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VirtueMart Popular ComponentModulePlugin

Complete ecommerce solution for joomla 2.5 and joomla 3
Please read our full list of features here

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 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
- recaptcha
- adressbook
- default Bill-to and Ship-to address
- default payment and shipment method

- stocking/inventory
- 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

- 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,, Realex(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
- history
- modifiable
- order tracking for anonymous users
- order editing
- pdf invoice, delivery note

- latest
- topten (most sold)
- newest
- featured
- sortable
- searchable
- shipment/payment

- native with joomla 2 and 3
- with extra joomla components (joomfish) for joomla 1.5

- coupon handling

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Reviews: 1
I was stoked to use this, got it all set up and then figured out there is no PayPay included in it. Im sure it was hard work to do this, as I could never figured out. Unfortunately I will have to pass.
Owner's reply

There is paypal included! You must install whole virtuemart and not only the core. We provide one package, including two smaller packages, one is the core the other is the all in once installer with all free plugins and modules. Paypal is a plugin, therefore in the aio.

Reviews: 5
I like the new VM2 very much - it is very powerfull and offers many many features. Last year I evaluated several other components - some of them looked very promising. But after testing them a while I got stuck with that, what I wanted to do, so I went back to VM, no v2.

Regarding negative opinions on the virtual download feature: first: yes, there is a virtual download plugin for VM2 and no, it is not for free anymore. But common! The whole core VM is free. I needed to expand it to virtual downloads and invested 35EUR. Sorry, but if you even cannot afford 35 EUR for an eCommerce platform, which should be easily earned back, then better leave it all... There is no free lunch in this world!

The only downside I have with VM2 is the lack of documentation. This needs to be improved strongly and as far as I have heart, the VM-team is already working on that.

But as this doesnt belong to the functionality and features of the core product itself - still 5 stars for this great component!
Reviews: 2
I was quite new to VirtueMart when I started to develop VM2 for a customer. I am very satisfied with the extension! Most I got figured out by just testing but I also got a lot of help reading the forum.

Since VM2 was quite new (compared to VM1) when I started some features was not yet existing or ready for use. But the expert support I got from the developers was extraordinary!

All needed features are now after a couple of upgrades working! The work the developers are doing on this FREE (!) extension is amazing, I know they work hard to fix all small details and still takes the time to help people at the forum!

I will suggest VM for all new customers that wants e-commerce, no doubts about that!
Reviews: 1
My thankyou to virtemart developers for a good working cart for joomla. Before I did make a site with magento but it was difficult and took many weeks to work. I set virtuemart2.0.2 in my joomla2.5 with a payed template and in 3 days have a working shop with tips from reading the virtuemart help forum. It does come with paypal module already which I am using for payment and shiping module which I set up with forum help. Already I have sales. I will use again for next shop.
Reviews: 1
I started with VM2 four months ago, when I had chosen to be brave and use beta of VM2 for shop of my friends. Year ago I used VM1 and it was usefull, but customizing was a small hell.
Now I can say it was the best one decision. Since I'm OOP developer for 13 yrs it's easy for me to adopt MVC and plugin concepts. Even without programming knowledge it's easy to template the layout or buy one.

It is sooo easy to write plugins for everything (products, shipment, payment, marketing), templating could not be easier and is compeletely Joomla compliant.
What is very positive, while it's not commercial product support is almost 24/7 with good reaction times in the forum.

Versions gets better and better in stability, and VM2 is so complex while modular and flexible. Core is not of spaghetti code, just take a look.

The only one thing one must consider when choosing VM2 - old habits are gone.

And to be honest, I became VM2 developer this month. JED editors will consider if this review is "self promo" or not.
I don't think so, because I started as anybody other - normal VM2 user making shop for a friends...
Reviews: 1
it takes a while i was understand all the features but when u come into it its a real good way to manage ur products.
The MVC is real good and easy to extend.
Some features which where in VM1 are missing but the release is just 2 month ago so what...
I think VM2 will be and is a good way to sell products in a Joomla system and my favorite is the well aranges backend which is not overloaded.
Reviews: 8
I first started to build an e-commerce site with Virtuemart 1.9 and it was awesome! However, my client wanted to use Joomla 2.5 and so I was forced to use Virtuemart 2.0.2

I'm not sure what they were thinking but they really messed it up. They removed many of the best and useful features of the older version and simply broke many others.

It appears to me as if the rewrite was just and attempt to make it easier to sell commercial plugins. Otherwise, I have no idea why they wrecked such a beautiful offering.
Reviews: 2
Without saying much, I quit virtuemart although I am on it almost since it's birth. Main reason, the digital downloads missing. Buy plugins ?. Shame. Sure but why this way... anyway virtuemart (not with capital anymore) Fall comes. Search google for “virtuemart 2 digital downloads forum” and follow the 1st result, read threads and notice especially the dev's attitude. Bye bye. P.s: 1. I would normally not post this because my reaction to those that ignore me, is to ignore them too. 2. We are talking FOSS here, I know how to spend my money and where, very well.
Reviews: 1
I have used Virtuemart since version 1.1 and have built many shops with this. It used to be a great extension, despite the horrible support.

However, since Joomla started releasing new versions every 6 months, Virtuemart can't keep up development. It took them many months to just be joomla 1.7 ready, but by then Joomla 2.5 already came out. Once again it has been months and it is still not compatible. As a developer one can't work like this.

As for support... probably the worst ever.

Free will cost you a lot of money, or a lot of time trying to figure this out! Not worth it anymore.
Owner's reply

Hello Milbo here.
Thanks for the flowers, but I cannot agree. Jenkinhill, BanquetTablesPro and others are very helpful. But a lot people are just barefaced. They expect that virtuemart 2 has extensions like vm1, which growed over more than 5 years. They expect that the other users have nothing todo else to help and support. The forum is meant for users who help users. When someone wants support, he must pay of course. Virtuemart is free to use. I do not understand that people thinks there is a duty to give free support for a free product.
Jenkinhill is a very kind person and I am much more rude and direct than him. So when he was rude to you, there is a reason.

Reviews: 3
Virtumart 2.x does not have the payment methods that were available in earlier versions. In particular it is missing the PayPal API and this is a major oversight.

My advice; stick with the old version or choose another cart.
Reviews: 1
Also I would like to thank the VM team for the whole project, but...
I think you rest to much on the laurs...
Now when I compareing VM 2.0.2 with the other cart extensions - VM are placed on the far end of the list!
Totally user unfriendly software, I don't know & even don't want to think what kind of logic use the VM 2 authors, but is not the same one, as we all use. I spend a lot of hours trying to figure out this, but I really coudn't understand the way of they thinking, and don't want spend the second half of my life trying more..
Downloadable products on VM 2.0.2 it's a fake! You can create a downloadalble file, but there is no way to connect it with the product which you can download after buying :(
VM 2.0.2 is a nightmare for developers & I really feel sorry for those one who are beginners on that matter and decided to use the VM basing on its former opinion :(
I change the software btw..
Reviews: 5
All in all VM 2.0.2 is an excellent component and I am sure it will remain a standard e-commerce solution for Joomla 1.7 and beyond

This software has a lot of depth and a very bright future.

where they are lacking is with assisting their users in development.
there is a tendency to be condescending and unhelpful from the Mod staff (not Milbo)when people are asking for support issues.
I have put in appx 2+ months now and it is finally getting where it ought to have been before the release.
There has been many late nights of trying to decode convoluted and cryptic responses from the support staff.

That said I don't mind helping the test develop this amazing piece of software.

They just have to remember that we can't read their minds.

Hopefully this message gets across to all Joomla developers: Please be articulate when giving support as it makes it easier for all involved.
Reviews: 9
I'm testing Virtuemart 2 for a certain time now and I think that there is a big work on this version to improve the base code and the whole component.
I prefer much more the V2 than the v1 !
Keep up the good work.
Reviews: 1
I would like to thank the VM team for the whole project.
On the other hand, the drop down of downloadables is disastrous (to me)!
I spent the last 6 months in testing VM 1.1 capabilities in order to participate in a web project with downloadable products, and now...what??
Reviews: 3
First of all: credit to the hard work of the developers.

Unfortunatly VM 2 did not live up to my expectations.
The option for downloadable products is removed. So for two shops I won't be able to use VM any more. The checkout process is too complicated, especially for people who are not custom to online shopping. The payment has to be selected through a seperate page. Again another useless click for customers.
The admin area looks more organised, but when you really get into it, it's even more complicated than the VM 1 version.
There are a lot of small improvements, but the bottom line is that the things that really count: check-out process and quick admin of the whole shop, did in my opinion not changed for the better.
I am sorry to say goodbye to VM, bt this was really a big dissapointment and indeed not worth waiting for.
Reviews: 4
Configured several VM shops succesfully in the past, but sorry to say that since 2.0 came out and up to last 2.0.2 version (been testing all the versions "in between"), this product is NOT finished and full of bugs. It's clear that I cannot use this cart for customers.

Reviews: 15

After trying new version for some weeks I'm really dissapointed.

Administrator doesn't have and easy setup for begginers or even users with knowledge from 1.x versions.

When you release a new component and the older version is better there's something going wrong.

These new VM2.0 is though for developers which have a lot of time to tweak and understand how this component works, not recommended at all for begginers.

I couldn't even get my shop to show the price for products... something which shouldn't take me days to solve and I had my VM 1.x version perfectly set up.

There are better solutions out there right now and VM really has to work on their layout and simplicity if they want to reach others than developers.

This new version made me migrate to Hikashop and I have been a VM user for years now.
Reviews: 16
I must say I have been waiting ages for this new version to appear and I am very disapointed. Its complicated and unstyled unlike the much superior older virsion. If you want to spend half your life trying to work around the new setup and then style from scratch then this is for you. I really dont know why its the editors pick? There are much better shopcarts out there.
Reviews: 3
I still use VM 1.9 with Joomla 1.7. I have a small home business that has tons of products and VirtueMart works very well! But trying to upgrade didn't work for me. I didn't read the how to those and only have tried the easy way of just installing the package. I hear depending on what Joomla your installing on you need to choose that part of the extract. Any how I heard that they should be ready with this in June sometime that should be ready to work with at least Joomla 1.7 no problem! So I am waiting for them to finish their work and make it really great to work and to be able to use. Not bad for a great free add on to the best CMS in the world! My site is starting to feel great and working!
Reviews: 3
There is much more to be done before considering using VM 2.0 on production site, if you are really looking for shopping cart use previous version VM with joomla 1.5. For VM team hope they continue improving the component because I really love the previous version it would be shame to if lost VM with joomla 1.5 when the time comes.
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