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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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Home page template

The VirtueMart home page, or landing page, is the first page that shopper will come to when he/she visits the shop. So, a discussion on the look of VirtueMart is incomplete without a thorough discussion of the home page template.

The first thing we need to note is the VirtueMart home page is different from the Joomla! home page although you can make them the same. The Joomla! home page is the page displayed when a shopper just types the Joomla! root URL. By default, it will display the frontpage component (or actually the content component that points to the frontpage). This default can be changed in the Joomla! backend menu manager. If you set a menu item that points to a VirtueMart component as the default, the VirtueMart home page and Joomla! home page will be the same.

The URL of the VirtueMart home page is index.php?option=com_virtuemart. You can see this is a URL with the option parameter set to VirtueMart, but without a value for the page parameter. In that case,...