What is Prestashop
Prestashop (http://www.prestashop.com/) is a widely-popular open-source e-commerce online store which allows retailers to build, extend and run an online selling platform. Our site accelerator easily integrates with Prestashop and this guide shows you how to achieve this. This guide has been written for Prestashop v126.96.36.199.
Step 1: Setup the MetaCDN Site Accelerator
To perform this step you need a MetaCDN account. Sign up here if you don't have one - you can trial the service for free for 28 days risk free. Once you have your MetaCDN account, log into the MetaCDN portal and click on "Accelerate Site" on the top right hand corner. In this example we accelerate our Prestashop-powered website at the origin domain http://prestashop.metacdn.com. We have given it the name "prestashop". Hit Continue to advance to the next step.
Let's confirm the settings we made in the previous page. The accelerated website (once provisioned) will be available at the accelerated domain prestashop.metacdn.sa.net. Click on Accelerate once you are happy the settings are correct.
You will see a confirmation screen with the details of your accelerated site. You should receive an email from MetaCDN once the accelerated domain is ready to use - this typically takes 60-90 minutes.
Step 2: Configure PrestaShop through the admin portal
- In the field Media Server #1, enter your accelerated site URL, such as prestashop.sa.metacdn.net.
- Once done, hit Save
Step 3: delete the .htaccess file & clear the Prestashop cache
It might be necessary to clear the cache that Prestashop keeps. To do so, execute the following steps:
- log into the machine which hosts your Prestashop installation
- navigate to your prestashop directory on that server
- except for index.php, delete all files and folders under ./cache/smarty/cache/ and ./cache/smarty/compile/
- as for the .htaccess file under the Prestashop root: delete it
- once deleted, login to your admin portal and navigate to Preferences > SEO & URLs and simply hit the Save button (you might have to scroll down a bit)
- this re-generates the .htaccess files with the updated values for the media server URLs specified in step 2.
There are other things you can do to tune up and optimise your PrestaShop website. Below are some great resources to get you started:
- Optimising PrestaShop Part 1 and Part 2
- Using APC to speed up PrestaShop
- Prestashop and Media Servers