PrestaShop is a great ‘out of the box’ e-commerce platform for anyone either setting up from scratch or looking to take their online business to the next level. At the heart of it all are the modules and add-ons allowing you to customise your online store. The trouble is that with over 3,000 modules to choose from where do you start looking?

In this blog about six of the ‘must have’ PrestaShop modules we’re going to give you the low down on some of the modules that our team here at Teapot rate highly.

What should I look for in a module…?

Before we get stuck into examining the modules one by one it’s worth taking a moment or two to read about how to assess a modules suitability for your site.

With such a wide selection of modules to choose from there is no point in settling for something that you’re not satisfied with or does what you want.

When our expert PrestaShop developers are examining a new module or add-on they carefully consider the following points:

  • Accessibility
  • Customisation potential
  • Ease of use
  • Flexibility
  • Responsiveness
  • User experience
  • Value for money

Teapot’s Must Have Modules

Revolution Slider

PrestaShop out of the box, does provide a functional slider if required but with limited customisation. Revolution on the other hand offers a user-friendly, intuitive visual editor with a mass amount of customisation. Allowing for any user regardless of programming knowledge to potentially produce a great looking slider to provide an engaging experience for their users.

Revolution slider provides social media integration allowing for the display of social feeds from the likes of Twitter or Facebook. These well known platforms provide a fantastic gateway to showcase and communicate with your customers just like email marketing services such as MailChimp.

Pros
  • Powerful, user friendly visual editor
  • Responsive
  • Social media support
  • Multilingual
  • Performance
Cons
  • Lack of support for larger resolution displays

iQit Mega Menu

In 2015 over half of all web traffic was generated by mobile users meaning that a responsive navigation is key and must be considered a staple part of any modern website – not just e-commerce.

iQit mega menu automatically generates a mobile menu for the store providing that responsive experience that the modern generation of web users expect.

With an unlimited number of styles and combinations, the mega menu can be customized in order to suit the current theme of your store by simply selecting a few colour pickers.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Responsive
  • Highly customizable
  • Detailed documentation
  • One year free technical support
Cons
  • We have yet to identify any drawbacks with this module, it provides an all round great experience for the site owner and the end user.

Professional Blog Module

The irony of blogging about a blogging module! Blogging is considered by some to be a thing of the past, but perhaps it shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly. It provides an outlet to your website that introduces fresh, engaging content which can aid in attracting new users to the site or simply keeping current user’s active; which in turns creates the possibility of business.

This add-on in particular allows for the creation of an intuitive blog with out of the box spam protection and multilingual support. Providing a place for users to catch a glimpse behind the curtain of the store they know and love.

For that reason, we feel that this add-on will really boost the ‘selling point’ of your website and improve your sites raw visibility in terms of SEO.

Pros
  • SEO optimized
  • Responsive
  • Fast support
  • Simple installation
  • Intuitive
  • Multilingual
  • Spam protection
Cons
  • Not clear how to install blocks

PayPal Module

Being able to offer an additional method of payment for your customers can be game changing for small businesses in particular. It’s simple to install and configure and provides all the familiar options of PayPal that customers will be used to and trust.

Pros
  • Easy to install and configure
  • Free
  • Gives your customers flexibility
Cons
  • PayPal has the ability to freeze your account at will stopping the ability for a customer to use this payment gateway on your store, which is out of your control.

MailChimp Newsletter

Being able to communicate with your customers and market new products that may be of interest is essential to boost business and keep your customers in the loop.

This MailChimp module utilises one the most recognised email marketing services currently available to help your business grow.

Pros
  • Automated email marketing
  • Let users sign up to a newsletter
  • Targeted, personalised email campaigns
Cons
  • The module is free but MailChimp needs to be paid for depending on customer base size

Hopefully you’ve found our guide interesting and maybe you’ll try some of the modules out but remember that there are many more must have modules to discover. Go and explore the huge variety of available modules and experience them for yourself and use this list as a starting point.  

Use our list of things to look for in a module. Select the add-ons you feel are right for your store. Try and view things from the customer’s perspective and create a personalised shopping experience that you would be happy shopping with.

Happy PrestaShopping!

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