VirtueMart

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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

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VirtueMart review by Travis B.
Travis B.
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"Virtue is a complete e-commerce solution."

What do you like best?

VirtueMart is easy to use, and allows for a lot of customization. Since my websites don't have a lot of traffic, and I don't do a lot of sales, I was looking for an e-commerce solution that was free or inexpensive.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that there are certain features that I would like, but in order to use them, I must pay for those subscription plugins.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a product that is easy to use, free, and that allows you to customize your sales page, VirtueMart is a great option!

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

I did not want to spend a lot of money on purchasing a plugin, since I only sell one proudct from our dojo website. VirtueMart allowed me to list and price my own product, upload images, and was easy to use. VirtueMart is the perfect solution for a small website like mine, with few products.

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VirtueMart review by Steven J.
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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.

What E-Commerce Tools solution do you use?

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VirtueMart review by Rachel J.
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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.

VirtueMart review by Deb C.
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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 JoAnna C.
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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.

VirtueMart review by Serge B.
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"a great shop component for joomla"

What do you like best?

I enjoy working with virtuemart because every case has been thought.

creating an e-commerce with it is fast and easy, and the community is always there for help.

What do you dislike?

sometimes it could be difficult to understand the relation between parent and child product

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

I always use it for my sites, because I understood the admin panel at the first time.

My clients can enter their own products by themselves.

VirtueMart review by Isaac P.
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"Good ecommerce solution"

What do you like best?

With the capability to incorporate countless Joomla add-ons you'll have the ability to discover a wide variety of additionals. There's no cap on the variety of items you note with VirtueMart.

What do you dislike?

If you're not a skilled designer you're most likely going to have a bumpy ride introducing a shop with the open source software application.

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

Ecommerce solution with all the key addons and payment options

VirtueMart review by Administrator
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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 Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Best E Commerce Package and that too its free"

What do you like best?

It's Simple and easy to use. lots of extensions, plugins, better to manage all the products and stocks of products. B2C is made simple

What do you dislike?

Need more features to cover B2B and also some of my customers feel it is not secure. possibly the security issues at joomla

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a simple, free, intuitive and ready to go e-commerce web application.. Virtuemart is the one.

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

B2B features, customized virtuemart to handle B2B areas.

VirtueMart review by Administrator
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"Incomplete mess"

What do you like best?

It integrates into numerous systems and you can list as many items as you want

What do you dislike?

Serious lack of technical support for their customers and has a steep learning curve

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't want to wast your time, don't use this product.

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

We gave it a shot and tried to list our items, but we just feel the experience going through it all was too uncomfortable to be using it.

VirtueMart review by Agency in Sporting Goods
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"great Joomla asdition "

What do you like best?

Lots of flexibility with product features

What do you dislike?

Some of the code makes it difficult to modify and customize.

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

We used it to integrate with joomla to help a sign company with a custom sign maker.

VirtueMart review by Tom L.
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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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