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Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook

Book Description

Over 90 recipes to help you build an attractive, profitable and fully-featured e-Commerce store with VirtueMart

  • 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

  • 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.

    Table of Contents

    1. Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Building E-commerce Sites with VirtueMart Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. VirtueMart and Joomla!
        2. What this book covers
        3. What you need for this book
        4. Who this book is for
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      8. 1. Setting Up Shop
        1. Introduction
        2. Installing Joomla! 2.5 in your web space
          1. Getting ready
            1. Connecting to your web host with FileZilla
            2. Have your details to hand
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Increasing the Joomla! session lifetime
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Installing VirtueMart and the core add-ons
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        5. Familiarizing yourself with VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Removing the VirtueMart AIO component
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Creating a link to our store
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Removing the currency not defined error
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
        9. Filling out the company information section
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
          3. See also
        10. Fixing the safe path warning
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        11. Setting up your company identity in VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        12. Creating a menu for your must-have information
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Creating the menu
            2. Creating the container module
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        13. Displaying the core VirtueMart menus
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
      9. 2. Merchandising VirtueMart
        1. Introduction
          1. Successful merchandising
        2. Adding manufacturers and manufacturer categories
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        3. Implementing your product category structure
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        4. Adding a simple product (information tab)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        5. Adding a simple product (description tab)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it....
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Adding a simple product (status tab)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Adding a simple product (dimensions and weight tab)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Adding a simple product (images tab)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Adding similar products
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        10. Custom fields – adding consistent global information to multiple products
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        11. Custom fields – customizing products with versions and charging different prices for them
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        12. Custom fields – show related products on the product details page
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        13. Custom fields – adding customizable product text and charging per letter
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        14. Custom fields – creating groups of custom fields
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        15. Setting the sort and search options for products and categories
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      10. 3. Shipping and Taxes
        1. Introduction
        2. Shipping
        3. Taxes
        4. Charging for shipping by weight range
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Configuring shipping by country, zone, or continent
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        6. Configuring shipping by zip code
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        7. Configuring shipping by a combination of criteria
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Configuring VAT on the entire purchase (including or excluding VAT on delivery costs)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Configuring a tax to start or finish on a set date
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        10. Configuring a tax on a per-category basis
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      11. 4. Making Your Store Look Amazing
        1. Introduction
        2. Removing the Joomla! branding at the footer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Installing a VirtueMart template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Installing a Joomla! Template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Creating and installing a template with an Artisteer design software
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Designing your store pages
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        6. Installing the Warp framework/template
          1. Advantages and disadvantages of using Warp
          2. Getting ready
          3. How to do it...
          4. How it works...
        7. Installing the Gantry framework/template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Customizing the Gantry framework/template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. The Layouts tab
            2. The Advanced tab
          3. How it works...
        9. Uninstalling a Joomla! template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        10. Cool header banners with jQuery and Sourcerer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      12. 5. Going Live
        1. Introduction
        2. Taking payments with PayPal
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Reset VirtueMart to a fresh install
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. See also
        4. Configuring countries
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Configuring VirtueMart currencies
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Updating VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        7. Creating a backup of your Joomla! VirtueMart site
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Using the backup of your Joomla! VirtueMart site
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        9. Enabling SSL for sensitive areas
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        10. Shipping an order
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        11. Refunding an order
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      13. 6. Killer SEO
        1. Introduction
        2. Installing Piwik analytics
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. Setting up Piwik for Joomla!
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Setting up Piwik for VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Choosing your keywords
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Creating categories in Joomla!
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        7. Creating articles in Joomla!
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Making articles available in a menu
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Enabling Joomla! SEF URLs
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        10. Writing great metadata
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        11. Entering your metadata into Joomla!
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        12. Entering your metadata into VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      14. 7. Extending Joomla! and VirtueMart
        1. Introduction
        2. Installing Sourcerer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also...
        3. Installing jQuery on Joomla! 2.5 using Sourcerer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also...
        4. Personalizing your store content with Sourcerer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Detecting the user's country with Sourcerer and GeoIP
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Installing Weever Apps
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        7. Configuring a Weever App
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Installing the VM Affiliate component
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        9. Setting up a campaign and testing it with VM Affiliate
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      15. 8. VirtueMart Alternatives
        1. Introduction
        2. Installing HikaShop as an alternative to VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. HikaShop quick evaluation tour
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Installing RedShop as an alternative to VirtueMart
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. RedShop quick evaluation tour
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Installing J2Store for in-article products
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        7. Configuring J2Store
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Adding a product to a Joomla! article with J2Store
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Installing MyMuse for digital download products
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        10. Configuring MyMuse
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        11. Adding products to MyMuse
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      16. 9. Blueprint – Making an Android App out of Your Site Content
        1. Introduction
        2. Installing the Java Development Kit
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Installing Eclipse
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Installing the Android SDK
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Installing the Android Development Tools plugin
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Configuring an Android emulator
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Wrapping our site in an Android WebView
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Testing our app on the emulator
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Exporting our app to use it on a real Android device
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        10. Branding our WebView
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        11. Publishing our app on Google Play
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      17. A. Apps, VirtueMart, and Joomla! Resources
        1. Apps
        2. VirtueMart templates
          1. Paid themes
          2. Free themes
        3. Joomla! templates
          1. Paid templates
          2. Free templates
          3. Custom made templates
        4. VirtueMart extensions
      18. Index