|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2008)|
|Original author(s)||Max Milbers|
|Developer(s)||Max Milbers and Team|
|Stable release||2.0.20b / March 17, 2013|
|License||GNU General Public License|
VirtueMart (formerly known as mambo-phpShop) is an open source e-commerce solution designed as an extension of the Mambo or Joomla! content management systems (CMS). VirtueMart is written in PHP and requires the MySQL database environment for storage. It is best suited for low to medium level traffic web-sites.
VirtueMart began as off shoot of the stand-alone phpShop e-commerce web application. Originally dubbed mambo-phpShop it became the first substantial native e-commerce component for the Mambo CMS system. After the community forked Mambo into Joomla, the developer re-branded mambo-phpShop as VirtueMart, officially supporting the newer Joomla CMS. While current implementations may still function with Mambo CMS, and older editions of mambo-phpShop are still available to download, they are no longer actively supported.
In September 2009 a new team began developing VirtueMart 2. The new version was released in December 2011. In October 2012 the developer team declared the end of life for VirtueMart 1.1 and that VirtueMart 2 is not any longer maintaining joomla 1.5 compatibility.
VirtueMart supports an unlimited number of products and categories, with products able to be assigned to multiple categories. It also permits the sale of downloadable products, and offers a catalog mode where the shopping cart features are turned off. VirtueMart supports multiple prices for a single product, based around shopper groups or a quantity range, and permits the use of a variety of different payment gateways.
Because VirtueMart is an open source e-commerce solution all the application code is openly visible in PHP. This allows PHP developers to view, update or customize the operation of the shopping cart. In addition VirtueMart itself offers simplified templates (called 'fly pages' in VirtueMart) structure that allows various shopping and cart page(s) to be edited as standard html and css.
Notably new to VirtueMart 1.1.0 was the inclusion of the ability to quickly change themes for category, product, checkout and cart pages. The cart is also integrated with Rapid 3.0, which enables transaction data to be sent directly from the customer's browser to the payment gateway without passing through the merchant's systems.
Virtuemart is supported by an iPhone app by iVMStore.
As VirtueMart is only a plugin for Joomla! / Mambo, it has the same system requirements.
Several other required supporting libraries or extensions include MySQL, XML and Zlib support built into PHP. Support for https (openSSL) and cURL is recommended.
VirtueMart 1.1.x is compatible with Joomla 1.5.x. VirtueMart 2.0.x is compatible with Joomla 2.5.x.
Further reading 
- VirtueMart 1.x.x
- Michelle M. Griffin, Website Design Guide to Joomla! 1.5, Virtuemart & Extensions, CorporationGURU (2008), ISBN 978-0982153710
- Sarkar, Suhreed (2009). Joomla! E-Commerce with VirtueMart: Build feature-rich online stores with Joomla! 1.0/1.5 and VirtueMart 1.1.x. Packt Publishing. ISBN 978-1-847196-74-3.
- Joseph Kwan, Joomla! VirtueMart 1.1 Theme and Template Design, PACKT PUBLISHING (2011), ISBN 978-1849514545
- Götz Nemeth: VirtueMart Der Joomla!-Shop (German), Franzis Verlag (2010), ISBN 978-3645600781
- Martin Blasczyk: Das offizielle VirtueMart-Buch: Online-Shops aufbauen und betreiben mit Joomla! (German), Addison-Wesley (2009), ISBN 978-3827327727
- Valérie Isaksen, Thierry Tardif, Joomla et VirtueMart: Réussir sa boutique en ligne (French), Eyrolles (2008/2009), ISBN 978-2212124873
- Jean-Noël Anderruthy: Joomla ! 1.5: Créez un site web et une boutique en ligne avec VirtueMart, 2 volumes (French), Editions ENI (2010), ISBN 978-2746055308
- Roberto Chimenti: Crea il tuo e-commerce con Joomla! & Virtuemart (Italian), Hoepli (2010), ISBN 978-8820345488
- G.J. Fierloos: MyStudy Virtuemart (Dutch), Duuren Media, Van (2008), ISBN 978-9059403536
- VirtueMart 2.x.x
- Kerry W. Watson: Showme Guides Virtuemart 2 User Manual, CreateSpace (2012), ISBN 978-1475144635
- Nemeth Götz: VirtueMart 2 (German), Franzis Verlag (2012), ISBN 978-3645601740
- Martin Blasczyk: Das offizielle VirtueMart-Buch: Online-Shops aufbauen und betreiben mit Joomla! (German), Addison-Wesley (Sep. 2012) ISBN 978-3-8273-2949-3
- Valérie Isaksen, Thierry Tardif: Réussir sa boutique en ligne - Joomla! 2.5 et VirtueMart 2 (French), Eyrolles (Sep. 2012), ISBN 978-2-212-12804-8
See also 
- 1.2. Differences to phpShop - Virtuemart
- Phpshop <> Virtuemart - phpShop - Forums (2007-06-24) - "Virtuemart only exists as a component of Mambo/Joomla. Phpshop is a standalone application. Virtuemart is based upon much of the underlying logic and code for phpShop, but the 2 are not compatible."
- VirtueMart Features
- VirtueMart Themes
- "eWAY Payment Plugin announcement". VirtueMart. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- iPhone app for Virtuemart
- Virtuemart Requirements