Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design

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  • Understand the basic framework of the Joomla! VirtueMart template system
  • Understand the structure of a VirtueMart template
  • Customize VirtueMart using the general configuration and default theme configuration
  • Identify the file(s) that need to be modified to achieve your requirements
  • Customize and add features to the product list page, product detail page, shopping cart, checkout pages, invoice e-mails, and many more features
  • Build your own web store home page and customize the overall look of your store
  • Create custom language elements that can work in a multi-language web store
  • Extend VirtueMart features through integration with existing Joomla! plugins
  • Extend VirtueMart features through integration with existing JavaScript frameworks
  • Customize the Joomla! modules that come with VirtueMart
  • Build a VirtueMart theme that is backward compatible with new VirtueMart versions
  • Customize and add features to several VirtueMart advanced functionalities such as child products, advanced attributes, custom attributes, and product types

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.

  • Thorough discussion of template structure, available fields, and customization possibilities
  • More than 50 real-world exercises that can be directly adapted to your store
  • A comprehensive reference to all templates in the VirtueMart default theme including usage of each template and all available fields
  • Integrate with existing Joomla! plugins and JavaScript frameworks
  • A step-by-step comprehensive guide to customizing Joomla! VirtueMart templates and themes with the necessary screenshots and explained code


Page Count 384
Course Length 11 hours 31 minutes
ISBN 9781849514545
Date Of Publication 23 May 2011


Joseph Kwan

Joseph Kwan has been a professional programmer for 12 years. He has thorough understanding of all major web technologies including HTML, XML, CSS, XSL, PHP, ASP, .NET, JS, AJAX, Apache, MySQL, MSSQL etc, on both Linux and Windows system. In the past 5 years or so, he has specialized himself in Joomla!/Virtuemart. Besides customizing/building many Joomla! components and modules, Joseph is also considered one of the few Virtuemart experts who know the system from front to back. He is highly regarded in the Virtuemart community and is renowned for building robust and quality extensions to Joomla!/Virtuemart. Joseph is also very active in the forum. He works from Burnaby, BC Canada.