Big News for Ecommerce Website Developers: New Prestashop Starter Theme to Come in 2016

If you are developer or Ecommerce business owner, chances are you may have heard of PrestaShop. If you’re not in-the-know, PrestaShop is one of the leading Ecommerce cart platforms in the market. The latest version of PrestaShop is, which to date has won several awards for its features.  Next year, however, change will be coming to the familiar Prestashop platform in the form of version


“With the Starter Theme project we are starting today, we want to re-think the way our themes work so that anybody with only HTML and CSS skills can create a really cool, feature-complete PrestaShop theme from scratch in just a few days.” – François-Marie de Jouvencel, Product Manager at Prestashop

Sometimes, keeping things simple and easy to understand is the way to go. When someone has to know PHP, Smarty, HTML, CSS and JavaScript to operate in Prestashop, it can get a little complicated. With the Starter Theme, individuals with minimal design skills are able to create great Prestashop themes.

“… we want to make it easy for designers to create kick-ass themes! This is the best way to inspire merchants and above all their clients. In order to do this, the first step is to rethink the way our themes work and the second step is to make sure designers can easily do what they are best at: inspire us!” – Sébastien Levaillant, Director of Product Management

Online forums, SEOs and developers everywhere are buzzing with speculation on what will be improved and what we can look forward to. From better password security to cleaner URLs and full site HTTPS support, the new version of PrestaShop is sure to make an impact.

So, what’s changing exactly?

  • No Logic Necessary
  • Real, Understandable Layout
  • Template Inheritance
  • Relative Template Path
  • New Directory Structure
  • Widgetizable Modules
  • Custom Smarty Plugins

Say Goodbye To…

  • Mobile Theme – Since the Prestashop Starter Theme will automatically be responsive
  • Live Edit
  • Scenes
  • Bootstrap

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With many of our client’s Ecommerce websites on PrestaShop, we are looking forward to what this change will bring. Are you looking forward to a Bootstrap-less PrestaShop? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Big News for Ecommerce Website Developers: New Prestashop Starter Theme to Come in 2016 was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Kara
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