Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook


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  • Get to grips with VirtueMart and build an attractive store powered by Joomla!
  • Increase the visibility of your store with SEO and product descriptions
  • Keep your store profitable by configuring tax, shipping and orders

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 310 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2013
ISBN : 1782162089
ISBN 13 : 9781782162087
Author(s) : John Horton
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Cookbooks, e-Commerce, Open Source

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop
Chapter 2: Merchandising VirtueMart
Chapter 3: Shipping and Taxes
Chapter 4: Making Your Store Look Amazing
Chapter 5: Going Live
Chapter 6: Killer SEO
Chapter 7: Extending Joomla! and VirtueMart
Chapter 8: VirtueMart Alternatives
Chapter 9: Blueprint – Making an Android App out of Your Site Content
Appendix: Apps, VirtueMart, and Joomla! Resources
Index
  • Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop
    • Introduction
    • Installing Joomla! 2.5 in your web space
    • Increasing the Joomla! session lifetime
    • Installing VirtueMart and the core add-ons
    • Familiarizing yourself with VirtueMart
    • Removing the VirtueMart AIO component
    • Creating a link to our store
    • Removing the currency not defined error
    • Filling out the company information section
    • Fixing the safe path warning
    • Setting up your company identity in VirtueMart
    • Creating a menu for your must-have information
    • Displaying the core VirtueMart menus
    • Chapter 2: Merchandising VirtueMart
      • Introduction
      • Adding manufacturers and manufacturer categories
      • Implementing your product category structure
      • Adding a simple product (information tab)
      • Adding a simple product (description tab)
      • Adding a simple product (status tab)
      • Adding a simple product (dimensions and weight tab)
      • Adding a simple product (images tab)
      • Adding similar products
      • Custom fields – adding consistent global information to multiple products
      • Custom fields – customizing products with versions and charging different prices for them
      • Custom fields – show related products on the product details page
      • Custom fields – adding customizable product text and charging per letter
      • Custom fields – creating groups of custom fields
      • Setting the sort and search options for products and categories
      • Chapter 3: Shipping and Taxes
        • Introduction
        • Shipping
        • Taxes
        • Charging for shipping by weight range
        • Configuring shipping by country, zone, or continent
        • Configuring shipping by zip code
        • Configuring shipping by a combination of criteria
        • Configuring VAT on the entire purchase (including or excluding VAT on delivery costs)
        • Configuring a tax to start or finish on a set date
        • Configuring a tax on a per-category basis
        • Chapter 4: Making Your Store Look Amazing
          • Introduction
          • Removing the Joomla! branding at the footer
          • Installing a VirtueMart template
          • Installing a Joomla! Template
          • Creating and installing a template with an Artisteer design software
          • Installing the Warp framework/template
          • Installing the Gantry framework/template
          • Customizing the Gantry framework/template
          • Uninstalling a Joomla! template
          • Cool header banners with jQuery and Sourcerer
          • Chapter 5: Going Live
            • Introduction
            • Taking payments with PayPal
            • Reset VirtueMart to a fresh install
            • Configuring countries
            • Configuring VirtueMart currencies
            • Updating VirtueMart
            • Creating a backup of your Joomla! VirtueMart site
            • Using the backup of your Joomla! VirtueMart site
            • Enabling SSL for sensitive areas
            • Shipping an order
            • Refunding an order
            • Chapter 6: Killer SEO
              • Introduction
              • Installing Piwik analytics
              • Setting up Piwik for Joomla!
              • Setting up Piwik for VirtueMart
              • Choosing your keywords
              • Creating categories in Joomla!
              • Creating articles in Joomla!
              • Making articles available in a menu
              • Enabling Joomla! SEF URLs
              • Writing great metadata
              • Entering your metadata into Joomla!
              • Entering your metadata into VirtueMart
              • Chapter 7: Extending Joomla! and VirtueMart
                • Introduction
                • Installing Sourcerer
                • Installing jQuery on Joomla! 2.5 using Sourcerer
                • Personalizing your store content with Sourcerer
                • Detecting the user's country with Sourcerer and GeoIP
                • Installing Weever Apps
                • Configuring a Weever App
                • Installing the VM Affiliate component
                • Setting up a campaign and testing it with VM Affiliate
                • Chapter 8: VirtueMart Alternatives
                  • Introduction
                  • Installing HikaShop as an alternative to VirtueMart
                  • HikaShop quick evaluation tour
                  • Installing RedShop as an alternative to VirtueMart
                  • RedShop quick evaluation tour
                  • Installing J2Store for in-article products
                  • Configuring J2Store
                  • Adding a product to a Joomla! article with J2Store
                  • Installing MyMuse for digital download products
                  • Configuring MyMuse
                  • Adding products to MyMuse
                  • Chapter 9: Blueprint – Making an Android App out of Your Site Content
                    • Introduction
                    • Installing the Java Development Kit
                    • Installing Eclipse
                    • Installing the Android SDK
                    • Installing the Android Development Tools plugin
                    • Configuring an Android emulator
                    • Wrapping our site in an Android WebView
                    • Testing our app on the emulator
                    • Exporting our app to use it on a real Android device
                    • Branding our WebView
                    • Publishing our app on Google Play

                      John Horton

                      John Horton spends his working hours helping people make their websites/apps/e-commerce enterprises successful through his business, www.HadronWebDesign.com. He also encourages the pursuit of mathematics through the free Android app, MathLegends which is available on www.MathLegends.com. In his spare time he likes shooting zombies with his two sons.
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                      What you will learn from this book

                      • Set-up and install a fully-functioning eCommerce store
                      • Configure tax, shipping and orders
                      • Administrate your shop day-to-day
                      • Customize the look and feel of your store

                      In Detail

                      VirtueMart is a premier eCommerce solution powered by Joomla!

                      In Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook you will learn how to create a full-functioning and attractive eCommerce solution with VirtueMart. You will be shown how to install and configure VirtueMart, how to set-up and run your store day-to-day as well as configure and customize the look and feel of your store. With this book by your side, you will be able to overcome as problems setting up, administrating and customizing your eCommerce store!

                      This book finishes with blueprint projects meaning that getting started with VirtueMart is even easier for the novice and aspiring site builder or developer. If you have always wanted to create a professional-looking store, but are worried about the complexity and difficulty involved, then this book is for you! With numerous recipes, practical tips and solutions Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook will take you through every step required to achieve eCommerce success.

                      Approach

                      Written in a friendly, recipe-based style, this practical cookbook will show you how to create, maintain and customize attractive eCommerce solutions with ease.

                      Who this book is for

                      This book is written for anyone who is interested in building eCommerce solutions with VirtueMart. If you have little to no experience with eCommerce this book will show you how to overcome any problem no matter how complex it appears. Experienced site builders and administrators will also find the solutions this cookbook offers useful. Basic HTML and CSS would be beneficial.

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