Saturday, August 28, 2010

working zen cart

Last night after creating a zencart mysql database, the zen-cart site seemed to be working ok. I loaded up the demo and was able to play with it a little.

Friday, August 27, 2010

on the trail of php continued

Took care of my last php warning with:

aptitude install php5-gd

on the trail of php continued

I got the following warning:

MySQL Support = OFF Click here for more info

Not surprisingly, the following command took care of it:

aptitude install php5-mysql

on the trail of php continued

Next I got a message saying php was not compiled with curl. Resolved this by installing php5-curl

I have no idea (yet) what curl is.

on the trail of php

Early on in the configuration process I see this:

ERROR: date.timezone not set in php.ini. Please contact your hosting company to set the timezone in the server PHP configuration before continuing.

Modified php.ini as follows to fix:

root@zen:/etc# git diff /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
diff --git a/php5/apache2/php.ini b/php5/apache2/php.ini
index c105148..4962415 100644
--- a/php5/apache2/php.ini
+++ b/php5/apache2/php.ini
@@ -945,8 +945,8 @@ default_socket_timeout = 60

; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
-;date.timezone =
+date.timezone = America/Los_Angeles

;date.default_latitude = 31.7667

installed php5

I needed to install php to take care of the php execution problems that I encountered the other day. No big surprise. Installed as follows:

aptitude install php5

I also had to clear the cache on my browser.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

zen configuration not happening

Per instructions, I access but nothing happens.

Could be a permission problem or not auto-detecting PHP filename extensions?

https working

After following various obsolete/false leads, I found the following comment that tells how to set up apache2 ssl access:

This seems to do the trick.

The comment correctly mentions that the key information needed is in:


ssl apache

I'm currently trying to gloss over ssl as quickly as possible. In fact, I may soon decide to skip it altogether.

Based on this web page it looks like ssl involves server certificates ( I kind of knew this already ) and client certificates - both of which are optional. I'm hoping I can get away for the time being without any certificates.

It also looks like apache may need mod-ssl to get ssl working. I don't know if I have this already but if not, I may try just installing it and seeing if it https: starts working.

continuing with zen cart

I probably should have mentioned that I'm using this site:

as a guide.

On this page, I see the following instructions:

You will need the following information for the installation:

* The physical path to your new Zen Cart™ directory
Example: /home2/zencart/public_html/catalog

* The Virtual HTTP Path (the URL to your domain and directory for your shop)

* The Virtual HTTPS Server (the secure URL to your domain)
Note: if you have a shared certificate on a virtual server this may look like:
- or -

* The Virtual HTTPS Path (the secure URL to your domain and directory for your shop)
- or -

I can access:

but not

What's going on here?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Getting started with zen cart

Before working on a remotely hosted site, I'm using a virtual machine to try out zen-cart. My virtual machine is an vmware ubuntu 10.4 "box".

Before installing zen-cart I'm getting mysql and apache2 via aptitude:

aptitude install mysql-server
aptitude install apache2

apache2 seems to be working: I can access to get to /var/www/index.html . That location is set in /etc/apache2/sites-available/default .

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

setting up a trial e-commerce site

As a learning experience I'm setting up an e-commerce site. It may not go anywhere. I just signed up for a year of bluehost providing. My intention is to use zen-cart for the shopping site management - at least at first.