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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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The default theme configuration

In the VirtueMart configuration Site tab, there is a Configuration link below the theme selection box. When you click the Configuration link, the Theme Settings page will come up.

We have seen this page before in Chapter 2, The VirtueMart Default Theme, when we talked about the theme settings. When you save the settings, the data will be stored in the file theme.config.php, the content of which is shown in the following screenshot:

This is basically a text file (other than a section of standard comment for any VirtueMart file) with each setting on one line. The name of the setting and its values are separated by the symbol =. There is nothing special about this file. You can change the text file manually and the new settings will take effect after you save and upload it back to the server.

How does VirtueMart know what settings are available for the theme and is it a drop-down or textbox? All the secrets lie in the file theme.xml. As the file extension suggests...