We love building PrestaShop ecommerce systems for our customers’ online retail businesses! One part of this process is the installation and configuration of the PrestaShop software on your server. Aligned with this is the configuration of your domain, emails and other server settings. Sproutee can be your single point of contact throughout this process and we’ll happily manage all aspects of installation and configuration to your specifications. Moreover, we always deliver two PrestaShop installations to our ecommerce customers; a Sandbox environment and a Production environment. Here we explain the main steps you can take to ensure that you end up with a reliable and professionally installed and configured online shop; this is how we do it!
The Process in a Nutshell
There are many areas of concern associated with installing and configuring your PrestaShop ecommerce system. They include:
- domain registration and configuration
- server hosting with dedicated IP and SSL
- create emails @yourshop.com
- create databases and database users
- install the PrestaShop software
- configure the PrestaShop software
In turn, each one of these steps has a variety of tasks associated with it and we outline some of the main ones below.
Where you do not have a domain for your business, we undertake to register the domain/domains for use with your online business. The nameservers for your new or existing must be configured to ‘point’ to the correct host. We also ensure that your domains are configured in a search optimal way by setting up a www resolve in the server’s .htaccess file.
We’ll be delighted to set up all your hosting. We understand the resource needs and access levels required for different types of projects and organise the best quality, most cost-effective hosting for your online business’s needs. For an ecommerce system, an SSL certificate is required which will allow user’s personal and payment details to be handled on a secure connection; SSL is dependant on a dedicated IP address. We can arrange to have these resources associated with a your hosting.
Email Set Up
Once you’ve got a domain and hosting for that domain, you’ll need bespoke email addresses. This is an integral part to the professional finish to your online business and we always set up three email accounts on your server: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily configure further addresses to suit the particular needs of your business, for instance email@example.com or for your employees. We also set up a Gmail account to be used with your business, for instance to set up a Google Analytics account. You may wish to use this or another Gmail account to manage your business email or you may wish to handle your email through a desktop mail client. Either way, we will supply you with the information you will need to send and receive from your new email addresses.
Database Set Up
Your Sandbox and Production installations represent two fully distinct PrestaShop builds; we deliver you two shops for the price of one! Drawing on our experience as web application developers in the City, we follow best industry practices and create two environments for you; Sandbox for testing and Production for live selling. This way all changes to your shop from updates to your catalogue to re-skinning your template may be tested and confirmed before being pushed live to Production. This helps to ensure that maintenance work and enhancements to your shop do not adversely effect your customers’ experiences and can also minimise any downtime associated with changes to your online store. Each of your installations will require its own database and well create two databases on your server and database users for each of those database instances.
Once the databases are created it is time to install your Sandbox and Production versions of PrestaShop. We install your Production build under the root of your domain and your Sandbox in a subdirectory. The Sandbox subdirectory is password protected in order to prevent your customers accidentally ‘wandering in’ to your Sandbox. Installation begins with running PrestaShop’s installation wizard and further includes:
- uploading your product images
- uploading your template files
- uploading customised email templates
- uploading customised CSS for add-ons such as jQuery fancybox
PrestaShop is a very full featured and powerful piece of software and requires a significant amount of configuration after installation. From the modules you will use to enhance your shop’s display to the payments and shipping options, we work through your PrestaShop configuration including:
- maintenance IP
- friendly URLs, robots.txt and frontend optimisation
- settings for modules used in header, footer, home page, sidebar(s) and product page
- image sizes for compatibility with your theme
- product preferences
- currencies and taxes
- catalogue imports
- content pages
- meta data
Our mission is to create a robust, reliable and professional online portal for your retail business. We endeavour to take a methodical and systematic approach to installing and configuring your PrestaShop ecommerce system and we hope this guide gives you a useful starting point for getting a ‘big picture’ understanding of PrestaShop installation and server configuration. So, if you’ve got a retail concern that you want to take online, get in touch and let’s get building!