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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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Joomla! modules that come with VirtueMart

As we all know, Joomla! modules are those small widgets you can place on a Joomla! page. Their execution is independent of the component (which controls the main content) of the page and are independent of each other. They can be activated and deactivated on each individual page. Joomla! modules provide supplementary functions that are otherwise not available through the main component, or may supply functions of one component while the visitor is navigating on another component. That means you can have a Joomla! module that is providing a VirtueMart function while a visitor is browsing a com_content article.

One typical use of Joomla! modules is to provide a menu or supplementary menus. In this regard, mod_mainmenu is probably the most important Joomla! module. Another important Joomla! module is the mod_search module which provides a search function while the visitor is navigating through the pages.

VirtueMart is actually a bundle of applications...