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  • Offer gift-wrapping. Have PrestaShop suggest gift-wrapping to customer, and the possibility of adding a printed a message. It is always a nice feature for people who want to send gifts through your shop.
  • Gift-wrapping price. Sets the price of your gift-wrapping service.
  • Gift-wrapping tax. If needed, indicates to which local tax the gift-wrapping is tied. You can add more taxes in the "Taxes" page, in the "Localization" menu.
  • Offer recycled packaging. If you can offer this service, many customers will appreciate it.


This sub-tab page contains a slew of few preferences pertaining to how your products are to be handled and displayed by PrestaShop.


As you can see in the second example above, both categories and products can have a friendly URL: id_category=2 becomes 2-music-players, and id_product=27 becomes 27-ipod-nano-green. While the ID number cannot be removed by default, the words can be either generated from the category/product name, or written by hand. This is done directly in the configuration page for the product or the category (in the Catalog menu): the "Friendly URL" field cannot be found directly in the main configuration page of a category, and under the "SEO" tab of the configuration page of a product. This is explained in the "Adding Products and Product Categories" chapter of this user-guide.


A robots.txt file enables you to block specific automated bots and web spiders, which crawl the web in order to find more web pages to add to their company's servers. Some bots you want to have full access to your website, such as Google's or Yahoo's, and some others you would rather not, such as spam bots, content stealers, e-mail collectors, etc. Note that the worst of bots do not respect this file's directives, as it is purely advisory.

PrestaShop's robots.txt generation tool simply creates a file with exclusion directives for files and directories that are not meant to be public, and should not be indexed. These directives apply to all bots, good or bad: the generated file uses the "User-agent: *" string.


Once all the fields are filled out, click on "Save." If activated, you can then view the result directly on your online shop.



The "Images" preference page enables you to configure the various image sizes that your customers will see on your shop.


In the "Products"


page under the "Preferences"


menu, you can choose to have a zoom appear when the cursor hovers over a product's image.

Add a New Images Size

You can easily add a new image size, and even set to which categories it applies:

  1. Type its name, width and height.
  2. Choose to which type of content it applies.
  3. Validate.

Images preferences

*New in 1.5.

  • Image quality. You have the choice between two of the major file formats: JPEG and PNG. Both are well established among browsers. JPEG has a good compression ratio, but can result in visible artifacts. PNG's compression algorithm is not as good as JPEG's, but there are comparatively fewer visible artifacts; nonetheless, older browsers might not recognize this format.
    Choosing between one or the other is often a matter of taste. That being said, JPEG remains the recommended choice. If you would rather prevent information loss because of a format change, choose the second option, "Use PNG only if the base image is in PNG format".

    PNG format is not compatible with the "Watermark" module.

  • JPEG quality. Do not choose anything below 80 or at worst 75, for fear of visible compression artifacts.
  • PNG quality. Do not choose anything below 7 or at worst 6, for fear of visible compression artifacts.


As indicated the first time you open the "Geolocation" sub-tabpage, in order to use geolocation, you need download a special file first: This file is the GeoLite City database from MaxMind, an accurate database of cities locations. Download it by clicking on the link, and then decompress it into the /tools/geoip/ directory of your PrestaShop installation.