This month, we met with Tanguy JACQUET, alias Jeckyl. For nearly 4 years now, he has been an important member of the community with over 10 000 posts on the forum. He is also a registered freelance working for PrestaShop.
He gives us all the details of his experience working with PrestaShop, as well as many development tips to create your e-store.
Could you please Introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Tanguy JACQUET (Jeckyl in the forum) and I live in La Rochelle. I call myself a webmaster since I am not specialised in any particular field of the web. I consider myself a « fingers in every pie » sort of person, and it has been that way for over thirty years now.
How did you hear about Prestashop?
I worked for several years managing international e-commerce websites and I keep an eye on all the open-source scripts of e-commerce store creations. That’s how I became interested in Prestashop in early 2008.
How long have you worked with Prestashop?
I completed my first Prestashop project in 2009 after setting up my own freelance structure.
What do you consider to be Prestashop’s main assets?
The first asset is certainly the fact that it is French and that its community is very active. Nearly all other projects are in English and this can cause problems for some retailers who wish to set up their e-commerce.
Which other software do you use?
Of course, I use software such as Pixelmator, Smultron or Transmit. Oh and I must specify that I use a Mac !
What tips and best practices can you share to save time in development/integration?
My first tip is to take all the time you need to really get to know all of the Prestashop functionalities in order to not reinvent what already exists !
Why has Prestashop become such a successful solution?
The online community participated massively in PrestaShop’s breakthrough to a larger audience. This community also helps to quickly find solutions to any problems encountered.
At a personal level, PrestaShop is attractive because it can be used by any developer, which is not always the case with other systems that demand more training. The PrestaShop code is easy to acquire. Let’s hope that this asset is maintained in its next versions.
How long does it take you on average to develop a module?
There’s no general rule, but I spend on average 1 month on each module in order to properly test it with my clients.
To date, how many modules have you developed for PrestaShop?
I offer over 20 different modules, of which half are free of charge.
Which project are you most proud of and how long did you work on it?
No project in particular, as they are all interesting. I’ve worked on thousands of PrestaShop e-stores. I find my biggest pride in the fact that my clients come back to me when they need help !
What are the technical improvements that make your module/site so successful?
I try to use PrestaShop without undertaking any core modifications in order to ensure that it remains evolutive and stable between versions. I concentrate more on improving client relations than on trying out gimmicks which could limit access to the e-store.
How does it feel to have over 10 000 posts on the forum?
I hope that it will motivate others to do the same for the community !
J’espère que cela motivera du monde à en faire autant pour la communauté !