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Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook

John Horton

This brilliantly accessible book is the perfect introduction to using all the key features of VirtueMart to set up and install a fully-functioning e-commerce store. From the basics to customization, it’s simply indispensable.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782162087
Paperback310 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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