Contus Groupon Clone: How to install Contus’ GroupClone Magento-Based software

Note: Due to the age of this post as well as the evolution of the Groupon clone/aggregator system, RJH Solutions will no longer offer support for these systems. The “writing on the wall” was seen when Groupon’s CEO was fired early 2013. In the meantime, please continue browsing the rest of the site. -Rafi

    We are all aware about how hot the Groupon industry is today, and how everyone is trying to get in on it. In looking for certain scripts I have found that GroupClone by Contus is, while one of the most difficult to install out of the box, one of the most powerful in my opinion since it’s based on Magento’s shopping cart.

    That said, installing it again is, in short, difficult. The following install post unfortunately doesn’t do a very good job of explaining all the steps. This post will post all the correct steps in detail so that, like a recipe, albeit a complicated one, all you will need to do is follow it and presto! A Groupon Clone built on Magento!

    Here are the modified installation instructions (for GoDaddy’s Shared hosting):

    Pre-Requisites

    1. PHP 5.2 AND OVER (if you have a virtual machine running an earlier version of Linux LAMP, like “Grandma’s LAMP,” then it won’t work since Grandma’s LAMP for example only runs PHP 5.1.)
    2. MySQL 5+
    3. PHPMyAdmin or HeidiSQL for the database import.
    4. Strongly Recommended: Linux Hosting – NOT Windows Hosting. If you have Windows hosting that’s okay, but Linux makes it go a LOT smoother!

    Download and Unzip

    1. Download the groupclone package.
    2. Unzip the files in the folder you want to install it on (root folder is misleading, you can do a subfolder if the domain name points to that subfolder in your hosting, or if you want to test the site out prior to launch).

    Database Installation

    1. In the groupclone.sql file under db.zip, open it up, CTRL+F the phrase “config_data,” and change the variables in “web/unsecure/base_url” and “web/secure/base_url” from “http://localhost/groupclone” to “http://yourdomain.com.”
    2. Install the database using PHPMyAdmin or HeidiSQL with your updated SQL file.
    3. If you didn’t change the secure base URL and unsecure base URL, do it now! Go to the table “magentocore_config_data” and it should be config ID’s 2 and 3.

      Connecting the website to the database

      Once that’s done, you need to connect the website to the database. For that go to the following:

      ” /app/etc/local.xml” and give your database details

      Server hostname
      user name
      password
      database name

      in the below place of local .xml file

      ionCube

      1. You need to install ioncube now.
      2. Open php.ini (or php5.ini if on GoDaddy) file in the root directory.
      3. Find this line “ zend.ze1_compatibility_mode = off ”.
      4. [Zend]
      5. zend_extension = /httpdocs/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.2.so
      6. paste these lines below “zend.ze1_compatibility_mode = off “
      7. If you’re on a dedicated host, you may need to consult a Linux Server professional to install ionCube, as this saves a lot of headache.

      Finding Absolute Path

      1. To find the absolute path, run phpinfo.php like this, http://www.domain.comphpinfo.php. You can find an absolute path in the list.
      2. Open_basedir | /var/www/vhosts/groupclone.net/httpdocs:/tmp.
      3. Here “/var/www/vhosts/groupclone.net/httpdocs:/tmp” is an absolute path. (sometimes it reads “empty”)

      If the Absolute Path Doesn’t Appear,

      1. What you need to do then, if you set up the database configuration completely, is to go onto the site and get the following error message: “Site error: the file /app/code/core/Mage/Page/Block/Html/Head.php requires the ionCube PHP Loader ioncube_loader_lin_5.2.so to be installed by the site administrator.”
      2. That absolute path is what you need.

        Placing the absolute path in php.ini (or php5.ini)

        1. In php.ini (or php5.ini), find the absolute path in this screen. And replace the path as given below,
        2. [Zend]
        3. zend_extension = /httpdocs/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.2.so
        4. To check if the ioncube installed properly use this link, http://www.domain.comioncubeioncube-loader-helper.php
        5. *****SUPER IMPORTANT***** With hosting services like GoDaddy, with their PHP 5 hosting they include a php.ini file instead of a php5.ini file. Why that is the case is beyond me. You need to RENAME (not even keeping a copy of php.ini) php.ini to php5.ini. The same applies with Contus’ software. Rename php.ini there to php5.ini. Otherwise the ionCube installation won’t work and you will be stuck!

        Gaining Entry into the Admin System

        1. For some reason here there is no way to instantly set the admin username/password. What you need to do is as follows:
        2. At the table “magentoadmin_user,” you need to change the password in order to get in. Do the following:
        3. Enter the query “UPDATE magentoadmin_user SET password=CONCAT(MD5(‘qXpassword’), ‘:qX’) WHERE username=’admin'” where “password” is your password.
        4. Once that’s done, you can enter the admin system under sitename.com/admin and modify other information, including adding/removing admins.

        Provide License Key

        1. Then you need provide the license key, which is very important.
        2. Without License Key, site will not load the deals, Goto: Admin -> System -> Configuration ->LicenseKey(Configuration) -> License Config, Where you can enter the valid License Key for that particular domain.

        What if you’re running Contus’ GroupClone on a local Windows machine for testing?

        If you are going to test the file locally, you need to use this License key for localhost.com
        License Key : 3YY2YFQ3O2O3OD4PV34VQ2OPQXVPXOO1NV1FX5Q1

        To change localhost to localhost.com,

        Look in your hosts file (usually located under C:WindowsSystem32driversetc).
        Look for the line:

        127.0.0.1 localhost

        Change this to:

        127.0.0.1 http://www.localhost.com

        Obtaining a License Key

        1. License Key will work only for that particular domain.
        2. You can get the License Key for the domain you are going to install from us , after the successfull payment.
        3. And you have done it now.

        (Contact their ticket support team and get the license key. You have to confirm your domain and the license key will not be changed once you confirm your domain & get from their team)

         

        ***UPDATE***

        We now build PInterest clones! Click Here for my PInterest Script Clone Reviews.

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          • how to enable groupclone theme beacuse after installing groupclone package the theme is default magento theme?

            • Anonymous

              You need to manually edit it.

              • How to edit?? would you please like to give us a short tut?

                • Serverin

                  I’ve also bought this system and  it’s NOT working
                  the only thing contus’ people care is YOUR money
                  zero support, zero help

                  U’ll wait one week for any reply

                  It’s much better to find some Magento developer around
                  fraud

                • All,

                  I am working on a Groupon Clone E-book. On my site now is a newsletter subscribe page. Go ahead and hit “subscribe” and you will be pre-notified about the release of this E-Book.

                • All,

                  I am working on a Groupon Clone E-book. On my site now is a newsletter subscribe page. Go ahead and hit “subscribe” and you will be pre-notified about the release of this E-Book.

          • Johnbeh84

            Where do i find the sql file ? when i download it.. it wasn’t inside..

            • Anonymous

              The SQL file is linked separately from the script. I would advise getting both the script and sql file links directly from Contus as they update their script and database from time to time, therefore you don’t want to mix different versions of either.

              Assuming that you bought a licence key, email one of the reps (or submit a ticket) for the most recent files.

          • kasi

            Do not buy this one from !
            We have this one and the Software is Buggy and
            work without Problems. The support is very bad and the give you the
            Feeling, that they self has no Ideas, whats up with this code.

            Code self is Spaghetti Code..
            Support fraud you and is after buying real interested to help you !
            There are lot of Errors in this Script, bad Manual.

            We
            have lot 0of Error, buying this one and now is one Month over and the
            Script will not run correct. You buy a construction Set and the Guys
            there only fast, if they can earn Dollars !!

            Beware for this Fraud – We can only warn you for this Deal with them..

            It is only for Guys, they have Fun to loose their Money. You can call their Buyers in and Berlin – they both have a non working Software and was fraud by this Company !

            • Anonymous

              Hi Kasi,

              I honestly don’t know where your comment comes from. The biggest reason I like this over everything else is that it’s based on Magento Community Edition. Yes, there are bugs, but I ask you to find me one other software that’s based on a name-brand shopping cart.

              Also, with support, I admit that support is not the greatest (unless you’re a night owl that doesn’t need sleep and can be up from 1AM to 9AM) but their email and ticketing support I found is solid.

              Kindly explain the fraud aspect. I’d like to know as I have personally built 4-5 sites based on Contus Magento and they’re working fine.

              • Serverin

                write adtresses of those 4-5 working sites
                some of their portfolio sites do not working any more 🙂

                • All,

                  I am working on a Groupon Clone E-book. On my site now is a newsletter subscribe page. Go ahead and hit “subscribe” and you will be pre-notified about the release of this E-Book.

              • Serverin

                write adtresses of those 4-5 working sites
                some of their portfolio sites do not working any more 🙂

                • All,

                  I am working on a Groupon Clone E-book. On my site now is a newsletter subscribe page. Go ahead and hit “subscribe” and you will be pre-notified about the release of this E-Book.

          • Serverin

            I’ve also bought this system and  it’s NOT working
            the only thing contus’ people care is YOUR money
            zero support, zero help

            U’ll wait one week for any reply

            It’s much better to find some Magento developer around
            fraud

          • Antonio

            hi kasi
            thx from italy for helpful tut…
            i had a question
            i changed admin user and password of magentoadmin_user tab trought phpmyadmin
            (the query doesn’twork for me) but i can’t enter in admin panel, any tip?
            Perhaps I’m wrong?

          • Antonio

            hi kasi
            thx from italy for helpful tut…
            i had a question
            i changed admin user and password of magentoadmin_user tab trought phpmyadmin
            (the query doesn’twork for me) but i can’t enter in admin panel, any tip?
            Perhaps I’m wrong?

          • Waqas_ashraf786

            hi.
             How can i set the other cms page as default page? I have tried it by selecting different page from configuration->web->default pages but its not working.

          • Waqas_ashraf786

            hi.
             How can i set the other cms page as default page? I have tried it by selecting different page from configuration->web->default pages but its not working.

          • man_in_black

            Hey bro thanks for the great post can you also help me with one thing…. i can’t find the category thing i can add a deal to category but what page does category list. i want to have a block or page for categories by city ??? can you help me please

          • Ghayoor Shaikh

            This is nice post and having a good status in the market, i hope that we will learn more from this site.

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          • Ḿóhặmệđ KáBêṩ

            What solve this problem ?

          • kelly

            I am using this groupon clone script. This script has a lot of features http://www.claydip.com/groupon.html

          • Fahath

            Don’t buy thus buggy script. Save your money. They care only about your money. For a simple customization they will ask you big amount. Look for other company.