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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

The Minicart

In Chapter 6, From Shop Basket to Final Checkout, we explained how the shop basket is stored in the session. The basket templates are actually different ways of showing the content in the basket. Many site owners prefer to have the shop basket showing in all pages, or at least within the pages related to the online shop. That's where the Joomla! cart modules come in. The mod_virtuemart_cart module is VirtueMart's answer to this request. The same function is also available in the all-in-one mod_virtuemart module. Some third parties also provide a similar function using their own modules. Basically, the principle is the same. We can use the default Minicart template or customize it for our needs.

While the name Minicart may seem to indicate that the cart is small, the actual content of that cart depends on the actual template code. You can make it a giant cart if you like. But, of course that may interfere with the whole design of the page. A giant cart will probably over-shadow...