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 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.
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:
- …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
VirtueMart Guide. Engine Installation
VirtueMart components can be installed to your Joomla website via the Joomla administration panel.
First of all you need to download VirtueMart package from the official website at virtuemart.net.
Please make sure VirtueMart version is compatible with the version of your Joomla installation.
When the download is complete please extract files from the downloaded ZIP archive. As a result you should gave directories like: modules, plugins etc and another zip archive com_virtuemart_##.zip
When you are done downloading and extracting VirtueMart component package please do the following:
- Open Joomla admin panel
- Go to Extensions>Extensions Manager
- Into the Upload Package File section upload the com_virtuemart_##.zip archive we mentioned before
For more details please check the detailed video tutorial on how to install VirtueMart component and VirtueMart template.
- VirtueMart 2.x. How to install VirtueMart component, template and configure modules
- VirtueMart 2.x. How to install VirtueMart/Joomla/template using a fullpackage.zip file
- VirtueMart. How to install VirtueMart and template on localhost
- Joomla. How to move your website to different location
- VirtueMart 1.x. How to install Joomla, VirtueMart and template using VirtueMart bundle
- How to install a VirtueMart component and template
VirtueMart Guide. Theme installation
First of all you need to install Joomla theme. It will change the appearance of the website header, footer and non-store pages.
Open template directory and go to the joomla folder. There you can see theme### archive. Upload it to your Joomla admin panel (Extensions > Extensions Manager )
Then install VirtueMart theme. Appearance for the store pages and product listing.
Open template package and go to the sources folder. There you can see theme directory. Open it and upload all folders from there to the Joomla installation root on your hosting server.