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VirtueMart Quick Guide

VirtueMart Guide. Preparations

Before you can start setting up your VirtueMart website please make sure that you and your hosting server is fully prepared for VirtueMart.

1. Hosting requirements

Open the VirtueMart official website at VirtueMartcommerce.com and check the VirtueMart system requirements. These are the list of features and requirements that your hosting server should fit. We recommend you to contact your hosting provider to learn if you can host VirtueMart on their hosting server.

2. Software requirements

If your template would be customized by the third party developer or you are willing to order the template installation from templatetuning.com you can skip this step.

Otherwise, if you are willing to customize the template yourself please make sure you have all required programs installed on your computer. You can check the template preview page to see the template software requirements. Usually you need the following programs to edit the template:

The first application you need is a archive manager, the software that can extract the files from the password protected template package.

  • If you are on MAC you can use StuffitExpander software.
  • If you are on Windows you can use WinZip software.

Both archive managers have free trial versions available for download so you can use them.

  • Adobe Photoshop – to edit images
  • Adobe Dreamweaver – to edit CSS styles, HTML and PHP files, JavaScript files etc
  • Adobe Flash – in case your template has flash animation and you want to edit it

Note that the above Adobe applications are required for the template customization, in other words you need them if you want to change the template design, layout and functionality. If you are fine with the template and want only to install it and change content you don’t need any specific software.

You may also need the FTP manager to upload the files to your hosting server (in case your hosting control panel doesn’t have any). You can use any FTP manager like FileZilla, CuteFTP, TotalCommander etc

VirtueMart Guide. Downloading

When you are done with the preparations you can start downloading the VirtueMart engine and VirtueMart template files to your computer.

Download Correct version of Joomla

VirtueMart is not a standalone ecommerce application. It is a Joomla component so it can not be used without Joomla. To run VirtueMart store you should install Joomla content management system to your hosting server. You can refer to Joomla quick guide and Joomla tutorials to learn more about it.

For now the most recent version of VirtueMart is 1.1.9 and it is compatible with with Joomla 1.5.x only! Unfortunately you can’t install VirtueMart component over Joomla 1.6.x or 1.7.x

Download correct VirtueMart engine version

At the template preview page, in the requirements section you can see the required VirtueMart version. Please make sure you are downloading the correct one.

The VirtueMart engine could be downloaded from the official website at VirtueMart.org Download VirtueMart. In case you need earlier versions of VirtueMart you can get them here

Download VirtueMart template

After the template purchase you got an e-mail with the link to the purchase details page. There you can see your order details and download the template using the Download button.

The template is provided as a ZIP file. Download it to your computer and save it.

VirtueMart Guide. Extracting

When you are done with the downloading you need to extract the files from the engine and template packages

To extract the files from the VirtueMart engine ZIP package you can use any archive manager that can handle ZIP archives.

As for the template ZIP package, the situation is a bit different. The template package contains the password protected sources_XXXX.zip file. It countains the template source files and could be extracted only WinZip or StuffitExpander.

The following tutorials will show you how to extract files on Windows(WinZip) and MAC(StuffitExpander).

VirtueMart Guide. Uploading

Upload VirtueMart engine files

After extracting the files you need to upload the VirtueMart engine files and folders to your hosting server. The extracted VirtueMart engine files looks as follows:

  • modules
  • plugins
  • com_virtuemart_1.1.9.j15.zip
  • VirtueMart_1.1_Installation.pdf
  • search.php
  • …other files

The modules and plugins folders contain all default VirtueMart modules and plugins. You can install them using the Joomla administration panel.
com_virtuemart_1.1.9.j15.zip file contains all VirtueMart component siles. It cshould be installed through the Joomla admin panel. (Extensions > Extensions Manager)

Please refer to engine installation step to check the detailed video tutorials on VirtueMart installation