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Installing Commerce Kickstart 2
There are two ways to install Drupal Commerce. You can do it from scratch by installing Drupal 7 and then enabling the Commerce modules and their dependencies. This process requires additional configuration of products and product displays before you can start selling through your site. However, it does afford you a greater measure of control over how exactly items are setup from the beginning.
An easier way to install Drupal Commerce would be to use a distribution that enables and configures the Commerce modules and components for you. The primary Drupal Commerce distribution is Commerce Kickstart. Note that there are many other distributions available, and Commerce Guys encourages the innovation.
Downloading and installing the Commerce Kickstart project is now easier than ever. If you have ever downloaded and installed a distribution for Drupal, then this should seem very familiar to you.
Basic Drupal Commerce Installation Requirements
Chances are, you won't have any problem installing Commerce Kickstart 2, but if you do, we have listed the bare minimum requirements and a few odd settings that sometimes cause problems.
- Disk Space: 45 MB
- RAM: minimum 128M, more is recommended because your server can fail with this memory if it is at all strained (learn how to configure).
- Web Server: Apache 1.3, Apache 2.x, or Microsoft IIS
- Database: MySQL 5.0.15 or higher with PDO, PostgreSQL 8.3 or higher with PDO, SQLite 3.3.7 or higher
Details are offered on the Drupal Requirements Page.
There are a few settings that default to good values, but can interfere with installation should you have changed defaults:
- xdebug setup: If you are using xdebug, you'll want to make sure you have the nesting levels configured accurately. (http://drupal.org/node/1663314)
- MySQL setup: max_allowed_packet needs to be 16M minimum
- required php libraries: Commerce Kickstart 2 requires the Curl PHP Library to be installed.
Quick reminder about Memory
Since the Commerce Kickstart 2 distribution can install an entire setup and configured working demo, the installation process requires a bit more sustained power. In our early beta tests, installations can sometimes silently fail when it uses close to your memory limit. Migrate will stop importing content and you will end up with the settings of a new store and very little content. The solution to fix this situation is to reinstall with a higher memory limit, or to rerun the migrations using the Drush command "drush ms" or by enabling the module "Migrate UI" and going to admin/content/migrate.
- New Site or Existing? This is a distribution and will not work with existing sites. A lot of the new modules developed can be installed separately (inline entity form, for example), but you will break your site if you try to install this distribution on your current site. See and
- Server or local? You need to decide if you are going to install the Commerce Kickstart locally or on a server somewhere. Local setup is typically free and pretty easy. Server installation can be pretty simple too, but requires that you know the command line or are willing to wait for FTP to get it on your server so you can do something.
- Drupal Installation Guide
- For information about setting up a web server on a local computer, see the Local Server Setup section of the Developing for Drupal guide.
- For information about setting up a Drupal site on Windows, see the Installing Drupal on Windows Drupal.org article.
- Also needs list of required server modules ...
- Database? You will need an empty database for your new kickstart installation to use. If you are using a host, you will likely find a control panel that lets you create a database. Creating a database can be complicated if you’ve never done it before.
- RAM and load time? Unfortunately, most server installations keep a very minimal default setting for your website to use per instance. This includes the local installations as well. For more information on how to increase your RAM on apache, see the Increase PHP memory limit Drupal.org article.
Installing Drupal Commerce Kickstart 2
Did you skip the pre-installation checklist? Shame on you. Make sure you have everything ready for the actual installation, then proceed:
(note that the following should look more like this when implemented in HTML: http://joshmiller83.github.com/dc_docs/cart/Cart-BlockandViews.html )
|Download Commerce Kickstart Options||Download Kickstart
Make sure you click on “Notes” so you can see all of the various download options. For our purposes, we will download the version that is marked as “-core” because that gives us an entire Drupal installation along with the profile.
|Extract the Files||Extract the Files
The files come compressed in either zip or tar.gz. Once you have them extracted, you will want to place the entire folder in your “sites” folder. Make sure you move the entire folder, because it is very easy to forget to copy the typically hidden .htaccess file, which is required for lots of important functions.
|Installation Screen, welcome.||Installation Screen
This is the first installation screen. If you see the language selection, then you have successfully copied your files into the right folder. Congrats!
|Requirements Problem Screen||Requirements
If you happen to have a requirements problem, this page will help you resolve those issues.
|Setting up the database configuration||Database Config
Connecting to your database is probably the most important step in the installation. It’s possible you will see this screen a couple of times as you hone your ability to choose the right combination of passwords and database name.
|Installation running through.||Install Profile
This screen requires no interaction on your part. It’s designed to handle as many actions as your server can handle per page load.
|Site Configuration||Site Configuration
This is where you can set the Store Name, Store Email Address and timezone information.
|Configure Store Content||Store Content
You’re so close to having a complete Commerce Kickstart installation! All that is left is to determine whether you want to install the example store content. This is an easy decision, if you’re not sure, let’s go ahead and install it. We’ve made it easy to step back and “uninstall” that content as well.
|Importing Products||Importing Products
This screen shouldn’t take too long to complete. It’s simply showing you the progress of importing the content to your site. If you’re interested in how we do it, we are simply using the commerce migrate module to handle the import and features to set it up.