I've been trying to set up a new shop with zencart and have very little prior knowledge. I'm a little confused and want to get a better handle on how the whole process works.
First off: this is a newly opened site (shared, hostgator), the goal is an online shop. I read the zencart FAQ which suggested a manual installation. I thought I was using cPanel/Fantastico to download Zencart, but now realize it was actually performing an installation.
So maybe when I worked through the process from my computer it was installing zencart again? Not sure, because the process seemed to come off without a hitch. There were a few things that didn't match up but I attributed that to the Mac OS I am using, or some upgrade/change that isn't in the FAQ yet.
I worked through the installation tutorial, read and reread the FAQs and Basic Checklist from the Wiki, and got a test page to load on my site without a problem. I was able to add an item to the shop catalog. It seems to be linked up fine with my business paypal account. I'm able to work with the databases in PHPMyAdmin, that's all good.
I worked through all the steps on the zencart installation page to ensure the site is secure (changing name of admin folder, privileges for various files, etc.). For some reason there was a database called zencart_ and one called zc_ database. I backed up and deleted the zc_ because it appeared to be an empty copy.
After reading further on the forums here, I'm hearing that Fantastico will mess with the database and cause problems with the site. I have a large database I'm trying to convert to csv, so the names of tables matter a lot. Maybe the reason I am so confused is because of this fantastico installation?
Or. Would it be better at this point to erase the whole thing and reinstall manually? Is there a way I can just upload a clean database without the zen_ table names and whatever else fantastico added? I hate to have to repeat the whole process of setting up the zencart account, linking to paypal, etc. all over again.
thanks in advance if anyone has a useful recommendation