Addons (Modules) are designed to include specific, more complex functionalities or features to your Online Store. When initially installed, X-Cart comes with several useful Addons activated by default. At a certain point, you might need to enhance the capacities of your store. This could be done by installing additional Addons. Fortunately, this is a simple task, which could be completed within a few mouse clicks.
In X-Cart, there are two methods for installing Addons depending on the source:
In this tutorial, we are going to step-by-step guide you on how to install the necessary Addons (Modules) in your Online Store.
In X-Cart, the management of the software cores and Addons is relocated under a separated environment, referred to as the "X-Cart Service Screen". This is done with consideration to the website security and stability during core and Addon installations, deletions, updates, and upgrades.
To install Addons from the X-Cart App Store, you have to log in to your X-Cart Admin Area and click on the "My addons" link positioned in the left-hand side menu bar.
Once this is done, you are doing to be redirected to a new interface (X-Cart Service Screen), where a list of all currently installed Addons is presented.
Please use the search bar to locate the intended Addon, or click on the "All addons" link to explore the available Addons in the App Store.
As with any other open-source software, in X-Cart, there are free and commercial Addons. When browsing the available Addons, you are going to notice that the free ones are indicated as such with a green "Free" label, whereas for the paid ones, the corresponding price is displayed.
The process of installing each of the Addon types is slightly different. For instance, you can see for the free Addons you have a direct "Install now" button, while for the commercial Addons, the button is converted into "Purchase".
The process of installing a free Addon is as straightforward as one mouse click. When you locate the required Addon, please click on the "Install now" button.
When you do that, the installation process is initiated, and you are displayed with a process bar, which indicates the state of the process. Please bear in mind that during this process, the store might need to be re-deployed.
As soon as the process is completed, the Addon is automatically enabled in your store.
When you attempt to install a commercial Addon, you have to click on the "Purchase" button first.
After you purchase and pay for the Addon, you are provided with the necessary license key over an email message. When you acquire the key, you have to activate the Addon by clicking on the "Activate license key" button positioned at the top right corner of the page. A new form is going to appear where you need to enter the license key and click on the "Activate" button.
Please note that Commercial Addons cannot be activated for X-Cart Free Trials. In such a scenario, you are going to be required to activate your X-Cart license software first.
In case the Addon you need to install is obtained from a source aside from the X-Cart App Store, the process is slightly different. Note that, at this point, you are expected to have the required installation files downloaded on your local computer.
For a start, please click on the "My Addons" link at the left menu bar of the X-Cart Service Screen. When you are located under the "My Addons" section, please click on the "Upload addon" button.
A pop-up window is going to appear, and you have to choose the installation archive to be uploaded by clicking on the "Select file" button. When the upload process is completed, the Addon is going to be automatically installed, and all left to be done is to enable it. Detailed instructions on this matter you can find in our tutorial based on How to Activate and Deactivate Addons (Modules) in X-Cart.
And this is it! You have learned how to install Addons in your X-Cart Online Store and include the required functionalities to fulfill the specific necessities of your project. In case you have experienced any difficulties or ended up with particular error messages, please escalate the matter to our Technical Support Tem for further review and assistance. You can submit a ticket request from your Host Armada Client Area ("Client Dashboard").
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