Bridging prestashop features to wordpress

Like to have the best of both worlds ? seems prestashop and wordpress can communicate, though coding standards can make the develpment of such an integration difficult, even  for experienced PHP developers :

Using prestashop modules or content for automatic  product display in your wordpres blog

  • The plugin "Prestashop Integration" defines a new wordpress shortcode that will display  prestashop products in a wordpress installation. Pretty straightforward to get running, no big surprise here.

Using Prestashop Authentification Information to get worpdress behave as logged in

  • if you are familiar with Symfony and Composer, you can try this external authentification class : PrestashopBridge. for myself, in spite of expert wordpress knowledge, some knowledge of prestashop and composer tools,  I did not manage to get it working : only for the rough guys !
  • If you want to share users between two installations you have plugins available
    • prestashop-user-compatibility synchronises passwords of prestashop installation to wordpress: but it requires to have synchronized users. This plugin seems to be more like a one time helper for migrating from prestashop to wordpress
    • This is why I build prestawpbestworlds, because I want the best of both worlds : this is a premium plugin for wordpress (cost 99$) :  a one way  real time user and login status synchronizer that will allow currently prestashop customer to user wordpress as connected user, without even having to login again. Login, user creation, logout are all processed via prestashop connection information.

Building custom option toolset with magento and woocommerce

In the process of comparing magento and woocommerce, I went through the search of a plugin / extension that creates generic set of options (custom option template) to be used on products. the advantage of generic option toolset is that products of the same family often share the same set of options : modify one in the template modifies them all, this feature is a basic sanity procedure but it is not implenented in default magento, nor woocommerce. Option management in Woocommerce is horrible, while magento has a quite efficient interface for working with options, but in both cases you want to work generic and use a single point of definition for custom options.

  • Magento has many  extensions that do the job, they range from 50$ to 250$, I have tested the average one by LITEXTENTION, works fine and allows to import options templates, as a generic modifiable template, or import the custom options as fixed options for the product.
  • For woocommerce, the plugin ecosystem is not very rich on that purpose but the job has been done too, and comes the very accessible cost of 19$ : the WooCommerce Extra Product Options from a company called ThemeComplete is available on CodeCanyon, and it seems to be a very useful option because it has been sold more than 11000 times !!