Appendix E: Implementing e-Commerce with VirtueMart

In This Appendix

An introduction to using VirtueMart

How to obtain and instal VirtueMart

First steps with VirtueMart

If you want to create an online catalog or sell products on your Joomla! site, you can do so easily by installing the VirtueMart system. VirtueMart turns your Joomla! site into a powerful and full-featured e-commerce framework.

You can either add VirtueMart to an existing site, or obtain an all-in-one installer that provides Joomla! plus VirtueMart and a selection of additional extensions. Once installed, you can configure VirtueMart to handle multiple products and categories and support a wide range of shipping and payment options.

At the time of this writing, VirtueMart was not yet compatible with the Joomla! 3 series. This appendix introduces VirtueMart as an option for implementing e-commerce on your Joomla! site.

Introducing VirtueMart

VirtueMart is an open source e-commerce plug-in for the Joomla! CMS. The system interfaces with all the most common shipping programs and payment gateways to offer a turnkey e-commerce solution for Joomla! users. The VirtueMart project has been around for a number of years — indeed, longer than Joomla! — and is the most popular e-commerce plug-in for Joomla!. The VirtueMart team has created a full-featured system that provides all the most common functionality that you would expect from an online shopping site.

VirtueMart is designed for two purposes:

• Online catalog management ...

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