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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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

Using the views from the theme

As PrestaShop uses the MVC pattern, it uses views, and the list of views of the FO is stored in what we call a theme. In PrestaShop, you can have one or multiple themes for the FO. Only one is used at a time in the FO; it is the active theme, and the activation can be configured in the BO of your shop. A theme is a folder following a standard architecture and is stored inside the /themes/ folder. We will further study the structure of a theme in Chapter 6, The Themes, but just remember that a theme folder contains a subfolder named templates following this /themes/themeName/templates/ path with themeName as the chosen theme name. In this subfolder, you will find many .tpl files, which are the Smarty view templates composed of HTML and variables between brackets in the Smarty syntax (the Smarty documentation is available at

Every FO controller must display content in a view, following a Smarty template stored in...