VirtueMart is an open-source commerce shopping cart that offers many benefits for small businesses. It is the leading open-source e-commerce solution for Joomla content management system. Virtuemart can run as a shopping cart or in catalog mode. VirtueMart is constantly undergoing development by the same people who use it, that is why it is an open-source software.it is highly secured, feature-rich and easy to use.
VirtueMart must be used together with the Content Management System Joomla. VirtueMart is written in PHP and is made for easy use in a PHP/ MySQL environment. Before you can use Virtuemart, you will need to download Joomla (this will be the framework) and then install and configure VirtueMart.
In recent years, most people prefer to do their shopping online. With this development, different categories of people will want to use the online platform for their shopping. So they always want a user-friendly and less complex website to buy from. So it is advisable that you use VirtueMart in developing your online store because of the following benefits and uses which cannot be exhausted in this article.
VirtueMart is an Open Source software which means it is absolutely FREE. VirtueMart is free software and it has no limitation. You can create and maintain a site with several categories, products, orders, customers, and so on.
VirtueMart is very easy and straight forward. It does not require a rigid process of managing the user’s profile or grouping shoppers.
- It has global shopper Group Discount
- Add shoppers and easily assigns them to different shoppers group
- A product can have multiple prices due to quantity range
- It helps in the assigning users to various groups like Admin, Store admin, shopper and so on
Easy to configure and customize
VirtueMart is a direct user-friendly software.
- Uses Joomla integrated interface to manage the store
- Shows daily statistics through a Welcome Screen. This comes in summary of the numbers of customers using the online platform, the number of orders and many more.
- Global prize/Currency display Formatting.
- Designed template for Product Display Pages.
- It manages different currencies
Unlimited number of products and category
- Products can be assigned to multiple categories
- Adds images and files to every product, this will help the user have a better and detailed view of the e-commerce website.
- You can also sell downloadable goods
- It also has the feature that will notify customers of any new product in stock.
VirtueMart has a documented shipping template so that you can create a personalized shipping module.
- Shoppers can ship to individual addresses
- VirtueMart fetches shipping rates live from Intershipper, USPS, UPS, Canada post and many more standard postal services.
You can use SSL encryption (128-bit) and shared SSL
- Live credit card Processing
VirtueMart also supports the payment systems such as PayPal (IPN), 2Checkout, eCheck, Payflow Pro, Authorize.net, Link point, noCheck, Paymate, World pay.
And many more. With several payment gateways, your store can have to be used by various methods of payments and different countries. This will, in turn, give your store a popular recognition.
- Order change History
- Total management of orders
- Inbuilt alert system for all products through emails
- Custom order status management.
So back to our question: Do you like to use VirtueMart as an e-commerce platform in 2015: Yes or No ? with all the benefits outlined above, it is logical to say YES, because it is the best for your business.