How to Set Up OpenCart in Go Daddy

Updated April 17, 2017

OpenCart is a powerful open-source shopping trolley platform, and Go Daddy is an inexpensive and popular domain registration and hosting service. You can follow a few simple steps to get OpenCart up and running on your Go Daddy-hosted site.

Download OpenCart from its Google Code site.

Extract the Install folder from the downloaded ZIP file using WinRAR or WinZip.

Upload the unzipped Install folder to your Go Daddy host directory using an FTP application such as FileZilla or CyberDuck.

Select "Web Hosting" from the Products section of your Go Daddy Account Manager. Under Databases, select the MySQL database icon, and click "Create Database." Enter the desired database name, and press "Create."

Assign a user to the newly created database. Make sure that the username and password are different from your root username and password.

Navigate to your store home page to begin the configuration process.

Read the terms of service, and press "Accept."

Press "Continue" on the diagnostics page to confirm the server's compatibility with OpenCart.

Enter your MySQL database name and the name and password of the user you assigned to it. In most cases, you can leave the default "localhost" in the Host field. This will allow OpenCart to access your MySQL database.

Press "Continue" to complete your configuration of OpenCart.


Once you have set up OpenCart, you can customise your new site by adding templates, themes and modules. Most of these steps will work for any kind of hosting that supports MySQL. Instead of following steps 4 and 5 of the Installation section, refer to your host's documentation to find out how to set up a MySQL database.

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Patrick Smyth has been writing since 2005. He has worked as a college writing tutor, an English teacher in Berlin and as a legal assistant at two New York law firms. He has also designed websites on commission for clients ranging from artists to lawyers. Smyth is a 2009-2010 Fulbright Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and German literature from Kenyon College.