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PHP TheStoreCreator (TSC) - Installation Guide

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Thank you for your interest in using the TSC - The Store Creator. Please follow the steps given below to complete installation of the application.

You must have received the compressed folder (ZIP file) with the scripts and other files for the store creator (TSC). You have opened this installation guide after uncompressing (unzipping) the contents of the ZIP file. Instructions given below will guide you with the rest of the installation.

  1. If not already done, please make sure you have unzipped the contents of the ZIP folder in one directory on your computer. Keep the files at their respective locations within the main folder. Do not move them around or the application will not work. After you unzip the contents of the ZIP file, the folder where you have unzipped the contents should look something like shown in the image below:

     

  2. Create a database that you want to use for your store. You can create a new one using MySQL wizard in your cPanel or control panel or use an existing one. Note down the database server name (usually it is 'localhost'), your database name, database username and database password. Keep it ready as it will be required in the next steps.

    First log in to your cPanel control panel or similar control panel provided by your hosting company. Then go to the MySQL wizard.

    Now enter the name of your database and click on 'Create Database' button.

    Make sure that the success message is shown.

    Now go back to the wizard page and create a user for your database. Enter a password for the user. Note down these details somewhere as they are required for the next steps.

    One last step left now - add the newly created user to the database.

    Make sure you give this user all the rights.

    Your database and user for it is now ready. Move to the next step.

     

  3. Now create the database structure required for the application in MySQL using phpMyAdmin utility. There may be other ways of creating the database definition but this installation guide will show you how to do it using phpMyAdmin (standard utility available with most of the hosting service providers).

    Go to the phpMyAdmin utility in your cPanel. Clicking on the phpMyAdmin icon will typically open a new window.

     

    You should see the newly created database on the left hand menu. Click on the database name. Some versions of phpMyAdmin will give a dropdown. Select the database from the dropdown in this case.

    First you will see an empty database. Click on the Import button in the right menu.

    Now we are going to import the database definition and structures from the file that has come with your ZIP package. To use this file click on the 'Browse' button.

    Once the file selection pop-up appears, select the file 'store_tables.sql' from the folder where you have unzipped the files.

    Once the file is selected, make sure other options are also selected as shown in the image below and then click on the 'Go' button towards the bottom of the page.

    Make sure you see the success message after the file upload and the database tables created in the left column as shown below.

    Close phpMyAdmin utility.

     

  4. Now the database is ready, let us get started with updating the variables in the config file. For this, open tsc_config.php using any editor of your choice. Notepad is also fine.
  5. Update the vairables in tsc_config.php to match the setting on your server. Each variable has enough explanation with it for you to understand what it is used for. Note that without correct values of the variables the application will not work.
  6. Upload all the files in the web root or appropriate folder of your site. Please do not change the folder structure and file placements relative to each other. Otherwise some of the functionality will not work.
  7. Now point to the web directory where the files are uploaded to start using the application. For example if your domain is yourdomainname.com and if you uploaded all the files in /tsc folder under the webroot, then go to this URL to access the application - http://yourdomainname.com/tsc.
  8. Once you go to this URL and once everything is in place as prescribed, you should see the main page and links to create the admin account and login to existing admin accounts. Everything from this point is self-explanatory.



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