This tutorial is about PrestaShop introduction.I will try to share the basic knowledge here.Prestashop is an open source e-commerce solution. It comes with a variety of tools necessary for building a successful online shop.
I am not going to go in detail but I will share the steps which you can follow to have the knowledge and know how of prestatshop. Also will briefly explain one or two steps here.
How to install PrestaShop
- Manage Products and Categories
- Configuring PrestaShop
- Managing your store in PrestaShop
- Additional PrestaShop tutorials
The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to install a PrestaShop e-commerce platform on your site via the Softaculous auto installer. One of the great things about Softaculous is that it allows you to setup applications really fast. You don’t need to go through all steps manually and with just several clicks you will have a fully functional PrestaShop on your account.
First, you need to access your cPanel account and find the Softaculous icon which is under the Software/Services section.
The next step is to click on the Softaculous icon. You will be redirected to a new page which is the auto installer’s control panel. From here you can install new apps, create backups, import existing websites, etc. On the left side of the screen is the categories menu. To proceed with the PrestaShop installation find the E-Commerce section and click on it to expand. You will see a list of applications that you can install. Find the PrestaShop link and click on it, so that Softaculous will open the installation screen.
The newly loaded page provides a brief description of the PrestaShop application and its features. You can also read a review of the platform and rate it. Click on the blue Install button.
This is the most important step at which you need to provide more details about the new PrestaShop website. Some of the fields are automatically filled by Softaculous for your convenience. However, we strongly advise you to review the values of the following crucial configuration parameters:
In Directory – please note that by default Softaculous will install the PrestaShop application in the root web folder and you will be able to access the website via your domain name. If you prefer to install it in a subfolder, for example, shop, enter its name in the In Directory field.
Store Name – this is the name of your website and by default, it is set to My Store. You can change it to something that better describes the main purpose of your new website.
Admin Folder – you can change it to a random string. Adding it to the web site’s URL will load the admin section.
Admin Email – by default, this field is set to email@example.com, where instead of yourdomainname.com your actual domain is entered. If you want, you can change it to a different e-mail account.
Admin Password – Softaculous automatically generates a unique password for your new website. Still, you can change the string in the field and type a new password which you can remember more easily.
The last step is to scroll down to the end of the page and click on the Install button.
That’s it! Your PrestaShop application is installed and ready to use. The installer will redirect you to a new page where you will see the details for the completed installation. You can now login and create your PrestaShop website.
The key features provided by the platform are structured in two major groups.
The first one is the “Front Office” which is the place where your customers will find all of the available products and where they will be interacting with your Online Store purchasing your products. The features included in this group are:
- Product – image zoom
- Customer subscriptions and the creation of customer accounts
- Large amount of supported payment methods
- Google Checkout integration
- RSS feeds
The second major group is more important for the Store Owners as it is related to the backend (Back-Office) of their Online Stores as there is the place where all of the adjustments and store modifications are made. The features included in that group are:
- WYSIWIG text editor for basically all of the text fields related to your products
- Unlimited amount of product categories and subcategories
- Large amount of supported currencies and taxes which you can configure all on your own
- SMS/Text Message module
- Customizable notifications for the delivery status of the product
- SEO Friendly URL configuration
- Full SSL support
- Smarty templating engine
Certainly, these are only a few of the unlimited amount of features offered by the platform which means that you will be able to find every type of feature you will need for the successful start and development of your Online Store.
That’s it from this tutorial. I hope it serves the purpose. Furthermore please feel free to drop any suggestions or queries in the comments section. That will definitely be highly appreciated.