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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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Add-to-cart form template

Whether the add-to-cart button will show in the product list page or not will depend on the settings in the VirtueMart configuration and also on the product. If the product is a parent product and/or has advanced/custom attributes, the shopper will need to select additional options before the product can be added to the shop cart. In those cases, the add-to-cart form will not show in the product list. Instead, the shopper will need to go to the product detail page to order that product. (The add-to-cart will not show if VirtueMart is just used for a catalog or if there is no price set for the product as well.)

If the add-to-cart shows in the product list, its layout will be determined by the template addtocart_form.tpl.php. This is not a complicated template and there is not much to customize. But you can still change it if the need arises.

Exercise 3.6: Showing the add-to-cart button in all cases

As explained previously, there are situations where the add-to-cart...