VirtueMart

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Open Source E-Commerce solution (a Component or Plug-in) for the Joomla! Content Management System

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VirtueMart review by <span>Steven J.</span>
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Powerful and highly configurable ecommerce solution for Joomla

What do you like best?

Great deal of control covering all aspects of the online shop. Plenty of options to configure and manage at individual product level and stock control. It is free, but is worth paying for. Clients have found it straight forward to manage with only little training.

What do you dislike?

Not the most intuitive ecommerce extension when compared with those used by other content management systems. It can sometimes feel a little difficult to find how to manage specific features especially if switching to other eCommerce platforms where things are more clear and then back to this. Possibly down to the Joomla admin interface itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Expect a learning curve for initial set-up. Stick with it and so combine an excellent CMS with a powerful and free virtual shop solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To turn a website built with a great content management system (Joomla) into a highly competent virtual store. This was the preferred option rather than to move to an entirely new platform.

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VirtueMart review by <span>Rachel J.</span>
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Aside from Joomla Hangups, I'm a Fan

What do you like best?

Setup and overall use was pretty easy. Very little reading up necessary, and I was able to pick up using Virtuemart for the first time every very quickly. Documentation is also easy to find. Integration into Joomla is nice though, and you can use many Joomla built in features to supplement VM and make it easier to manage.

What do you dislike?

Joomla can be clunky and slow, which can impede the use of plugins. Virtuemart suffers because of this. Additionally, at the time of use there was no integration with the inventory management software we were using. This was a challenge as inventory had to be manually managed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was able to build a full ecommerce website quickly and easily, giving the company I was working for an easy way to boost revenue without adding much cost to do so.

What E-Commerce Tools solution do you use?

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VirtueMart review by <span>Deb C.</span>
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Careful what you wish for...

What do you like best?

VirtueMart holds the distinction of being the free Joomla eCommerce extension with the most longevity. For people who need to add Joomla eCommerce to their sites, it's worth consideration, but be sure to compare other options!

What do you dislike?

VM over the last few years has stripped out features that used to be core, and turned them into paid plugins. I get that the author(s) need to make a living, but this is frustrating for clients who want to upgrade from earlier versions and suddenly find themselves having to assemble a large number of different plugins and addons from other vendors to get the same functionality VM used to include by default in earlier versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fully explore your eCommerce requirements to make sure if VM will actually meet your needs better than a commercial Joomla shopping cart extension. This free extension may not turn out to be the least expensive way to go, depending on your actual needs. The biggest problem we see is clients getting into VM before really analyzing their requirements, and then getting discouraged because they need a lot of paid extras to make their site work the way they want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide Joomla eCommerce customization, support and upgrades. VirtueMart is just one of the many Joomla eCommerce shopping carts that we specialize in.

VirtueMart review by <span>JoAnna C.</span>
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super powerful web site framework, highly customizable

What do you like best?

The framework is great. Super powerful php based backend with javascript. Supports loads of apis and is completely customizable. So many plugins and components, from simple to complex. Ecommerce component Virtuemart is top notch. Continued development.

What do you dislike?

Could be faster. Is a bit of a server hog. Some templates mess up your website and need high levels of tweaking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Skip magento if you need a scalable and customizable environment to work with. Joomla is way simpler and more than you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scaling solutions for web development for our clients. This gives a power framework to start from. Everything is open source and free. Fast and easy deployment. Complete solution achieved by using components to extend functionality, but all relies on the same core database. E-commerce solution built from the ground up, rivaling that of Bigcommerce, all in-house.

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A little clunky

What do you like best?

It has a clean backend interface and easy to use

What do you dislike?

It is too difficult to add attributes... should have a better UI

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would use another product... this is still in early ages of development

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It takes too long to do some things, like adding a color to a shirt, or an option on a product

VirtueMart review by <span>Tom L.</span>
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Nice Free, Open Source eCommerce System

What do you like best?

This system is easy to install and configure and works with most of the common open source content management systems (Joomla, etc.) This system is very easy to set up and administer and has more features than some of its commercial competitors.

What do you dislike?

For smaller sites that don't need a full eCommerce suite, VirtueMart might be overkill. Otherwise it's a great product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtueMart has some fairly common installation errors that can occur in certain scenarios but it also has a great support network and it's easy to find step by step instructions to overcome them. Make sure you familiarize yourself with them.

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