PrestaShop has just released a free ecommerce cloud solution! The PrestaShop Add-on store allows PrestaShop to stay free, and the substantial number of add-ons provides you with the tools you need to make your store successful, and custom tailored to fit your needs.
The cloud software is the same as the downloadable version, the only difference is you do not have to host the software on your own server. When the downloadable version of PrestaShop is updated, the cloud solution will also be updated, so your store will always have access to the most up-to-date software.
What are the differences between the cloud solution and the downloadable solution?
The downloadable version of PrestaShop requires hosting and installation, whereas the cloud version provides free hosting, and installing the software is already done for you. If you are a startup, or a smaller business creating an online presence, the cloud option might be just what you need. A medium to large size business will most likely want to consider the downloadable option, as they will have more control over their store.
Why have the downloadable version of PrestaShop?
With the downloadable version, you have more control over your store. With many 3rd party hosting options that provide powerful servers, you can ensure your store is prepared for a large amount of traffic and orders. You also have access to the PrestaShop source code, as well as the database. So if you want to customize the code, or access and manage your database, you always have these options available to you.
We also like that PrestaShop’s dashboard is attractive and easy to navigate. When running an online store, it is important to make sure that the software fits your needs, and encourages you to monitor your store’s progress closely.
If you are interested in trying out PrestaShop Cloud, simply navigate to the PrestaShop site, select “Cloud”, and enter your Store Name and Email Address. Then click “Start My Online Store,” and you are on your way to creating a free, hosted PrestaShop store. Notice how they do not ask you for your credit card, or to fill out an endless number of fields? PrestaShop is great like that.
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