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Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design

By : Joseph Kwan
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Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design

By: Joseph Kwan

Overview of this book

VirtueMart is the best shopping cart solution around for the Joomla! CMS. A VirtueMart template is a Joomla! template that is designed to create the overall look of a store. It puts in things such as a shopping cart bar, more shop-like graphics, more readable colors, and so on. A VirtueMart theme only impacts the area of the site actually controlled by the VirtueMart component. Themes work inside the overall framework. Applying custom templates and themes to give a unique look and feel to your VirtueMart web store will really attract customers! This book will guide you to build VirtueMart custom themes and templates. Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design explains how the VirtueMart theme and template system works and points out ways to configure the default theme. It then goes on to look at each of the major templates with an emphasis on how to customize them. It then discusses individual page groups such as product list, product details, shopping cart, checkout, and invoice e-mails in the order they appear to your customer. After-sale services like invoice e-mail, account management, and order list are also discussed. The book also discusses the different components of a VirtueMart theme and will teach you how to build a theme from scratch. You will also learn advanced features like child products, advanced attributes, custom attributes, and product types. Topics like integration with Joomla! plugins and AJAX functions are also included. An Appendix provides a comprehensive template reference of the use and available fields of every template. Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design is a practical guide for all those who want to make VirtueMart work for them. It will put many advanced features of this popular open source e-Commerce application at your finger tips.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface

Chapter 10. Additional Customization Possibilities

In this chapter, we will look at some advanced customization possibilities for modifying the templates and themes. Most of the material is practical stuff and each section may not be related to the rest of the chapter. The only common thing among them may be that they are all interesting customization examples. We will talk about breaking complex templates into smaller manageable ones. We will talk about sharing templates between two template groups. We will work on using a images to display advanced attributes. We will use the product type template to include a file uploader. Finally, we will touch on some more exercises on using Custom VirtueMart class file to make various changes to the pricing system.

Briefly, in this chapter, we will cover:

  • Managing big templates

  • Sharing child templates

  • More fun with advanced attributes

  • The product type flypage template

  • Hacking into core VirtueMart functionalities