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web hosting Installation Guide for Magento Commerce

by Community Manager on June 26, 2008

If you are already a user then you may skip to the part where you login to “Control Panel” otherwise read on…

Before you do anything go ahead and subscribe to a “Linux Hosting Account” plan at Cheapest plan is $6.45/month. You can’t beat that.


The sign-up process is pretty straight forward. You can transfer a domain name, register a new domain name, create a new subdomain name or you can get a vanity domain name.

I chose “Vanity Domain Name” as I did not want to bother with domain registration. Plus I didn’t want to spend money on buying a domain name anyway.


Once you submit your registration details, you immediately receive a confirmation email from customer support. 10-30 minutes later, you receive a second email with your Account Details.

Once you receive the second email, go ahead and navigate to “” and login with your credentials.


Click on “Site Management” and then “Application Manager”



Once you are on the “Application Manager” page click on “GO” button for Magento as show below.


On the next page, simply click on “Continue” button.


Clicking on “Continue” button will open up a new window. Make sure that you notice this new window otherwise you may think that the setup process is not working. On this new window, pay special attention to two points and they are as follows:

1- If you want to install Magento to your root folder then leave the text field next to your domain name blank.

2- Also don’t forget to delete your index.html file from your root folder. You can do this by either logging in to your account via FTP or using File Manager (Site Management > File Manager)


Clicking on “Continue” button will start the installation process. Be patient.


Once the installation is completed, you will then be presented with Magento’s Installation Wizard as seen below. Check the “I agree” box and then click on “Continue” button.


On the next screen, set your localization settings and click on “Continue” button.


Next page is a breeze, all your database information will be imported already, and all you need to do is to enter your password. Your password is the same as your account password.

I always check “Use Web Server Rewrites” as it is a great way for search engines to index your site.


Final step is to enter your contact information and admin username password. Once you are done click on “Continue” and woilaa you are done.


Make sure that you make a note of the encryption key as you will need it for credit card decryption.


I hope you enjoyed this easy installation of Magento Commerce on your account. As always please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you,

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PotsNPans December 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Love the visuals here. Tghey make the instructions so much easier to follow than text alone.

Randy5 January 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

You’re right; I’ve looked around and I don’t think you can beat $6.45/month!

Randy5 April 29, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I like the freedom with domain names here, especially the opportunity to get a vanity domain name.

silkysmooth September 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

love the page where all you have to do is put in your password. it’s so helpful when your database info is already imported!

Texas2Step September 19, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Solid advice about remembering the encryption key. I’m sure I’m not the only one to neglect this step in the past!

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