considering that some beginners just have no idea where to start, we have worked out this simple but detailed tutorial on several must-do things before adding and selling products with OpenCart, to help you go through the very start of getting a shop online.

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To get an OpenCart website ready for selling products and service, the following steps are necessary.

Step 1: Install OpenCart on an InMotion Hosting Account

OpenCart is an open source shopping cart solution that can be used and modified for free, but its feature of being self-hosted requires you to install it on your hosting account by yourself before using or modifying it. There are mainly two ways to have OpenCart installed on your InMotion account – to take use of the 1-click installer Softaculous, or to install the software manually using FTP. In below, we have presented the steps of both ways.

Install OpenCart Using Softaculous

Install OpenCart Using Softaculous As one of the most widely used auto script installer, Softaculous is quite easy-to-use, and it is integrated with InMotion cPanel control panel by default. Just follow the steps below to get OpenCart installed in minutes.
  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Navigate to Software/Services section and click on Softaculous icon.
  3. Find OpenCart logo in the Top Applications and click on Install.
  4. Fill in the information required in the Software Setup section. Select the domain name you want to install OpenCart on. Leave the In Directory blank to install OpenCart in the root directory of your domain, or enter a folder name to install the software in a subfolder.
  5. Fill in the information required in the Admin Account section. Set your admin username, admin password, admin email, first name, and last name. Note that the admin email should be a valid email address.
  6. Click Install on the bottom of the page.

Now you have done all your work, and what you need to do is just waiting for Softaculous to install the software. When the installation is completed, you will see a congratulation page that contains your store URL and the admin URL. You can use the URLs to access your new store, or you may also click Return to Overview to see the information of the installation.

Install OpenCart Manually

Install OpenCart Manually Manual installation is also a widely adopted way for installing OpenCart on InMotion. It is also an easy thing to do. Keeping close to the following steps, you will certainly complete the process in several minutes, too.
  1. Download OpenCart from the OpenCart website.
  2. Create a MySQL database within cPanel and assign the user All Privileges to it. Note that the database password only accepts letters and numbers.
  3. Extract the zipped file downloaded before in the same location as the compressed package.
  4. Use an FTP client to connect to your website, and upload the extracted files to a directory of your InMotion account.
  5. Go to the store's home page with your domain name or subdomain (depending on where you have installed OpenCart on).
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions and fill in the database name, database username and password, and set up an administrator username and password.
  7. For security reason, delete the install directory after the installation.

Step 2: Configure the General Settings in OpenCart

Install OpenCart Using Softaculous When OpenCart is installed, you have done the most important part. Your site is now up and running. The next step, then, should be configuring the basic General Settings which include the general information of your online store, such as the store name and contact information. This step only requires seconds.
  1. Log into the OpenCart dashboard by visiting the domain name of the store and adding /admin to the URL.
  2. Go to System > Settings.
  3. Check the box next to the store name and click Edit.
  4. In the Settings page, fill in the store name, store owner, address (the physical address of your store), email, telephone, and fax number if you have one.

Step 3: Find a Theme to Change the Look and Feel of the OpenCart Website

Install OpenCart Using Softaculous A quality and suitable theme plays a significant role in the look and feel of an OpenCart website as it may arouse visitors' interest in your products. So you should choose a theme that matches your store in style, color, and the organization of products.

The easiest way to find a good theme is to go to OpenCart Extensions Directory and search for the one you like. When you have made the purchase, you should follow the few steps to install the new theme.
  1. Download the zipped file of the theme and extract it.
  2. Log into your OpenCart website using FTP.
  3. Upload the catalog and images folders to the root of your OpenCart installation.
  4. Log into OpenCart dashboard.
  5. Go to System > Settings.
  6. Choose your website, check the box next to it, and select Edit.
  7. Go to the Store tab and choose the theme from the drop down menu under the template section.
  8. Click Save.


These 3 steps are among the most basic things you should accomplish to get an OpenCart website ready on InMotion Hosting. Once you have done them, you can feel free to add products, set up payment gateway, configure shipping options, and then start selling.

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