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System Requirements

Web server environment

CS-Cart is developed to meet most server configurations ranging from shared hosting accounts to dedicated servers. In fact, there are only two core things that your host must have to run CS-Cart:

  • PHP version 5.2 to 5.3 (PHP 5.4 is not yet supported);
  • MySQL version 4.1 or greater.

This makes CS-Cart compatible with almost every server that supports PHP and MySQL. However, we recommend Apache or any interchangeable alternative as the most robust and stable server for your web store.

Other requirements and recommendations include:

  • safe_mod is disabled;
  • GD library is installed;
  • cURL support is enabled;

This PHP extension is required to ensure support for secure connections and some payment systems, including PayPal, Authorize.Net and Google Checkout, as well as real-time shipping rate calculators for FedEx and DHL/Airborne;

  • file_uploads is enabled;
  • .htaccess file (if supported) should have the following directives allowed: DirectoryIndexDenyAllowOptions,OrderAddHandlerRewriteEngineRewriteBaseRewriteCond and RewriteRule.

Server operating system

With respect to the server operating systems, we recommend a Unix-like operating system such as FreeBSD orLinux, but a Windows-based server will do. Our commitment to Unix-like systems is confirmed by their well-known scalability, better security capabilities and higher performance level.