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eCommerce Platform Integration - Prestashop and Wordpress

Make your own website in a short time - this is quite a feasible task. All that is required for this is a clear plan of action, the necessary information and enough free time. Earn on the site on the network in several ways. Conditionally they can be divided into categories:

  1. Promotion on the Internet of a personally created product or service to attract customers;
  2. Earnings on the site itself. Advertising in the form of banners, surveys of goods to order, advertising products and services that are close to the content of the site.

It is possible to create a site in a few days on the basis of special designers and free systems for controlling the content of pages.
Next, we describe one of the possible options for creating an online store and working with it on the basis of CMS Prestashop and the Wordpress platform.

PrestaShop or Wordpress - more details

PrestaShop - CMS, written in PHP, which has direct access to the code. The system is free. It was created specifically for the development of small and medium-sized online stores.
Many functional websites are created on its platform. Developers are offered a simple system control panel skin that all users will appreciate. With its help, using just a few mouse clicks, without any effort, you can manage the complex structure of the site. Templates and connected modules, help to develop a website or type a page based on PrestaShop.

How to install Prestashop on hosting

But sometimes this is not enough. In this case, the WordPress tool will be useful.
WordPress is one of the popular content management systems (CMS) among site developers. It is based on the development of sites, blogs, static Internet content.
With the right settings, you can get all the best of the two systems when combining PrestaShop and WordPress.

How to merge PrestaShop and WordPress?

There are different kinds of schemes, conditioned by your requirements. They can be divided into 2 main types:

  1. One of the content management systems is installed in the root folder of the site, and the other - on the subdomain / subfolder;
  2. PrestaShop and WordPress located together.

Option 1. The distribution of content management systems

The CMS connection goes smoothly when storing these systems separately. A complex part of the execution will be creating a general view for the resource. In this case, you can go in two ways:

  1. Adapt for each engine a standard theme so that they are as similar as possible to each other;
  2. Order the services of a web designer or web developer, so that he makes 2 identical topics for these engines.

It is important to remember: WordPress, for decorating themes, uses its own PHP-functions. PrestaShop uses Smarty.

Option 2. Great mixing

If you decide to mix the CMS system, then you will need additional tools to work. For example, you can show content with WordPress between the columns of the entire PrestaShop theme. This includes the new items presented on the site, the current basket of orders and so on. To display links to pages with WP in the online store, you can connect a number of high-quality WordPress plug-ins and Prestashop modules.

Suitable 2 additions to WordPress:

  1. PrestaShop Integration. It complements WordPress with three widgets and a shortcode:
    • PrestaShop Integration Hook. With its help, it's easy to connect the stuffing of each of the 4 PrestaShop hooks to any of the WordPress themes;
    • PrestaShop Integration Module. To insert a PS module into a desired WordPress theme, by using one of its hooks;
    • PrestaShop Integration Products. Reflects the list of products assigned to the WordPress post;
    • Shortcode. Using its hooks, products from any PS category are displayed on the WP page.
  2. Prestashop User Compatibility. Plugin to login to WordPress site.

As a replacement, you can use other WordPress plugins. Such as:

  • WordPress-PrestaShop Cross Sales. It includes goods Prestashop from WordPress pages or fixed sidebar resource (sidebar);
  • DeMomentSomTres PrestaShop Integration. It is used to integrate Internet content from PS into WP through web services and shortcodes.

Also PrestaShop, has personal modules for WordPress. Although most of them are installed for a fee. These include:

  • WordPress Sync. Makes the integration of a personal blog in the online store. You can move content that supports synchronization between them;
  • WordPress Cart. He is merging a blog on WP with the PS store;
  • PrestaShop to WordPress. Using it, you can insert up to 6 widgets on your WordPress blog. These include: shopping cart, category, manufacturer, new product, promotions and top sellers.

Superiority of the two systems to work together

Prestashop:

  • easy to learn and quick to operate CMS;
  • ability to make Bank transactions for payment on the Prestashop website;
  • high-capacity filter for product selection on the website;
  • increase of stores ' abilities due to additional modules and themes;
  • automated conversion of value into any currency;
  • the ability to leave comments about the products on the PrestaShop sites.

Wordpress:

  •  completely free engine;
  • multiplatform system;
  • built-in visual editor for work reminiscent of the usual Microsoft Word;
  • reliable protection against break-ins;
  • search engine optimization (SEO) support);
  • quick installation.