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byK_koo, August 9, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Virtuemart does definitely have good aspects to it - I didn't find it TOO hard to set up a basic shop.

However, it is in my opinion quite poorly thought out in some ways. One of the most annoying things is that you can't completely remove shipping from your shop. There are ways around it, such as charging 0 for shipping etc. but there remains an warning saying 'no shipping method has been selected'. Also, shipping related fields still apear on the cart page. There may be a way of removing these by modifying the code but to be honest it should be possible to just switch shipping off in the back-end as there are SO MANY types of businesses that don't require shipping - web designers, construction company, consultancy firms, etc.

Also, it's really quite frustrating to customise the look and feel of the shop without resorting to messing with the code. The layout is irritatingly inflexible and it is more hassle than it's worth.

I've given up on VM - it's taking me so long to try and figure out how to get the darned thing to work for the needs of my business that valuable time is passing me by. I'm going to give Hika a try.
I've messed around with this on Joomla 1.6 on my localhost and it looks like a good programme. Sadly though, it doesn't seem to work on Joomla 1.7!
Owner's reply

As you see it runs on my site which is at the moment of today 1.7.3, so....