Zen Cart How to Move Your Site to Another Host/Server – Part Two

This Zen Cart tutorial is a continuation of the last one, which began the instructions on how to move your zen cart store from one server/host to another.

Go to your old host, and create a complete backup of both your zen cart store, and your database. To perform the backup, you should use either the “Backup MySQL Database” contribution, or phpMyAdmin to export your entire database. If you decide to use phpMyAdmin, make sure that you include the “DROP” tables command, and under Data, select both “Complete Inserts” and “Extended Inserts”.

Download the SQL file to your computer, and save it. Download all your old site’s files as well. This should be done via FTP(File Transfer Protocol). You may also have the option of zipping them up on the server. If so, then do that, and download the file to your computer.

Next, upload the files from your old zen cart to your new server, overwriting all but two of the new files. These are the /includes/configure.php and /NAME_OF_YOUR_RENAMED_ADMIN_FOLDER/includes/configure.php files. Take care, and make sure that these files are not overwritten.

Then, go to phpMyAdmin on your new host/server. Select the new database where you installed your fresh zen cart, and drop all the tables by checking them, scrolling down, selecting DROP. Click yes to confirm the action.

At the top of this area in your phpMyAdmin, you should find a tab that says ‘SQL’. Navigate to it, and click ‘browse. Select the SQL file that you made when you were exporting your old database, and click ‘Go’. Next, grab the ‘Fix_Cache_Key’ utility to reset your Admin->Sessions->Session Directory key. This will ensure that it uses the right folder path for your new host/server.

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Zen Cart Error “Warning: I am able to write into the configuration file…”

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The error message “Warning: I am able to write into the configuration file…” appears when the permissions on your includes/your_template/configure.php zen cart file are set to 777 (Read, write, and execute). If you are using Windows, it means that there are no attributes selected in the file properties. This is a security risk, but can be fixed easily.

If you are using Linux or Unix, go to your includes/your_template directory, and run the command “chmod 444 configure.php”. You can do this via command line, an FTP program, or in your Cpanel using the file manager tool.

If you are using Windows, open the includes/your_template directory, right click on the configure.php file, and select “Read Only”.

What Do Zen Cart File Permissions Mean?

File permissions or access rights apply to specific users and groups of users. These systems control the ability of the users to view or make changes to the contents of the filesystem.

The read permission grants the ability to read a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to read the names of files in the directory (but not to find out any further information about them such as contents, file type, size, ownership, permissions, etc.)

The write permission grants the ability to modify a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to modify entries in the directory. This includes creating files, deleting files, and renaming files.

The execute permission grants the ability to execute a file. This permission must be set for executable binaries (for example, a compiled C++ program) or shell scripts (for example, a Perl program) in order to allow the operating system to run them. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to access file contents and metainfo if its name is known, but not list files inside the directory (unless read is set).

When a permission is not set, the rights it would grant are denied. Permissions on a Unix system (recommended for running a zen cart) are not inherited. Files created within a directory will not necessarily have the same permissions as that directory.

Read more about file permissions in the Wikipedia article.

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Zen Cart What Does “Counter History for last 10 recorded days” Mean?

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In the Zen Cart admin, the counter history for last 10 recorded days counts the first visits to your site from a unique browser session. It actually records and stores all the hit data from every day of the year, and this information will not disappear unless you manually delete it. However, only ten days worth of activity will show in the admin. The counter in the admin automatically updates itself as the days go by.

It should be noted that the counter is not able to tell the difference between someone visiting your site at 10:00 am, and returning at 4:00 pm on the same day. The counter will show this as a new session.

Why is the Zen Cart Counter History Important?

Unique visitors represents the number of people visiting your site for the first time. No matter how many pages they explore on your site, it counts only as one visit. The IP address, is stored in a statistics database as a single record. That record is counted as a Unique Visitor.

When that person returns several days later, the database is able identify them as a Repeat Visitor because the IP address is stored in the database. This is actually the more important statistic to pay attention to because it tells you there is something on your site that interested your visitors enough for them to return.

Website statistics are a valuable tool, and knowing the difference between hits and unique visitors gives you a better idea of what your visitors are looking for. Use this information to update your site and keep your visitors engaged with new content that they will find interesting.

For more information on counter history, read this Wikipedia article.

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Press Release: Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $6.5 Million in Free Web Design

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Anne has given away over 43,800 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $6.5 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.

Press Release: Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $4.9 Million in Free Web Design

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Anne has given away over 32,000 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $4.9 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.

Winners Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of the Picaflor Azul Web Design Giveaway!

The 3 winners are:

Rich of Be Green Canada

Angie of Resale Clip Art

Kiz of Toys Ahoy

All 3 of the contest winners have chosen a custom zen cart template as their prize!

Once the new designs are up and installed, I will post links to the sites.

Check our facebook fan page Zen Cart Design by Picaflor Azul for the announcement of our next web design giveaway contest and enter for your chance to win a custom designed zen cart template!

Ongoing Program Helps Small Ecommerce Businesses With Over $3 Million

Cost of starting an ecommerce business reduced to almost nothing by a unique new business model

In these rough economic times it is more important than ever to help one another according to Web Design expert Anne Winfrey.

To date Ann has given away over 25,000 Zen Cart templates with a retail value of over $3 million through her Ecommerce Web Design business, Picaflor Azul. She has also spent countless hours giving help and advice on the support forums for the templates.

“I love helping others,” says Anne, “So I have made it a priority in my business. By helping each other we can help pull the economy out of the ditch for everyone.”

Zen Cart is an Open Source ecommerce website building tool. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options,features and support available with Zen Cart. Anne is one of the worlds leading Zen Cart experts, and a regular contributor to the extensive on line documentation and help forums which form the core of this vibrant community. The Open Source business model allows, and even encourages people to help each other by sharing computer code, knowledge, and experience.

Anne has recently released a whole new line of free Zen Cart templates. They have a clean look and are a great way to make an ecommerce website look professional. To find out more about Picaflor Azul and Zen Cart visit www.picaflor-azul.com.