System Requirements

System Requirements

The application has a few system(software and hardware) requirements. All the listed requirements are mandatory, so you will need to make sure your server meets the following requirements before you starting the installation process.

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Server

It is recommended to host this application at least on a VPS server. Though you can host zCart almost any server but most of the shared servers will not allow you to configure some required settings. With limited control, you will not be able to get the full performance from zCart application.

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  • Make sure you’ve sudo privilege on the server and access to command line tool and also have full access to the MySQL database.

 

PHP & Extensions

  • PHP version >= 7.2
  • OpenSSL
  • MySQLi
  • sqlite3
  • PDO_sqlite
  • PDO
  • SQLite
  • Mbstring
  • Tokenizer
  • XML
  • Ctype
  • JSON
  • cURL
  • Fileinfo
  • exif
  • GD
  • pcntl
  • memchached

 

Apache

  • Be sure to enable the mod_rewrite module so the .htaccess file will be honored by the server.
  • If you’re using a shared hosting be sure the symlink() function is enabled on our server. Some shared server disable this function.

 

Nginx (Only if you are using Nginx server)

  • Set the proxy_read_timeout 150; and fastcgi_read_timeout 150; to nginx config

 

MySQL

  • MySQL 5.7+ or MariaDB 10.3.0+ is required.
Help! If you don’t know your MySQL/MariaDB server version, this article will help you to find out.

 

Configuration ( php.ini )

post_max_size=512M or more
upload_max_filesize=512M or more
max_execution_time=300 or more
 

Permissions

After uploading the zCart to your server, you may need to configure some permissions. Firstly set all your directories permission to 755 and files to 644 to protect your application from common security issues.

But, some directories must be writable by your web server to manage the application. So you need to allow your web-server user to have full access to these directories.

So, set permission 775 the bellow directories:

  • storage
  • storage/logs
  • storage/framework
  • bootstrap/cache
  • vendor
Help! Check the “How To” section of this doctumentaion, this article will help you to set the right permissions.

 

Document Root

When you visit a website, you are accessing a particular folder on a web server. For example, when you visit example.com, the server is pulling up the files at: /home/USERNAME/public_html. The web server only serves the files located at that folder to incoming visitors. The location of that web folder is called the “document root”  and is set by the Apache configuration.

Now you need to configure your server/domain’s document root to the /path/to/your/zCart/public directory of your project. The index.php in the public directory serves as the front controller for all HTTP requests entering your application.

HELP! If you need any help, Check the How To section at the doc navigation.

 
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