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>Travis B.</span>
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 <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.

What E-Commerce Tools solution do you use?

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VirtueMart review by <span>Yaroslav K.</span>
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"Great functionality but terrible solution at scale for web projects / Best Joomla Cart "

What do you like best?

*Joomla has been my first to go to web framework and I have used it for several projects of mine, both commerce and portfolio types. And in all , for e-commerce plugin I chose virtue mart. Here is why

1. It is most popular joomla commerce plugin - which comes with an advantage of having great support base, make templates supporting it and a lot of possible customization

2. Easy to set up. Virtue mart is a plug-and-play solution for joomla. Always compatible with a latest version and has a great deal of possible tweaks in the menu.

What do you dislike?

*After long time of using virtuemart I have decided to switch for few reasons:

1. Too technical. Ui is awful and completely not welcoming for an ordinary customer. Needs a lot of work.

2. It is slow due to joomla itselа

3. No export import out of the box and no real solutions for free. It is something crucial for the e-commerce store (how would you set up products otherwise?)) So I don't understand why they chose not to include it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

*Please, make it more user-friendly and improve UI

*Also, provide developers for better tools to make their themes virtuemart-compatible

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

As being a joomla developer, I have chose virtuemart for e-commerce solutions. When starting using virtuemart I was very satisfied due to huge possibilities, but was later disappointed with several major things and decided to change a tool.

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.

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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