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Zen Cart

An AWS product Zen Cart: the art of e-commerce powered by Miri Infotech. Zen Cart is an online store management system. Zen Cart truly is the art of e-commerce. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Zen Cart is Free Open Source software. It is licensed under GPL2, meaning you are free to modify the source code in whatever ways your application requires.

We are launching a product which will configure and publish Zen Cart, an open source e-commerce software solution which is embedded pre-configured tool with LAMP and ready-to-launch AMI on Amazon EC2 that contains Zen Cart, Apache, MySQL, Linux, PHP (LAMP).

There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Even the commercial programs have a hard time competing.

User interaction features include:
  • Freely Customizable
  • Easily Integrate with your Payment Gateway
  • Works with any* hosting company
  • Use your own domain name
  • Ready immediately!
  • Backup & Restore
  • Easily keep your products/catalog updated - no HTML coding required to add, delete, or modify products.
  • Easily keep your products/catalog updated - no HTML coding required to add, delete, or modify products.
  • Works on the popular combination of PHP and MySQL technologies.
  • Secure - no one but your administrative personnel can access your customer/catalog data.
  • Easy to install - our helpful installation program guides you easily through the setup process.
  • User frontend is validated to XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
  • Advanced template system using style sheets and images.
  • Products can be marked as free or Call for Price.
  • Products can be marked as Featured for specific highlighting/attention.
  • Products can be linked and/or copied to multiple categories.
  • Minimum or maximum quantities and units - you can sell one per customer, or require at least four and in multiples of two. You can set requirements on a per-product basis.
  • Quantity discounts can be configured per-product for varying pricing levels or quantity levels.
  • One-time fees can be added to products via attributes.
  • Attributes also support text pricing, such as price-per-word or price-per-letter for personalizing.
  • Attributes can show image/color swatches.
  • Store layout can be controlled in great detail simply by switching settings in the Admin area. Choose your side column and box widths, bread crumb separator, which sideboxes you want to appear where on the page, enable/disable links in various places.
  • Entire categories of products (or individual products) can be enabled/disabled with just a few clicks.
  • Sort order of products is easily controlled in the Admin area.
  • Integrate with phpBB so that your support forum login passwords match your Zen Cart® shop.
  • If you need to take your site offline for a period of maintenance, you can do it easily by posting advance notices, as well as a friendly Down For Maintenance page that's also search engine friendly. Webmaster and web designer can specify IP addresses to override maintenance and still access the site for testing.
  • You can send administrative emails on most customer shopping activities to various administrators as desired. Email addresses are protected from abuse, as they are not displayed on-screen. The Contact Us page can be configured to support multiple destinations, such as sales, technical support, webmaster, and so on.
  • Nearly every piece of information about your products can be controlled in the Admin area, giving you the ability to fine-tune how your products and services appear to your customers. Features and options can be enabled/disabled quickly and easily.
  • Multiple items can be added to the shopping cart by simply entering quantities and clicking Add.
  • The product type feature allows you to customize information fields and display format for different products differently. Products for sale vs. documents for viewing, vs. music downloads, and the list goes on.
  • You can add multiple images to your products, in small/medium/large format. Popups are available if desired for viewing of larger images.
  • A verification for agreement to the Terms of Service has been added for compliance with new laws regarding privacy and disclosure.
  • CVV2 card verification number support is available for compliance with most merchant agreements. This feature is enabled/disabled in the Admin.
  • Shipping options - multiple carriers are supported, including hold for pickup, free delivery in an area, and most major couriers and postal services.
  • Customer access control - you can set up your shop to only allow customers access to pricing or pricing but not buying until after being authorized by an administrator. You can restrict them from browsing at all too, if desired.
  • Showcase - you can set your store up to be simply a product showcase, without pricing at all.
  • Search options allow you to search for products based on name, description, metatags, price, and more.
  • Meta tags keywords and descriptions can be controlled at the per-product level, all from the administrative interface.
  • Automatic detection of search engine spiders.
  • Intelligent generation of metatags content for search engines.
  • Easily upgrade from one version to the next. Upgrade detection notifies administrators of new versions at login.
  • Built in WYSIWYG page editor for modifying non-database pages.
  • Tight security on password handling, login/logout, and more.
  • HTML-style email supported.
  • Email can be sent via sendmail, smtp, or smtp-with-authorization.
  • Email archiving supported for audit trail.
  • Administrative activity logging enabled for audit trail - especially beneficial with recent merchant agreement requirements concerning tracking of activity related to accessing customer information.
  • Advertising banners - show information about your business colleagues and track banner link activity. Banners can open in new windows so that customers never really leave your site.
  • Shipping estimator allows your customer to get an idea of their shipping costs prior to checkout.
  • Coupons and gift certificates are easily handled both by customers and administrators.
  • Customer group pricing allows groups of users to receive a set discount amount at checkout.
  • Newsletter and product notification systems.
  • Low order fees can be configured.
  • COD fees can be added.
  • Shipping tare, large package handling to give fine-grain control over shipping services.
  • Tax rates, tax zones, etc easily configured in the Admin area.
  • PayPal™ IPN and many other popular merchant services supported.
  • Customers can write product reviews (approvals can be required by an Administrator).
  • Low stock notifications to administrator when inventory is getting low (level can be configured).
  • For the developer - simple customization via stylesheets.
  • Developers toolkit helps quickly locate a setting or text string to be customized.
  • Scalable from small shops to larger shops with hundreds of thousands of products.
  • Track who's online interactively.
  • Multiple language support.
  • Multiple currency support.

 

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You can subscribe to Zen Cart, an AWS Marketplace product and launch an instance from the Zen Cart product's AMI using the Amazon EC2 launch wizard.

To launch an instance from the AWS Marketplace using the launch wizard
  • Open the Amazon EC2 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/
  • From the Amazon EC2 dashboard, choose Launch Instance.
    On the Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) page, choose the AWS Marketplace category on the left. Find a suitable AMI by browsing the categories, or using the search functionality. Choose Select to choose your product.
  • A dialog displays an overview of the product you've selected. You can view the pricing information, as well as any other information that the vendor has provided. When you're ready, choose Continue.
  • On the Choose an Instance Type page, select the hardware configuration and size of the instance to launch. When you're done, choose Next: Configure Instance Details.
  • On the next pages of the wizard, you can configure your instance, add storage, and add tags. For more information about the different options you can configure, see Launching an Instance. Choose Next until you reach the Configure Security Group page.
  • The wizard creates a new security group according to the vendor's specifications for the product. The security group may include rules that allow all IP addresses (0.0.0.0/0) access on SSH (port 22) on Linux or RDP (port 3389) on Windows. We recommend that you adjust these rules to allow only a specific address or range of addresses to access your instance over those ports.
  • When you are ready, choose Review and Launch.
  • On the Review Instance Launch page, check the details of the AMI from which you're about to launch the instance, as well as the other configuration details you set up in the wizard. When you're ready, choose Launch to select or create a key pair, and launch your instance.
  • Depending on the product you've subscribed to, the instance may take a few minutes or more to launch. You are first subscribed to the product before your instance can launch. If there are any problems with your credit card details, you will be asked to update your account details. When the launch confirmation page displays

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Zen Cart is an online store management system. Zen Cart truly is the art of e-commerce. There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart. Zen Cart is Free Open Source software. It is licensed under GPL2, meaning you are free to modify the source code in whatever ways your application requires.

Guidelines

Zen Cart operates on a standard "LAMP" stack: PHP, Apache, MySQL on most operating systems (Linux/macOS/Windows). Keep in mind that for security compliance, you should always use a PCI Compliant version of each of these required software components. (That means using a ZC version that's compatible with those software component versions, too!).

Limitations

Zen Cart is only limited by the capacity of your server to store the information in the database.

Usage / Deployment Instruction

Open the URL: http://<instance ip address>

IP address of the running EC2 instance.

Step 1: Click on Begin installation point.

Step 2: System Inspection

Step 3: Database Setup

Database Host: localhost

Database User: mirizencart

Password : <instanceID>

Database Name : mirizencartdb

Step 4: Admin Set Up

Admin Super User Name: admin

Password : <instanceID>

SSH using root user is disabled. ec2-user is the sudo user with root privileges with access using the key pair created during launching the instance.

MYSQL can be accessed only with SSH

MYSQL User : root

Password : <instanceID>

Note : You are not supposed to change it.

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