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					                         How to Install Magento Community Edition


Magento Community Edition is a powerful contact management system for those with e-commerce at the forefront of
their online presence. This powerful CMS is not small or light and comes in at over 10,000 files just to get going.




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However when it comes to supercharging your e-commerce efforts this CMS doesn’t put transactions as a secondary
consideration, but center stage. It would be fair to say that Magento Community Edition is not for the novice, but for
those with technical know-how looking to put some serious e-commerce power under the hood of their website. This
article runs through installing Magento Community Edition version 1.5.1.0, and should give you insight into the
installation process and some useful tips.




Step 1 – Create a MySQL database
Before you begin working with the Magento files, you need to make sure you have created a MySQL database to use
for your website. Plus obviously setup your hosting, such as an Apache server with PHP.




Step 2 – Download the package and extract
There is a decent selection of choices for those looking to get started with Magento and we downloaded the 20MB zip
file. The file was then uncompressed ready to be uploaded.

Download location: http://www.magentocommerce.com/download


Step 3 – Upload the Content Management System
Using FileZilla which is a popular FTP client for Linux and MS Window users, the files were uploaded to the root of
the www hosting, in this situation a httpdocs directory.
Now you need to make sure the following directories and files are writable:

/app/etc
/var
/media
/media/downloadable
/media/xmlconnect
/media/xmlconnect/custom
/media/xmlconnect/custom/ok.gif
/media/xmlconnect/original
/media/xmlconnect/original/ok.gif
/media/xmlconnect/system
/media/xmlconnect/system/ok.gif
/media/xmlconnect/themes
/media/xmlconnect/themes/test_white.xml
/media/xmlconnect/themes/test_black.xml
/media/import
/includes
/includes/config.php
Step 4 – Run through the install wizard
a) Using a web browser visit the location where you uploaded the package to start the installation wizard.
b) Before you actually run through the installation wizard you need to read the ‘terms and conditions’, and if
agreeable, agree to the ‘terms and conditions’ to proceed.




c) Next select your localised settings for language, time zone and currency.




d) Now you need to fill in your MySQL database and access details. I also enabled “Use Web Server (Apache)
Rewrites” for improved SEO. However you need to make sure your sever supports mod rewrite before enabling this
function.
Note: At this stage I received the error: “There has been an error processing your request, Exception printing is
disabled by default for security reasons.” I followed the advice here:http://support.hostgator.com/articles/specialized-
help/technical/magento-install-error-exception-printing-is-disabled to resolve the problem.
e) Create an administrator account.

f) If you didn’t supply an encryption key, Magento would of created one for you. You should note down the encryption
key created for you.




Finished! You can now login and use Magento. i.e. url www.yourwebsite.com/index.php/admin/


Conclusion
Why not hire Neogain to develop and launch your e-commerce magento website? Our team know not only how to
perform a basic install, but also how to configure and secure the CMS once installed and to build a website that is
feature rich. We also have an online marketing team that can take your website to the next level.


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Description: Magento Community Edition is a powerful contact management system for those with e-commerce at the forefront of their online presence. This powerful CMS is not small or light and comes in at over 10,000 files just to get going.