PrestaShop CMS is a free open source ecommerce solution developed using PHP and MySQL as a database. PrestaShop started of as a school project for two IT students in France under the name phpOpenStore. Initially it was available in both English and French, but only three months since its launch it was translated in thirteen languages. The founders of the PrestaShop CMS, Igor Schlumberger and Bruno Lévêque, started their company in 2007. Their success didn’t happen overnight, but in 2016 they had over 120 employees, offices in six countries, including a headquarters in Miami.
The plethora of PrestaShop features and the innovative ecommerce solution it offered didn’t go unnoticed and in 2016 PrestaShop CMS received the CMS Critic Award for Best eCommerce Software. Around the world there are over 270.000 shops using this ecommerce software, being used by 0.5% of all website not only as a ecommerce solution, but also as a content management system. Using PrestaShop as a shop CMS allows you to manage and configure your products and store, manage your customers and sales, but also create pages with static content like an about us page or a blog.