PrestaTraining Survey Update

by Curt Donohue on January 24, 2011

SurveyI hope everyone is having a great day!

I have to say I was pretty excited when I saw that I had already received four responses to my survey question that asked “What is the most important topic you would like to see covered in a new PrestaShop training resource?” Considering the response rate to survey requests is usually very low, this has been an awesome response so far.

Thanks to those of you who have responded.  You are now part of the drawing to win one of three copies of the new training product when it is completed.  I'm hoping to get quite a few more response to help direct my efforts.  For those of you who have not taken the survey yet, please do.  I'm giving away three copies of my new training resource when it is completed and you will be entered into the drawing for one of those three copies for taking the time to fill out the survey.

Most of the questions, thus far,  have revolved around the upcoming PrestaShop version 1.4 stable release.  I have many questions about this release myself and look forward to exploring what looks to be a promising product.

I'm sure many of you will be on earlier releases for some time yet.  For those of you who aren't going to upgrade to 1.4 right away, what are your biggest challenges with the version you are using?  What is it that is stopping you from upgrading?

Spending time in the PrestaShop Forum tells me that there are users of all levels from the most basic beginner to advanced developers.  I don't want to make just one product that tries to be all things to all people so I'm sure I'm going to have to address the needs of different groups with different products.

Since I am not an advanced developer, I may have a difficult time addressing the needs that group.  I'm open to recruiting the services of a PrestaShop wizard to help me.  If this describes you and you are interested in helping develop a comprehensive advanced PrestaShop tutorial product, let me know by sending an e-mail to support(at)prestatraining(dot)com.  You can leave a comment below regarding your awesomeness as well:)

If you haven't taken the survey yet, please take it here.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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Curt Donohue

Curt Donohue is a PrestaShop enthusiast and the creator of as well as PrestaShop 1.4 Tutorials.

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Sylvain April 5, 2011 at 8:46 am

Sorry if my English is not perfect, actually, i’m French.
I currently use only Paypal and Google checkout on my website. I bought the module but the merchant account fees are so important that i don’t use it.
Do you have ideas on this subject ? Did you study it ?
I was to;d yesterday about feefighters, i will see.
Thanks for your work.
Maybe we’ll meet at the first US barcamp ?

Curt Donohue April 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hello Sylvain,

A review of is on my agenda, but I have a few other things I’m working on at the moment so I don’t think I’ll get to that for a few weeks yet. I can’t say I know anything about the module, which I’m assuming you got from Presto-Changeo, correct?

If you don’t mind sharing, what did you have for costs using and your merchant account? I’ve spoken with on a couple occasions now and am just starting to understand the many levels of fees a person can encounter when you have credit cards on your e-commerce site.

I intend on having a pretty in-depth review of the subject, so sign up for e-mail updates if you haven’t done so already. You’ll get notified when I send it out via my autoresponder.

Curt Donohue February 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm


Awesome comment. Thanks for that.

Your question about whether you should try to learn enough to set up and run your PrestaShop store or outsource that to someone else is very difficult to answer without more information. I firmly believe that, if you decided to, you could learn how to set up and configure your PrestaShop store. However, you should consider three things before you make your decision. Those three things are: 1) time, 2) money, and 3) quality.

If you have plenty of money and no time, I would suggest hiring an experienced PrestaShop developer to help you out.

If you have plenty of time and not as much money, you may want to consider learning the ropes and try to create your own PrestaShop empire. If nothing else, learning more about all things PrestaShop will help you manage the people you hire to work on your website.

Quality is dependent on time and money. Not having much time can create issues with quality unless you want to spend large sums of money to get the right team together on short notice. Given enough time, you can create great quality and keep your costs down because you aren’t paying high costs for an accelerated development time.

I am in the process of creating a paid-for tutorial for PrestaShop 1.4, which will be quite extensive. It would be geared to beginners and intermediate users and should cover pretty much everything you need to get a basic store up and running with some cool modifications. If this tutorial goes well, I will move on to a tutorial for theme development and then module development.

It’s quite a task, though, and is taking me much longer than I had expected, so I’m not sure when I’ll be done. I hope to have something ready in the next 45 days.

Elizabeth Shelbourne February 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Hi Curt,
I’ve just watched your download and install prestashop videos which very clear and concise. I like how you give a nice overview at the beginning letting me know where you were going and exactly what I was going to learn. My situation is, I’m fairly computer illiterate. I can email, go on facebook, do the basics on a spreadsheet, search the internet etc. Pretty much self taught and nothing too demanding. Words like SQL database, PHP, Webserver and FTP client where all unfamiliar to me. My current website (not built by me) just works as a pretty brochure for my business and I would like to start my own shopping cart with prestashop, that is well optimized (I’ve been reading search engine optimization for dummies) and that I can regularly adjust and add products and specials to. Can someone like me realistically consider doing this myself or should I be paying someone else?? If you had step by step videos on how to set up a shop, then maybe…..just maybe I think I could. After watching the install prestashop videos I really wanted the very next most basic steps. Also perhaps an initial tour of what all the buttons in the back office mean and what they do in laymans terms. Is this where you’re going?
Thanks very much for your time,

Liz Shelbourne

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