Yay for adapting instructions from books that only explain how to do things on Windows!
Anyway, I hate any sort of reinventing the wheel, so here goes.
Also, I would like to note that Zencart is so much more responsive than Prestashop when I installed both on the localhost server on my netbook, it's not even funny (<1 second compared to 5+ seconds to load the homepage). Maybe it's because I installed the sample data for Prestashop but not Zencart, but it would make sense that software created back then is much less of a (database-calls?)-resource-hog than software made nowadays, unfortunately.
Set up LAMP (localhost server)
sudo tasksel install lamp-server
Explanation: Ubuntu/Debian software comes in packages and tasks, which are collections of packages.
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
Google will tell you to make a symlink, ala sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin /var/www/phpmyadmin (http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-591952.html), but apparently that has security issues and the correct method is to
sudo apt-get remove phpmyadminsudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
and hit Enter this time.
Apache2 looks for sites in /var/www by default (https://help.ubuntu.com/10.10/serverguide/C/httpd.html). This directory is root-access only, so we'll download the zip and unzip inside a regular directory so that they unzip with the right permissions (unzipping the the /var/www does NOT work, if I access any pages with my web browser I'll get "503 Permissions" errors).
Let the normal folder be ~/MyProjects/presta, and let the folder we'll want to install into be /var/www/pshop.
- cd ~/MyProjects/presta
- Download zip of version you want:
- Unzip in normal nautilus:
- LAMP-specific: Now move to the apache localhost server directory:
sudo mv prestashop_184.108.40.206.zip /var/www/pshop
(Explanation of /var/www: https://help.ubuntu.com/10.10/serverguide/C/httpd.html)
- http://localhost/pshop/install in a browser, finish the first step,
and get to Step 2: System and Permissions.
(This is more reliable than following http://www.prestashop.com/wiki/Installing_and_Updating_PrestaShop_software/#Install_PrestaShop which was apparently outdated list of files I need to chmod.
- Fix gd2:
sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
Add extension=php_gd2.dll in there anywhere
(php-gd2 package was already installed when i checked in synaptic, otherwise we need to install it)
- Set appropriate file permissions: (Hint: Hit the "update" button on the page after you chmod, NOT the refresh button)
sudo chmod 777 pshop
- Prestashop v.1.4 alpha 2 (aka 1.4.06):
sudo chmod 777 config upload download tools/smarty/compile tools/smarty/cache/ sitemap.xml
sudo chmod 777 -R img mails modules themes/prestashop/lang translations themes/prestashop/cache
- Prestashop v1.3.5:sudo chmod 777 config tools/smarty/compile sitemap.xml
sudo chmod 777 -R img mails modules themes/prestashop/lang translations upload download
ls -l | grep js
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 2010-12-26 11:28 js
- Click Next to go to Step 3. Database Configuration.
- Create a database for our prestashop site.
In another browser tab or window: go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin
In the field [MySQL localhost > Create new database], type in “pshop” and hit [Create]
- In the tab with http://localhost/pshop/install, enter in your details
Database Server: localhost
Database Name: pshop
... your MySQL username and password (what you use to login to PHPMyAdmin] ...
Hit [Verify Database] to make sure you entered everything correctly
- Pick "full" or "simple" install
- Click Next. Wait a few seconds (an animated bar will appear at the top of the screen)
Step 4. Now we can visit our site @ http://localhost/pshop, yay!
but if we visit our backend, http://localhost/pshop/admin, it will remind us to delete the install folder and rename the admin folder:
sudo rm -r install
sudo mv admin sekrit123
sudo rm readme*.txt
- Now, login to admin @ http://localhost/pshop/sekrit123 (obviously, you should use something other than "sekrit123" for your folder)
- Screwed up Prestashop? No problem, just delete the folder and the database and repeat above steps again.
- cd /var/www/
sudo rm -r pshop
- go to: http://localhost/phpmyadmin/index.php?db=pshop
or, more flexibly, go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin and on the left-hand side click the name of the database you want to drop
- Click on the "Drop" tab in red. It warns you that you're DESTROYING a database, click okay (this always makes me feel like going "mwahaha!" ^^)
- Copy the prestashop folder you downloaded and unzipped over to /var/www again.