The first step is to find hosting.
Here is a list of Prestashop recommended hosting
Most of these hosting packages will have a Prestashop installation app… where you install prestashop onto your server with a click of a button.
I personally use Inmotion Hosting. They have fast servers for Prestashop, updated versions of PHP and great customer service. And they have a simple prestashop installer so you don’t have to install Prestashop manually. And if you’re still confused how how to set up, you can contact them and i’ll install it for you.
How to install Prestashop Manually
First you need to download prestashop from the prestashop homepage:
prestashop.com (click on download)
Once you hit the “Download now” button you will receive an archive containing the installation files of the application. Now that you have downloaded that archive you should extract it on a convenient for you location on your local computer so you can be able to see all the files in the archive.
The extracted archive will provide you with the “prestashop” folder where you will be able to find all the files and folders you will need for the installation of your Store.
Upload via FTP
Now that you have the files for the installation it is time to upload those on your web hosting account. You can do this using the FTP.
Learn how to use FTP here: themegoblin.com/how-to-use-ftp/
Create a SQL Server
Now you’ll need to make a sql server in your hosting control panel. Now this process will be slightly different depending on your hosting. it’s best to search on Google the name of your hosting along with “how to make a sql database”.
For example, this is how to you create a SQL server with inmotion hosting:
Prestashop installation wizard
Now that you have the files uploaded to your server and have a database created. Now you can use the Prestashop installation wizard.
Just put into a web browser your url where you have Prestashop uploaded and follow the step-by-step
The home page welcomes you and suggest the available options for the support you can receive from Prestashop. Here you should select the language you would like to have the application installed in and click the “Next” button so you can move forward with the installation.
On the next page you will find the “License Agreement” which you should read carefully and if you are agree with it you should tick the “I agree to the above terms and conditions” and then the “Next” button so you can proceed further with the setup.
The next step will be skipped automatically and you will be landed on the “Information about your Store” page. The skipped page is the Compatibility check page where the Prestashop 1.6 installer checks the system if the application is compatible with it. Since Prestashop 1.6 is fully supported by all our packages the compatibility check passes successful and then you are landed on the next configuration page.
Here you should begin filling the “Information about your Store” section where you will need to enter information in the following fields:
- Shop name – The actual name of your shop
- Main Activity – The main activity your shop will be related to
- Country – The default country your shop should be based at
- Shop Timezone – The timezon of your shop
The next section of settings is called “Your Account” and there you should enter the information relevant to the admin account of your website. The fields here are:
- First Name – your first name
- Last Name – your last name
- E-mail address – the admin email address you will be using when logging into your website
- Shop Password – the password you will be using for logging into the admin area of your store with the admin user
- Re-type to confirm – simply ensures that the entered password is the one you would like to use.
Once you are done with all those settings click on the “Next” button so you can proceed with the setup.
The next page is the one you will need to configure with your database settings. You can do that with the database you have created in Step 2 of this tutorial. Once you have filled the database name, login and password you should then test the connection using the “Test your database connection now!” button. The installation assistant will then prompt a message that the connection was successful and then you can proceed by clicking the “Next” button.
Then the installation assistant will initiate the installation process and you will be informed about the installation progress.
At the end you will need to simply delete the “install” folder from your web hosting account in order to finalize the installation procedure. This can be easily achieved via your cPanel -> File Manager. Then you can use the “Manage your store” button in order to access the Back Office of your Store or the “Discover your store” button in order to access the Front Office of your Store.
Now you have installed Prestashop.