As you surely know, hosting is the server space where websites are stored, and in our case, where will be stored OpenCart store. Choosing a good hosting guarantees that you won’t have problems with operation of the store, and any support we will be effectively provided by technical assistance. OpenCart is very fast and stable OpenSource software, which does not have excessive demands, so you can easily install it on even basic not-expensive virtual server hosting. We are recommending popular hosting service Arvixe because it is very reliable hosting company with great support and affordable prices (with lots of promotions). Moreover, Arvixe has built-in OpenCart installator, which enables you to easily install OpenCart software in less than 1 minute, without deploying database and uploading files. It is also preconfigured and tested, so using Arvixe will guarantee you easy setup – just add categories, products, customize theme and you’re ready to sell.
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- Web server (eg. Apache)
- PHP (at least 5)
- MySQL database
- Curl library
These requirements are not listed in the specification of the software and are not necessary to run your store, but maz be useful in the development of additional features:
- Ability to change the time limit of script execution or MySQL database query, useful in large operations on database, such as importing several thousand products from external .csv file.
- PEAR library, required to import products from other shopping cart systems.
- Additional MySQL database – needed if you want to expand store with blog.
If this is your first online store, I would recommend basic hosting plan, which would be more than enough.