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Before getting started with your SunShop installation, please make sure to view the System Requirements page to ensure the software will run correctly.

Installation Preparation:

In order to perform the installation you will need the following items.

1. FTP Details: Hostname, username and password. This information is usually provided by your host when you signup for hosting.

2. MySQL Details: If you do not have the information below, you may be able to create the database and user account via a utility in your web hosting control panel. If you are unsure of the correct MySQL information, ask your web host for assistance.

  • Hostname for the MySQL server.
  • Database name.
  • Database username and password.

Creating a MySQL Database:

If you do not have your MySQL information, you will need to create the database and user information for the database within your hosting control panel. See below for information on creating databases in three of the more common control panels.

Download SunShop:

To download SunShop, login to your "My TWT" account at Once logged in, navigate to your license and select the Downloads tab.

All distributions are available for download in two formats, tar.gz (tar) and zip. If you are downloading to a Windows machine, select the zip format. After download you can either upload to your server or place the files locally if you are installing locally. Unix/Linux users should download the tar.gz format for extraction on the server directly.

Choosing Your Distribution:

Because SunShop uses encryption on a few key files you will also need to choose which distribution best suites your needs. You can choose between the following 3 versions. "Zend Optimizer" which requires Zend Optimizer on the server, "Zend Guard" which requires Zend Guard on the server or the "Ioncube" distribution which can usually be installed with no additional requirements. Please see the install guide below to determine which version you will need.

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