Based on Joomla MVC framework with all its advantage:
- Template overriding,
- Implementation of Joomla Plugins for: payment, shipment, coupons, calculation rules, custom product fields, ...
- Simple installation and integration of other joomla extensions.
- Joomla 2.5 ACL
- nested categories
- with meta tags for seo
- with description and media
- with meta tags for seo
- short and long description
- dimensions (weight, size)
- multiple media
- variants, attributes
- unlimited child products and derivated levels
- product pattern (Parent product used as pattern for child products)
- related products
- reviews and ratings
- pricing depending by shoppergroups
- price display depending by shoppergroups
- payment/shipment depending by shoppergroups
- customizable shopper input form
- input form depended on registration, checkout or shipment
- default Bill-to and Ship-to address
- default payment and shipment method
- stock warning
- virtual stock (ordered but not finally bought)
- various type of prices to display depended by shoppergroup
- prices adjusted by shopper choosen currency
- different currency format per currency
- unit price
- quantity based pricing
REAL MULTI CURRENCY
- auto updating rates
- add your own currencies for fixed currency rates
- default SEF/SEO integrated
- discounts based on time, category, shoppergroup, country, and state
- tax based on time, category, shoppergroup, country, and state
- discounts, tax per product and/or order
- discounts, tax have their own currencies (for duties)
- based on plugins, already onboard:PayPal, Paypal Pro, Paypal Express Checkout, Klarna and Klarna Checkout, Sofort Banking and Sofort iDeal, Skrill, Heidelpay, Authorize.net, (and a lot more in the net)
- minimal amount / maximal amount to use a payment
- transaction fees
- by countries
- by shopper groups
- based on plugins
- by shopper groups
- by countries
- guest checkout; completly anonymous checkout
- option to register at begin of checkout
- cart is an object, competly overridable by template
- cart is stored in the session
- multi-page checkout
- one page checkout
- payment/shipment workflow
- order tracking for anonymous users
- order editing
- pdf invoice, delivery note
- topten (most sold)
- native with joomla 1.7
- with extra joomla components (joomfish) for joomla 1.5
MARKETING PROMOTION AND TOOLS
- coupon handling
- recommend a product to friend link
- mail to shoppers who bought the product
- debugging tool
One of the best extension for Joomla! Great work Max and team - keep it up!
Alot of great templates for Virtuemart and its MVC structure makes it excellent to override CSS and create your own look and feel.
I really hope the 3.0 for Joomla 3 is around the corner!
I consider this as a fake review. VM2.6 is very bugfree, stable and robust. You do not mention the bug itself. You said you hope, we solve it soon, then tell us, what. People reading your review have no idea which kind of bug you mean. Why you had to solve it yourself, did you get help from our forum? The bugs are reported in the forum?
With the experience of multiple sites built using v1.0 and 1.1 it was a bit disorientating switching over to the Joomla MVC model from the old themes approach, but having now built a number of VM2 sites I remain seriously impressed with it's flexibility and robustness.
Out of the box, the core functionality and styling are adequate (much better than the default themes for vm1.0 and 1.1 which were, frankly, pretty ugly), but initial configuration is quite complex, mainly because of the flexibility (read complexity) of what it will do. Other reviewers have commented on needing to know php to customise it - a bit of php knowledge is useful if you want to hack around the default templates and create your own template overrides (as is a knowledge of the Joomla MVC), but if you don't know any php / html and the default template doesn't grab you, there are plenty of low-cost commercial templates available as an alternative.
But a key strength of VM is that when you want more than the basic, it's there in the form of some truly excellent 3rd party extensions to deliver all the extra functionality you need. Many of these are commercial plugins, but mostly very low cost. Well worth exploring the extensions directory to see what's available. You'd have to be some cheapskate to begrudge a the few tens of dollars / euros it might cost to deliver the very fully featured sort of e-commerce site you can create if you want.
Where VM2 falls down though, is in it's documentation. Earlier versions, VM1.1 for example, had very comprehensive developer and user documentation, but this is lacking from VM2, where the online documentation is somewhat patchy.
I have road tested and built sites in other systems such as Magento, but overall, I believe VM is one of the best open-source e-commerce systems available, and remains my first choice.
It was just magnificent; it had everything for work optimally, integrated modules, good graphic and great practicality.
As the years passed and the idea of integrating it fully to Joomla make him richer problems, errors, archaic graphic and no all old extensions included.
For now I use another e-commerce but I hope that VM back to being a jewel as it was in the past.
I am mortified but I am honest
lol archaic graphic. VM1 had an ancient design in html1 style. But in 98% of the cases, people use anyway another template and not the standard one. If you want that an old extension is included, then go ahead. Take one of the old free extensions, write it for vm2 and donate it to the core. But yes, it is cheaper to give a bad review and just to request features for free hoping that sometimes someone feels guilty enough to deliver it for free.
I am sorry, but we know that even people just used to ebay are using vm2. They never had a webpage before! and they never learned how to use the computer in special. They also easily can manage it. So I think you just did not find the manual http://forum.virtuemart.net/index.php?board=132.0 and http://docs.virtuemart.net/
My only improvement suggestion would be to integrate Bootstrap with a standard responsive checkout.
Thank you very much. VirtueMart 3 is in the pipe and bootstrap is on the roadmap.
Thanks to the development team. You guys should get a nobel prize or something.
A note to new users> You need experience with coding and KNOW for a fact what you expect from an ecommerce solution.
It took days to integrate into an existing Joomla2.5 site and I found that I had to hack into the code to style most steps of the purchasing process. Integrating Paypal was complicated, even with a 3rd party plug-in. Impossible to edit email templates for invoices without advanced PHP knowledge.
Overall, yes it functions as an ecommerce platform and probably has some nice advanced features, although many of these are only available as paid-for extensions - but I found the overall feel to be flimsy and not user-friendly. In future I will pay for commercial platforms and recoup the cost from the development time saved in setting up.
We are sorry for your experience, but as you said yourself, you used a T3 responsive template. It is very likely that you just had a conflict with a double loaded jQuery as described in our FAQ, which leads to various errors. VM is a component and not responsible for responsiveness, that is done by the template. If you want to test VM, either disable the 3rd party template or buy some compatible to vm.
1/ Re-factor the code, with the best practices, modern coding style, and a better MVC implementation
2/ Better user experience, for both front and back office
3/ Better support, and documentation
4/ Improve the roadmap, and the testing process to avoid the short period between minor versions
Only 1 big point of improvement: multishop compatibility. Now it needs a hack-a-round to do this and with multiple shops selling partially the same products it is a necessity for my inventory.
The forum works great, people are willing trying to help you with everything for no payment...
So why not try Virtuemart. Download some templates, download some extensions for it and make it work :)
Thank you very much pointing on "furthermore it's also so simple to grasp the logic of the core"
Our goal is to write a core which is easy to understand and therefore easy to extend. Seems we are coming near.
I think the virtuemart team is doing a great job, I hope soon launch version 2.1 for joomla 3 and hope they will include the option multi shop.
Obviously there are many paid options that may have advantages, but I think many of these benefits are covered by the large number of extensions that exist for virtuemart.
I think you can improve a lot more, but have done a great job so far.
Thank you very much for you review.
Yes, we believe in flexibility and freedom, that means we write VirtueMart without limits.
and yes we will improve a lot more :-)