Magento is a popular ecommerce solution for Online Stores. They offer both hosted and self-hosted solutions with the self-hosted software being the focus of this article. I love Magento software because it’s coded with PHP and uses a MySQL database (I’m primarily a WordPress consultant so work with PHP and MySQL all the time). Installing Magento doesn’t however go smoothly and I noticed many questions on the Web on how to install Magento on Hostgator hosting.
Below is a very quick and easy way of installing Magento software on Hostgator that works really well. No more playing with server permissions or amending PHP, HTML or .htaccess is needed by following the instructions.
How to install Magento on Hostgator
- Login to the Hostgator cPanel.
In the Software/Services pane click QuickInstall.
- In the left column under eCommerce Software, click Magento.
Enter the information required (I recommend selecting Enable Charts and Use mod_rewrite and click Install Now!)
Wait a minute or two whilst Magento installs and then make a note of your Username and Password (you can change these once logged in to Magento).
To login to the Magento dashboard go to http://example.com/admin (example.com being the domain name on which you installed Magento and admin being the username assigned during the QuickInstall).
In just a few minutes you’ve installed Magento 🙂
WordPress vs. Magento for ecommerce
As I spend alot of my time building WordPress Websites, I often get asked whether WordPress is a good choice for running an Online shop. The short answer is that WordPress is very good for most small business needs in regards to selling Online. Where Magento (and some other ecommerce platforms) are more appropriate for Online stores is when the requirements for an Online shop get more complicated.
Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer to what the best platform is to use for setting up an Online shop as there are so many variables in terms of requirements. If you need assistance send me a message and I’ll do my best to answer.