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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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VirtueMart theme system

The VirtueMart theme is a collection of files that work together to present VirtueMart shop pages to shoppers. While the default theme is the only theme that comes with VirtueMart, you are free to develop a theme of your own or purchase one from a third party. We will tell you how to create a theme in the next chapter. But before that, we need to understand the basic building blocks of a VirtueMart theme.

vmTemplate class

VirtueMart makes use of a class called vmTemplate to provide the function of a theme. (Yes, this class is named as Template. Yet, it is used to provide basic theme function. Apparently, the development team did not make a clear distinction between theme and template or maybe because they had a hard time finding an appropriate wording to call it.) The class file is named template.class.php and is located in the classes subdirectory of the VirtueMart administrator directory.

The vmTemplate class has a number of functions. But for a template user, just...