In this article, we’ll compare the advantages and disadvantages of using the PrestaShop PrestaBox service and self-hosting PrestaShop with your own web host.
This article was co-written by Karine Bernasse and Vincent Millet of StoreCommander, which is based in France.
This article is not an endorsement either of the methods mentioned below for getting your PrestaShop up and running. There are many ways of hosting a PrestaShop store and you should perform your due diligence to see which is going to work best for you.
Lastly, I do not recommend using PrestaBox for store owners based in the USA. PrestaBox is based in Europe and I do not have confidence that it works as well in the USA as other readily available options.
A couple of weeks ago we started discussing the advantages and drawbacks of creating a Prestabox versus a self-hosted Prestashop e-commerce store depending on what your project entails. I personally asked myself all those questions since I now own a Prestashop store and I would have loved to have this comparative table then!
A number of items have to be carefully reviewed in order to make an informed decision and we went over domain names, web hosting, set up, customization, and technical aspects in Part 1.
In this second part, let’s review other major aspects relating to purchasing and installing modules, migration-related issues, not forgetting costs considerations with both Prestabox and self-hosted Prestashop solutions.
To sum up, if you are an IT novice who can’t be bothered getting your head around PHP code and doesn’t want to pay a web agency or other professional service provider to do the job, then PrestaBox is an all-in-one package that will get your e-store online quickly and easily.
However, you need to be aware that it does have considerable limitations and the support, according to numerous testimonials on the PrestaShop forum, is somewhat less than responsive.
If your e-commerce project has been well prepared and researched, and if you prefer to retain control over the e-store’s development, then a self-hosted PrestaShop solution would seem a more logical choice. With self-hosting, you benefit from the support of a larger community of users, a wider choice of themes and modules etc and the ability to make your store evolve the way YOU want it when you want it.
About Store Commander
As the designer and editor of the well-established and powerful back office application for PrestaShop, StoreCommander has specialized in PrestaShop solutions since they launched in 2008.
StoreCommander is a supplier of modules and tailored services for PrestaShop and has been providing web services for the past 13 years.