How to make a webshop using Prestashop

Hello, and welcome to howtomakeawebshop.com.

First things first I’m from Holland and will do my best to write proper English but please forgive me for any misspelled words or wrong sentences.

This site is dedicated to everyone who would like to make a webshop but hasn’t got enough experience using programming languages or any kind of webshop freeware like Prestashop.

We will be guiding you trough the installation of Prestashop every step along the way. If you have a question feel free to leave a comment and I or maybe other people reading it will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is Prestashop and why should I use it?

Prestashop is an e-commerce solution which is free and open source. Prestashop is released under the so called Open software license which basically means you can use it for anything and change it to any needs. It was launched in August 2007 for small to medium sized businesses. It uses the Smarty template engine which makes it easy no change you’re layout without knowing a lot of HTML.

Prestashop has won Best Open Source E-Commerce Application in the Packt 2010 Open Source Awards and Best Open Source Business Application in the 2011 Open Source Awards. Prestashop was found in Paris and the recently opened a second office in Miami. With over 40 languages supported (only English and French are fully supported) Prestashop is a great freeware solution to make a webshop on your own.

No I could go on and on about Prestashop but there are a lot of people who already wrote about that so if you want to read more about Prestashop visit the Wiki or the website of Prestashop itself.

How is this site going to help me build a Prestashop webshop

howtomakeawebshop.com is going to help you make a webshop in short and well explained steps by using screenshots and if necessary by using videos. I will start of by telling exactly what u need. After that we will download Prestashop and upload it to you’re hosting. Then we will start the installation of Prestashop step by step. If you think I’ve missed a step or should be more specific on any part please email me or leave a comment.

Why use Prestashop instead of other freeware webshop solutions?

Of course there are many other freeware solutions to use for making a webshop I haven’t tried all of them but I have tried some. I found that Prestashop was (at least for me) the fastest and easiest freeware solution to set up.

I also felt very comfortable with back-end of Prestashop. It’s easy to use and in my opinion its very user friendly.

To name some other freeware solutions some for large size and some for small to medium sized businesses:

Now if any these Freeware solutions seem to work better for you I suggest you download there software and just give it a try. Prestashop worked for me and maybe it works for you to. Enough talking time to find out!

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