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Practical Module development for Prestashop 8

By : Louis AUTHIE
Book Image

Practical Module development for Prestashop 8

By: Louis AUTHIE

Overview of this book

After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code. This migration brought about significant changes for developers, from routine maintenance to module development. Practical Module Development for PrestaShop 8 is curated to help you explore the system architecture, including migrated and non-migrated controllers, with a concise data structure overview. You’ll understand how hooks enable module customization and optimize the CMS. Through the creation of seven modules, you’ll learn about the structure of modules, hook registration, the creation of front-office controllers, and Symfony back-office controllers. By using Doctrine entities, services, CQRS, grids, and forms, you’ll be guided through the creation of standard, payment and carrier modules. Additionally, you'll customize and override themes to achieve your desired e-commerce store look. By the end of this book, you’ll be well equipped to provide modern solutions with PrestaShop that meet client requirements.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Part 1 – Understanding How PrestaShop is Structured and How It Works
Part 2 – How to Create Your Own Modules
Part 3 – Customizing Your Theme
Appendix – Module Upgrade, The Hooks Discovery Tool, and Multi-Store Functions

A Reinsurance Block Module

We got our first contact with the PrestaShop modules by creating a simple Hello World! module on the index. We know how to set the main variables and how to deal with the install and uninstall process by registering to hooks. Let’s now go a little bit further by applying our knowledge to a new reinsurance module.

On many websites, merchants need to display information that reinsures customers to boost their rate of conversion. It can be very simple but powerful for online sales. This new example will enable us to learn how to code our module view in a separate Smarty template file and add some clean CSS styles.

The following process will lead us to an efficient working reinsurance block module:

  • Defining our module design
  • Creating the module’s initial structure
  • Adding a Smarty template view
  • Adding CSS styles to our module
  • Testing our module

By the end of this chapter, we will have mastered a simple module...