e-Commerce Table of Contents

This page provides you with links to the individual videos. I recommend you view these in order the first time through. Each video contains a button to start the next video in sequence and a button to return you to this table of contents.
  Grow with Magento

iPic is proud and happy to announce the pre-release of "Grow with Magento™ - The Unofficial Magento Users Guide". After months in development, we are finally able to offer this guide to installing, configuring, and using the Magento ecommerce solution. While not yet complete, this version offers more than enough information to get users started with the latest release (version 1.2.1) of the Magento software. Those who purchase now will receive free updates up to and including the final first release. For more information click the iPic Store link. Read the Introction.

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  Using XAMPP XAMPP is a package of software applications containing all the software you need to run most PHP based shopping cart applications locally on your own computer.  
    Obtaining XAMPP Where to find and download the XAMPP package  
    Installing XAMPP How to install the XAMPP package on your local machine  
  Setting up a local domain How to set up a domain name (www.example.com) to access the store locally from a browser  
    Configure Apache Configure the Apache server to accept a domain name locally  
    Configure Mercury Configure the Mercury Mail server so you can send and receive emails from the Shopping Cart application  
  Preparing for Shopping Cart Installation    
    Create Store Database Create a database in MySQL to store customer and product information for the store.  
    Enable cURL Support cURL is used to communicate with other web sites for payment and shipping information.  
    Test Email Accounts Create test email accounts in Mercury Mail to use for testing the Zen Cart email features.  
    Configure Email Clients Click on one of the links below to configure an email client to use for testing purposes. If you know of any other email clients for Windows (they must be free) let me know and I'll see what I can do.  
      Configure Microsoft Outlook Express  
      Configure Microsoft Outlook 2003  
      Configure Thunderbird  
      Configure Pegasus Mail  
  Installing the Shopping Carts The following videos demonstrate the installation of the various different shopping cart applications I have installed on my own computer. Join our discussion of the different shopping cart applications on our Forums.  
    Zen Cart Pre-Installation Download and unpack the Zen Cart application files  
    Installing Zen Cart Install the Zen Cart Application  
    Zen Cart Post-Installation Post installation activities to secure the site  
  Magento Pre-Installation This page presents the pre-installation activities necessary for a successful installation of the Megento application on an XAMPP test server.  
  Installing Magento This page contains a video of the Magento installation process. You'll notice that there is no Post-installation requirements. Join our discussion of Magento on our Forum.  
  New Installing osCommerce Installing osCommerce is essentiall the same process as for Zen Cart. Join our discussion of OpenCart on our Forum.  
  New Installing OpenCart Installing OpenCart is essentiall the same process as for Zen Cart. Join our discussion of OpenCart on our Forum.  
  Other Useful Sites Links to other sites useful to the understanding of the installation and support of the Shopping Cart application software  
  eCommerce Forum Join our forum and discuss the relative merits of your favorate eCommerce software with other interested folks.  
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Updated Monday, July 13, 2009