This 3-part video series will teach you how to download and install PrestaShop.
Before you set up your PrestaShop store, though, you will need a few resources. If you already have a hosting plan, un-zipping software, and an FTP client, please just skip down to Part 1. If you don’t have those items, then the following resources may be of use to you.
Stuff you will Need
First, you need a hosting plan. Many hosts will support your PrestaShop installation, but I like Bluehost due to their excellent customer service and I have yet to have a problem running my PrestaShop stores on their servers.
I also chose to purchase my domain name through them since they make it easy to do. It may cost more to purchase a domain name through hosting company versus a domain registrar, so you will have to decide what the best route is for you to secure your domain name.
Second, you will need a way to unzip the downloaded folder/files from PrestaShop. Feel free to use whatever zip/unzip program you like, but if you don’t have one, you can download a 30-day free trial of WinZip at http://www.winzip.com/
Lastly, you need a way to move files from your computer to your web host. This can either be done by using your web host’s built in FTP software, which usually isn’t very good, or you can use a free FTP client (software) like FileZilla. You can download a copy of FileZilla here.
Ok, that should provided you with the tools you need to move forward so let’s get on with downloading and installing your PrestaShop store!
Part 1 starts out at PrestaShop.com and shows you how to download the most current version of the stable release. You will then learn how to upload the PrestaShop files to your web host using an FTP program such as FileZilla. Finally, I will teach you how to set file folder permissions using FileZilla.
Most people don’t have trouble downloading PrestaShop, but setting up a database is another matter. Part 2 shows you how to set a database up on a web host (Bluehost). This is probably the most misunderstood part of setting up your Prestashop store so I have tried to be very thorough.
Now that your PrestaShop files are loaded onto your web host and your database has been set up, you will go through the installation process using the PrestaShop installation wizard. You will learn how to verify that you have uploaded the files and set their permissions correctly. You will also learn how to connect to the database you created in Part 2 and then set up your merchant administrator information.
Well, it’s either Hurray!!! you’ve done it, or you might have some questions. Either way, please leave comments and questions below. Thanks for watching.