A free, open source e-commerce application

PrestaShop is an open source, e-commerce solution for small to medium-sized online shops. Initially started in 2005 as a student project in Paris and three months after its launch the project was translated in thirteen languages.

The company established two main sources of revenue:

  1. PrestaShop Addons, a marketplace through which merchants purchase custom addons and themes for their stores
  2. Strategic partnerships with e-commerce industry leaders such as PayPal and Google.

The software is published under the Open Software License (OSL) and it is written in the PHP programming language with support for the MySQL database management system.

PrestaShop is the winner of Packt Publishing’s 2010 and 2011 Best Open-source Business Application awards as well as one of the Top Rated Free Ecommerce Software of the Sellers Choics Awards [Ecommerce Bytes].

PrestaShop provides users with more than 310 features that can all be customized to fit the needs of every online business. Τhe basic fearures are summarized below:

  • Catalog Management: Inventory Management, Product Export to eBay and More, Choose the Number of Products per Page, Cross Selling, Sell Downloadable Products, Unlimited Products, Categories, and Attributes, Product Comparison, Powerful Layered Navigation, Advanced Stock Management
  • Product Displays: Display Available Quantities, Offer Multiple Images of Each Product, Zoom in on Products, Related Products, Add to a Wishlist, Product Reviews, Send to a Friend
  • Site Management: Administration Permissions and Users, Fully Customizable Design Using Templates, Customize Logos on an Invoice, Favicon and Header, Choose Languages to Display, Edit Content through the CMS, Manage Performance (speed, cached cookies), One Click Update, Webservice – CRM, ERP… integration, Override: Customize your store without modifying the core, Multistore Management
  • Search Engine Optimization: Search Engine Friendly
    Customize URLs, Google Site Map, Meta Information for Products and Categories, Auto-generated Sitemap, Dedicated URL for each Product, Preventing, Duplicate Content, Tags for Each Product, E-mail Notifications of Delivery Status
  • Checkout: One-page Checkout, Option for Customers to Create an Account or Continue as a Guest,Gift Messages, Gift Wrapping, Saved Shopping Carts Configured with Expiration Time
  • Shipping: Shipping Discounts, Fees by Price or Weight, Separate Billing and Shipping Addresses, Integrate with USPS, FedEx, UPS, Canada Post, Unlimited Carriers and Destinations
  • Payments: Payment via credit card, check, wire transfer and more (unlimited), Tax automatically configured by country, state, and counties, Payment Filtered by Currency
    Integrated with Authorize.Net, Set Prices According to Segmented Groups, Cart Promotions Rules, Catalog Promotions Rules, Make or Edit an Order through Back Office
  • Marketing: Automated Follow-up E-mails, Newsletters Subscriptions, Loyalty Program, Refer-a-friend Program
    Recently Viewed Products, Coupons & Vouchers
  • Client Account: Complete Customer Account, Ability to Send Messages via his/her Personal Account, Return Management, Business to Business, Centralized after Sales Service
  • Translations: Over 40 translations available, Geolocation, Customers can choose desired languages, Import and export language packs, Online translation tools
  • Security: PCI Compliance, SSL Certification, Secure Back Office, Password and Cookie Encryption, Fia-Net order analysis
  • Localization/Taxes: Unlimited taxes, Address format according to country, Unlimited currencies, Exchange rates synchronization, Taxes per state, county, or country, Timezone set by location, Currency formating, Configure Eco Tax
  • Analytics and Reporting: Export newsletter lists, PrestaShop update notifications in the back office, Track visitor activity, View customer profiles, Order and sales reporting, Affiliate statistics, Newsletter statistics

More than 250,000 stores worldwide use PrestaShop so far related to different sectors such as: Apparel, Home & Decoration, Sports, Cosmetics, Shoes & Accessories, Technology, Children, Entertainment, Food & Beverage, etc. Most of them are related to Apparel, Home & Decoration as wel as Shoes & Accessories. Some examples of them can be found at the webpage of PrestaShop.