How do I install Zen Cart using the 1-Click Applications tool?

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  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Account Center access


Zen Cart is an online store management system. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. This article will show you how to install Zen Cart using the 1-Click Applications tool in the Account Center.


(mt) Media Temple only supports the basic operation of our 1-Click installations, and not the Zen Cart application. Please consult our Scope of Support for further details. You should also be aware of the following:

  • The Zen Cart version used in the guide below may not reflect the most recent version available in the Account Center.
  • Be sure to keep Zen Cart up-to-date. You can find upgrade details by clicking here. Upgrades do fail sometimes, so remember to backup your database first, and deactivate any plugins before starting the upgrade.


  1. Log into your Account Center.
  2. Click on the blue ADMIN button associated to your Grid server.
  3. Click on 1-Click Apps in the Add-Ons box:


  4. Click on New App.


  5. Click the Add button for the Zen Cart Application.


  6.  Application URL:  Enter the URL that you want to install ZenCart to, without the 'www'.


  7.  Database Setup:  Please select New Database from the dropdown and give your database a unique name that will allow you to know it is ZenCart, and with which domain it is associated.  1702_zen_dbname
  8.  Database Table Prefix: Please provide a table prefix that will allow you to remember which domain your ZenCart database is associated with. We suggest to have it end with an underscore for easier reading in phpMyAdmin.  After that, click Install.


  9.  Wait for the installation to finish. It should take about two minutes. Then, click on the Finish button.
  10.  This will take you to the Zen Cart installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish.

Admin area warning

For security reasons, the first time you visit the admin area for Zen Cart, you will see a warning like the one shown in Figure 6:

Figure 6: Default Zen Cart admin area security warning.

This warning contains instructions that you will need to follow in order to securely access the admin area. While this aspect of the installation deals with parameters set by Zen Cart and is not specific to (mt) Media Temple, as a courtesy, we've provided a walkthrough to assist you with securing and accessing your admin area.

The overall goal is to:

  1. Delete the zc_install folder.
  2. Rename the admin folder.
  3. Update your configuration file to include the new name of the admin folder.

Here are the detailed instructions:

  1. Log into your server via FTP.
  2. Navigate into domains/, where is the domain or subdomain that has the Zen Cart installation. If you installed Zen Cart in a subfolder, like, then navigate to domains/ instead.
  3. Delete the zc_install folder. This screenshot shows how to do this in FileZilla. Right-click on the folder, then select Delete from the dropdown menu.

    You may notice this takes a few minutes. This is because there are several files and folders to remove.

  4. Still in your Zen Cart installation folder (typically html), rename the admin folder. In FileZilla, you can do this by clicking on the folder once to highlight it, then pausing, then clicking the name area.

    For this example, I have renamed the admin folder to include a string of random characters, admin-9kH. Please choose your own name that is not easily guessable, for security reasons. Make a note of this new name, because you will need it later.

  5. The final step involves changing the contents of a file. Navigate into your new admin folder, now admin-9kH in this example. Then navigate into includes. You will see a file called configure.php. Double-click it to download a copy (if you're using FileZilla).
  6. Open the configure.php file in a plain text editor on your local computer, such as Notepad on a Windows machine.
  7. There are a total of three places where the "admin" folder name needs to be updated to your new name. The Zen Cart documentation has an exact list of these three places:

    Save your changes.

  8. Now, go back to your FTP software. You will need to rename the existing configure.php file - I suggest something like configure.php-orig. That way you can go back to it if you need to.
  9. Upload your updated configure.php file from your computer.
  10. Now, open a browser, and visit your new admin area. You will type the new admin area name after your main URL. For this example, you would go to

That's it! You should now be able to log into your Zen Cart admin area.

Alternate domain

To configure Zen Cart for an alternate domain, when you get to Step 5, enter the URL for your alternate domain, instead of the primary domain.