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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
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Hacking into core VirtueMart functionalities

We've been working on a lot of template customizations. We've also touched on a couple of class file customizations. So far, we didn't talk too much about hacking the core VirtueMart functionalities and logic. This is because template and theme are usually meant for presentation and not core processing logic. With the introduction of theme class files, however, hacking into core VirtueMart functionalities is possible. But you must have some thorough understanding of the working of VirtueMart before you can make good use of this. As we are coming to the end of the book, I would like to show you two more customization possibilities. These two examples may or may not seem too useful at first unless you happen to have a project that needs a similar feature. But they will serve to illustrate the basic principle. You should be able to further extend or apply the principles in your projects to do something interesting.

Exercise 10.7: Creating new VirtueMart...