Freeway System Requirements
In order to run properly, Freeway requires the following:
- Operating System – Unix, Mac, Windows
- WebServer – Apache (Freeway is developed primarily on Apache and thus it is recommended as web server)
- PHP – version 4.3.9 or higher. PHP version 5 is recommended.
- Database – MySQL 4.1.12. MySQL version 5 is recommended.
Note that all FastWebHost servers meet Freeway’s system requirements.
First of all you will need to download the latest Freeway installation package from their official web site. You need to download the package locally to your computer and extract the archive. Then you should upload the extracted folder using cPanel -> FileManager for your hosting account or using an FTP Client.
Make sure you have placed the Freeway installation files at the exact place where you would like your online store to be accessible. If you intend to have it accessible directly via your domain name, you should place the content of the extracted directory directly under the public_html folder for your account.
You will also need to create a new database and assign a database username to it with full privileges. You can follow our detailed tutorial on Creating MySQL database and user.
In order to initiate the Freeway installation, access the folder where you have uploaded it via your web browser.
There are a few more steps you need to accomplish in order to finalize the installation. Once it is completed, the ‘install’ directory remains in the directory tree for the installation. It has to be removed. Also there are 2 configuration files which need to be made read-only (the permissions have to be set to 444). The files in question are under the main installation directory:
You can change the permissions via cPanel -> FileManager or using an FTP Client.
Once you have done so, the installation will be fully functional and you will be able to start building your online store.
NB: The administrator login details set by default are:
email: email@example.com password: admin
You can change those right away when logged in as administrator to your Freeway installation. The URL to the administrator backend will look like this:
Where ‘yourdomainname.com’ is your actual domain name and ‘freeway’ is the exact directory where you performed the installation.