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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
About the Reviewer

Checkout steps

Checkout is another major VirtueMart module other than the shop module. Though the major data processing is done in the checkout.index.php file, it comprises quite a number of steps. Each of the steps will have one or more template associated with it. All of these templates are grouped together into the checkout template group. There are five possible steps in a checkout including the following:

  • Login/registration

  • Get shipping address

  • Get shipping method

  • Get payment method

  • Final confirmation

Since each web store may have a different checkout format, not all of these steps are needed in each VirtueMart site. VirtueMart allows you to customize the checkout format but not without restrictions. First of all you need to understand VirtueMart is a Joomla! component. So creating a login in VirtueMart is the same as creating a login in Joomla!. Using VirtueMart 1.0, only shoppers that have a registration in Joomla! can go to checkout. However, this is changed as from Version 1.1 onwards...