Building E-commerce sites with VirtueMart Cookbook

Building E-commerce sites with VirtueMart Cookbook
By John Horton

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This brilliantly accessible book is the perfect introduction to using all the key features of VirtueMart to set up and install a fully-functioning e-commerce store. From the basics to customization, it's simply indispensable.


  • 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 eCommerce sites with VirtueMart Cookbook will take you through every step required to achieve eCommerce success.

What you will learn from this book

  • Set-up and install a fully-functioning eCommerce store
  • Configure tax, shipping and orders
  • Administrate your shop day-to-day
  • Customize the look and feel of your store


Written in a friendly, recipe-based style, this practical cookbook will show you how to create, maintain and customize attractive eCommerce solutions with ease.

Who this book is written for

This book is written for anyone who is interested in building eCommerce solutions with VirtueMart. If you have little to no experience with eCommerce this book will show you how to overcome any problem no matter how complex it appears. Experienced site builders and administrators will also find the solutions this cookbook offers useful. Basic HTML and CSS would be beneficial.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #5089161 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-06-24
  • Released on: 2013-06-24
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x .70" w x 7.50" l, 1.18 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 310 pages

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About the Author

John Horton

John Horton spends his working hours helping people make their websites/apps/e-commerce enterprises successful through his business,

He also encourages the pursuit of mathematics through the free Android app, MathLegends which is available on

In his spare time he likes shooting zombies with his two sons.

Customer Reviews

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5learning joomla
By joel huebner
a good book to get me started on a joomla project and have virtuemart added on, looks to be a good resource

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4good [cheap] SEO advice
By W Boudville
Must the book insist on writing Joomla with an exclamation mark? It rapidly gets old. While the people branding Joomla might like the emphasis, it can come off as just pretentious. It also clutters up the narrative. The best analogy is those books that use trademarked terms and append a copyright symbol after each such term. But having said that, the virtues of VirtueMart are clearly enunciated by the book. It appears simple to install on top of the default Joomla 2.5.

Nice also to see that VirtueMart takes into account your needs for Search Engine Optimisation [SEO] from the start. So you can enter metadata like keywords about your pages. An entire chapter is devoted to numerous SEO suggestions. Much cheaper than hiring an SEO expert, at least for the first iteration of your website. This may be the best value section of the text for some readers.

There is also ample provision for filling out custom fields for your products that are to be advertised on your website. This extends to such items at the tooltip or the title of the item. The book warns that the multiplicity of options can seem daunting. But in practice you can start with only filling in a few with your custom choices. VirtueMart is trying to anticipate the needs of many varied online stores.

The book proffers advice on making a backup of your VirtueMart site. The suggestions in this section of the text really could be applied to any CMS website. Take heed and do not omit doing the backups regularly.

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