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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 3. Product List Templates

This chapter is the first of four chapters that explain the working of the major template groups in VirtueMart. In this first chapter, our focus will be on the browse (product list) template group. We will start with a sample template to see how a template works. Some basic PHP language constructs will be introduced before looking at the browse page elements and then the three different product list styles. Then we will look closely at each of the major templates in the group. We will guide you to customize the basic layout, the header, the navigation links, the add-to-cart form, the product list styles, and many more.

Briefly, in this chapter, we will cover:

  • The product list page

  • Looking at our first template

  • Core browse templates

  • Header templates

  • Navigation templates

  • Add-to-cart form template

  • Addendum templates

  • Product list style templates