Prestashop Google Product Search

Listing Products in Google Product Search - Since August 2008 when we first released a Google Product Search (Google Base) module a lot has changed. The release of Prestashop 1.4.x in particular has seen support for many of the additional data items not previously possible to include, along with major changes in the generation of SEO urls which alone merit a code refresh.

1.4 Plugins Revisited - Part 2

Extending Prestashop Theme Plugins - In this article we look at a mechanism to allow theme developers to include their own smarty plugins seamlessly into their themes, with the code contained within the theme distribution itself.

1.4 Plugins Revisited - Part 1

Plugins Evolved A while ago when I wrote the original article on Prestashop plugins I promised a follow-up to allow it to be used with smarty 3. Unfortunately work has kept me from a proper write-up so I'm only now getting around to publishing the next version. I had intended adding the ability to easily extend the functionality on a per-theme basis, but since the demand for some usable code right now has been so great I've decided to publish this in two parts.

Fixed version of the gsitemap module

There seems to have been a lot of problems with the Google XML Sitemap generator shipping with PrestaShop 1.2, so I've had a run through and re-written a fair bit of the code to fix these issues.


AddHeader - a sibling for AddStuff

Sometimes you just want to do something simple, and there doesn't seem any way of achieving it easily. Then you find something like AddHeader.


Moving Boxes Home Featured jQuery module

I thought it was about time for yet more free Prestashop eye candy, so here's yet another home featured products module for you all to play with!


AddStuff is almost 1 Year old!!

Who would have believed it! Well to celebrate, and also to fix a few problems it's recently been updated.

PS_Cumulus a WP-Cumulus port to Prestashop

I was looking to write a cool module to use in future tutorial articles when I came across the nifty looking WP-Cumulus Wordpress plugin by Roy Tanck. It had all the elements I was looking for, and he has kindly released the code (including the flash source) under the GPL license.

Paypal WPP (Example) - PayPal Direct API

Development Release - I've been asked several times about this, so I guess I'd better release the code. This was written some time ago, and the target PrestaShop version was 1.1, however it should work with later releases.

Yet another Google Base update 0.6.3

It's been a busy week here but I've still found time for the Google Base module which has jumped another few revisions to 0.6.3.

Updated Google Base Module to v0.5

I've just recently updated the original Google Base module (to v0.5) with a few enhancements that should hopefully help those who may have had issues with the previous version.

Adverts and Callouts module updated to version 1.2

In an ongoing effort to keep all our modules up to date, a new version of of advertising module has been created to address differences in the admin tab architecture in PrestaShop 1.1. The older version was displaying view and edit links against each of the adverts, rather than edit and delete links.


HSBC CPI Card Payment Module

This was developed originally for a client. The original brief was to update the existing module (provided by a member on the PrestaShop forum) to work in version 1.1 of PrestaShop and tie up any loose ends, but ended up being a complete re-write almost entirely from scratch (some of the third-party code in the original was re-used).

JonDesign's SmoothGallery2.0 for Prestashop Featured Products

In one of the review threads on the PrestaShop forum there was a particular gallery feature that caught the eye, and I decided to adapt it slightly for more general use. It's basically just the Featured Products module adapted to use the javascript gallery rather than the standard tabular layout, and it certainly looks more effective.

Shopmania Feed - UK

There is now an official script for PrestaShop available and this module is no longer supported.


PrestaShop Boasts Great New Features in Version 1.1

Hot on the heels of the recent new PrestaShop developer resource announcement we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the great new features that the forthcoming 1.1 RC1 PrestaShop release will bring to the store owner.

New PrestaShop 1.1 Developer Resources Announced

The PrestaShop Blog has announced (in French only currently) a couple of long awaited developer resources, which look to be a pre-cursor to the official 1.1RC1 release which we expect to be made shortly. The first is a data model of the PrestaShop database produced from MSQL Workbench, which is available for download from the PrestaShop website. It's their announced intention to update this for each new version of the software, and will greatly assist in the process of new module creation for this open source eCommerce store.

PrestaShop Demo Store

For folks that haven't already found this, we now have a PrestaShop demo store online.

Randomly Displayed Adverts and Callouts

Another useful tool for conversions is being able to attract the attention of your visitors and guide them to the parts of your site you really want them to see. We've come up with yet another great little PrestaShop module to do precisely that!

Live Support to Improve Conversions

A common theme in small business forums and newsgroups when discussing eCommerce sites are posts that start with "I've had x,000 visitors to my site but haven't sold anything, what am I doing wrong?". Sadly, selling on-line isn't (just) about visitors, but conversions. Getting a customer to look at a product is one hurdle, but by far the more important one is getting them to actually part with their cash! This is where many come unstuck.

BETA Version 2 Paypal Module for PrestaShop

We're pleased to release BETA 1 of our modified version of the PrestaShop Paypal Payment module that will hopefully address a few more of the shortcomings of the original 1.0.0.8 version. This latest version provides tighter integration with IPN notifications, and supports all the current message combinations for both instant and eCheck payments. Refunds and cancellations are also supported, although only as far as this functionality is supported by PrestaShop itself.

eCartService Paypal Changes rolled into PrestaShop 1.1 Release

We're pleased to announce that the initial changes we proposed for the Paypal Payment module for PrestaShop have been incorporated into the official 1.1 release which is due in autumn 2008.


Improving PayPal Support in PrestaShop

When I first came across PrestaShop I was utterly astonished at how it looked and operated. Having spent years working with the likes of osCommerce, ZenCart et al. PrestaShop was a breath of fresh air, which reminded me greatly of another Open Source favourite of mine - Vanilla

UK PrestaShop Club Forum is open for business

After discussions with our friends at prestashop.com we are pleased to announce that we'll be hosting the UK users club forum on our servers. This will be a great resource to compliment the main PrestaShop forum and is intended to facilitate discussions on local UK issues with using the software.

Paypal IPN Validation update

We had an issue recently where there was some difficulty contacting the paypal server to verify an IPN passed back to a PrestaShop store.


Possible bug in PrestaShop Paypal Module

While working on a Paypal test with a customer we noticed that the module appears to have an error which requires users to enter the IPN return url in their paypal account settings. This obviously means that it isn't possible to set up multiple stores using PrestaShop if you have a single paypal account.


"AddStuff" for PrestaShop

Addstuff will be 1 year old on 5th August 2009!! AddStuff is a fun little module that several have used to add some easy custom items to their pages. Inspired by many modules by the same (or similar) names for other open source projects, this allows you to include your own html (or anything else you can think of) onto a page easily.

Preventing the copying of your site design templates

I was browsing the prestashop forum and ended up on a thread concerning an issue with people stealing a site design by downloading the template files from the theme directory. It struck me that this is probably something that those of you who use other template systems with your sites may also face, so thought I'd post the solution here too.


Exporting products to Googlebase

Getting noticed in Google Product Search - There has been huge demand for a module to allow upload of the products from Prestashop to Google Base. In an attempt to satisfy this, until such time as I can have a look at implementing it using the Google Base API, I threw together some code that will hopefully work.