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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
About the Author
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The structure of web page design

Joomla!/VirtueMart websites are a set of coherently related web pages that help to sell products to shoppers. So the structure of a VirtueMart web page is not too different from other web pages.

The most important element of a web page is definitely its content. The content includes all the text, graphics, and hyperlinks. The contents of a web page are presented using HTML tags. The order of the tags, in most cases, will determine the order and layout that the contents will be presented on the browser. In the case of VirtueMart, the contents will be determined mainly by the templates which, as we have seen in the last two chapters, consist mainly of HTML fragments. The VirtueMart templates will therefore be the main control of what and how the ViruteMart contents will be seen on the browser.

When the browser receives the HTML coding sent from a web server, it will also download a number of subordinate files from the server. These include, in particular, CSS...