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PrestaShop is an e-commerce solution which is both free and open source. It is available under the Open Software License and officially launched in August 2007 for small to medium-sized businesses. The software, which is based on the Smarty template engine, has approximately 24,000 active stores as of August 2009.
The software PrestaShop was founded in Paris, France by Igor Schlumberger and Bruno Lévêque. Over 15 languages are available to varying degrees, with only English and French having full support in all release versions. While official support is not provided, many answered questions are available on the official forum. The software makes extensive use of AJAX in the admin panel, while module blocks can be easily added to the store to provide extra functionality; these are normally provided free of charge by independent developers. The makers of PrestaShop have an official marketplace for priced modules and themes entitled PrestaStore.
PrestaShop is available to download as a ZIP file, approximately 6MB in size. Additionally, the merchant must have a domain name and an Apache web server or IIS web server already configured which features:
(*) Some PHP 5 versions are bugged and prevent PrestaShop from working correctly:
(**) PrestaShop is working from MySQL 4.1.14 to 5.0 too but some features are not working (e.g., product duplication) or have strange behaviors
General feature list
PrestaShop 1.0 was released on July 31, 2008.