How To Install Prestashop

Over the years, ecommerce has gained a lot of popularity among people. Ecommerce websites sprung up like anything on a daily basis. Prestashop is the 3rd most used ecommerce platform, which is free and open source. People use this software to build their websites and sell products online. This article explains how you can install Prestashop through cPanel, the favorite control panel of everyone. This tutorial is compatible with every cheap web hosting plans from Copahost.

Install Prestashop using Softaculous in cPanel

Copahosts offers cheap prestashop web hosting with easy installation throught Softaculous,  an one click installation software. Softaculous has a huge number of software in its database, where you can easily install a few clicks. Follow the step by step instructions provided below to install Prestashop.

Login to cPanel and scroll down to the section for Softaculous Apps Installer in your panel.

It will list the software available for installation. Click on Prestashop and it will take you to the installation page.



install prestashop in cpanel


It will take you to an interface which lets you install the software, shows the space requirements, lists the current installations if any etc.

Click on the button named ‘Install’


the beginning of prestashop installation



It will ask you to fill out some details. Enter the details as follows

Once you enter the details, you can click on the Install button and you are ready to install prestashop.


configure prestashop user details


Within a few seconds Prestashop will be installed. The installation will automatically create the required database, username and password and you just don’t need to know anything about it. As simple as that !!!on the Install button and you are ready to install prestashop.


  • installation completed, access data


If you want to review or modify any of the details later, you can do so by going to the Overview section and clicking on the edit button to the right of your installation.

Accessing the Store and Admin Area

Now that the installation has completed successfully, you can try accessing your store. I installed the store at the root of my domain, hence I can access it as (for example) . You can see that the store have demo contents.



your prestashop installation is ready


I shall now proceed to modify the demo contents and configure the store according to my requirements through the admin dashboard. Remember, I had set the admin folder as admin123 hence I can access the admin area as (for example). Login using the administrator email and password you had set while installing the shop.


how to login to prestashop

Starting with the Store Dashboard – Adding Products

Upon successful login, you you reach the Admin Dashboard of Prestashop. Here you can do all the activities related to the store like add products, add suppliers, add customers, manage orders, view stats etc – anything and everything related to the Store.

To start with, we shall show you how to create a new product in the store. Go to Catalog -> Products. This will list all the products currently in the store. To start with your own Store, you can either remove all the demo contents or click on ‘Add New Product’ and remove the demo contents later.


prestashop administration


There are several features that you can configure when you add a new product. They are divided and presented in various tabs which makes it easier for the administrator to add details. The first tab contains basic information like Name of the product, required reference codes, description etc. While moving from one tab to another, make sure to save the settings before proceeding.


how to add product in prestashop


The next tab contains information regarding the price of the product. It includes wholesale, retail price, tax details, unit price etc and many more.


install prestashop and configure products



Another tab which is of importance is quantity. Here you can enter the quantity of the product available, what to do if it goes out of stock, how to display it etc.




There are also tabs regarding shipping, suppliers, images of product and many more. Once all relevant details are entered, save the product and you are done.

Now go to your store front again, which in my case is (for example) and it will display the product you added.




In the image above you can see that the product I added – Kid’s Frocks – has appeared as the first product. I had not added an image to it, hence no image is shown but the other details like name, price etc are shown.

Hope the post helps you in installing Prestashop and getting started with it.

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